Hello everyone, I recently got my hands on a Teenage Engineering version of the Stem Player, which is a device that was a scrapped project developed in collaboration with Kanye West, and I am seeking the community’s help. For those who are unfamiliar with the device, the Stem Player allows you to isolate individual tracks of a song (vocals, instrumentals, drums, bass) and add effects such as filters, echo, distortion, and gate. The player comes preinstalled with the Jesus is King Album.
I am making this post because I am trying to figure out how to upload songs to the device. I am quite certain that it is possible to upload songs (like 95% sure), as there are videos online of songs other than those on the Jesus is King album being played on the device. I have tried various button combinations to get it into “disk mode,” but so far, nothing has worked (such as holding the power button with other buttons while booting it up). I have also tried using the fieldkit app to try to connect it but it did not work. When I connect the device to a computer, it does not register as a storage device, but under device properties, it shows up as “stem player.”
There is a “menu” mode that is activated when you hold down the power and play buttons, but I am not entirely sure what it does. When the menu is activated, you have the option to choose between 1-4 blinking lights on the stem. The default option is for only the first light to blink, which puts the device in default controls with limited ability to control the effects. When you set the menu to 2 blinking lights, the device enters “pro” mode, which activates the ability to add effects to individual stems and the ability to control looping and speed. However, when the device is set to 3 or 4 blinking lights in the “menu” mode, it appears to be in the same mode as 2 blinking lights, with no changes to its functionality.
I have attached photos and videos for reference, as well as a picture of a manual I found online that explains how the device works. There is a paper behind the manual that appears to have additional instructions on how to use the device, but the picture quality is not sufficient to recover what is behind the paper.
Do you have any links to videos that show other songs than from JIK being played on this device? I’ve never seen that before. I do remember seeing a clear image of the second paper online somewhere so I know that existed at one point in time although I don’t have it myself
It does not mount or show up as a disk at all. I have tried using field kit as well as the android file transfer app with no help. Tried the same on windows but did not get anything to show up. This is how it appears on my mac.
These might be custom stem players that were made just for him, but this video shows the song “Up from the Ashes” which is currently not on the device and there is also this where ye is using it as at a listening party and it played through New Body. If you were able to help me find that paper with the instructions on it, that would be incredible. I tried looking everywhere for it.
thanks for the links, i had forgotten about those videos… mostly because for sure those tracks were JIK at one point for ye. for sure he just had his team load up the player with whatever he wanted for the listening party at least and clearly up fro the ashes was on an early version of the ablum. when they did the F&F release of the TE stem the ablum was finished so they shipped the final track list.
i’ll keep googling around for the back of the paper, but i remember seeing it on instagram back when the F&F was sent out so its gonna be buried under years of posts and i guess a ton of the accounts from back then are gone since the whole hitler thing. i think your tactic of reaching out to people who might have the player is probably your best bet. but i’ve only ever seen 2 posts about them in the wild. alternatively you could try to get lucky with someone from TE to answer you… i’m guessing this is a crazy long shot due to whatever crazy ass NDA they signed on the project. but if you want some help on tracking some stuff down, DM me here!!
I’d like to think, I’d hope, that they’re happier to have avoided the unfortunate association (as well as quite possibly being left with unsellable stock.) The TX-6 grew out of it anyway which seems like a much cooler product.