Mix It Up With 8Stem

New remix app relieves royalty-related worries

Written by Lalaine Ignao • December 24, 2016

Ever wanted to be a remix producer? Well, now you can—with an app called 8Stem. The new app provides a way for aspiring mixers to get into the action, and a new way for artists to promote their music.

The app gives users the ability to remix a song’s “stems,” or groups of mixed tracks. Artists control just how much users can tweak their music, and artists continue to receive credit when their songs are remixed and shared. It’s a cool opportunity for music heads, and a dynamic marketing tool for content owners.

Remix a song with a simple drag and drop process. After finding a song you like, tap “Remix This” and the app will break it down into waveforms and sections. The app gives the ability to re-order song segments, record vocals, switch between mixes and add delays. Once you finish creating your remix, you can save and upload the song to 8Stem’s built-in social network.

TechCrunch reviewed the app and saw its potential: “Perhaps most interestingly of all, finished remixes can be uploaded to services like Spotify and Apple Music, with royalties from plays going to the artists. As most casual music fans are well aware at this point, streaming royalties generally amount to peanuts, but money’s money.”

Content creators must give consent to have their work remixed, and they must have rights to their recordings to take part in the program. But according to Billboard, “Via a partnership with online rights-management database Dubset, all streaming royalties from the remixes go to the original artists, not the remixers, but the app provides easy sharing tools (to post remixes to Spotify, Apple Music and others).”

Meanwhile, all the remixing magic is made possible because 8Stem has developed a proprietary music format. According to the company’s site, “8Stem is a revolutionary, interactive audio format that allows any listener to remix music like a professional DJ or sound engineer. Paired with the first multi-channel playback and remixing app, 8Stem signals a new era of music that is participatory, immediate and social.” Sounds good to us.

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