- Breathe (Blake Jarrell Remix) by Anna Nalick
- Take me away into the night (purple haze remix) by 4 strings
- Humming the lights (radio edit) by Armin van Buuren, Gaia
- Stella – Ferry Corsten vs Markus Schulz
- The Evil ID – Max Graham
- The Spring – Ernesto and Alex Fisher
- Orbion (Max Graham vs Protoculture Remix) – Armin Van Buuren
- 3rd Earth (heatbeat remix) – Solarstone vs Scott Bond
- Megalodon – Dash Berlin
- Attention – John 00 Fleming Vs Christopher Lawrence
- The Storm – Eco
- Sundown (Sneijder remix) – Thomas Bronzwaer
- Rainmaker – Des mcmahon
- Shadow World - Thomas Bronzwaer
Big Sky (Signum vs RAM Remix) – John O’Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher
Solarcoaster (protoculture Remix) – Solarstone
Wonder of Life (f & w remix) – Tukan Light
Diss! – Ferry Corsten
RoseGarden 2.0 – JS16
Two things happened to today…
Those crazy pacemaker guys Jonas, Olof and Willem released a ipad app (one of the worst kept secrets to be honest) but they did some great things to make the whole thing much more simple and usable for the people who just want to play. Those guys have always been excellent at interface design, conveying complexity in quite a unique way. One of the reasons why I love the pacemaker device.
Si Lumb was the first to break it to me on Twitter via The Verge. The interface is different from the Pacemaker app which came on the Blackberry. But the massive difference is the Spotify access. Direct access to mix and screw around with any track on Spotify in real time? Thats almost worth buying a ipad for… Don’t worry I’ll be asking the guys when the Android version is coming. But to be fair I have (well my sister has it but its mine) a blackberry playbook for the sole reason of mixing, so why not a ipad too…?
What got me slightly choked up is the commitment to #mixeverything and ultimately the democratisation of mixing and djing. Yes its not virtualdj or Tracktor but its something you can easily pull out at a party and get people dancing.
It all reminds me of my slide (number 17) from the Dj Hackday presentation… New rules, new blood, new ideas… I want my first born (male or female) to want to be a DJ not some pop idiot.
I remember the arguments about dedicated cameras vs camera phones. The best camera you have is the one in your pocket or even your hand at the time. Is this true of djing too? Yes if I had my records and decks, but you don’t… And with the app you can pull up virtually most songs, even those stupid request songs.
I’d still like to know how they are doing the twin output, I assume its using the audio out and the HDMI/Lightning port? If not I’m expecting it will change soon.
Secondly those crazy guys released a new firmware update for the Pacemaker device. Seems not many of the usual suspects know much about this, so I’ll be one of the first to give it a run. Which is great because I’ve been playing with the pacemaker device again. My next mix is going to be something special… But now I want to run home and get the firmware updated.
Well Armin Van Buuren launches a DJ device with Philips.
Its the M1X and on the face of it, it looks like a reasonable DJ device. 399 euros should mean about 299 pounds, which isn’t bad for a 100 watt boombox, with dj controller.
However, you must run it off an Apple ipad or iphone with lightning connection. This your suddenly talking upwards of 599 euros for something you can actually use (on the beach – as Armin said many times). The lightning connector slams the door on your Android devices. It also seems to only work with Algoriddim djay 2! So even if you invested in Traktor, Virtual DJ or what ever, your screwed? The only interesting feature is the ability to hook up multiple M1x’s to the same thing. How this works in practice is a massive question and I look forward to seeing people messing with this in time.
Armin said again and again, you can use it on the beach, but really? Are you going to carry that whole thing down on to the sand? A boombox with good speakers and amp is a lot cheaper that 399 euros. Plug in a Pacemaker and your laughing. Nope sorry its nice in concept but its not going to carve its way out of a tiny niche. That niche is smaller that the pacemaker and thats saying something!
Thumbs down sorry Armin… Either do something different like the Pacemaker guys or make the whole thing real cheap…
Its seems crazy that no one has a better device than the pacemaker, even with all the progression in memory, cpu speeds, display tech, etc.
Its another one of those pacemaker mixes which I’m specially enjoyed doing…
There’s some real classic tunes and plenty of catchy anthems to get you up and dancing or deep into that code if your doing so.
This time it comes into versions, the standard and the extended version. The versions do have slight different bpm and is a little faster and heavier in the extended version, rather than just cut differently.
- The Truth (David West Remix) – Headstrong feat. Tiff Lacey
- Wonder of life (f & w remix) – tukan
- Grooveline (Matt Darey Remix) – Blockster
- Louder – Jose Amnesia feat Jennifer Rene
- Lotus – Shogun
- Ecstasy – Eddie Makabi Feat. Einat
- Constellation (John’O Callaghan Remix) – Thomas Bronzwaer
- Surrender (Sneijder Vs John O’Callaghan Remix) – Full Tilt Feat Deirdre Mclaughlin
- Intution (Martin Roth mix) – Marninx vs Ecco
- Sinster – Airbase
- Shadow world – Thomas Bronzwaer
- Nothing else matters – Max Graham feat Ana Criado
- Breeze – Ferrin and Low
- Out of the blue (2010 remix) – System F
- Everything’s been written – 8 Wonders
- Resurrection (Paul Oakenfold Full On Fluoro Remix) – Planet Perfecto Knights
- Skyfire – Shogun
- 1998 (Alex M.O.R.P.H remix) – Binary Finary
Its been a long while since I’ve uploaded a mix to Mixcloud or even Soundcloud. So I decided to throw together a mix on the pacemaker and stick it up. Its a strange mix of some classics and some new tunes. Nothing over thought, just good music mixed together…
I present the Satisfaction zero mix
- D.N.A – W&W
- Language (Santiago Nino Mix) – Hammer & Bennett
- Lift – Sean Tyas
- Skyfire (Alex M.O.R.P.H Mix) – Shogun
- Everything’s Been Written – 8 Wonders
- The Strings Which Bind Us – Arnej
- Beautiful Thing (Photon Project Remix) – Andain
- Ramazing – Ram
- No More Alone (John O’Callaghan Remix) – Giuseppe Ottavian Feat Stephen Pickup
- Without You (John O’Callaghan Remix) – Dogzilla
- Ultracurve – Cosmic Gate
- The Situation (Liquid Life Remix) – A Situation
- Ramsterdam (Jornvan Deynhoven Remix) – Ram
- Intuition (Original Mix) – Marninx Pres. Ecco
- Big Sky (Agneli & Nelson Remix) – John O’Callaghan Feat. Audrey Gallagher
- Black Is Back – The Blackmaster
- Cream – Blank & Jones
At the Mozilla Festival in London last weekend, I took part in a Hack the DJ workshop, looking at ways to take digital DJ’ing to the next level. One of the ideas proposed was stem mixing, using multichannel files in DJ applications. A proprietary implementation of this idea is Fireplayer but this app is built with the intention that users will buy remixable versions of (a very limited number of) well-known songs from an in-app store. I would like to work towards a new open standard for stem mixing, something that is compatible with sharing our mixes on the open web – legally, of course – but could also be used by record labels that sell tracks to DJs.
For example, eight channel Ogg Vorbis files where the first two tracks are a stereo mix of the drums, third and fourth stereo bass, fifth and sixth stereo vocals, and seventh and eighth tracks everything else. This means that you can mute or solo individual stems in the mix, giving you the versatility of four-deck or eight-deck mixing but without the problems of keeping many decks in sync, since the stems within a single file are locked on the same timeline. Also, it makes using the mixer a lot simpler than for many-deck mixing, because you don’t need to keep assigning the crossfader to the various different decks.
Of course this means that the eight channel .ogg file has to be prepared specially for DJ’ing, but this is already possible in Audacity. So we have a file format, and an editor, but what we don’t yet have is full support for stem mixing in open source DJ applications. Sweep supports scratching on eight-channel files, but it doesn’t have a mixer. Mixxx has a mixer, but doesn’t support multichannel Ogg files (yet), as far as I can see.
So, what do you think? Is stem mixing a genuinely useful feature that will allow DJs to be more creative, or will it fail if the best music continues to be available in stereo only? Please add your comments below
I like to think this could be massive thing because although you might be able to get the Stem’s of a tune if your a international superstar dj and have contacts in high places. But if your just a bedroom dj or even play out quite a bit but not a popular name, getting access to the stems of a tune is near impossible.
In fact what were trying to do is standardise the format, so it means the bedroom producers and the massive music businesses can compete on a level platform. This might strike fear into some but when the stereo track is no more and everyone is expecting the Stems of the track as standard, then you will have to go along with it.
Ogg Vorbis is a great starting point and knowing it can support up to 200+ tracks is great for future capability. There are a ton of questions of how it works for a Dj but its certainly a challenge which will be fun to have. I just hope we can stay away from the logic/alberton type interface…
Can’t wait to mix with Stem’ed Ogg Vorbis files…!
This time we have 4 djs, starting up at 9pm and finishing at 2am. This Friday (22nd June) and every Friday (except maybe next week, 29th July TBC).
If your in Manchester and out on Friday night, you can’t do much better than experience the House, Electro and Trance played by some great up-shots in the Manchester scene… Feel free to RSVP here.
Hope to see you all there…
This should be a easy task but Tonium did something to a later version of the free pacemaker editor, so it no longer worked. In the meantime I personally have been running a virtual machine just for the purpose of taking tunes on and off my pacemaker. No one could work out what they changed in the later version but although you could get the software to work, it wouldn’t recognize the pacemaker device at all. I even stuck it on WineHQ to see if that might help…
Many people tried different ways to get it working but none of them worked. Tonium unhelpfully said it was only supported on Windows and Mac.
But they came back with…
Yeah i am aware of this. ubuntu runs a program called ‘wine’ that emulates windows so you can still run windows only programmes such as this. was just wondering if anyone out there had experienced similar problems…
i have looked on ubuntu forums and pacemaker should run fine, apart from it being a bit fiddly to unmount sometimes.
Then today I had a good think about the problem and started thinking out of the box/experimenting over lunch. Last night I was convinced I would need to install a Github version of Wine for the USB to work and thought I’d install wine from source while eating my lunch.
But before I got to remove Wine, I thought I’d have a online search again and look through the wine settings again. Surely someone must have the solution. I found someone who suggested there might be a read/write problem with the pacemaker and suggested the following.
chown yourusername /media/yourpacemaker
chmod u=rw /media/yourpacemaker
After that I thought for a while, surely theres nothing magical happening. I mean Tonium are using open methods for most of the software and the build of the pacemaker. Even the config files are simply .xml files. The only illusion so far is the stm files which seem to be the analysed raw data stuffed in xml files. So we’re talking low level methods to make it all work, surely this would extend to the way Tonium did the method for putting tunes on the actual device. In actual fact, Musicinstinct2 had already started building a manager for linux and got it mostly working except for the stm file part. Then I had a moment of genius…
I got thinking that Windows simply mounts the Pacemaker then the Pacemaker Editor simply looks at a certain drive letter. The problem we’ve had is as default Wine sets the Pacemaker hard drive as drive E: as default. Windows from memory allocates drive letters from Z backwards. That or Tonium through they would be clever and use a letter which wouldn’t normally be used!
I also thought about upgrading my Wine to support USB better but I started thinking, wine can see the pacemaker as a drive if I select it. So it must be the editor which is at fault.
So the first thing I did was mounted the drive under Z: Y: X: then used different advanced options to see if that made a difference. By pure chance on the 1st time I loaded up the pacemaker editor it automatically showed the contains of the Pacemaker. I thought it was a mistake and decided to close it down and load it up again. Bingo! Exactly the same thing. So I did some crude operations like copying files, renaming files, etc. They all pretty much worked.
At this point I had to share my joy with the world by posting up this post.
After this I did some tweaking so it could see my music collection, etc and discovered the option of type was essential to the whole thing working. I had by pure chance selected floppy disc on the correct drive letter. I also tried removing drives to see exactly which drive it was expecting, and discovered it was all about X: it seemed. Without waiting I wrote up the whole thing on the community maintained forum.
Mount the Pacemaker as usual by plugging it into a linux machine (I’m using Ubuntu 10/10 64bit edition)
I set the pacemaker to be writable using,
"sudo chown yourusername /media/yourpacemaker"
"sudo chmod u=rw /media/yourpacemaker"
*warning if you don’t understand the command don’t type it in… and I’m not responsible for anything which happens.
I’m assuming you already have Wine 1.3 and the Pacemaker Editor installed…
In the Wine preferences, setup a new drive letter X: and set it to /media/Pacemaker
Then set the type under the advanced options to floppy drive.
Now start the pacemaker editor with the pacemaker connected to the machine and it should come up and you can drag files on and off it.
Now in hindsight it might just be the floppy drive option not the drive letter and I’m unsure if you need to make the pacemaker writable using the commands above. But to be honest, I don’t see them harming anything and I’m sure someone else will narrow the instructions down soon enough.
The only question left is if Linux pacemaker users will see this or not? I certainly hope so…
This is my latest mix on my pacemaker. Lots of new tunes and some classics returns.
Its known as just the geometry set, but why? Well most of the mix has something to do with geometry in some way. If you think you can work out the link in each tune, feel free to comment below.
You may have noticed this is also a much shorter mix that I usually do but it didn’t feel the need to be long and drawn out.
Ladies and Gentleman, I present The Geometry Set…
- Endless Wave (albion remix) – Kamaya Painters
- Heal – Electrique Boutique
- Arctic Globe – DJ Governor Presents Orjan
- Strange Bends (Kyau Vs Albert) – Sebastian Sand
- Shadow World – Thomas Bronzwaer
- Call The Galaxy Taxi (Martin Roth Nu Style Remix) – Plastic Angel
- The Spring – Ernesto and Alex Fisher
- Ultra Curve – Cosmic Gate
- Exposure – Gareth Emery
- Perfect Wave – peter martin pres anthanasia
- The string that binds us (8 wonders remix) – Arnej
- Intution – Marninx Pres Ecco
Another mix by myself (Dj Cubicgarden). This time its the wrong end of irlam walkabout mix. As you can imagine I did this while walking around Irlam (yes its a real place, near Manchester) and I kind of got a little lost. It was certainly the wrong end of Irlam, as the kiddies started gathering wondering why I was there, and what this weird thing I was clutching was (the pacemaker). Anyway, I made it out of irlam safely but unfortunately without my scooter, which also now needs a new battery.
The mix is far from perfect but its an enjoyable mix of trance. There’s a lot of new stuff mixed in with some old favorites. The problem with walking around doing a mix is you can’t see the screen very well when selecting tunes and things like buying a ticket or showing the inspector your ticket can really put you off the pace of a mix.
Anyway, hope you all enjoy it, here’s the playlist…
- Collider – Thomas Bronzwaer
- Man on the Run – Dash Berlin with Cerf, Mitlska
- Perfect Wave – Peter Martin pres Anthanasia
- Ninety – Sander van Doorn
- Jelly Tracks (rippin & drippin mix) – Oliver Klein
- Roundabout – Sam Sharp
- Breathing (push vocal mix) – Rank 1
- Off the world (large remix) – Martin Roth and Alex Bartlett
- Passionate (fire & ice remix) – Leon
- Intution (martin roth remix) – Marninx pres ecco
- Into the danger (M.I.K.E remix) – M.I.K.E vs Andrew Bennett
- Listening – Aly & Fila feat Josie
- Severn Cities (V-One Living Cities remix) – Solar Stone
- RAMsterdam (jornvan deynhoven remix) – RAM
So my latest mix is online, I’m sorry to say I uploaded while at TedXSheffield (it was break time and the wifi was pretty fast). I got to take the wifi as it comes because it looks like I won’t get connectivity till the end of the month now.
As always the mix can be downloaded from soundcloud if the flash player doesn’t take your fancy or you want to listen to it on the go. I would upload a OGG version (the pacemaker defaults to ogg actually, so creating a mp3 version requires extra time and effort) but soundcloud don’t really support versions of the same stuff, I’m considering going back to blip.tv for media uploading. The playlist is below, Yes I really like Thomas Bronzwaer, he’s got a style of trance which really plays to my ear, this is also the reason for Collider twice.
This mix was recorded on my pacemaker while sitting outside in the sunshine of my new shared garden at Islington Wharf. Not my best mixing but entaining and well worth a listen. Thanks to Simon Lumb (@dirtysi) for the new Gouryella remix. I love Gouryella and this remix is pretty true to the original in lot of aspects. Enjoy…
- Man on the run – dash berlin with cerf
- Perfect Wave – peter martin pres anthanasia
- The strings that bind us – Arnej
- Be with me – Coast 2 coast feat Amanda Jami
- Collider – Thomas Bronzwaer
- denva – Ronski Speed
- Massive Motion – M.I.K.E
- Rainmaker – des mcmahon
- North Pole – Nitrous Oxide
- Sincere (pulsar remix) – Firewall
- The pride in your eyes (martin roth mix) – Tillmann Uhrmacher
- Collider – Thomas Bronzwear
- Resound – Thomas Bronzwear
- Constellation – Thomas Bronzwear
- Gouryella (gigolo remix) – Gouryella
This one is certainly the best sounding of the bunch which includes the the amazing recover mix, the outta of hope mix and of course the pulse of a nation mix. Its a good length too at almost a hour long. The mixing isn’t perfect but its good enough for a listen. The choice of tunes is also good, a nice upbeat selection, I must have had a good day the day I recorded this mix. As always enjoy it… oh an you can directly download this mix using this link.
- By your side (martin roth remix) – the thrillseekers feat gina do
- Strange bends (kyau vs albert) – Sebastian Sand
- Grooveline (matt darey) – Blockster
- dark side of the moon (marc van linden remix) – Ernesto vs Bastian
- Intution (martin roth remix) – Marninx pres ecco
- the truth (david west remix) – Headstrong feat Tiff Lacey
- Circa Forever (R.E.mix) – Rapid eye
- The wave (svenson & gielen remix) – cosmic gate
- a new dawn (virtual vault remix) – steve forte rio
- So much – Vince Nysse
- Ultracurve – cosmic gate
The mix isn’t perfect, I almost dedcied not to release it and maybe even do it again, but I changed my mind as theres a lot of new tunes in this mix. Of course there’s classic ones too. Recorded in Bristol while waiting to go out one night, I’m sure yuo will enjoy it.
Its been a while since I’ve uploaded a new mix mainly because I’ve had some trouble getting the Pacemaker editor software working in Ubuntu. I tried to get it working using Wine but it just would not work. So I had to go back to using Sun’s VirtualBox which thankfully does work.
Here’s the playlist for the mix…
- Salvation (Album Re-Vised Mix) – M.I.K.E
- Second Slience (Michael Jast edit) – Signum vs Delerium
- Intution (Martin Roth Remix) – Marninx pres Ecco
- Watch out (Extended Remix) – Ferry Corsten
- Junk (Body Snatchers Vocal mix) – Ferry Corsten Feat Guru
- Strange Bends (Kyau Vs Albert) – Sebastian Sand
- A New dawn (Virtual Vault Remix) – Steve Forte Rio
- Smack – Simon Patterson
- Invisible Touch (Ferry Corsten’s Touch) – Bobina
- Sinister (Original Mix) – Airbase
- Language (Santiago Nino Dub Tech Mix) – Hammer and Bennett
- Shivers (Alex M.O.R.P.H Remix) – Armin Van Buuren
- RAMsteram (Jornvan Deynhoven Remix) – RAM
The whole thing is a joke I would say, I had pretty much given up to tell the truth. The NGDJ (next generation dj contest) has published a warning that all qualifiers to the contest will be scrutinized.
A quick note regarding the NGDJ Qualifiers: Leading up to the end of NGDJ Stage 1, we will be investigating all Qualifier mixes. Voting patterns related to accounts or mixes which are in breach of the NGDJ Terms and Conditions may lead to any of the following:
- Votes being retracted
- Mixes being denoted from Qualifier status
- The banning of Letsmix.com accounts
In addition to this we would like to inform you that this procedure might also affect mix rating averages and vote totals. All decisions and results following this investigation are final.
Voting issues, why? This is part of the problem,
For the stage 1
The NGDJ eligibility period will begin December 15th 2009 and will end on January 31st 2010, after which Stage 1 (“NGDJ Qualifiers Eligibility Period”) ends. To register and compete in NGDJ, visit http://www.letsmix.com and fully complete all required fields on the online registration form, and proceed to upload your DJ mix. Spread your NGDJ submission widely; you must gain a minimum of 200 ratings to be deemed a qualifier. The top one hundred qualifiers will then be determined by their average mix rating to remain in contest as Stage 2 commences.
Basically if you browse around the current qualifiers for the contest, you will find many examples of mixes which have something like 206 votes but only 60 actual listens. Go figure, obviously something is going on. What bugs me is that the legitimate mixes like mine (80 listens and 62 votes of a average of 4.8 out of 5) are going to lose out simply because I didn’t cheat like everyone else.
I don’t know why you didn’t make another voting procedure. My idea:
1. The vote button to be enabled only after the mix was listened at least 30 min
2. The rate of the mix to be shown only after the vote was placed.
3. The competitors shouldn’t be able to vote other mixes. The actual situation is not very good cause some of the “djs” here are not acquainted with the term FAIR PLAY and are not open minded.
4. The owner of the mix should be able to see a review of the votes he received on each day (how much stars has each vote).
So before the end of the month, if you’ve not voted for my mix, please do.
I’ve been thinking about the mix for the mix competition and decided to do a more upbeat tech electro mix instead of trance. I’ll post it on soundcloud
very soon, just need to edit it a little because the pacemaker didn’t record the first mix correctly (again!).
- Where’s your head at (Stanton Warriors Remix) – Basement Jaxx
- Hustler – Simians mobile disco
- Shifter – Timo Maas
- Wooden – Simians mobile disco
- Roundabout – Sam Sharp
- One for you (Oliver Klien)
- Shnorkel (original mix) – Miki Litvak and Ido Ophir
- Its the beat – Simians mobile disco
- Higher state of consciousness (dirty south version) – Josh wink
- Tits and Acid – Simians mobile disco
- Verdi (the others) – mauro picotto
- Grasshopper (raw version) – Sander Van Doorn
- Communication (more) – Mario Piu
- Friday (trentemoller remix) – Fred Everything and 20 for 7
- Rheninkraft (extended version) – Oliver Klein
- Prosac – Dj Tomcraft
- Sleep Deprivation – Simian mobile disco
What do you think? Shall I submit this one or stick to the trance?