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Stems, or submixes, are audio files that contain a group of related tracks, such as all the drum tracks, all the vocal tracks, or all the guitar tracks,
Stems are usually created by grouping tracks together and bouncing them to a single file, while retaining some of the processing, such as EQ and compression, applied to the individual tracks.
Stems are used to simplify the mixing process by providing the engineer with a set of files that contain the key elements of a song, but with fewer tracks to work with than the full multitrack session.
Multitracks, on the other hand, are audio files that contain all the individual tracks recorded during a music production session, including drums, bass, guitars, vocals, and other instruments.
Multitracks offer the most control over the mixing process because they provide the engineer with the ability to adjust the individual levels, EQ, compression, and other processing of each track separately.
In summary, stems are simplified versions of multitracks that group related tracks together, while multitracks provide the most detailed and customisable control over individual tracks in a music production session.
For mixdowns DNAPS recommends providing multitracks which ensures each track element can be considered and analysed during the mixdown process.
If you are confident that some elements are as they should be, you can include stems with the multitracks too.