Today, the Native Instruments team has finally introduced the Traktor 2.9 Update which also introduces the STEMS audio file format to the masses so that DJ's can start mixing and manipulating the music in new and creative ways. With the all new STEMS files, users will be able to separate beats, grooves, and vocals so that mixing can be done on an entirely different level. STEMS files can now be purchased from six major online retailers: Beatport, Bleep, Juno, Traxsource, whatpeopleplay, and Wasabeat.
Stems - a new way to play
I personally had an early chance at mixing STEMS with the new
along with many new STEMS files and I can honestly say that I had lots of fun mixing and matching track grooves with different vocals and it was much more intuitive than using the older Traktor Remix Decks. I was able to separate the drums, vocals, and grooves and also manipulate them using filters and effects separately as well. The screens on the
controller shows the STEMS files and the different ways they can be altered.
Traktor users must update to the new 2.9 software iteration in order to play the new STEMS file format. The update is available now to NI users by opening up the Service Cener.
To celebrate the launch of Stems, Native Instruments are offering discounted pricing on TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 ($200 off), D2 ($100 off), and F1 ($50 off). The offer runs from today until September 30, 2015 at the NI Online Shop and at participating music retailers. Check out the full press release and performance video to learn more about the STEMS format and to see it all in action.