UPDATE (FEB 2014): Pacemaker has just released a software-only version of the system tailored to Spotify and iTunes users. A free download at pacemaker.net for iOS (and Blackberry?). Looks like a good implementation of their mixing system/style. They have a fancy promo video too. Enjoy!
Pacemaker is a revolutionary portable music player equipped with an extensive range of professional audio manipulation features, enabling limitless mixing between two independent channels. Let’s put the Pacemaker through it’s paces to see if it lives up to all the hype:
THE GOOD—Showcasing beautiful industrial design, smart packaging, and a Batman-esque interface style, I was quickly the envy of everyone in the room just by taking it out of my DJ bag. The packaging design and accompanying tidbits made me stop work completely and refocus on digging into the Pacemaker immediately after it arrived in the mail. And once I got the hang of the interface and UI, it became a mesmerizingly fun little toy to play with.
THE BAD—The beautiful product design does not translate to a good user experience. I wish I could get back the hours I spent setting it up and learning how to mix. Additionally, everyone we polled had similar difficulty executing even the simplest of tasks without extensive personal training, including simple tasks like turning the device on, and selecting music to play.
Exkclamation Magazine recommendation?
NOT YET, WAIT
Wait to buy until they work out the kinks—specifically, adding auto-beatmatching tools, a more streamlined audio loading process, and a more flexible, ergonomic hand position.
Editor’s Note: This article has been republished from LEGENDmag #23 (PDF).