In 2007, the Tonium Pacemaker – described as the “world’s first portable DJ system’ – was introduced at the 2007 Sónar music festival in Barcelona.
It was an interesting device – it offered a 120 GB hard drive, dedicated jacks for line out and headphones and support for most digital DJing techniques.
But the Pacemaker also had two strikes against it:
- bizarre marketing, right, that featured dancers in ‘gimp suits’; and
- terrible timing, hitting stores just as the iPhone started disrupting the market for dedicated mobile devices.
Tonium, the parent company behind Pacemaker, shut down in June 2011. But the Pacemaker lives on.
The original inventors of Pacemaker, Jonas Norberg and Daniel Wallner, plus a new recruit, Olof Berglöf, bought the IP for the Pacemaker back and have now reincarnated the Pacemaker as an iPad DJ application.
The Pacemaker application is unique in that it lets you mix tracks from both iTunes and Spotify. Using Spotify tracks comes with some limitations, though, like not being able to record and share mixes, as noted by CDM.
Here’s the official intro video:
If you’ve used the Pacemaker app, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!