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.

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As an added tip here is some examples of Stem Grouping for your tracks:

Dance and Midtempo:

1.Texture
2.Melodies
3.Harmony
4.Additive and Other
5.Percussion
6.Beat/Drums
7.Kick
8.Bass

Hip Hop and EDM
1. Vocals
2. Synths
3. Kick
4. 808
5. Bassline
6. Snares/claps
7. All other percussion (hi hats, shaker, crash, etc.) and sound effects

Rock or Jazz
1. Vocals
2. Guitars
3. Bass
4. Kick
5. Snare
6. All other drum mics: rooms/overheads/toms/etc.
7. Synth/strings/miscellaneous

Singer/Songwriter
1. Lead vocal
2. Background vocals
3. Acoustic guitar
4. Tambourine