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All the ultimate and essential gear to become a DJ: the Hercules DJStarter Kit


After the launch of its three new DJ controllers and the new version of the DJUCED® software in late September, Hercules has announced today the perfect way to get started DJing: the Hercules DJStarter Kit.

 

As the Christmas season approaches, the Hercules DJStarter Kit is the ideal way to celebrate and the ultimate Christmas gift for all music lovers. This comprehensive, easy-to-carry and easy-to-install solution includes the Hercules DJControl Starlight controller, Hercules DJMonitor 32 speakers, HDP DJ M40.2 headphones and Serato DJ Lite.


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Hercules launches new and innovative DJ solutions to get you started mixing!


Rennes, September 27, 2018

Hercules is driven by its passion for music and its desire to bring DJing to the masses, now more than ever before, and is proud to announce its new range of DJControl Inpulse controllers and the new and improved version of its DJ software, DJUCED®. Specially designed to introduce and teach the art of DJing, Hercules' promise is clear: a new and innovative solution that will simplify the beginner's journey and allow him/her to easily acquire and master DJ skills.

For this launch, Hercules teamed up with emerging artist Stupead and his musical creations:


DJing for all
The mood is set. Hercules is adding a new dimension to learning how to become a DJ by focusing on the importance of training one's ear. The first technique that all professional or aspiring DJs must have mastered is beatmatching. The most important rule of mixing is to match the tempo of two tracks so that they can be played in a seamless sequence without breaking the rhythm. That's why Hercules has developed a unique range of two controllers: the HERCULES DJCONTROL INPULSE 200 and the HERCULES DJCONTROL INPULSE 300 which are equipped with a "beatmatch guide". If it is enabled, the help arrows along the tempo fader and below the jog wheel will light up to guide the budding young DJ through the right steps to take.
  Step 1: Activate beatmatch guide
 Step 2: Follow the arrow on the tempo (pitch) fader to adjust the tempo
 Step 3: Follow the arrow below the jog-wheel to align the beat on the beat of the other track

This valuable aid for getting started in DJing is powered by DJUCED® DJ software, which also includes interactive help and video tutorials from the Hercules DJ Academy to teach you the basics of DJing and improve your skills. It provides direct and intuitive access without ever exiting the software. Convenience guaranteed.
 

Please note that DJUCED® 40° has been renamed DJUCED®, effective from September 27, 2018. The new version of DJUCED® features a more intuitive and comprehensive interface, with an easy-to-use and smoother workflow for beginners and advanced users alike. All controllers that previously ran on DJUCED® 18° will continue to work, but the DJUCED® team recommends that you download the new version of DJUCED® in order to take advantage of the new update. All controllers will now work with DJUCED®. For more information: Djuced.com.

The perfect mix

The second key advantage of the new DJ Hercules solutions is the Intelligent Music Assistant (IMA) that was developed by the R&D team. IMA makes it easy for all DJs to decide on the best song to play, whether they are learning or performing:

The "TRENDING SONGS" feature available exclusively from DJUCED® uses the software's artificial intelligence to reveal tomorrow's hottest songs to help you prepare your new playlists and make sure you mix what's "in".
  
    
ASSISTANT: suggests the best songs from your computer audio library.

ENERGY: allows you to select the perfect atmosphere for the party and infuse it with the kind of energy you want. The energy level is displayed in a color going from blue (a cooler atmosphere) to red (a warm and very danceable atmosphere), which can set the desired mood at any point in the evening.

Hercules DJControl Inpulse 300


The flagship of the new range that includes all the new features described is the DJControl Inpulse 300, the largest controller ever designed by Hercules. It allows you to easily and quickly learn the right moves in order to mix with confidence and ensure a real performance. It’s got everything you need to become a DJ:
  • Large jog wheels (5.9” /15 cm): touch-sensitive to facilitate scratching
  • 16 pads: 8 modes on each deck (Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, Sampler, Toneplay and others)
  • Slip, Quantize, Loop in and Loop out buttons
  • Tempo/Pitch fader
  • Gain knob, 3-band equalization knobs and a filter knob
  • Volume faders and cross fader
  • VU meter on each deck and a master VU meter
  • Master output for speakers and headphones output

Hercules DJControl Inpulse 200



The DJControl Inpulse 200 is a more compact version than its big brother, with a user-friendly and comfortable layout that makes it the perfect controller for those who are new to DJing.
  • Jog wheel: touch-sensitive for scratch mode
  • 4 pads: 4 modes (Hot Cue, Roll, FX, Sampler)
  • Loop in/Loop out buttons
  • Tempo/Pitch fader
  • Gain knobs, 2-band equalization knobs and filter knob
  • Volume fader and cross fader
  • Master output for speakers and headphone output

A comprehensive ecosystem to get you started
When it comes to mixing, it's important to have the right equipment, even for beginners. That's why Hercules has introduced a new range of active monitoring speakers with the Hercules DJMonitor 32 and Hercules DJMonitor 42. They are powerful, and ensure a near studio experience so that everyone can get off to a good start and enjoy mixing, whether in their bedroom or at their first events.


The DJControl Inpulse 300 and DJControl Inpulse 200 will be available for sale from October 23, 2018.
Recommended retail price – DJControl Inpulse 300 €199.99
Recommended retail price – DJControl Inpulse 200 €99.99

The DJMonitor 42 and Djmonitor 32 will be available for sale from November 23, 2018.
Recommended retail price – DJMonitor 42 €129.99
Recommended retail price – DJMonitor 32 €79.99
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Hercules DJControl Starlight: light up the DJ scene and get started with Serato

Rennes, September 27, 2018 - Hercules, a leading manufacturer of DJ controllers and audio solutions, has teamed up with Serato to launch a new compact DJ controller with a unique backlighting feature to get started DJing: the DJControl Starlight. This ultra-compact, ultra-light and ultra-practical device packs all the features needed to mix and scratch with Serato DJ Lite.



The essential at your fingertips
With its built-in audio interface, the DJControl Starlight offers the pre-listening in the headphones, you can then play your mix on speakers, which is perfect for learning or creating new mixes. The system is so comprehensive for its size that it boasts all the essential features such as bass equalization/filter knobs for smooth transitions or touch-sensitive jogwheels for easy scratching. And all of that is boosted by the Hercules touch: a clear and powerful RGB backlighting with a unique strobe effect!

A unique light signature
Hercules has leveraged its creativity to develop a new and entertaining light system that makes it easier to learn how to mix. You can control the lights either from the controller or right in Serato DJ Lite, thanks to seven new modes that let you keep an eye on the rhythm and find your way through your mix.

A quick look at the top five:
  • Two exclusive modes for a better understanding of the 4-beat bar and count the beats in a song:
    ▪ Beat 1 Program: the LEDs light up red with the first beat of the main track and blue with the following beats, turning off between each beat.
    ▪ Beat 2 Program: the LEDs light up in red with the first beat of the main song and blue with the following beats, without turning off.
  • A volume-synced mode:
    Master Volume Program: the LEDs light up in white (strobe effect) and their intensity varies with the volume.
  • Two modes to cue and navigate within the tracks:
    ▪ Waveform Color Program: 2 LEDs per turntable mimic the waveform colors of the respective tracks.
    ▪ Cue point Color Program: 2 LEDs per turntable light up gradually depending on the color of the upcoming Cue Point.
Hercules DJControl Starlight 
The DJControl Starlight is the ideal controller to get into DJing with Serato DJ Lite:
▪ Plug-and-play with Serato DJ Lite (free download)
▪ Integrated audio interface: Master output (speakers) + headphone output
▪ Touch-sensitive jog wheel controls pause/playback
▪ 4 pads × 4 modes (Hot Cue, Loop, FX, Sampler)
▪ Tempo fader (pitch adjustment)
▪ Bass EQ/filter knobs + deck volume knobs
▪ Crossfader, for mixing both decks
▪ Master volume knob

 The DJControl Starlight will be available for sale from October 23, 2018 at the recommended retail price of $69.99 / € 79.99.
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Hercules will be at BPM (UK)

Hercules will be at BPM!
From Entry level to more advanced controllers for DJs, as well as Headphones and Monitors.
Come and chat with the Hercules team and try out their range to see what works for you

BPM place: Cranmore Park, Cranmore Ave, Shirley, Solihull B90 4LE




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Hercules DJControl Instinct P8 Now DEX 3 and DEX 3 RE Supported

Take control over DEX 3 or DEX 3 RE DJ programs with the Hercules DJControl Instinct P8 controller.

Fresh out of the PCDJ Batcave comes zero-configure DEX 3 and DEX 3 RE support for the Hercules DJControl Instinct P8.  All included features are mapped for your plug-and-play pleasure.

The Hercules DJControl Instinct P8 is a portable, inexpensive controller designed for casual DJing. A colorful, entry-level option for beginner DJs and bedroom jocks that you can throw in a backpack and setup with DEX 3 or DEX 3 RE at a birthday or house party. It’s also fairly rugged for the price, with most sites listing it at only $129 (USD).

The Hercules DJControl Instinct line has been around for over 5 years now and the the DJControl Instinct P8 returns in “supercharged form”, offering a nice array of mixing and remixing features along with a built in 2 stereo output audio interface (for pre-fade listening) that will help a Beginner DJ learn the Digital DJ basics:

  • Dual-deck DJ controller (2 deck mixing)
  • 8 sample pads with multicolored lighting, allowing better comprehension
  • Loop mode can be triggered temporarily, using the pads, or permanently, using the encoder
  • Effects control and adjustment
  • Dedicated SYNC, Cue, Play/Pause buttons
  • Separate MODES on each deck
  • Touch-sensitive deck and SCRATCH mode
  • 3-band equalizer with volume fader and crossfader
  • More functions are accessible using the SHIFT button
  • Built-in sound card with 2 RCA outputs for mixing and a 1.8″/3.5 mm mini-jack stereo output for previewing tracks on headphones
  • Detachable USB cable
  • Easy to install, USB-powered port; no drivers required
  • PC / Mac compatible

The map for Hercules DJControl Instinct P8 is already included with the installation of DEX 3 or DEX 3 RE version 3.7.5 (or higher) – so all DJs need to do in order to connect is open up the DJ program while the DJControl Instinct P8 is connected.

Contact: Ryan Sherr


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DJControl Instinct P8

We are happy to present our brand new DJ Controller: The DJControl Instinct P8!


This controller is a supercharged version of the previous and beloved DJControl Instinct controller with more features and a set of performance pads!

More information on http://www.hercules.com/us/leisure-controllers/bdd/p/261/djcontrol-ins tinct-p8/











DESCRIPTION

Compact, tough and full-featured, the DJControl Instinct P8 allows you to mix and remix with unrivalled ease!
After 5 years of success, the DJControl Instinct returns in supercharged form, offering a vast array of mixing and remixing features:

  • Dual-deck DJ controller
  • 8 sample pads with multicolored lighting, allowing better comprehension
  • Loop mode can be triggered temporarily, using the pads, or permanently, using the encoder
  • Effects control and adjustment
  • Dedicated SYNC, Cue, Play/Pause buttons
  • Separate MODES on each deck
  • Touch-sensitive deck and SCRATCH mode
  • 3-band equalizer with volume fader and crossfader
  • More functions are accessible using the SHIFT button
  • Built-in sound card with 2 RCA outputs for mixing and a 1.8"/3.5 mm mini-jack stereo output for previewing tracks on headphones
  • Detachable cable with mini-USB connector
  • Easy to install, USB-powered port; no drivers required
  • PC / Mac compatible

Combined with the latest version of DJUCEDTM 40°, the DJControl Instinct P8 provides a complete experience, from mixing to performance!
Its 8 ergonomic and responsive pads, combined with DJUCEDTM 40°’s multilayer sampler, let you remix according to your creativity, while offering precise performance and high-quality feel.
The intelligence of the DJUCEDTM 40° DJing software lets you keep the rhythm and the structure of tracks intact, no matter what you’re doing.
All the mixing and remixing features are right at your fingertips.

 

Unique, highly intuitive all-in-one controller

Dual-deck MIDI controller + mixer with built-in sound card
Powerful remix features at your fingertips

3-color pads

 

SOFTWARE

DJUCEDTM 40°(PC / Mac) Included

Complete and intuitive professional DJ software included

Sample packs by Loopmasters also included!

 

Other Compatible DJ Software (Not Included)

The Traktor mapping file is available for download on Hercules support website
The DJControl Instinct P8 is also compatible with all DJ software open to MIDI mapping as VirtualDJ Pro, Cross & Cross DJ, DJAY Pro, etc..


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

2-deck DJ controller
- Built-in audio interface (master + preview outputs)
- 2 sets of 4 performance pads

Included software: DJUCEDTM 40° for Mac®/PC

Box contents

DJControl Instinct P8
Printed Quick Start Guide
USB cable

Minimum Configuration

(For DJUCEDTM 40° PC / MAC)
2 GHz CPU or faster
2 GB RAM or more
Windows 7 and higher (32 and 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.8 and higher (32 and 64-bit)

Drivers are available for download on Hercules support website (to add ASIO compatibility and control panel)


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Serato DJ 1.9.1 is now available!

DJControl Jogvision users, this information is for you, Serato DJ 1.9.1 is now available!



Changelog:

- 2 improvements for DJControl Jogvision: louder headphones / improved sampler
- support of Pulselocker Basic (USD 9.99 USD / month)
https://www.pulselocker.com/info






Full changelog and download available at the link below.
https://serato.com/dj/downloads/1.9.1/releasenotes

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Tags: DJControl Jogvision, Serato

Use a the same time the computer built-in sound card and the DJ controller audio in Mac OS

When the DJ software audio setup menu lets you select 1 audio device while you wish to use 2 sound cards simultaneously, the solution in Mac OS is aggregating devices.
The aggregate device is 1 virtual sound card aggregating 2 (or more) sound cards.

Here is an example to play
- the mix on the Mac built-in sound card
- the preview on the headphones output of the DJ controller Universal DJ
- in Djuced 40 3.1.0, in Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite).

1) Connect your DJ Controller to the Mac computer.

2) Set your 2 sound cards at the same sampling rate
- In Mac OS top bar, go to Go > Utilities
- Run Audio MIDI Setup
- If you don't come directly to the Audio Devices menu, go to Window > Show Audio Devices
- Select your DJ Controller, check its audio format, for example 44100 Hz with Hercules Universal DJ


- Select Built-in Output, make sure the audio format is the same as in your DJ controller, 44100Hz (=44.1kHz)



3) Create an aggregate device
- at the left bottom corner of the Audio Devices window, you have a + sign: click on it, and select "Create Aggregate Device"

- You can let it called "Aggregate Device" or give to this device the name you want, for example " Aggregate - Computer & Universal"
- In the list of audio devices included in the Aggregate device, check in the Use column the 2 audio devices "Built-in Output" and Hercules Universal DJ

Leave Audio MIDI Setup.

4) Run Djuced 40
- Go to the Settings: click on the gear wheel on the right top corner

 - you reach the audio settings menu
  in Audio Device, select the name of your aggregate device
  in Master field, select Output 1&2
  in the headphones field, select Output 5&6 


Click on OK. In Djuced 40, you now play
- the mix on your computer built-in sound card,
- the preview in the headphones output of your Universal DJ.

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P32 DJ Controller unveilled at 2016 NAMM Show

Anaheim, CA - January 21, 2016 - Hercules, a leader in mobile and professional DJ equipment, today announces at NAMM 2016, the company’s new innovative digital DJ Controller, the Hercules P32 DJ and powerful and recently updated, full, pro-version DJ companion software, DJUCEDTM 40°.

Specially designed for creative mixing and remixing, the combination of the Hercules P32 DJ and DJUCED 40° is unique, drawing its strength from the core of its two related, yet very different worlds; DJing and music production. The Hercules P32 DJ makes a simple promise to its users as an all-in-one solution, offering innovative, intuitive and visual functionalities, while allowing DJs to enrich their creativity.

"We see an entire new generation of DJ/producers who are less interested in traditional turntablism, but still looking for the ability to slice, mix and remix tracks while integrating samples," said Michael Peterson, Hercules US Marketing Manager. "Through its integration with the DJUCED 40° software, we’ve made it incredibly easy for everyone from the beginner DJ to the professional DJ to use the Hercules P32 DJ and excel while not being overwhelmed with advanced beat matching techniques."

 

 

A unique all-in-one controller, at the crossroads of DJing and performance
The uncompromising Hercules P32 DJ embodies the optimization of two sources of inspiration: an all-in-one controller, perfectly tailored for mixing, boasting two 16-pad grids with advanced DJ software, allowing DJs to follow the rhythm of their creativity.

 
The two decks each feature a dual-digit display for highlighting loop sizes, while also offering effect racks and cue buttons, as well as a central mixer, and direct access to all mixing functions. Hercules has also added 32-backlit pads for an ergonomic and visual use of the DJUCED 40° remix features including; sampler, slicer, loops and much more. Additionally, the Hercules P32 DJ features a 4-channel audio interface that lets users connect speakers and headphones for an all-in-one mixing solution.

The thrill of instant creative mixing: Play. Remix. Perform.
The Hercules P32 DJ represents complete harmony of a controller and DJ software to create a new category of DJ Performer.

 

The 32 ergonomic and reactive pads also offer great precision and convey a sense of quality. Combined with the intelligence of DJUCED 40°, these pads provide DJs with assistance and visual indicators to help keep their tracks’ rhythm and phrase intact, thanks to the quantization feature or the slip mode.

To perfect the experience, the solution is fully Plug & Play compatible, without requiring complex driver installation. Additionally, the DJUCED 40° software also features tracks and multiple sample packs that let DJs get started instantly.

Live the show. Develop an onstage presence
Being a DJ is much more than just technical skills and creating a playlist: it also involves the ability to put on a show. Hercules P32 DJ lets users develop their signature sound, and visual presentation, thanks to dynamic backlighting and scalable sample packs provided by DJUCED 40°.

Hercules P32DJ will be available from select retail partners as well as online at a suggested retail price of $249.99, beginning on March 3, 2016.

For those attending the NAMM Show, please stop by the booth, #5298, from January 21-24, 2016.

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Setup for DJing with time-code vinyl discs

DJing with time-code vinyl requires
- a DJ software capable of time-code DJing as VirtualDJ Pro, Cross, and 2 time-code vinyl discs supported by the DJ software
- 2 DJ turntables,
- an DJ controller whose audio interface has 2 stereo inputs supporting phono level if the DJ turntables have a phono output level, for example a Hercules DJ Console Rmx2, 4-Mx, Rmx, Mk4 or Mk2.

Then you have 2 possible installations:
- Either you use no analogue mixer: you then use the Hercules DJ Console mixer controls
- Or you use an analogue mixer: you then use the mixer instead of the central controls of Hercules DJ Console.

A) With no analogue mixer
- Connect the outputs of the turntables to Hercules DJConsole Rmx2 :
  - the turntable located on left on inputs 1-2
  - the turntable located on right on inputs 3-4
  - set the inputs on phono level if your turntables output is in phono level,
  - activates your inputs in your DJConsole Rmx2 control panel,
- Connect the headphones on DJConsole Rmx2 headphones output plug, on front panel or on top panel,
- Connect your speakers on DJ Console Rmx2 outputs 1-2 (dual XLR or dual RCA)
- Play your time-code vinyl discs on your 2 turntables
- Run your DJ software, and calibrate your inputs in time code vinyl mode
- your turntable on left side now controls the left virtual deck, your turntable on the right side now controls the right-side virtual deck.
The connections are as follows


B) With an analogue mixer
- Connect the outputs of the turntables to Hercules DJConsole Rmx2 :
  - the turntable located on left on inputs 1-2
  - the turntable located on right on inputs 3-4
  - set the inputs on phono level if your turntables output is in phono level,
  - activates your inputs in your DJConsole Rmx2 control panel,
- Connect the output 1-2 of your DJConsole Rmx2 to the input 1-2 of the analogue mixer,
- Connect the output 3-4 of your DJConsole Rmx2 to the input 3-4 on the analogue mixer,
- Connect the headphones on the mixer headphones output plug,
- Connect your speakers on the mixer master outputs
- Play your time-code vinyl discs on your 2 turntables
- Run your DJ software, and calibrate your inputs in time code vinyl mode
- your turntable on left side now controls the left virtual deck, your turntable on the right side now controls the right-side virtual deck.
The connections are as follows

 
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