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Difference between stems & master?
Old 18th October 2013
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Difference between stems & master?

If someone requests the stems or a master to a track, what are they asking for? or is the master/stems the same terminology?

Or if they are different, can someone explain to me the difference in laymen terms, explain it to me like I'm an 8 year old

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Old 18th October 2013
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Stems are groups of like instrument tracks that have been bounced down to a stereo mix for that particular group of instruments - so you would have a drums & percussion stem, vocal stem, orchestral stem, guitar stem, etc... that are then mixed & massaged into a final stereo track.

A master is the final stereo mix of all tracks and is essentially the finished product.
Old 18th October 2013
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Stems are individual elements, or groups of elements, separated. A master is the whole song in 1 file, that can't be separated.
Old 19th October 2013
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Originally Posted by Bender412 View Post
Stems are individual elements, or groups of elements, separated. A master is the whole song in 1 file, that can't be separated.
No I'm not referring to the master of the song, I was referring to like, a master reel. But it's clear to me now that a master would be everything all divided up on it's own
Old 19th October 2013
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Stems are groups of like instrument tracks that have been bounced down to a stereo mix for that particular group of instruments - so you would have a drums & percussion stem, vocal stem, orchestral stem, guitar stem, etc... that are then mixed & massaged into a final stereo track.

A master is the final stereo mix of all tracks and is essentially the finished product.
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