Get Air Born: Hercules Announces the DJ Control AIR

The first DJ controller for computers featuring touch and air control



New York, November 3, 2011 - Hercules, a leader in mobile digital DJing controllers, is proud to unveil the Hercules DJ Control AIR, the first portable USB DJ controller to feature air control, in addition to touch controls (for PC and Mac®*).

Hercules DJ Control AIR brings innovations that make mixing intuitive and spectacularly fun - whether you’re an amateur DJ, or just getting started:
- "Air control", which lets you control the mix from above the surface of the device
- 8 large pads with velocity sensors
- A VU meter displaying the beats on the controller

Taking a great leap forward in the world of mixing, Hercules has created an intuitive ensemble of controls on a unique mobile control surface. These controls have typically been only available to seasoned musicians via multiple controllers, each of which is programmable and/or dedicated to a specific function. The DJ Control AIR also features built-in audio outputs.


Mixing is in the air

AIR, or "Adjustment by InfraRed," is a totally new control for computer DJ mixing consoles. The infrared proximity sensor built into the unit lets DJs control their choice of function (volume level, effects, etc.) without touching the controller, simply by moving their outstretched hand above the sensor. It’s like there’s magic in the air when performing a set!
The AIR control functions regardless of the ambient lighting, allowing users to modulate a software setting quickly and intuitively no matter where they are entertaining.

 

Let’s scratch and set the mood

Thanks to its two pressure-detecting jog wheels, DJ Control AIR is perfect for scratching. The jog wheels, each 4" in diameter, detect the pressure exerted by the user’s hand. As a result, the feeling when scratching is as natural as when scratching on a vinyl record or a CD turntable - ideal for learning and perfecting scratch techniques, just like on professional DJ hardware.
The jog wheels also allow for easy control of the pitch bend function, as well as browsing through playlists.

8 touchpads with progressive sensors

In the style of celebrity DJs, Hercules has included 2 sets of 4 progressive pads for users looking to control sounds with a minimum of gestures. These pads transmit a command and its velocity, to control loops, samples or effects. Just tap your finger on a pad to play an effect, for example: the pad lights up when touched, and transmits not only the On/Off command, but a gradual command as well. This lets the user easily vary the attack of a sound sample, or its volume, or modulate the amplitude of an effect.
The backlit pads, along with the lighting on the other controls, allow for easy viewing even in low-light or dark conditions.

A VU meter that displays the beats

DJ Control AIR includes a VU meter displaying beats composed of 2 lines of 4 LEDs. Each line displays the beats in a track, allowing DJs to see at a glance whether the beats are in sync, without having to look at their computer screen. In this way, the DJ can stay focused on the crowd: if the LEDs light up at the same time for both tracks, then the 2 tracks are synchronized - and this, of course, is the basis of all mixing.

Built-in audio for the mix and for previewing tracks

Finally, Hercules DJ Control AIR features 2 stereo audio outputs:
- To play the mix over speakers: one 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack output.
- To preview tracks on headphones: one 6.35 mm stereo jack output.

The controller is bundled with a DJing software: a powerful application that lets you mix, sync and manipulate tracks, and add your own personal touch to the music with the sampler and the arranger, while providing an intuitive graphical interface, for use with Mac® and PC.

Hercules DJ Control AIR is the versatile, innovative digital DJ controller that lets amateur DJs get mixing right away: all you need is a computer, headphones and speakers, and you’re ready to go.

Released in November 2011, at a suggested retail price of $169.99.


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Hercules Debuts XPS 2.0 80 DJ MONITOR

Its First Monitoring Speaker System for DJs High-end precision speakers and components designed for DJs offer quality sound restitution for perfecting any mix

New York, NY - (September 27, 2011) - Hercules, a leader and pioneer in digital DJ controllers and a digital audio specialist, is pleased to debut its first monitoring speaker system for DJs. Relying on 20 years of audio expertise, Hercules has created this active monitoring speaker system to be a natural and logical evolution into its DJing product range which was previously comprised of only DJ controllers.

No art without preparation

Because a successful performance depends on a careful mix preparation, monitoring speakers are an essential item in any DJ’s personal studio - for beginners, amateurs and expert DJs alike.

To this end, the Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor speaker system offers precise sound restitution, enabling DJs to become aware of every detail in their sound and to hone their mix to perfection.

Precise design

The XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor speaker system was developed with the assistance of Hercules’ specialized DJing teams, and has been subjected to in-depth testing by Hercules’ audio engineers. All have worked with high-end materials and components to deliver the precise, homogenous and quality sound that DJs demand.

The XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor speaker system comprises 2 compact wooden satellites, designed to reduce clutter in your home studio. The front face’s curvature has been calculated to ensure a clear and balanced sound flow. Each satellite features a silk-dome tweeter, for sharp and pure treble. At the center of each satellite, a 4-inch woofer with a Kevlar diaphragm - a material offering consistent performance, that is less subject to deformation than other materials - delivers ample and homogenous medium and bass sounds.

Finally, the XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor satellites’ front face features a dual port system, often required by DJs to receive and assess all the bass frequencies in their creations.

Perfected ergonomics

Offering simple control over advanced features, the XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor speaker system features user-friendly front-mounted buttons that allow DJs to adjust the general volume, as well as bass and treble levels.

The system offers ample connectivity options, enabling them to connect their computer, DJing equipment, mixing device, MP3 player, game console or any other audio source:
- One RCA input (for the main source)
- One balanced TRS input (6.35 mm)
- One line input
- One headphones output (speakers are automatically deactivated when headphones are connected)

Satellite measurements: 10.8 x 7.5 x 7 inches
Right satellite weight: 9.3lbs / Left satellite weight: 6.3lbs
Total power output: 40 W
Peak power: 80 W
Compatible with Windows® 7, XP, Vista, Mac®, DVD/CD players, MP3 players, TVs, game consoles

The Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor will be available late October 2011, at the suggested retail price of $169.99

* XPS: Extended Personal Sound


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Learn DJing in summer 2011

If you are in holidays in France in July, you may have the opportunity to learn DJing in Dark Dog Summer Tour.

DJ Spawn and DJ Esko will teach digital DJing on Hercules in the following places:
July 15th: Argeles sur Mer
July 16th: Gruissan
July 17th: Cap d’Agde
July 22nd: Six Fours les Plages
July 23rd: Saint Raphaël
July 28th: Vaux sur Mer
July 29th: La Faute sur Mer
July 30th: Toulouse (Voile Blanche)

Further information on:
http://www.hercules.com/fr/news/bdd/news/81/titre/vacances-et-mix-ener giques-
http://www.darkdogcity.com/loisir-plage-dark-dog-summer-tour.php






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Marathon Flight Cases for DJ Console 4-Mx: MA-4MX and MA-4MXLT

Marathon, a manufacturer of DJ equipment, has released 4 flight cases for DJ Console 4-Mx:

MA-4MX is a flight case made for DJ Console 4-Mx, and MA-4MXBLK is the black version of MA-4Mx.
    
 
MA-4MXLT
is a flight case for DJ Console 4-Mx with a laptop shelf, and MA-4MXLTBLK is its black version.
  
 
Marathon flight cases are distributed in North America.

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All-nighters only - Sneak preview: Hercules DJ 4Set at CES in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, January, 2011 - There’s a "DJ night" atmosphere going on at the Hercules booth, at CES, from January 6 to 9, 2011. The brand, leader and pioneer of mobile DJ consoles for computers, is unveiling its DJ 4Set: all the performance of a DJ controller designed for having fun all night long!

Hercules DJ 4Set combines the functions and sensations of a pro controller with the simplicity users need for free rein in hosting wild, memorable parties!

Hercules DJ 4Set is the ultimate solution for mixing fans wanting to perform at unforgettable events, bringing Ibiza and Miami tunes direct to the dance floor, without having to familiarize themselves with their gear days in advance.

 

Mobile, so you can party anywhere

Featuring a slim and compact design (35x25cm/13.7x9.8’’), Hercules DJ 4Set truly lets you take your DJ set anywhere: now there are no more limits in throwing together great parties with friends, whenever you like. The controller is also large enough for comfortable mixing, with lots of space between the controls - and let’s not forget the non-slip feet, that stand tough through even the most intense mixing sessions.


Simplicity and advanced features rolled into one

Some advanced controller features found on Hercules DJ 4Set are, without a doubt, its 2 large touch-sensitive jog wheels. Measuring 12cm in diameter - the same size as scratching jog wheels on DJ CD players - and featuring touch sensors on their top surface, they detect the weight of the DJ’s hand and enable "Touch Wheel" mode, allowing the user to stop/restart playback, or engage in some serious scratching.
The highly distinctive "ring" on the base of the jog wheels - the signature of the new Hercules mixing solutions - features a super-ergonomic design, providing users with intuitive and simple pitch control.
Hercules DJ 4Set also includes green or red backlighting on its jog wheels and buttons, making the controls easier to locate and providing enhanced usability.


An invitation to performance

DJ 4Set also features all of the audio capabilities users need to host parties worthy of the name: 4 channels (including 2 for the mix, and 1 stereo headphone output for previewing tracks), plus a microphone input with a talk-over function, allowing the DJ to pump things up even more on the dance floor.

Last but not least - in keeping with the latest DJing trends - the controller lets users mix not only on 2 decks, but on 4 virtual decks as well, thanks to the very practical deck indicators on the console’s mixing surface (A, B, C, D). Two music tracks on 2 decks, a loop, an effect or a voice on the 2 others... all this potential is right there, at your fingertips! 
To let users employ their creativity to the fullest, Hercules DJ 4Set offers 60 controls in 2-deck mode, and 112 controls in 4-deck mode. 
The layout of controls has been optimized to make using the console quick and easy to learn. All controls are MIDI-based, and therefore independent of one another, for even greater ease of use.

Hercules DJ 4Set is bundled with VirtualDJ® LE DJC Edition (supporting 4-deck mixing). It is also compatible with all 2 and 4-deck MIDI mixing software.

Availability: April 2011.

"Feed your desire for music, nightlife and fun...anywhere anytime."


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Odyssey Flight case for DJ Console 4-Mx: FZGS4MXGT

Odyssey has announced 3 flight cases for Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx.

FR4MX , for Flight Ready 4-Mx, is a flightcase for DJ Console 4-Mx.
 
Outside  Dimensions: 17.375"W x 7.25"H x 18"D (44.1cm x 18.4cm x 45.7cm )
Weight: 11 lbs (5 Kg)
Shipping dimensions (exterior): 19"W x 9"H x 19"D (48.2cm x 22.9cm x 48.2cm)
Shipping weight: 13 lbs (6 Kg)

FRGS4MX, for Flight Zone Glide Style 4-Mx, is a flight case with a laptop shelf.

Approximate Dimensions (exterior):  19.5"W x 8.25"H x 18"D (49.5 cm x 21 cm x 46cm)
Approximate Weight:  16 lbs (7.3 Kg)
Approximate Shipping dimensions: 20"W x 10"H x 18"D (50.8 cm x 25.4 cm x 45,8 cm)
Approximate Shipping weight: 18 lbs (8.2 Kg)

FZGS4MXGT, for Flight Zone Glide Style 4-MX Glide Tray, is a flight case with a laptop shelf and a keyboard tray.  

Flight Zone™ Glide Style™ case for a Hercules 4-MX DJ MIDI Controller with and integrated slide out keyboard tray (keyboard not included).
The FZGS4MXGT has enough room underneath the controller for cables and hard drives. Also features a removable front cover and rear access holes for easy cable management.
• Pullout Tray for a Compact Keyboard or Other Gear
• Heavy-Duty Ball Corners
• Removable front cover
• Rear Cable port perfect for cable management
• Recessed Handle and Latches
• Laptop Tray is 17.75"W x 12"D

Approximate Dimensions (exterior): 20"W x 8.5"H x 16.5"D (50.8cm Width x 21.6cm Height x 41.9cm Depth)
Approximate Weight: 24 lbs (10.9 Kg)
Approximate Shipping dimensions (exterior): 20.5"W x 9.25"H x 17"D (52 cm Width x 23.5 cm Height x 43.2 cm Depth)
Approximate Shipping weight: 27 lbs (12.25 Kg)

Odyssey flight cases are distributed by Lamba in the United Kingdom. 

For more information, visit http://www.odysseygear.com/odyssey-products/fzgs4mxgt.html


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DJ Console 4-Mx now in stores

The first units of DJ Console 4-Mx have reached the shelves of music stores in Europe at the end of last week, it is now available in stores.
 
 
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Deckadance 1.8 Release

Image Line has just announced the release release of Deckadance 1.8 for Windows and Mac OS

Deckadance 1.8 supports, on Windows and Mac OS:
- Hercules DJ Control MP3 E2
- Hercules DJ Control Steel
- Hercules DJ Console RMX
- Hercules DJ Console MK2
- Hercules DJ Console MK4
- Hercules DJ Control MP3
- Hercules DeeJay TRIM 4&6.

The big news lay in the new Song Manager:
- Manage 50.000+ in your music collection without slow downs using a open format database (sqlite).
- SM categorizes music files in your computer making them accessible through numerous search/sort features.
- Importing tracks into Song Manager doesn't copy music files.
- Simple search and advanced search via subsets of metadata fields (filters).
- Create playlist to organize effectively your tracks. Sort, re- order, reset original state, export to html/m3u and more.
- Create smart playlist that auto-update based on 'rules'. e.g.: "top 25 most played dance genre songs with bpm between 120 and 140".
- Fully customizable layouts: hide/show, re-arrange, (auto) resize of the metadata view columns.
- Edit track tags/metadata (title, artist, name... etc.) via inline editing.
- Cover art (resizable) display.
- Supported formats: mp3, acc (m4a), wav, aiff, wma, flac and ogg.
- Cross platform (win/mac) with full drag/drop external support.
 
Other changes & additions
- New Recording engine with threaded streaming to disk.
- Added supported controllers (Hercules DJ Console MK4 & American Audio VMS4)
- Added SNAP to the closest beat in the waveform for loops, cues, waveform seek and start position.
- Added DVS run-out protection with auto engage and visual feedback.
- Added Lead In function in DVS section.
- Improved DVS behaviour for large audio buffer sizes.
- Incremented to 30 seconds the minimum playing time to mark a song like played.
- Added right click over played state to reset it.
- Removed clear played state of tracks when automix is enabled.
- Updated minihost look and added song manager start button.
- Added downbeat and start position keyboard shortcuts:
  > DECK A->Downbeat: "ctrl+t", Start Position: "ctrl+y".
  > DECK B->Downbeat: "ctrl+g", Start Position: "ctrl+h".
- Added "key slider" and "key slider inverted" to the midi learn commands.
- Incremented decks buffer size to 15 minutes.

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Tech tips: update DJ Console Rmx firmware

Here are guidelines to update DJ Console Rmx firmware in Windows and in Mac OS:
- in english ,
- in french.
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Tech tips: record external sources on DJ Console Rmx

Here are guidelines to record an external audio source with DJ Console Rmx in VirtualDJ:
- Record the line input: guideline in english and in french,
- Record the microphone input: guideline in english and in french.
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