Native Instruments Releases Stem Creator Tool As A Free Beta


Native Instruments has released Stem Creator, a free application for creating STEMS formatted audio files, as a beta download.

STEMS is an open file format that lets you distribute tracks that incorporate a full mix, plus four stem tracks – such as drums, bass, keys and vocals. Each of the four stem tracks can be individually mixed, allowing for more performance options and making it easier to create new mixes, mashups, instrumentals, a cappellas and more.

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Numark Intros TT250USB USB DJ Turntable

Numark-TT250USB-dj-turntableNumark has introduced the TT250USB DJ turntable – a professional direct-drive turntable designed for heavy-duty DJ and music playback duties.

According to Numark, the TT250USB’s quartz-controlled motor delivers virtually perfect speed accuracy when playing back records, and its high-torque motor and heavy cast-aluminum platter provide the ideal amount of resistance and feel for scratching effects.

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Pioneer DJ Intros ‘Battle-Ready’ DJM-S9 DJ Mixer

Pioneer DJ today introduced the ‘Battle Ready’ DJM-S9 two-channel mixer for Serato DJ.

Features include a customisable crossfader, and Performance Pads and FX buttons that DJs can map to suit their preferences. The mixer delivers plug-and-play integration with Serato DJ’s four decks and boasts DVS support, on-board Beat FX, two USB sound cards, and a top-loaded input switcher for seamless DJ transitions. Continue reading

Native Instruments Debuts Stems Open File Format

Native Instruments today launched Stems, their multi-track audio format. Stems introduces what NI is calling “enhanced performance possibilities” for DJs and a “new paradigm” for the greater music industry.

Stems is an open file format which allows the user the ability to manipulate (and, in NI’s words, “freely interact with”) a track’s four different musical elements – such as drums, bass, keys and vocals. The volume, filter, and effects settings of each stem can be controlled independently, enabling creation of “instant” new mixes, mashups, instrumentals, a cappellas, and more.
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Jean-Michel Jarre Collaborates With Armin van Buuren On ‘Stardust’

Here’s another preview for Jean-Michel Jarre‘s upcoming collaboration album, due out October 16,

Stardust – a collaboration with Armin Van Buuren – is the sixth piece of music to be announced from the Frenchman’s forthcoming project. Taking his place alongside M83, Tangerine Dream, Gesaffelstein, 3D (Massive Attack) and Vince Clarke, Armin van Buuren is the first artist announced from pure trance roots, something that Jarre himself insisted upon. Continue reading