When Kanye West announces a new release, it is certain to be accompanied with some drama. West’s 2010 album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ was probably the producer’s last release that did not involve any eccentricity or content that was not baffling.
Since then, albums like Yeezus, Life Of Pablo have seen Kanye West troll, toil, and bait his fans before its release, with his 2019 album ‘Jesus Is King’ skipping two planned released dates. That is the price of liking Kanye West; you have to continually deal with his man vs. art narrative where the rapper goes toe to toe with his own ego.
A similar drill followed when Kanye West released Donda, his tenth studio album on August 29, 2021 which was actually tipped for release in July 2020. The August 29 release was also a result of more trolling, toiling, and baiting his fanbase after changing the release date of the album from August 5 to August 2021 before finally releasing it in the last week of the month.
While the 27-track album can be left for critics and his fanbase to ponder over, this time, Kanye West has announced something interesting with Donda’s release; the Donda Stem Player!
While it sounds as odd as it looks, it’s a gadget that could be a potential game-changer for the recorded music industry. Priced at $200, it is available for purchase, and according to the device’s website, you can “customize any song” using the Donda Stem Player.
Kano, a company known for building new generation gadgets is the brainchild behind the stem player’s technology and they have built an audacious device will let users break a song’s vocals, bass, drums, samples or split any songs into stems. The stem player will also let you add effects to the songs.
It is made with a silicone blended skin and equipped with a headphone jack and Bluetooth support as well as a USB-C port, volume buttons, speakers, a haptic engine, and 8GB of storage. Using the four light bars on the device which are touch-sensitive sliders, you can control the customizations. It supports nearly all industry-standard music formats: .AIFF, .AIF, .FLAC, .M4A, .MP3, .WAV, .WAVE, .AAC, .ALAC, and .MP4.
From what we know so far, the Donda stem player will offer the following features:
- Control vocals, drums, bass, and samples
- Isolate parts
- Add effects
- Split any song into stems
The site also says it offers the following tools:
- 4-channel lossless audio mixing
- Realtime loop and speed control
- Tactile effects
- One hits
- Live samples
- Save, playback, and share mixes
- Customize colors
- Content and software updates from your browser
We recommend you watch this video to get a better idea of how you might be able to use the device if you plan to buy it; and our honest opinion would be to wait for a while and read reviews before you buy it because, for all its revolutionary attributes, it will be interesting to see how many artists and labels will allow the stem player to alter their recordings.