Free Download – Native Instruments Stems Creator


Native Instruments has released Stem Creator, previously available as a beta release, as a free download for Mac & Windows.

Stem files use the .mp4 container format to store the four individual stems of a track within a single file. Using the file extension .stem.mp4, this single file can be managed just like an mp3 file.

Here’s a video intro to the format: Continue reading

Native Instruments Intros Traktor Kontrol S5 4-Channel Stems-Ready DJ System


Native Instruments has introduced Traktor Kontrol S5 – a new 4-channel DJ system.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

With a compact size and solid construction, TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 puts familiar hardware control, fluid touch-and-see workflow, and Stems* compatibility into a modern DJ experience.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 builds on hardware design made popular by the revered TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, with innovative modern technology in a portable format made to feel instantly familiar in the hands of any DJ.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 will be available online and at retailers worldwide on October 1, 2015.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Panasonic Announces Plans To Bring Back Technics Turntable, Leaves Off Tone Arm & Needle


In the years since Panasonic killed off the Technics SL-1200 turntable – and the Technics brand – demand for vinyl has grown. And along with that growth in interest in vinyl has come demands for a successor to the Technics’ classic.

Now Panasonic has announced that it is reviving Technics turntables, and at its IFA press conference, it displayed a prototype turntable, shown above. Inexplicably, the prototype doesn’t have a tone arm or needle. Continue reading