A new, multi-channel audio format has been unveiled at WMC (Winter Music Conference) in Miami called Stem. The great thing about it is that it allows DJs and live performers to interact with different musical elements of a track independently by accessing four different ‘stem’ parts such as the bass, drums, melody, or vocals. Doing this introduces new performance possibilities and enriches the listening experience for fans. Stems can also create new revenue streams for music labels and online retailers to grow their business. The format is very easy to use and accessible to all types of artists. Stems was developed by software specialists Native Instruments. Ultimately it has the power to benefit the entire music industry.
In the coming months, select artists, labels, production companies and Native Instruments will begin supporting the format step by step in order to make it popular. A website containing all technical specifications, source code, tutorials, and downloads will launch Stems this coming June. So all artists should definitely stay on top of Stem, seeing as it’s a game changer!