Ever since artists first started to mix their vinyl records, DJing has evolved into an art of its own – and it looks much different today than it used to. First, it moved from vinyls to CDs, then to laptops. And now, even laptops have become obsolete. The secret lies within a small device that will set the beat for the parties to come. Appropriately, it is named Pacemaker.
The mobile turntables in handheld format come with an 120GB hard-disk, final scratch module and most everything else needed to DJ. Almost unbelievably, but true – you can perform a set with this little remote control look-alike. Now that gets our heartbeat up!
Pacemaker works with the editor of the same name, which you can download from the Pacemaker website (see links below). There, you can also upload and share your mixes. Unlike the Pacemaker device, which at 520 Euro is more suitable for professional DJs and artists, the program and community are free and can be used by everyone. It’s still in the beta phase, but pretty cool already. You can search by mixes, artists, find your favourite member… it’s like chosing your favourite club every day!
And Pacemaker is just the tip of the iceberg. More websites are popping up everywhere that let users mix their favourites and create own playlists and radio-style programs to share with others.
One of them is Soundcloud. Much like Pacemaker, you can upload your tracks and/or mixes here, with the extra that you get to see the whole waveform of the track. Therefore, users can comment directly on their favourite part – save the annoying "great break at 3:23" and pin your comment directly on that part!
Less tech-affine music lovers can launch their own radio channel at Laut.fm, and see whether they make it to the most played stations. A similar idea is put to work at Muxtape, which Electronic Beats has reported on.
With all these new possibilites, everyone can become their own DJ!