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Production music tracks with stem files

Production music tracks with stem files

By using “stem files” you can obtain a higher degree of creative control over how the music works within your video or other media project.

“Stem files” means that each layer of sound within the music is stored in its own separate audio file. By stacking all of the audio files on top of each other and playing them all at the same time, that makes up the “full mix” of the music track. By removing certain layers (“stems”) from the music, you can create your own personalized mix, or version, of the music track.

One obvious and very simple example would be to remove all the drums from a music track, creating a new version of the track that has a whole different feel and sound.

Another obvious example would be to reduce the volume of the Bass layer because the heavy bass just doesn’t fit with your project.

Working with stem files in Adobe Audition

Video demonstration

Here is a little video we made, which demonstrates the basic use of stem files. In this case we’re using Adobe Audition, but you could do all of the same things in any multi-track audio- or video editing software.


Making the music sound like it was made especially for your project

Working with stems can give you so much more creative freedom; for example, you can create a “mix” of the music track that adds layers or sounds into the music, in perfect synchronization with events in your video timeline. Imagine a slow-motion cut of two people running up to the edge of a swimming pool, which cuts to normal-speed at the precise moment when they leap off the edge and into the water. In this example, you could choose to silence certain elements of the music during the slow-motion part, and then introduce all parts of the music from the moment they leap off the edge and the footage cuts to normal-speed. The music has an ambient, ethereal feel while the video is in slow-motion, and then transforms into a “full mix track” at the moment when they jump off; yet, it’s still the same music track, and continues within the same flow and rhythm. It will seem like the music was specifically created for your video.

Working with stem files in Adobe Premiere Pro

Working with stem files in Adobe Premiere Pro

These are only some of the things you can do when working with stem files. If you’re the creative type and you take the time to play around with it, you can cut, chop, tweak, mix and re-mix, even reverse certain elements within the music and pretty much “build your own track” by using the building blocks made available to you by way of the stem files.

Of course, not everyone will want to take it that far. It may be more likely that you just want to remove certain layers of the music, to make it fit your project better. Then stem files is the way to go.

Working with stem files in Cakewalk by Bandlab

Working with stem files in Cakewalk by Bandlab

Stock music tracks with stem files at

At we are now starting to introduce stem files for some of our new music going forward, and for some of our back catalogue as well. The stem files, if available for a track, will be one of the versions of the track that can be licensed from our site. To license a set of stem files, just click on the “add to shopping cart” button next to the version called “Set of x Stems”. The stem files will be available to download from your order download page when the order is completed and paid for. The stem files are packed together within a single .zip file, so you don’t have to download each file individually. Just download the zip file and unzip it; you’ll find the stem files inside.

Advanced Browse selector for stem files

On our ‘Advanced browse’ page, you can limit your music search to include only tracks that have stem files available.


Track Genre listing selector for stem files

On top of all music genre listings, you can use this filter to display only tracks that have stem files available.


Music track with stem files

If a track has stem files available, you can find them, and preview them, here.


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Hip Hop Week! 30% off all Hip-Hop Beatz albums until Sunday April 4th, 2021

We’re celebrating the release of our new album “Hip Hop Beatz, Vol. 10”, featuring 11 funky, hard-hitting, high impact and gritty Hip Hop & Trap tracks, with a week of 30% off all Hip Hop Beatz albums!

If you need high-quality production music in Hip-Hop and Trap for your media productions, be sure to take advantage of this offer within Sunday 4th of April, 2021.

Hip Hop Beatz, Vol. 10

Finding the details of a YouTube copyright claim and who’s claiming what

If you have an active copyright claim on your YouTube video, it may be useful for you to find exactly what is being claimed, and by whom, so that the claim can be dealt with.

  1. Ensure you are logged into your YouTube account.
  2. Click the icon near the top right of the screen and click YouTube Studio.
  3. In the menu on the left-hand side, click “Content”.
  4. Above the list of videos that comes up, click “Filter” -> “Copyright claims”. Now you see a list of the videos that have active copyright claims on them.
  5. Hold the mouse button over “Copyright claim” in the list, and “See details” comes up. Click it.
  6. Now you see a pop-up window that shows the details of the copyright claim. It could be useful to take a screenshot here, or just note the exact information about what’s being claimed, and who’s claiming it.
  7. When you send the information and ask to have the claim released, remember to also include a link to the video.
The below image shows an example of the YouTube copyright claim detail page. In this case, the music is “Hotwired 1-8466” by Dr. Awesome, it’s being claimed by CD Baby on behalf of Lynne Publishing.
Youtube Copyright claim

Youtube Copyright claim

It’s important to understand that a “copyright claim” is not the same thing as a “copyright strike”. A copyright claim is a much less dramatic event; it does not cause the video to be blocked, muted or removed, and it does not have any negative effect on the uploader’s YouTube account standing. It does, however, mean that you cannot monetize the video.

If you have licensed music from Shockwave-Sound and you get a copyright claim on your video, getting it released is usually a simple matter. Just send us the information: Link to your video. Details of the claim. We’ll get it released. It’s usually done in a few hours.

Action Week: March 15-21, 2021


In celebration of the release of our brand new CD-collection: ACTION THRILLER, VOL. 11, featuring 12 amazing action tracks plus edits, cuts, loops and stingers, we’re doing a special 30% off promotion this week on the new album and all previous volumes of “Action Thriller“.

From Monday, March 15th until Sunday, March 21st, all Action Thriller CD-collections are $69.95, as opposed to the regular $99.95 which is already a great price for this awesome, hand-picked, curated, professionally produced music that you can use in your own media productions such as films & videos, games and apps, podcasts and presentations etc.

The offer ends Sunday, March 21st, 2021. Don’t miss out!