As NI’s open source Stems technology edges oh so slowly towards release, an official Stems website has appeared that should satisfy all questions.
NI has lopped the end off of a S8 and called it a Kontrol D2. Jared got a pair and used them with his S8, turntables, and just about anything he could lay his hands on. He wrote many words, and named it a review.
The Kontrol D2 is out, and so is Traktor Pro 2.8. Out too is NI’s closed door policy, which brings Rane certification and Pioneer CDJ and XDJ support.
The NI-led Stems audio format looks to shake things up. But I got to thinking about the real untapped potential, so in a future-looking moment, I scribbled down my ideas.
This Thursday, NI UK is attempting an ambitious multi-retailer live preview of the new Traktor Kontrol D2 with a live broadcast from NI HQ about Stems.
While the Kontrol S8 is largely seen as a controllerist’s wet dream, NI got Shiftee to plug in turntables to show that it’s considerably more than that.
Native Instruments Stems announcement left a few questions unanswered. So of course, we ask those questions of NI, and got back some clarification for you.
Native Instruments in open format shocker! Stems is a multi-track format that bring a single audio file alongside individual tracks. Imagine being able to interchange beats from your favourite tracks, or layer vocals over something completely different. That’s what Stems is about. Welcome to NI real #futureofdjing.
The Traktor Kontrol S8 is big and expensive. So cramming it into a soft bag isn’t ideal. But NI has you covered courtesy of their dedicated S8 flight case.
I’m sure NI would agree that there can never be enough Traktor users, so our friends at NI UK have given us 10 x Traktor Pro 2 licences for Worxmas 2014.