Native Instruments shared this sneak preview of DJing with their new ‘Stems’ music file format.
Stems is an open audio file format that basically stores four ‘stem’ tracks (for example – bass, drums, melody & vocals) alonwg ith 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.
Here’s what NI has to say about the preview video:
Create mixes that truly stand out with Stems – a new, open music format designed for creative DJing. http://www.stems-music.com
With track elements like the bass, drums, melody, and vocals split-up independently, Stems introduces entirely new ways to mix that were impossible – until now.
Create instant track edits, mash-ups, a cappellas, and more by bringing tracks’ elements in and out of the mix.
And, you can use effects with a whole new level of detail – apply reverb to just the vocals and leave the rest dry, for example.