Serato adds on-the-fly stem isolation and effects to its DJ app

If you’ve been following DJ app development lately, you’ve probably noticed that extracting stems on the fly from your existing library seems to be trending. Serato DJ has now joined the game and offers its own tool for this: Serato Stems. While the final product is set to be released later this year in both Serato DJ Pro Lite 3.0 and DJ Pro 3.0, existing users can test it out with the public beta, which is available now. This will allow users to pedal the upcoming release and provide feedback to improve the end result.

Similar to other offerings, Serato DJ’s stem isolation tools allow you to separate vocals, melody, bass, and drums from each track. Additionally, you get effects like Vocal Echo, Instrumental Echo, Instrumental Braker, and Drum Echo. These can be accessed directly in the desktop app or assigned to the slicer or sampler performance pads on supported controllers. When using these tools, you will see grayed out or highlighted portions of the waveform that correspond to your selection.

Stem analysis requires quite a bit of processing power, making it ideal for users with an M1 or M2 Mac. However, for those on slower laptops, you can pre-analyze selected files by dragging them into a “Stems” folder in the Crates sidebar. This lets you take care of the heavy lifting in advance, so you don’t have to worry about analyzing tracks during a live set.

Serato said the company didn’t use AI for its findings. Instead, it developed its own algorithm to handle audio separation. We had the chance to briefly test the new Serato Stems feature and the results are promising. They vary depending on the tracks used, but even with muddled tracks, the quality of isolated segments sounds good, and any loss of sound for the different channels seems minimal.

Overall, the Serato Stems feature is fun and easy to use. Plus, it opens up a lot of creative possibilities when you consider both stem isolation and the effects that come with it. There will be more information on this new feature when it officially launches later this year. For now, existing Serato DJ users can find the public beta on the company’s website.

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