Native Instruments Releases More Info On New ‘Stems’ Format

stem-creator-toolNative Instruments has released more info on its new Stems format – an open audio file format that basically contains four ‘stem’ tracks (for example – bass, drums, melody & vocals) along with the full mix. The format is designed to simplify live remixing of tracks, because it provides a standard way to deliver remix-friendly audio.

Here’s their video overview of Stem files: Continue reading

Build A Custom DJ Booth With Stuff From IKEA (Kallax + Capita + Lack)

Producer Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle, Soundtrack Loops and Loop Cartel) shared this video today, which demonstrates how to build a custom DJ booth using stuff from IKEA.

Donnelly wanted a custom DJ booth, with plenty of storage for a large LP collection – so he built it, using a collection of cheap stuff from IKEA (Kallax + Capita + Lack). This video captures the highlights of his build – and also some mistakes he made along the way that you’ll want to avoid! Continue reading

NI Now Shipping Traktor Kontrol D2

Native Instruments today announced the release of Traktor Kontrol D2, their latest performance-oriented DJ deck.

The touch-sensitive controls on the compact Traktor Kontrol D2, and its full-color display provide “seamless” Traktor workflow, along with a host of features for multi-channel mixing with the upcoming Stems open audio format. Continue reading

Should The EuroXFader, A DJ-Style Cross-Fader For Eurorack, Go Into Production?

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Chris Blarsky of Ninstrument let us know about a new module design, the Euro-X-Fader, that brings DJ-style cross-fader control to Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The prototype Euro-X-Fader is shown above. It lets you do live cross-fading, and you can also use it as a CV controller for other modules.

Blarsky is wondering if there’s enough interest, among current Euro users or DJs, to merit moving the Euro-X-Fader into production.  Continue reading

Is Native Instruments ‘Stems’ Audio Format The Future Of DJing…Or Karaoke?

Native Instruments today introduced a new audio file format standard, Stems, at the Winter Music Conference.

Stems is an open audio file format that basically stores four ‘stem’ tracks (for example – bass, drums, melody & vocals) along with the full mix. The format is designed to simplify live remixing of tracks, because it provides a standard way to deliver remix-friendly audio.

When playing a track, the Stems format makes it easy to do drop out any of the four stem parts. Native is aiming at broad adoption by making Stems an open format. They also plan to release a free tool for creating Stems files, Stem Creator Tool.

In the video above, DJ TechTools‘ Ean Golden gives an overview of the new Stems format.   Continue reading