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Old 19th December 2010
 
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Originally Posted by Jon Nolan View Post
+1 - i wanna know too. i always just assumed this was an effort to CYA at mastering time.
It can be helpful at the mastering stage, some MEs will ask for a stem mix (also useful for remix purposes) eg. guitars on one stem, vox on another, drums, keys, FX...

Also, as it's been said, an instrumental can be used for advertisements, promotional stuff for the band, etc.