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Mixing and Mastering with Stems (FFL!)

In the age of DAWs, we have unlimited options. Tracks, plugins, edits and versions are almost unlimited. While we hail the progression of technology, from a creative perspective, unlimited options can yield limited inspiration. In today’s Friday Forum Live, we’re looking at mixing and mastering stems.

Stems are a collection of tracks, summed into one audio file, usually grouped by type – drums, vocals, guitars, etc. It’s often the case that mix engineers will be sent stems from a client, but you can also bounce stems in your own projects to limit your options and explore more creative techniques. Our sound engineering instructor Justin Lyndley (Bloc Party, Amon Tobin, INXS) is taking the helm today, showing you his insider techniques and answering your questions.

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Editor’s Note: This is an old article and things have moved on considerably since the original publication date 🙂

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