The BlackBerry may not be the most popular device on the market right now, but that doesn’t change the fact that the latest tablet OS 2.1 beta scores 393 (+ 10 bonus points) out of a possible 500 at html5test.com/ might give users some insight as to why Pacemaker would choose RIM to support their incredible DJ experience that is Pacemaker.
° Auto beatmatch – Instantly sync tempo and phase of two tracks by clicking the Sync button.
° Scratch – Put the needle on the record and scratch like the Grandmaster.
° Time stretch – Alter and set the tempo of a track ± 100% without affecting pitch/key.
° Pitch speed – Alter track tempo ± 100% and pitch/key ± one octave in parallel.
° Pitch bend – Nudge a track into phase.
° Loop – Create synchronized loops on the fly; set and adjust in-point and/or end-point, split from in-point or end-point, double from in-point or end-point, exit loop and re-loop.
° Loop travel – Turn on Loop travel and hear the funky sound of a small loop traveling along the sound wave.
° Reverse – Flip playback direction
° Cue play – Play track from cue point and revert to cue point when releasing cue button.
° Set cue point – Search and define starting point of a track with precise control.
° DJ pause – A stuttering micro loop lets you listen, search and set cue point.
° FX – Add and adjust single parameter audio effect Hi-cut/Lo-cut ± 1.0.
°Beat FX – Add and adjust two-parameter audio effects Echo and Roll to dry/wet + 0–100% and Beat at 1/8-8, and Reverb to dry/wet and size to + 0–100%.
° Kill-all – Instantly mute or re-engage activated audio effects.
° Track EQ – Temporarily adjust equalization of loaded tracks.
°Crossfader – Dynamically adjust the output blend between the two channels.
° Split output – Split output and listen to one track in the headphones while another track is playing in the speakers. All you need is the Griffin DJ Cable.
° Headphones crossfader – Dynamically adjust what channel blend to listen to in the phones.
° Halt – Pause everything and continue when ready.
° Master headphones volume – Adjust volume for headphones output.
° Gain – Temporarily adjust gain level of loaded track.
°° Smart Track Search
Find the track you need instantly with our smart filters. Search the track by adding filters for specific Artists, Albums, Genres, Key or BPM.
Over the last 20 years we’ve seen some big changes and advances in the music industry thanks to technology. I still remember when I first heard about the CDJ turntables from Pioneer Electronics. Thinking it would be possible for DJ’s to take advantage and control analogue music from CD’s was huge! At the time there was a huge movement of users, and artists pushing to protect vinyl so it would still be considered more original to rock some old Tecnics SL 1200′s during that time.
But fortunately technology is the future. And no matter how we look at hip-hop and all the elements that would make a great DJ today, one thing is true you must have style but you must also have the tools to get you there and practice too.
Scratch, crossfade, and moving the crowd are now a possibility with the Pacemaker application on your PlayBook. During BlackBerry World 2012 the team behind Pacemaker was kind enough to install a beta version of Pacemaker in attendee’s tablets. I of course was one of those attending.
Getting home and actually spending some time with the beta was awesome. I honestly had to talk myself into making the full purchase the other day because I couldn’t imagine they could have packed more into the app than what the beta offered. Oh and they did!
Just reading through the feature list of the full version can be intimidating. But it only takes a few minutes with the first tutorial to get an early hang on using Pacemaker. Taking advantage of all EQ with treble, middle, bass & gain is just the beginning. Once you realize the big changes you can create by Changing Pitch, then moving into FX options like reverb, echo, hi-lo & roll you’ll be fast on your way to rocking your own party. If you have any style, people might just pay you to host their next party and that’s no joke.
But your not just blending 2 tracks together here. You now have access to tools you won’t find anywhere else in an application on any smartphone as far as I know. For example Loop Travel let’s you take a specific loop and travel that sound along the entire sound wave. Sync allows you to automatically beatmatch the tempo and phase of 2 different tracks. Reverse let’s you flip the sound playback in the opposite direction. These are professional tools and they’re all right in your PlayBook when you purchase the Pacemaker application.
Most users and even amateur DJ lovers know about the Crossfader, Setting Cue points, Halt and more. They left nothing out. I haven’t felt music like this before. Reminds me of being 15 again and when hip-hop was my everything. I can’t say enough great things about this product but I can say it’s like owning a new tool, not a new app.
Pacemaker in it’s entire form is $19.99 at the link below. You also get a handful of club rocking tracks to get you started. For those of you who want to get a good taste but aren’t ready to commit to the $20 application they have made a nice Lite version of Pacemaker for just $4.99 here.