Native Instruments Reveal New DJ Friendly Audio Format

‘Stems’ will be rolled out this Summer. 

The makers of DJ’ing and production innovations such as Traktor and Maschine, Native Instruments have long been amongst the industry leaders in their field. Their latest creation, ‘Stems’ – revealed at WMC in Miami last week, aims to provide DJ’s with new potentials for mixing utilising a brand new file format. Rather aptly, the premise of ‘Stems’ is that each track is divided into its component parts (e.g. bass, drums, melody and vocals), which then can either be accessed separately or as a whole.  Its then hoped that users will take advantage of stems in order to find new creative ways of mixing and remixing, by manipulating component parts as opposed to entire tracks.

Whilst the success of Stems is by no means guaranteed, early signs for Native Instruments appear encouraging. Online retailers Beatport, Juno and Traxxsource have already commited to selling files in Stem format beginning from this June, whilst  artists such as Modeselktor have already come out in support of the new format. Although Stems will fist be able to be used through NI’s new Traktor digital DJ’ing platform, it will not be limited to it, with the press release stating that,l “anyone will be able to create, perform with, and distribute Stems in any way possible.” Those wishing to create Stems of their own can make use of the Stem Creator Tool app due shortly.

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