Frequently Asked Questions

From our users

  • What is a multitrack?

    The multitrack is a per-channel song record. Every instrument saved in a separate file that is where the name comes from – isolated tracks. You download not a stereo mix, not one file, but every channel separately.

    By downloading the multitrack from our library, check if all files received!

  • Is there a mixed sample with vocal singing in your catalog?

    Yes. We provide not only a per-channel record for every multitrack but three variants of a mix.

    *a full mix with vocal singing is always available if there is a vocal part in a song *a full mix without vocal singing and a backing vocal is always available *a full mix without vocal singing but with a backing vocal is available for multitracks with a backing vocal

    You can make use of a ready mix with vocal singing to become acquainted with a song structure or use this mix without vocal singing if you don’t have to make changes in track volume or change the song structure.

  • I need multitracks with a metronome. Is there the metronome in your stems?

    We perfectly understand how and why click-track might be important for your work!

    Click-track available in 99.99% of our multitracks on a separate track.

    The metronome may not be available in compositions with tempo changes (rubato).

  • My child learns to play a musical instrument. How will stems be useful for us?

    Yes! As soon as you get multitrack, you can turn off the part of the instrument you play while others will remain. Then your child will get an opportunity to play in a band with high-grade musicians! But don’t hurry to rejoice! It might be not so easy to play in this band as it seems.

    These feelings are different! You can neither flounder nor stop. Fortunately, there is a metronome in all multitracks that you can turn on if needed. Your child can play as in a true band but without time limits and when he wants.

    There is no need to gather the whole band. You can play while listening to a multitrack at home! Besides, you can hear your part separately to understand all nuances and then reproduce them. The earlier you start to do it, the bigger an opportunity that your child will become a really good musician is!

  • Can I learn mixing only with the help of your multitracks?

    Unfortunately, no... You can, but you should not.

    Also, to multitracks, you will need a real practice of recording songs from scratch, work in a true studio, interaction with musicians, or concert working experience.

    A multitrack isn’t enough to learn how to work in a program, become familiar with plugins and hardware, understand how effects work, and hear how they influence the sound, learn to hear the balance between instruments, and solve frequency conflicts. The multitrack isn’t enough to get basic sound producer skills.

    What to do with real studio recording sessions?

    Recording supposes organization and preparation work when you come to a sound-recording studio, choose and arrange microphones. It's a very different aspect, and many experts can agree it. While recording, you create, listen to doubles and takes, edit tracks, communicate with musicians, participate in an arrangement, and work as a co-author. Without a doubt, multitracks are a good beginning if you don’t know anything. But if you want to become a truly professional sound-producer, look for any opportunity of real practice!

    There is one indisputable benefit of a multitrack. We control the performance quality of our multitracks permanently, inviting only professional musicians.

    Having a well-performed multitrack, you won’t waste time on cleaning, tuning, equalization, and all this routine. You will have immunity against a careless performance; you will learn how to differentiate a good performance from a bad one.

    It will be helpful when you start to record music on your own.

    Don’t be plunged in technical details too deeply, always remember of music!

  • Which advantages do stems give to musicians and sound-producers?

    Multitrack gives lots of benefits!

    Its main advantage is an opportunity to manage the volume or frequency characteristics of any instrument independently at any time and then save this mix.

    You can add your parts over or instead of those existing in a multitrack. You can use the multitrack for live performances on the scene, leaving necessary instruments. It gives a denser sound!

    If you don’t have an opportunity to meet with the whole band, you can rehearse or learn songs with the multitrack. You can play, jam, study arrangement, instrumentation, and concord by the example of original compositions.

  • Which programs for work on stems would you recommend beginners?

    In depends on your device.

    Software For PC

    Audacity

    For MacOS

    Pro Tools

  • Can I import these stems to my DAW?

    Open the vendor's manual of your working station and make sure that it supports file importing. If it supports file import only in mp3 format, you can load multitracks in it without additional conversion. If DAW supports only WAV-format, you will have to convert a multitrack into WAV-format. You can make it by downloading the multitrack here.

    What’s more, there are conversion programs such as....

  • How does a multitrack differ from a standard karaoke spread on the Internet?

    What are the advantages of the multitrack in comparison with a standard karaoke?

    There are different karaoke formats.

    If it’s a standard audio file (mp3, ogg), you couldn’t change a volume of separate instruments in it. If it’s a stereo mix, you can try to improve it, applying equalization and compression to it. But you won’t have access to every separate instrument as in the multitrack.

    It also refers to special karaoke formats such as KFN and ENC. These formats store a ready mix, the quality of which almost always leaves much to be desired. The situation is completely different with karaoke KAR format.

    KAR file is absolutely the same as MIDI-file. If you rename ‘file.kar’ into ‘file.midi’, it will open in an editor and you could edit a volume of every instrument separately. You can read about multitrack advantages in comparison with MIDI-files here.

    Karaoke can also be provided in the format of video tracks with subtitles (for example, a file in mp4-video format). If you don't need video-karaoke and need audio only, you can try to extract a sound from these videos. You can open a video file in any video editor (for instance, Adobe Premiere), extract audio-content and process it with tools embedded in this software. But always remember about the fact that capabilities of sound processing in video editors yield to specialized audio editors such as Cubase, Sound Forge, or Pro Tools. You can extract audio from video for further processing in advanced audio editors also.

    You can extract audio from videos in such programs as:

  • What is the difference between a multitrack and *.MIDI/*.KAR file?

    If to talk in brief:

    1) MIDI can’t store records of live instruments (vocal, guitars, and wind instruments) but only commands for devices (synthesizers). Multitrack stores live records of instruments in an audio format among which there may be synthesizer sounds recorded.

    2) MIDI sounds on diverse devices in different ways, but a multitrack sounds absolutely the same on all devices.


    MIDI-file as well as multitrack stores every instrument separately. You can open MIDI-file and change the volume of instruments or turn off unnecessary tracks.

    Well, what is the difference?

    Multitrack often stores LIVE instruments' sounding while MIDI – only events (keypress, release, instrument number).

    MIDI file is played via a synthesizer that is built in a sound card and uses its sounds.

    MIDI synthesizer can’t convey the sound of a live guitar or a saxophone realistically; MIDI doesn’t save live vocal parts. Records from different sources are saved in a multitrack: live voices of singers, synthesizers and effects recorded by MIDI, guitars recorded with the help of combos, and live wind instruments. You can't store any audio-information in MIDI-file, but you can store it in audio-files. The most widespread problem of MIDI is hardware dependecy. Midi-file created on one synthesizer that will not sound identically on another instrument.

  • What are the main benefits of stems in comparison with MIDI?

    Comfort and simplicity.

    Having a multitrack, you don’t need to spend time on timbre.

    It sounds the same way on ALL devices!

    MIDI files are played at synthesizers, but different devices have different sounds. A soundtrack recorded on one synthesizer may sound differently on another one. As a rule, a good device costs more expensive than a computer with a good configuration and MIDI-keyboard. If you don’t have a synthesizer or a device with built-in functions, MIDI files won’t play!

    Also, read an answer to this question.

  • I’ve downloaded stems to learn the part of my instrument, but some leaks are too fast. Is it possible to change, to slow down the sound of audio file to listen to all details?

    Yes, it is!

    This procedure is called ‘stretch’ or ‘time-stretch’. It’s the change of playback speed without correction of sound pitch. You can slow it down directly at our website; just upload your file here. There are a lot of programs where you can change the speed.

    On PC:

    Try to install ‘Transcribe’ and download the file here like on the screenshot. Cubase has a built-in function ‘Stretch’.

    On Mac:

    You can slow an audio file down in such a program as…

  • Are there any programs that show notes, sounding in a track?

    Yes, they are. It’s the program ‘Transcribe’ for PC. You can download it by this link. If you're interested transcribing and use stems to learn your parts read and answer on this question.

  • A song on site is played not fully.

    Only 15 seconds of the song is played as the player is made specifically for the preliminary audition of a multitrack. To get a full song, use links for downloading.

  • How many download traffic gigabytes does a premium account give?

    You will get 50 gigabytes per day with our Pro tariff. The basic tariff provides 25 gigabytes a day.

  • How many songs a day can be downloaded with a premium account?

    It depends on the number of channels in a song and type of account.

    The more channels in the song are and the bigger its size is, the fewer songs you can download per day. With premium you'll be able to download 25 or 50 Gigabytes a day. One multitrack is about 100-200 Megabytes.

  • Is there any way of converting an original song into a multitrack?

    No.

    You can completely rerecord a song, trying to recall an original arrangement and sounding by ear (with the help of a computer or studio hardware). If you have luck, you might find notes from an original arrangement.

    It’s impossible to make a multitrack from a song automatically. Now a computer can’t single out instruments from a song, and a person won’t be able to teach him how to do it for long.

  • How to remove a vocal part from an original record?

    You can try to upload your file here and experiment on settings. This service is the best one among those that are offered on the Internet now. It’s impossible to remove a vocal part without quality loss.

    You can try these programs.

    It’s impossible to remove a vocal part from a soundtrack (or suppress it) fully.

    Why? Read here.

  • How do voice removal tools work and why do they provide soundtracks of such a bad quality?

    Modern voice removal tools work on the principle of subtracting channels out of phase. In modern music, a vocal part is usually located in the middle. This center will disappear while subtracting channels.

    The following problems appear:

    Other instruments, locating in the center, disappear with a vocal part. Voice is removed not fully since stereo effects, which are located across the width of a stereo base, are applied to it (for example, reverberation).

    So, sound quality suffers a lot. The biggest part falls to the share of drums: kick and snare. Voice is removed while echo is remained and sounds with an interruption. You can find some really old songs (for example, by Beatles) where all voices are located in one loudspeaker while instruments – in another. There you can remove a vocal part fully!

  • I’m going to edit and rerecord your multitrack, but I don’t have any experience in it. What should I pay attention to first of all?

    1) While editing, you will deal with splicing. If it’s not correct, you will get clicks. Pay attention to these two screenshots. It’s an example from the program Cubase. The second one is from the program Pro Tools. Don’t repeat it!

    2) If you remove or copy the part of a song, consider tails (for example, hits on cymbals with beats up) on splice borders. Look at these screenshots. There are right and wrong examples.

    3) While re-recording, pay attention to a general volume, there shouldn’t be overloads. It’s better to save a quieter version of a soundtrack and then increase a volume with the help of a compressor (such plugins as Izotope Ozone will do).

  • Having a multitrack, can I remove a part of one instrument or vocal partly or fully?

    Yes. If you don’t want to use some instrument in your final mix at all, don’t add a file in a program or press ‘Mute’ in its channel.

    If you want to save some part fragments, look through these screenshots. Here is the process of removing a track fragment.

  • How to transpose stems? Are there any special recommendations on how to do it better?

    You can transpose (make the sound higher or lower) a multitrack directly at our website, downloading multitrack filesize by this link.

    You can also transpose a multitrack with the help of such programs as

    You should consider the following points first of all:

    1) Don’t transpose a full mix if possible. Firstly, transpose all instruments separately and then save the mix.

    You will get fewer distortions this way.

    2) Don’t transpose percussion, percussive instruments, and noisemakers; it’s unnecessary!

  • Can I add my audio or MIDI part to an existing stems?

    Yes.

    To do it, you need an audio editor that supports a simultaneous multi-channel playback and record. Import your multitrack there, create an empty audio or MIDI track, turn on your instrument or choose VST synthesizer, record a part and save the mix. Any program from this list will do for you.

  • Is it possible to shorten or lengthen stems, add or remove an excess verse, and also use stems fragment for potpourri?

    It’s possible to shorten or lengthen a song. You should use programs for editing.

    Read our recommendations on editing for beginners.

  • Is it possible to shorten or lengthen stems automatically?

    No.

    Multitracks are not divided into regions programmatically or any other ways; there are no special markers responsible for form fragments. You can copy or remove something manually in audio editors. You will have a program from this list.

    Read recommendations on editing for beginners. Watch these videos.

  • I’ve imported all files into an audio editor, but tracks sound asynchronous. Are separate files of a multitrack synchronized with each other?

    All files are synchronized.

    If a track sounds with interruptions or outstripping in your audio editor, it occurs because files start to play asynchronously. Find this place where tracks start to play. Try to move all files in the very beginning of the timeline.

    If you have edited files by mistake or deleted some fragments, you will have to download edited files or the whole multitrack once again.

  • Why a multi-channel on this site player doesn’t work?

    You have a very old browser version that doesn’t support HTML5. Update your browser! You can try to install Adobe Flash Player for some old browser versions and permit its launch by opening the site page with a song.

  • How to add a song on the website playlist?

    When you look through a catalog, songs, playback of which is required in a one-channel player, are automatically added to a playlist. Register to have an opportunity to save your playlists.

    Songs that are played by a mixer can’t be added to a playlist. If you want to do it, make use of a button ‘Add to playlist’ (screenshot).

    If you want songs to be played in a mixer and added in a playlist automatically, register or login the website with an existing login and password, open ‘Account settings’ and put a tick near the menu point ‘Always add songs from a mixer’.

  • How to use a search tool on the website?

    The site catalog is divided by letters, authors, and styles, but there are a lot of songs on the website.

    It means that you can find not only the song but the author by name. There are names of all songs found in search results at first, and then you see all authors presented. An example is provided on the screenshot.

  • Is it possible to use a multitrack at the concert? Are there any recommendations?

    Of course, you can use a multitrack at the concert! You can do it in different ways.

    Having a multitrack, you can create one or several mix versions for scene performances in advance. There might be a different composition and an instrument volume in these versions, as well as diverse equalization settings.

    It’s the easiest you can do. A multitrack can sound in real-time with live instruments simultaneously!

    You turn on a multitrack in a program (for example, Cubase), indicating audio tracks for different outputs of a sound card, while you connect these outputs with different inputs of the mixer that is on the scene. Look at this screenshot. It’s an example of using a sound card with 16 outputs and a panel with 32 inputs. Even if a card has just one output, remember that it’s stereo! You can divide it into two independent mono channels, send a metronome to one of them and then send it to headphones with the help of a pre-amp, send all the rest in another channel (in a mono regime) and connect it to the mixer. Here are some special recommendations for work on multitracks at the concert.

    We categorically don’t recommend playing ‘heavy’ Cubase/Pro Tools projects on concerts where there are a lot of widgets, real-time effects, and VST plugins. You don’t have to trust your device so much because something might go wrong one day. Protect yourself from troubles at the concert! Just save and play a ready mix! Create a backup project copy to come back to editing!

    To send different project tracks to diverse audio card outputs and then to varied mixer channels, we recommend making a mixdown of work results from all additional effects, plugins, and synthesizers.

    For this, you have to:

    1. 1) Create a new copy of your project to come back in editing if needed;
    2. 2) Save all channels of virtual instruments, using MIDI, in audio files and add them on separate audio tracks of the program;
    3. 3) Make a mixdown export of all tracks with some processing (let it be even one simple plugin) and place these audio files on separate tracks of the program;
    4. 4) Download all virtual instruments, equalizers, compressors, reverberators, and other project effects so that they don’t overload a processor and a memory.

    Don’t risk! Make rendering in the greatest quality! Having a backup copy of your working project with all settings, you can always return to editing.

  • Having stems, can I set up effects separately for every channel (EQ, compression, reverb)?

    Yes. For this, you have to open a multitrack in any audio editor where per-channel playback and editing are supported. You have to turn to video courses that teach to work in different programs and on VST instruments. We recommend using the following software.

  • Are there such cases when ready karaoke is still better than a multitrack?

    Yes. First of all, if you don’t have time or wish to edit the multitrack or you like karaoke sounding more than one of the multitrack, use karaoke.

  • Can you provide examples than MIDI files are still better than stems?

    If you like sounding of MIDI synthesizer more than one from a multitrack, there are no reasons for using the multitrack.

    Place on a disc.

    MIDI files take little place in comparison with a multitrack, but it’s not the problem nowadays.

    Speed change and transpose.

    MIDI files are easier to slow down/speed up than multitracks. By slowing down the multitrack, you also slow down sounding of audio files. The more you slow down, the bigger distortions are. You just change commands by time in MIDI files, making the synthesizer play longer or shorter notes.

    Editing.

    It’s easier to edit MIDI files and remove composition fragments. There are no unnecessary tails left.