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STEMS – Native Instruments Brand New Music File Format

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Native Instruments STEMS
Photo Courtesy: FactMag.com
Native Instruments STEMS
Photo Courtesy: FactMag.com

Native Instruments – one of the most pioneering names in music production – is at it again. The manufacturer of the infamous Maschine music production workstation has released a brand new file format for music producers called STEMS.

STEMS isn’t really a file format, but more a production tool that will split up your music files into separate stems, making them super DJ friendly.

It will split the files into drums, bassline, melody and vocals and is easily loadable into Traktor controllers for ultimate control over your mix. And from the demo video – this looks pretty sick.

DJs are gonna love this as much as producers loved Maschine. Here’s another demo video from NI:

When native instruments first launched this file format earlier in the month they provided read-made content for users to download and start messing around with.

Here’s what they say about exactly what the new STEMS technology is:

As an open multi-track audio format, Stems enhances creative possibilities for DJs, producers, and live performers. A Stem file contains a track split into four musical elements: A drums stem, a bassline stem, a melody stem, and a vocal stem for example.

The Stem format provides the ability to freely interact with a track’s different musical elements. Each ‘stem’ can be controlled independently to create instant new mixes, mashups, instrumentals, a cappellas, and more.

See Full STEMS Site

Currently you can download and purchase stems from online stores like BeatPort, Bleep, Juno, Traxsource, WhatPeoplePlay and Wasabeat.

More recently, however, the company also introduced a new tool to let people create their own stems files. So it’s not at all only for DJs, but music producers will find this useful, especially for live performances.

New Stems Creator Tool Released to Public

The all-new Stems creator tool was also just released to the public and is available for download here.

Here’s a quick video on how you can use the stems creator tool for your own productions:

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