Native Instruments Launches Stems

Berlin based, music tech heavyweights Native Instruments launched their new multi-channel audio format at Sonar Festival last week. A panel featuring some of the DJing world’s biggest names discussed the new format, known as STEMS, and spoke about the waves it’s set to make in the world of live production.

Carl Craig, Luciano, and Kerri Chandler were full of praise for the new format, which introduces the ability to freely interact with a track’s different musical elements. Each ‘stem’ can be controlled independently to create instant new mixes, mash-ups, instrumentals, and acapellas, enhancing the creative possibilities for DJs, producers, and live performers.

It’s already garnered support from labels such as Get Physical, Modeselektor, Toolroom Records and Monkeytown, and global music retail brands such as Beatport, Traxsource and Juno. All three of the named artists will be re-issuing existing music through the new format, along with forthcoming output from their respective labels. With this type of control (or should we say freedom) now available to the live DJ, who knows how genre defining the next visit to the club could be.

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