‘Stems’ are what DJs call the bits of other songs they use to make their remixes. Most of the time, DJs have to use non-legal sources for ‘stems’ in order to produce the sounds they want. It looks like that is all changing.
Following a landmark deal with Sony Music, Nashville-based music tech company Remix Hits announced the creation of a hit song ‘stem marketplace.’
Through their remix licensing model, Remix Hits will offer DJs, producers, and remixers the ability to purchase and download licensed ‘stems’ (isolated instrument tracks and vocals) from Sony Music. Creators can then legally release their mixes via the Remix Hits Platform.
In addition, said the company, the remix licensing model includes a revenue share plan to fairly compensate rights holders.
Some soon-to-be-patented audio identification is at the heart of this effort:
The Remix Hits distribution platform uses a patent-pending, remix centered form of audio identification technology dubbed INSIGHT. The company designed INSIGHT to detect copyrighted material at the stem level. It identifies if a material has been chopped, reversed, pitch shifted, time stretched, distorted, and compressed to extreme levels.
It will be interesting to see how this goes with community. Read more here.