Sometimes to collaborate with other musicians we need to turn our Ableton Live Tracks into Stems. Using stems is a great way to send tracks to other people that use different DAWS, such as Logic, or for remix contest. Before we get started though, let’s define what a Stem is.
Stem-mixing is a method of mixing audio material based on creating groups of audio tracks and processing them separately prior to combining them into a final master mix. Stems are also sometimes referred to as submixes, subgroups, or busses.
In other words, it’s taking our track and turning it into a handful of stereo tracks. That way you can send 8-10 tracks instead of 50 individual tracks or one final master.
I created an in depth PDF that walks you through the steps needed to turn your track into stems. Below is the video walk-through. I also have a free PDF guide for download below that.
As an added tip here is some examples of Stem Grouping for your tracks:
Dance and Midtempo:
4.Additive and Other
Hip Hop and EDM
7. All other percussion (hi hats, shaker, crash, etc.) and sound effects
Rock or Jazz
6. All other drum mics: rooms/overheads/toms/etc.
1. Lead vocal
2. Background vocals
3. Acoustic guitar