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Traktor 2.9 With Stems

NI Launches Stems & Traktor 2.9, Announces 20% Off Stems Hardware

Native Instruments has announced the latest version of its Traktor software for Mac and PC. Traktor 2.9 comes with the ability to play Stems, which is Native’s new multitrack file format that lets you tweak four tracks using a single music file. You can get Stems from online music retailers Beatport, Traxsource, Juno, Bleep, whatpeopleplay, and Wasabeat starting today.

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Review & Video: Stems On Traktor 2.9 + Kontrol S8, D2 & F1

Stems is a new audio file format developed by Native Instruments for DJs. With compatible DJ hardware and software, Stems give the user independent control over four parts of a track (for instance drums, bass, synth and vocal). Today we bring you a full and complete review, including two talkthrough videos.

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6 Tips For A Long & Fulfilling DJ Career

Artistic growth and technical progress as a DJ can feel like a slow burn – the problem is that we want to dramatically improve as soon as possible, so sometimes we feel like we’re not getting anywhere. But there are some things about DJing that simply take time, and that includes the musical, technical, and entrepreneurial sides .


Video Training: How To DJ With Stems & The Traktor Kontrol S8

Excited by the new Stems file format form Native Instruments? Especially if you’ve got or are thinking about getting a Traktor Kontrol S8, you should be, as your controller is ideally placed to make the most of this new DJ-friendly digital music format. In this exclusive tutorial, we show you how to use them, using real life Stems files…


7 Reasons You Should Still Make Mixtapes

A student asked the other day if mixtapes were dead and buried in these modern times. The only way to make it as a DJ these days, he argued, was to have a popular track that you’d produced, and to be a social media expert. Why go to the time and trouble of crafting great mixtapes? Today we find out…


5 Essential Skills For DJing In Any Situation On Any Gear

This a question that came up with our VIP students on our coaching webinar last night, and we really liked coming up with this list as it’s full of things DJs who are happy on vinyl, CDJs, controller, and – yes – even the Apple Watch, take for granted but that people who only use, say, an iPad DJ app or a simple controller, may not realise.

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