I got in a bit of a discussion today about the origin of the word STEM.
I personally believe it comes from a combination of STEREO MASTER = STEreo Master = STEM.
My coworker thinks that's bunk because 5.1 Stems are still called Stems, and they're 5.1. So, it's just a different use of the word Stem which means branching off from something.
Does anyone know the actual origin of the word "Stem" as we use it in mixing?
I googled and I googled and I googled and now I'm all googled out. I couldn't find it.