Traktor 2.9 Supports Stems!
After a long wait, Native Instruments has finally launched their Stems format - a multi-track audio format that opens up a world of creative possibilities for DJs, producers and live performers.
A stem file contains a track or a song that has been split up into four musical elements, such as a bass line stem, a melody stem, a vocal stem and a drums stem. Volume, filter and effect settings can be individually adjusted for each stem, so you're able to create new mixes, a cappella editions and instrumentals. Since the Stems format was announced in May, the six largest download portals - Beatport, Bleep, Juno, Traxsource, Whatpeopleplay and Wasabeat - have all stated they will be selling tracks in the multi-track format.
Traktor 2.9 is the first software update that supports the Stems format. For the Traktor Kontrol S8 and D2, a Stems View offers a clear, colour-coded overview of a track's four stems, depicting them as individual waveforms. The F1 controller offers Stem Decks support as well. For more information, click here. Later this summer, Native Instruments will release the Stem Creator Tool, a stand-alone application that enables you to produce your own Stem files.