LOS ANGELES, APRIL 26, 2018 - From his early education at the Classical Music Conservatory of Nantes in France to collaborating with electronic music heavyweights like David Guetta, French DJ Joachim Garraud has leveraged a diverse range of musical experience over his 25-year career. His writing, producing and remixing credits include work with a variety of international artists, including David Bowie, Beyoncé and Moby. Though sampling and remixing have been a central part of Garraud's creative process, he's long sought a modern software that can easily extract specific musical elements from a piece of music to create a new, inventive track. Garraud has finally found the answer with Audionamix's XTRAX STEMS, the world's first fully-automatic stem creation solution. With a user-friendly interface and powerful, cloud-based processing, XTRAX STEMS allows Garraud to bolster his creative process by streamlining his workflow in the studio and on stage.
"XTRAX STEMS really is a revolution for music producers; I've been looking for this kind of tool for the past 25 years," says Garraud. "For the first time, producers can easily create high quality stems, without needing decades of experience or anything other than the software and their laptop."
Earlier in his career, Garraud and his collaborators relied on DJ hardware to create samples, which often produced imperfect results. "We had to play with different techniques when we were using tape and trying to separate out the vocals from the music," he says. "For example, we used to phase out the different parts of each track by disconnecting the AUX cords from our speakers, so we could capture different parts of the song. It was not an easy process."
With XTRAX STEMS, it only takes Garraud a few clicks to separate out the stems he wants to work with. To ensure a simple, intuitive workflow, XTRAX STEMS allows users to import any song and automatically separate the track into its three components: vocals, drums and remaining music. Users can then export the separated content as a new audio file in several formats, now including Native Instruments' open, multi-channel Stems file format.
"Sampling from vinyl, tapes or other stereo formats meant I had to use 100 percent of the song and figure out how to isolate the parts I wanted to use," says Garraud. "Now, for the first time, I can go deep into the mix. XTRAX STEMS allows me to explore a wider variety of music and grab new samples I never could have worked with before. I've spent countless hours digging through my old iTunes library and listening to each track one by one to see what I can sample next."
Garraud also highlights the benefit of XTRAX STEMS for newer producers, due to its affordable price of $99 and seamless integration with any workflow. Unlike more costly, complex DJ solutions, XTRAX STEMS is an advanced software that only requires a laptop, which is ideal for both casual DJs and international touring artists like Garraud. "The good thing about my laptop is that it's always with me, whether I'm in the studio, traveling or on stage," he says.
Above all, Garraud appreciates Audionamix's dedication to creating a software solution optimized for modern DJs, producers and remix artists. Since first demoing XTRAX STEMS last December, Garraud has worked with Audionamix's teams in Paris and Los Angeles and remains impressed by the company's continued effort to constantly update the software to better fit the workflow needs of artists.
"Audionamix's team is so invested in the adventure of pushing DJ technology forward and providing brand new tools to producers, like me," says Garraud. "I choose the companies and plug-ins I use based on whether or not they're doing something special, and not because of price or brand name. XTRAX STEMS offers me something that no one else has done before, which I believe will usher in a new generation of producing and remixing."
Garraud tours regularly and plays more than 50 events per year, including recent shows in Brazil, France and the U.S. His upcoming performance schedule includes an appearance at LA Nuit des Sables Blancs festival in France on Saturday June 30. For more information, visit http://www.joachimgarraud.com/.
Since 2003, Audionamix has established itself as the global leader in audio source separation. Based on years of audio signal processing research, the company developed the revolutionary, patented ADX Technology, and continues to pioneer audio solutions for the film, broadcast and music industries. Audionamix has demonstrated technical expertise in isolating and separating elements from master recordings to empower producers, engineers and artists to create exciting new productions, and unlock television and movie assets for worldwide distribution. For more information, please visit http://audionamix.com.