At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision - some will choose to DJ – itself an honorable and life-long quest - while others will seek more performative live experiences. In today’s tutorial, Mad Zach shares one strategy for taking a finished song and using parts of it to create a performable kit in Ableton and Maschine.
Recent months have seen lots of news related to Native Instruments Stems files, from Mixed In Key's Flow DJ software incorporating support, to Ean's tutorial on cracking the files into custom instrumentals. Today we take a closer look at an independent piece of the puzzle, Dubseed, which is an independent marketplace for buying, selling, and downloading free Stems files. Read on to learn more about how Dubseed could help Stems really take off.
At this point, many of you have probably heard about the Stems concept from Native Instruments, which allows you to play songs with four parts and isolate each part from one another - for example, removing the drums. While these files are available for purchase on many online stores, until now you needed to use NI hardware and software to isolate the parts and use their power. Today Ean shares how anyone can isolate a Stem file's individual elements using a simple, free process for Mac and PC, allowing you to create custom instrumentals that will play in any DJ software or hardware.
We've seen what Native Instruments' Traktor team has been capable of with the integration of Stem Decks and the new on-controller screens over the last 12 months, but today we're looking forward and imagining what might become reality in Traktor Pro 3.0. One of the big, often-promised features we might see is full Maschine/Traktor integration - so today we're rounding up specific features DJTT readers want to see in this hypothetical future software pairing.
Native Instruments has announced the newest controller in their all-in-one DJ lineup: the Kontrol S5. This all-in-one DJ interface eliminates the jogs wheels from the Kontrol S4's layout and adds in with the future looking screens of the S8. More compact and affordable than the S8, it will give DJs the screens they want at a more realistic price. Get all the details on the new Kontrol S5 inside.
Native Instruments has released a beta version of the Stem Creator Tool, allowing producers and DJs to craft and create their own Stems for playback in Traktor’s Stem Decks. Read on to get the download and learn how the process works. Download Stems Creator Tool Jumping right in – the download is available now here for […]
This morning Native Instruments is launching the Traktor 2.9 update, which is the first software on the market to use their new Stems audio file format. The update is free for all Traktor users and is rolling out in Service Center now. Read more about the update and watch them in action inside.
This morning Native Instruments has released a brand new video showing the exact workflow of the Traktor Stem Decks on one of their Stems-compatible units, the Kontrol D2. Watch now to get a sense of the visual feedback, mixing style, and possibilities that the new file format might offer. Also, did you know that drum and bass is making a comeback?