Native Instruments have got the electronic music world all in a tizzy after the launch their newly designed audio format, Stems.
The concept is simple: rather than simply having a whole track – to which DJs can only apply EQs and effects – Stems breaks tracks down into four component parts, drums, bass, vocals and synths. This then allows DJs to combine and affect different elements of tracks in ways which they never could before.
Although developed by Native Instruments, the format is universally available, provided the user has compatible software. Stems files won’t affect normal use either, since the files come as standard MPEG-4s, so will play in stereo through regular devices.
So far, the likes of R&S Records, Ghostly International, Shogun Audio, 50 Weapons, Hypercolour, Hotflush, Herzblut, Noir Music, RAM Records, Sci + Tec, Spinnin’ Records and Toolroom have signed on for the new format, along with a bucketload more labels as DJs.
In celebration of this ‘new dawn’ of DJing, we’ve hooked up with our friends over at NI to give one of you lucky lot a chance to get your mitts on a Traktor Kontrol D2.
Billed a creating “a multisensory DJ experience thanks to its touch-and-see technology” tracks on the D2 will appear on a full-color display as vector waveforms while several key views and pop-up panels are revealed when a corresponding control is touched. The Browse Knob for example, triggers the Browse View for track selection directly from the controller. Performance panels appear over track waveforms to view and modify BPM, key, filter, or effect values when activated by touch-sensitve knobs.
Lightweight and highly transportable for DJs on the go,t he TRAKTOR KONTROL D2 is purpose-built for mixing with Stems – the open, multi-channel audio format for creative DJing. Mix with track elements using the D2’s four performance faders to create spontaneous, edits, mash-ups, a cappellas, and more. So what are you waiting for? Enter now for you chance to win.
A TRAKTOR KONTROL D2
Closing Date: 31st October 2015
To enter this amazing competition simply give us both a like on Facebook, subscribe to our Youtube Channel and drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with TRAKTOR D2 in the subject. It’s as easy as one, two, three!