OK, so I’ve already solved step one of my problem:
So I opened my mix and then went to Options–>Preferences
and when the box popped up it was already on the right tab
I took note of the assigned “temporary files folder” at the bottom of the box.
So I opened that folder in explorer (windows wouldn’t let me navigate to the folder so I had to copy and paste the address into the address bar)
Then I went back to architect and clicked the burn disc icon. (i put a store-bought cd in my useless burner just so it would let me go through the motions).
I changed the burn mode to “test only” and checked “render temporary image before burning” and clicked “ok”
Then when the rendering was complete i was prompted to put a valid disc in the drive and press ok. I just left that box waiting because i assume that when you exit out of the process your temp image file gets deleted.
I looked in the destination folder that I had opened earlier and sure enough the image file was waiting for me. I just copied and pasted it into a different folder, waited for the transfer to finish, and finally let the architect prompt window know that i had just fooled it.
now i’ve just got to figure out a way to turn this huge .dat file back into sound files, which is probably easier than what i just went through.
If anyone has a simpler solution please post it. This is all I could figure out.
Even though my copy of architect was legally obtained and all of the music in my mixes was made by me and my friends, I still feel like I’m somehow violating copyright law by tricking software into doing something it wasn’t designed to do. It’s a nice little nerd-thrill.