An introduction to NI Stems
LANDR now masters Native Instruments’ Stems format; a new format that redefines creative live performance. If you need a general overview, you can read all about Stems here.
The difference between NI Stems and stems
The broader concept of stems refers to the grouped elements within your song, like the group of tracks making up your drums or the group of tracks making up your bass, for example.
NI Stems is an open multi-track audio format that splits your song up into 4 elements—drums, vox, synths and bass. NI Stems allow you to easily play each element independently in any way you want, so it’s perfect for live performance.
It was developed and launched by Native Instruments in 2015.
Preparing your Stems for LANDR
Once you’ve created your Stems using the NI Stems Creator tool (it’s free to use!), you can upload the MP4 file to LANDR. Your Stems file will need to be put together before you upload it for mastering. Check out this video for more info on how to put them together.
Mastering your Stems with LANDR
LANDR will store the metadata from your Stems file in your track library, but you won’t be able to edit this information in your LANDR account.
LANDR needs to wipe this kind of information in the mastering process, so you'll want to add cue points and grid info after mastering.
Your Stem master will be an MP4 and encoded with AAC.