Prevent Windows from switching off USB devices

Publié dans Tech Tips

Windows power saving mode saves power by switching of the USB bus power, which disturbs most USB audio / video devices.

So to get rid of this setting:
1) Press Win+X keys, to display the Windows Quick Access menu
2) Select Device Manager in the list
3) Click on "USB Serial Bus controllers" to display the list
4) Find the first line with hub (USB hub, USB Root Hub, Generic USB hub...)
5) Right-click on the line and select Properties


6) Click on "Power Management'" tab, and uncheck the field
"Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power"


7) Click on OK
8) Find the second line with hub in the name among the list of "USB Serial Bus controllers" 
9) Go back to step 5 and do the same operations
... and so on until you have removed this setting from all your USB ports. 
Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Technical tips

Audio quality issues with USB audio devices

Publié dans Tech Tips

USB audio quality is related to
  • computer settings,
  • computer power,
  • USB settings and USB connection,
  • audio drivers (Audio or WASAPI mode)
  • the speakers, amplifier or headphones use
so in case of audio quality with USB audio devices, the needed pieces of information are

1) A description of the computer environment
  • computer brand and model, and the type of computer (laptop or desktop)
  • USB audio device brand, model and audio drivers version
  • Windows or macOS version
  • USB connection (direct USB port or via a USB hub or via a USB-C converter, brand & model of the USB-C converter, type of USB port (USB 2, USB 3, USB-C))
  • speakers or headphones brand & model, which input on speakers if speakers have several inputs.    
2) A description of the audio issue
  • type of sound issue: noise, hiss, crakles, ....
  • is it constant hear even when playing silence or do you hear it only when playing sound
  • if you hear it in speakers, do you hear it also in headphones, and vice-versa?

Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Technical tips

DJControl Mix / Change FX controlled by DJControl Mix pads in djay iOS

Publié dans DJControl Mix

DJControl Mix 4-pad per deck enable/disable 4 FX in FX mode in djay iOS & Android.

Changing the FX assigned to the DJControl Mix pads is not possible in djay 3 for Android, but it is possible in djay 3 for iOS (both Free and Pro version).
  • Display djay in 2-turntables mode
  • Press on the mixer icon below the tempo fader
  • Press on FX
  • Select Instant: the top 4 Instant FX match the 4 pads on the DJ controller
  • Press on the pencil icon:  3 dots appear on right of each FX name
  • Press on the 3-dot icon for the pad FX: you can select your FX in a list of 8 FX: Absorb, Chop, Crush, Drift, Punch, Sway, Twist, Wash

  • If you have djay Pro, you have more options : Neural Mix, Echo Out 1/4, Echo Out 3/4, Loop 1/2

Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: DJControl Mix, Technical tips

Djuced 5: Play an external audio source on a deck

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To play an external audio source in Djuced, you need to use audio  device with an audio input (mic or line or phono), as DJControl Inpulse 500 which has a line input (Aux).

1) Set Djuced display in 4-deck mode


2) Go in Djuced Settings > Audio

3) Enable the audio input on a deck, for example Deck 3




4) Click on OK to go back to Djuced main display

5) In Djuced main display, click on the deck figure number to select the deck contents


6) Djuced then plays the external source on the deck instead of a track

Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Djuced, DJ Software, Technical tips

DJControl Mix / Change sample packs in djay iOS / Android

Publié dans DJControl Mix

In pad Sampler mode, DJControl Mix control 8 samples, 4 on left deck, 4 on right deck, in djay iOS & Android.

To change the samples assigned to DJControl Mix pads.
  • Show the sampler in clicking on the 9-square icon close to the waveform icon.

  • Press on the sample pack name (by default, it is the pack called Essentials) on left of the weveform icon.
  • You reach a menu with the available sample packs
  • djay free offers a few free sample packs 
  • djay loads the samples of the large pack selected, as Hip-Hop Vol. 4

  • or as House Bass


  • djay Pro provides more sample packs.

Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: DJControl Mix, Technical tips

Pair a Bluetooth LE controller in macOS

Publié dans DJControl Mix

To add a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) controller in macOS


1) Power the Bluetooth LE controller


2) Go in macOS > Applications > Utilities


3) Run Audio MIDI Setup




4) Click on the Bluetooth logo on top right, close to the keyboard icon


5) The bluetooth configuration scans and detects the Bluetooth LE controller, if any



6) In the column Action, click on the "Connect" button to pair the Bluetooth LE controller



7) In MIDI Studio, the Bluetooth LE controller is displayed with a bluetooth icon.

 
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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Technical tips

Control 4 decks in Djuced with 2 DJ controllers

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To control 4 decks with 2 2-deck controllers, you must 
- control virtual decks 1 and 2 with one controller we call primary controller
- control virtual decks 3 and 4 with another controller we call secondary controller.

Djuced 5 cannot support twice the same controller, you need 2 different models, for example DJControl Inpulse 200 and primary controller and DJControl Starlight as secondary controller.

The secondary controller needs a specific mapping to control decks 3 and 4: this mapping is included in Djuced 5.0.8 for P32 DJ and DJControl Compact, and new mappings downloadable from Hercules support website for DJControl Starlight, DJControl Inpulse 200, 300 and 500.

Use 2 controllers in Djuced,
1) If the secondary mapping is not included yet in Djuced, copy the xml mapping file 
- in Windows, in the folder C:\Users\YourName\DJUCED\midi
- in macOS in folder MacintoshHD > Users > YourName > Documents > DJUCED > midi
2) connect the 2 DJ controllers to computer,
3) run Djuced
4) In Djuced, go in Settings> Mapping
5) Select the controller you plan to set as secondary controller, and click on Next

6) Select the mapping for deck 3 4 in the mapping list, and click on OK




7) You come back to Djuced mixing interface, and you see a short pop up screen of the last mapping you have loaded.


8) To avoid any issue, I recommend to close Djuced, and restart it.

9) Then in Djuced, select a 4-deck interface, for example "4Decks Horizontal" for a large screen, "4Decks vertical" for a small screen.


And that's it, you control decks 1 and 2 with the primary controller and decks 3 and 4 with the secondary controller.

Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: DJ Software, Technical tips

Clean sticky areas on DJ controllers

Publié dans Tech Tips

The rubber paint on plastic surfaces often become sticky after some years (how fast rubber paint turns into sticky layer depends on temperature and air wetness).

The easiest cleaner to remove this sticky paint is alcohol, which dissolves the paint and dries by itself.

If the area to clean has no labels or marks (as jog wheel's ring), there is no risk to delete any label with alcohol, so you can use a cloth:
- choose a soft non abrasive coth
- pour alcohol on the cloth
- rub the sticky area with the cloth.

If the area to clean has holes difficult to reach, then you may use a soft toothbrush
- make sure the toothbrush bristles are soft
- pour alcohol on the brisles
- gently rub the sticky area with the toothbrush.

Il the area to clean has also some labels, as the alcohol may delete the labels, you can use Q-tips:
- pour alcohol on the cotton of the Q-tip,
- gently rub the sticky areas with the Q-tip in making sure the Q-tip avoids the labels.

You may also use WD-40 or hydroalcoholic gel instead of alcohol.

Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Technical tips

SoundCloud Go+ now supported in DJUCED

Publié dans DJ Software

Hercules has released Djuced 5.2 with the following new features:
  • SoundCloud Go+ streaming severvice now included
  • Smart playlist now includes filter
  • Sort files by multiple colums
  • Stronger output playback volume
  • Loop In/Out function


Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: DJ Software

Clean a fader on a DJ controller

Publié dans Tech Tips

Faders are the most fragile part of any DJ controller, so one must be very careful when cleaning them.
One must never rub the carbon track (called taper) on the ground of the fader, so one should never touch it.
If a fader has dust or rust particles, on should:
- take a blow off air duster with a thin straw
- put the straw in the fader without touching the ground
- blow off any particule
- then take a vacuum cleaner and try to grab all these dust or rust particles.
Par

Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Technical tips