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Setup for DJing with time-code vinyl discs

Publicado en Tech Tips

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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Hercules STAFF3


Etiquetas: Technical tips, DJConsole Rmx2

Play a mix on a bluetooth speaker while previewing on wired headphones in Mac OS

Publicado en DJConsole RMX2

Wired headphones are generally recommended for DJing since wired headphones have no latency, while most bluetooth headphones have a latency which can disturb the DeeJay operations.

Bluetooth speakers can be used in DJing to play the music for the audience : bluetooth latency is not disturbing for the audience.


Here is a process on Mac OS to use
- a bluetooth speaker for the audience,
- and wired headphones for the DeeJay preview.

1) Connect the bluetooth speaker to the Mac
Go in Preference > Bluetooth and pair the Bluetooth speaker


2) If your audio interface control panel has a menu to set the headphones on the channel 1-2, set the headphones channel on 1-2.


3) Go in Utilities and run Audio MIDI Setup


4) In the Audio MIDI Setup, go to Window Audio devices, and create an aggregate device in clicking on the + button on bottom left


5) In the Aggregate device, add
- first, the Bluetooth speaker
- second, your audio interface device.




6) Click on Configure Speakers (bottom right of the window) and set:
- Aggregate Device as Multichannel: Quadriphonic
- Front: channel 1 and 2
- Rear : channel 3 and 4


7) In your DJ software, in the sound setup, set:
- Sound Card: Aggregate Device
- Outputs
   Master: Channel 1&2
   Headphones:  Channel 3&4


You can now
- play your mix on the bluetooth speaker for the audience
- preview your mix in your headphones.

Remark: you can 
1) neither use the microphone connected to the audio interface, as the microphone input is not connected to the bluetooth speaker,
2) nor use the output 1-2 of your audio interface to play the mix on wired speakers: your master output is your bluetooth speaker, while the output 1-2 of your audio interface plays the preview.

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Hercules STAFF3


Etiquetas: Tutorial, DJConsole RMX2, DJ Console 4-Mx, DJ Control Air+, DJ Control Air, DJControl Instinct, DJ 4Set, DJ Console Mk4

PCDJ Dex 2.6.5 now supports all current Hercules DJ controllers

Publicado en DJ Software


Digital 14 has released its version 2.6.5 of PCDJ Dex 2 for Mac and Windows which now supports
  • Hercules DJConsole Rmx2,
  • Hercules DJConsole 4-Mx,
  • Hercules DJConsole Rmx,
  • Hercules DJConsole mk4,
  • Hercules DJConsole mk2

  • Hercules DJControl Air+,
  • Hercules DJControl Air,
  • Hercules DJControl Instinct,
  • Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 & MP3 LE,
  • Hercules DJControl MP3
  • Hercules DJ 4Set


More on PCDJ Dex.

http://www.pcdj.com/dj-software/dex-2/


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Hercules STAFF3


Etiquetas: DJ Software, PCDJ Dex

CrossDJ video plugin: mix video on Hercules DJ series

Publicado en DJConsole RMX2

MixVibes team has released a video Plug In for Cross and CrossDJ 2.2.0 to mix video files.


This video plugin needs Cross or CrossDJ, to mix most type of video files whose codec is installed on the computer (.mov, .mp4, .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .m4v, .mkv, .vob, .flv, .divx, .webm, .wmv).

CrossDJ 2.2.0 supports all current DJ controllers from Hercules
- DJ Control Series: DJ Control MP3 e2, DJ Control Steel, DJControl Instinct, DJ Control Air,
- DJ Console Series: DJ Console Mk4, DJ Console Rmx, DJConsole Rmx2, DJConsole 4-Mx,
so with MixVibes video plugin + Cross, you can mix video with all current DJ controllers from Hercules.


Mixvibes video plug in for Cross DJ is sold for € 129 (VAT included) and operates both in Windows and in Mac OS.


Por

Hercules STAFF3


Etiquetas: Software

New Hercules DJ Mac OS X driver package

Publicado en Downloads

We've released a new MAC OS X driver package for DJ Console Series: Version 4.45!

Required configuration: 
- Mac OS X 10.8x (Mountain Lion)/10.7x (Lion)/10.6.x (Snow Leopard) /10.5.x (Leopard)
- Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz and higher

Changes: 
- Optimized support for USB 3.0
- DJ Control MP3 e2: Bug fix for MIDI when connected to a USB 3.0 port
- DJ Control AIR: Update to firmware 22
- DJ Console Mk4: Update to firmware 21

Supported gears: 
- DJConsole Rmx2
- DJControl Instinct
- DJ Control AIR
- DJ 4Set
- DJ Console 4-Mx
- DJ Console Mk4
- DJ Control MP3 e2
- DeeJay Trim 4&6
- DJ Control Steel
- DJ Console Rmx
- DJ Console Mk2
- DJ Control MP3

Installation procedure:
1- Click the link below to download the new driver for your Hercules DJ product.
2- Once the download is complete, double-click the installation file and follow its instructions to install the new driver.

NOTE: At the end of the installation, you may be prompted to update your firmware version. Please be sure to strictly follow the on-screen instructions for this very important procedure

To download it, click here.
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HERCULES STAFF USA


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Hercules at Musikmesse 2012 Day 3 & 4 (Frankfurt, Germany)

Publicado en Events

Here are a few more photos from our booth (Hall 5.1 B36) at Musikmesse 2012 on the days 3 and 4.













Our demo DJ, Mr. E of RPS Farm :





And last but not least, two special guests : Jona and Lee from Bring Me The Horizon !



 Thanks everyone for visiting us at Musikmesse ! See you next year in Frankfurt !
Por

HERCULES STAFF USA


Etiquetas: Musikmesse 2012, Hercules DJ Control Air, Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx, Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor, Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001, Hercules HDP DJ-Adv G501, Hercules HDP DJ M40.1, Hercules DJ 4set, Hercules DJ Console Mk4, Hercules DJ Control Mp3 e2

Hercules at Musikmesse 2012 Day 2 (Frankfurt, Germany)

Publicado en Events

For those who don't have the chance to be in Frankfurt, Germany, for Musikmesse 2012, here are a few photos from our booth (Hall 5.1 B36) on the day 2.

Enjoy !



 














For all the others, come and visit us at our booth Hall 5.1 B36 until saturday, the 24th of March, to check out the latest Hercules DJ gear !

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HERCULES STAFF USA


Etiquetas: Musikmesse 2012, Hercules DJ Control Air, Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx, Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor, Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001, Hercules HDP DJ-Adv G501, Hercules HDP DJ M40.1, Hercules DJ 4set, Hercules DJ Console Mk4, Hercules DJ Control Mp3 e2

Hercules at Musikmesse 2012 (Frankfurt, Germany)!

Publicado en Events

Musikmesse 2012 has opened its doors in Frankfurt, Germany. Come and visit us at the booth of our partner GSM Mutimedia Hall 5.1 B36 till this saturday, the 24th of March.

The perfect place to check out the latest Hercules DJ Gear !

Here's a sneakpeak of what you can expect :



We're looking forward to seeing you there !

Por

HERCULES STAFF USA


Etiquetas: Musikmesse 2012, Hercules DJ Control Air, Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx, Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor, Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001, Hercules HDP DJ-Adv G501, Hercules HDP DJ M40.1, Hercules DJ 4set, Hercules DJ Console Mk4, Hercules DJ Control Mp3 e2

Deckadance 1.8 Release

Publicado en DJ Console Rmx

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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Hercules STAFF3


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Hercules DJ Console Mk4 on Namm Show 2010

Publicado en DJ Console Mk4

01/14/2010 - Hercules unveils DJ Console Mk4 - New portable DJ mixing console offers a compact design and lets you connect any analog audio source for perfect integration with your mixing needs 

Come get a sneak preview of the DJ Console Mk4 at NAMM, January 14 - 18, 2010 at the Hercules booth, #6809 

NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA - (January 14, 2010) - Hercules, the specialist in digital DJing solutions, unveils the newest version of their DJ Console line, the DJ Console Mk4, a mixing console with a compact design and analog audio source connectivity. This new mixer for amateur to mobile DJ’s is an updated version of their earlier, top-selling models worldwide, the DJ Console and DJ Console Mk2 and features a multitude of improvements and additions that will facilitate musical creativity. Featuring a cutting-edge design, this portable controller includes 2 decks and a high-performance audio interface, making it a real, all-in-one DJ station for PC and Mac users starting in spring 2010. 

Built for mobile DJing, the DJ Console Mk4 features a strikingly modern design with a thinner but wider body than the previous model, the DJ Console Mk2. The metallic-colored surface top with a see-through plate and new body provides a comfortable mixing solution to any DJ. It also includes more precise jog wheels, 4 browser buttons instead of a joystick, more space between the cross fader and jog wheels and backlit buttons for ease of use during low-light conditions. Compact (7.36" x 10.4" x 2.5") and lighter than a laptop computer (2.5lb) with large, non-slip feet for perfect stability while mixing, users can take the Hercules DJ Console Mk4 anywhere. 

Not your standard DJ controller, the Hercules DJ Console Mk4 also includes a high-performance audio interface
- 2 stereo outputs (2 x 2 RCA) let DJs play their mix for the audience (channels 1-2: 2 RCA outputs to connect hi-fi systems and mixers, plus 1 stereo mini jack output (1/8" / 3.5mm) for multimedia speakers), while also previewing the next track for themselves (channels 3-4: 2 RCA outputs, plus 1 headphone plug).
- 2 stereo inputs (2 x 2 RCA) let DJs connect external audio sources, and include them in their digital mix: vinyl turntables, CD or MP3 players, and so on.
- 4 input levels: phono (for vinyl turntables), consumer line level (-10dBv, for MP3 players), pro line level (+4dBu, for studio gear), and boosted pro line level (+8dBu, for the most powerful CD players designed for DJing).
- 1 microphone jack (1/4" / 6.35mm), with talk-over function.
- 1 headphone jack (1/4" / 6.35mm), for previewing tracks.

Other features include: 
- Two decks for mixing digital audio files
- Two jog wheels for moving within tracks, adjusting speed of playback, applying scratching effects and more

This new Hercules controller will be bundled with VirtualDJ® DJC Edition, an easy to learn yet powerful mixing software that provides users with a wealth of useful functions including audio file analysis for calculating music tracks’ BPM, suggesting a cue point and more. The console also includes functions for synchronizing tracks, as well as for applying automatic loops and multiple effects for users who want to add their own personal touch to their musical creations or record their mixes as audio files. As a final touch, Hercules is including a graphic skin that can be placed underneath the see-through plate on top of the controller, allowing users to give a unique look to their console. 

Minimum system requirements
PC: 1.5GHz processor or higher; 1GB RAM; Windows® XP / Vista / 7 (32/64-bit); USB port; stereo speakers and/or headphones.

Mac®: 1.5GHz processor or higher; 1GB RAM; Mac OS® 10.4 / 10.5 /10.6; USB port; stereo speakers and/or headphones.


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Hercules STAFF3


Etiquetas: Mk4