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Pacemaker is out
Pacemaker is out
Posted by Gizmo on January 7, 2008 :

Pacemaker personal DJ system

With NAMM just around the corner, the press releases will be coming in thick and fast soon, detailing the next NEXT big thing to grace your DJ playpen. But here's some fresh PR for something we broke ages ago, so sorry if it feels like old news but Tonium's Pacemaker is getting closer to release so they've gone and hired themselves a pukka PR agency especially for the event. And if they're nice enough to send me this stuff, it's only polite to post it up.


Swedish company Tonium reinvents the personal music player with Pacemaker

January 7, 2008 –Today, Swedish tech company Tonium Laboratories is proud to announce the release of Pacemaker, the world’s first professional pocket-sized DJ system. Designed with the aim of bringing people closer to their music and allowing them to creatively interact with their whole music collection, Pacemaker is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

For the first time in history, everyone can have the power to create their own music.  Imagine walking into a party with every record you own in your pocket, stored on the huge 120GB Pacemaker hard drive, plugging into the nearest sound system and DJ’ing like a professional. Envision the next time you’re on a bus or subway, instead of simply listening to your music you can completely interact with it, creating mixes of your favorite tunes, beat matching and using effects; the possibilities are only limited by your own imagination.

While Pacemaker is a product that speaks to fans of dance and electronic music, this ground breaking device will capture the imaginations of all music fans. Pacemaker will allow you to create mixes of any musical style, giving you the ability to seamlessly mix between tracks and to produce new sounds. What was once thought to be exclusively available to DJs and producers is now readily available to everyone. Pacemaker is the first product in the world that truly brings DJ’ing to the masses.

Pacemaker allows two tracks to be played simultaneously and boasts all the functionality of a full, professional DJ set up. The intelligent software will automatically work out the BPMs (beats per minute) of each of your tracks, enabling you to quickly learn to match the beats between two tracks and create a DJ mix. Pacemaker works with both PC and MAC and supports all the major audio formats including MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG and FLAC files.

Inventor of Pacemaker and founder of Tonium, Jonas Norberg comments, “We’re out to try something different; to bring people closer to the music they love and to let music lovers be creative with their passion. We aim to increase the diversity and reinforce the value of music by offering new means for people like us to creatively engage in what we love!”

Pacemaker will also offer the Pacemaker Editor to its users; a free, downloadable PC and Mac compatible computer application that allows you to play music and edit and create mixes. You can download mixes you have created from Pacemaker, or upload mixes to it from the Pacemaker Editor. You have complete freedom to be as forward thinking as you like with your music.

Pacemaker will also offer its users a community platform to legally share their saved DJ mixes. This music sharing platform is one of the foundations of the Pacemaker philosophy, to let people express and share their creativity and find inspiration from others. There is more to come on this innovation in the very near future…In the meantime, please welcome Pacemaker, the next step in the music interaction revolution.

IN THE BOX • Pacemaker • Quick start guide • Stereo amplifier cables • USB 2.0 cable • Power charger

SIZE AND WEIGHT • Length 164/ Width 69.6/ Height 22.8 mm • Weight: 200 g

CAPACITY • 120 GB hard drive

INPUT AND OUTPUT • Mini USB • 2x3.5 mm stereo plug

POWER AND BATTERY • Exchangeable rechargeable battery; full-charge time: 1.5 hrs, fast-charge time: about 1 hr • Music playback time: 18 hrs • DJ operating time: 5 hrs

DISPLAY • Dimensions: 45 mm • Resolution: 166 dpi screen resolution (0.153 mm dot pitch) • TFT display with 262 K colors

AUDIO • Frequency response: 20–20.000 Hz (SNR: 103 dB) • Audio formats supported: MP3, AAC, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV

DJ FUNCTIONALITY • Two output channels: headphones and lineout • Two crossfaders: headphones and lineout • Pitch control: ± 100% • Equalizer: for adjusting treble, mid and bass amplitudes. • Mix saving: continuous caption to
hard drive. • User Input latency: approx. 5 ms

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS • Mac with USB 2.0 port; Pacemaker Editor installed • Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later

Editor • Windows XP Home or Professional or Windows Vista

Tonium seem to have done a pretty good job getting the Pacemaker under the noses of the masses. You can't move for seeing it just about everywhere including the tellybox and on at least every other page of the trade press. So things must be working out well for Tonium.

So c'mon Jonas - where's me Pacemaker?

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10 comments to this story

On January 8, 2008, guy with opinion said this:
i don't get it

On January 8, 2008, Niche said this:
Seems like it would be cool to mess around with while on the way to work, but not for a party or something. They should set it up so you can turn of the bpm reading and all that unnecessary crap.

On January 8, 2008, DaCaveDwella said this:
Lightbulb idea.gif : Pacemaker & QFO


On January 8, 2008, chu said this:
Rather annoyingly, while it lets you save and play back your mixes, it doesn't let you export them to audio file.

On January 8, 2008, xlr said this:
2x3.5 mm stereo plug. A truely professional dj system!

On January 8, 2008, Timmy Jimmy said this:
Just cuz you can, doesn't mean you should. I would never, ever, ever use this at a party. Would I play with it on a plane or on the crapper? Yes, but never ever for pro use.

On January 9, 2008, Portable System said this:
I think that, PACEMAKER or similar is like PSP for people who likes video games.
If you are at home is better play games in a 42 inch TV screen with your favourite joystick, not in a 10 inch screen of a PSP with a little buttons.

If you are a DJ and are at home with 2 Technics and a good mixer, PACEMAKER will be turned off or I will use it as an accessory.
But if you are out of home or disco and you have an PACEMAKER, an iPhone, or Pocket PC, etc with DJ software this is fantastic.

I use a long time ago, "Pocket DJ Studio" ( ) in my QTEK S200 PocketPC/Phone and I can listen one song or two songs (one on each earphone) while I'm changing PITCH, volume, etc… And is great, so I can make that while I’m in bus.

But at home "Pocket DJ Studio" is only an auxiliar DJ deck (as I can change PITCH) to play a base while practise scratchig in a real turntable.

On January 15, 2008, Bob said this:
Im switching my 1200s for dat!!

This is the future guys smile1.gif

On January 15, 2008, Gizmo said this:
The sarcasm is strong in this one.

On January 22, 2008, nasferatu said this:
replace a traditional rig? not likely.

Will it allow me to review gigs worth of mp3 demos while on the 1hr commute home? most definitely!

With live gigs being so dependent on computers, this unit would be a nice backup.

Is it a bit too pricey? most definitely!

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