Finally, Native Instruments makes Stem visible as decks in Traktor Pro with the latest update version 2.10.01. additionally, Stems support is now built in into the Traktor Kontrol S4, without the need for extra mappings.
What’s in it for Traktor Pro users?
The update means that users that don’t own one of the newer Traktor controllers, think S8, S5 or D2, can now use Stems with the S4 (or another Traktor controller through mappings) and view the content of the Stem file on their laptop screens. This was previously not possible as the Stem track information could only be visualized on the controllers built in screens.
This should be an incentive for users to start using Stems in their mixes, as the barrier to doing so goes considerably down. Native Instruments is even throwing 65 Stems totally free as an incentive into the offer.
Lastly, you can get a 25% discount on your Stem purchases in the following online stores:
Wasabeat: automatic discount
Is this the big breakthrough for Stems?
That remains to be seen. Until now, it has been a real niche product despite an endorsement from big names like Carl Cox, the main constraint being that Native Instruments needs to convince producers to create Stems. Until the big names start putting out Stem versions of their big hits, I think it will remain a very cool but very niche product in the bigger picture of DJ trends. To put it simply, I don’t see regular club DJs adopting it if they can’t use it to remix popular tracks on the fly.
That being said, it’s extremely exciting to see Native Instruments pushing Stems more and more into the public eye, and the possibilities for DJs and producers are endless. Bring it on!
Check out the promo videos: