Having just marked the first year of the Stems open audio format, Native Instruments has released Stems Software Developer Kit (SDK) – a toolkit for software and hardware developers available for free download. Developers can now get full access to specifications, the DSP library, and code examples including a command-line version of the Stem Creator – a free application for Stem file creation. Here's the details direct from NI...
With the arrival of the SDK, Stems can now be freely integrated into music production/performance tools or media players, signaling yet another milestone in the success of the ever-expanding multi-track format. The available compressor and limiter components ensure that the four separate parts of a Stem file sound nearly indistinguishable from the original stereo master when heard individually or played together.
Accompanying the SDK release, three new videos providing some key guidelines on mastering Stems are now available on the Stems YouTube channel. The videos feature acclaimed mastering engineer Kevin Grainger and his team at Wired Masters, in London, and provide both a simplified overview and in-depth breakdowns of the mixdown and mastering process for Stems.
A Stem file provides the ability to freely interact with a track's four different musical elements – such as drums, bass, keys and vocals. Each stem's volume, filter, and effects settings can be controlled independently to create instant new mixes, mashups, instrumentals, a cappellas, and more.
Pricing and Availability:
The Stems Software Developer Kit (SDK) and Stem Creator are available as a free download