In order to allow our labels to sell their music on the best platforms around, we have integrated the new format STEMS on our label management section. To date STEMS is available on Beatport and Traxsource. As an open multi-track audio format, Stems enhances creative possibilities for DJs, producers, and live performers. A Stem file contains a track split into four musical elements: A drums stem, a bassline stem, a melody stem, and a vocal stem for example. The Stem format provides the ability to freely interact with a track’s different musical elements. Each ‘stem’ can be controlled independently to create instant new mixes, mashups, instrumentals, a cappellas, and more. As a premium file format, Stems can create new revenue streams for labels and online music stores to grow their business. A new release will boost label visibility while the hooks, basslines, and more from classic hits are reborn through the imagination of countless DJs and producers.
About the format:
Stem files use the .mp4 container format to store the four individual stems of a track within a single file. Using the file extension .stem.mp4, this single file can be managed just like an mp3 file. A standard master version of the track is also included in the file and can even be played in stereo with any compatible audio player following standard mp4 specs, like iTunes for example. To play with a track’s individual stems, Stem-compatible software or hardware is required.
Creating Stem files is quick and easy with the free Stem Creator – a simple, standalone application built for Stem file authoring. If you produce or play your own tracks, or if you are involved in the sale or distribution of music, download this version of the free Stem Creator to get started making Stems.