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Ikutaro Kakehashi, father of MIDI, has died on 2017-04-01

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Ikutaro Kakehashi, father of MIDI and founder or Roland, has died on 2017-04-01.

On Namm Show in January 1983, Roland and Sequential Circuits unveiled the Universal Musical Interface technology, whose name became MIDI ((Musical Instrument Digital Interface) later, in showing the communication between 2 synthesizers, a Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 and a Roland JX-3P.
Ikutaro Kakehashi (former president of Roland) and Dave Smith (former president of Sequencial Circuits) were awarded a Technical GRAMMY in 2013 for contributions to the development of MIDI.

The many uses of MIDI include the communication between DJ controllers and DJ software on Windows, Linux, macOS and iOS.

We offer our most sincere condolences to Ikutaro Kakehashi family.
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Vegas Mode / Light animations on Hercules DJ controllers

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When pluging the DJ controller to a computer, the lights of the controller switch on and off to form a light show called Vegas Mode.
It shows which keys are backlit, it animates your booth in a party when you stop DJing,  and it can also be used in your Youtube videos.
Here are the controls to start the Vegas Mode at any moment:

Instant (and short) Vegas mode

  • DJControl Instinct           Deck A (Pitch Bend Minus + Pitch Bend Plus) + Deck B (Pitch Bend Minus + Pitch Bend Plus)
  • DJControl Air                   Deck A (Pitch Bend Minus + Pitch Bend Plus) + Deck B (Pitch Bend Minus + Pitch Bend Plus)
  • DJControl Air +                Deck A (Bank 1 + Bank 2) + Deck B (Bank 1 + Bank 2)
  • DJConsole Rmx2             Deck A (Pitch Bend Minus + Pitch Bend Plus) + Deck B (Pitch Bend Minus + Pitch Bend Plus)
= its plays instantly a Vegas Mode animation, and stops at the end of the animation

Non Stop Vegas Mode
  • DJControl Wave               Switch OFF the battery, press right deck SAMPLE button, connect the USB and keep the Sample button pressed down for a long time=>  Non stop Vegas Animation
  • Universal DJ                     Set Universal DJ on tablet mode, and plug the USB => Non stop Vegas animation
  • DJControl Jogvision          Press Left-deck Preview + Load A + Load B + Right-deck Preview => Instant Vegas animation, then 25 seconds off, then non stop Vegas Animation
  • P32 DJ                              Plug P32 DJ to the USB port of a computer or to  a USB power supply, the Vegas mode starts automatically (after 5 minutes if P32 DJ is connected to a computer, after 2 minutes if it is connected to a USB power adapter)
  • DJControl Instinct P8        Plug the USB port to a computer or a USB power supply, the Vegas mode starts after 3 minutes

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Hercules Unveils DJUCED™ 40° 3.5 at 2017 NAMM Show

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A brand-new version of the pro DJ software that lets users mix, create and have fun with their music in the most intuitive way possible

Anaheim, California – January 19, 2017 – Spearheaded by Hercules, a leader in mobile and professional DJ equipment, the DJUCED™ teams are thrilled to announce the company’s new enhanced version of their pro DJ software DJUCED™ 40° 3.5 at NAMM 2017.

A big part of the teams’ strength lies in the importance they place on listening to their user community when it comes to making improvements in DJUCED™, as was the case with the Sample Editor, and responding to the new expectations that have emerged from the base of 500,000 licensed users.

More precise than ever: A fully-scalable interface with 4K support, and high-resolution waveforms

One of the most important aspects for DJs – the ability to view the tracks that they’re working on as precisely as possible – has been taken into account in DJUCED™ 40° 3.5. To make things easier and more comfortable for DJs, the interface automatically adapts to all screen resolutions from 1024 x 600 right up to 4K displays.
What’s more, thanks to the new high-resolution waveforms, DJs can use a high-level zoom – with single-sample accuracy – with 6 different vivid color schemes available to enhance viewing precision and speed, and for better interaction with the DJ.
 
Beat Counter

Instantly view the beat alignment between “Master” and “Deck” for easier beatmatching with this new visual tool.
 
Discover even more great improvements!

The “Smart Mix” Automix feature can be used directly from the DJUCED™ 40° 3.5 file explorer. This feature helps users find the best-matching tracks to be played, in terms of BPM and key.

Vinyl Torque is an innovative new emulator that lets users feel the weight of real turntable platters, and use the “Brake effect”.

And last but certainly not least, improvements to the Scratch feature in DJUCED™ 40° 3.5 now ensure optimized compatibility with the Hercules DJControl Jogvision controller!

All of the following Hercules DJ controllers are compatible with DJUCED™ 40° 3.5:

•    New: Hercules DJControl Jogvision
•    Hercules DJControl Instinct P8
•    Hercules P32 DJ
•    Hercules Universal DJ
•    Hercules DJ Control AIR+ S Series
•    Hercules DJ Control AIR+
•    Hercules DJConsole RMX2
•    Hercules DJControlWaveM3
•    Hercules DJControlWave

The new DJUCED™ 40° 3.5 update is be available for download since January 19, 2017 – in the Downloads section at djuced.com.

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Djuced 40 / sample pack of October 2016

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Hello,

Djuced team has released its October sample pack for Djuced 40, called Organic.
You can download it on
http://www.djuced.com/en/content/loopmasters

You need Djuced 40 release 3 to use it with:
- DJControl Instinct P8
- DJControl Air+
- DJControlWave
- Universal DJ
- DJConsole Rmx2
- P32 DJ

The Organic pack is made of 16 samples:
- 4 drums: Snares, KickSnare, Perc, Drums
- 4 bass: Bass1, Bass1var, Bas2, Bass2var
- 4 melodies: Music1, Music1var, Music2, Music2var
- 4 special effects: FX1, FX2, Vox1, Vox2
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Use a the same time the computer built-in sound card and the DJ controller audio in Mac OS

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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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HERCULES HEARTS CAMPUS DJ

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We had such an amazing time with Campus DJ over the past couple of months. DJs from across North America have been competeing for a chance to be crowned the best DJ in North Amercan and many students from everywhere have been joinging the 3.O Party. Have you joined yet? Check out some pictures below. More pics coming soon!
 
 

 
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WIN A FREE UNIVERSAL DJ AT CAMPUSDJ.COM

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We have teamed up with the largest Campus DJ competition in the world to give all of our Hercules DJ fans an opportunity to win a free Universal DJ Console. Check out the information below and Join The 3.0 Party.
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HERCULES X CAMPUS DJ

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Hercules is touring the US with our Universal DJ in search of the greatest DJs on their college/university campus. Stay tuned for more pictures and video. How many wild parties would you have in your dorm? Join the party 3.0

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VIRTUALDJ: Hercules mixing controllers are compatible with the new VirtualDJ 8!

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Following the release of VirtualDJ 8, we are pleased to announce that most Hercules mixing controllers are compatible with this new version of the popular VirtualDJ mixing software. As Hercules controllers are Plug and play, they are automatically recognized by the software without the need to install new drivers.

 

Click here to view the official list of mixing controllers compatible with VirtualDJ 8, and download the advanced operation guides for the Hercules DJConsole RMX2 , Hercules DJControlWave and Hercules Universal DJ controllers by clicking on the corresponding links.

 

Check out other news regarding VirtualDJ 8 on the official Facebook page .


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The DJ Party 3.0 with Hercules Universal DJ!

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Hercules, a leader in the field of digital DJing, is unveiling Hercules Universal DJ - the exclusive ecosystem designed for connected DJs.

Hercules is proud to reveal first hand that this DJ package received the highly coveted 2015 CES Innovations Awards Honouree prize from the Las Vegas CES, which will take place in January next year!

Specially designed for the multi-equipped and multi-connected generation of users(1), Hercules Universal DJ is a comprehensive system that allows DJs to mix using all their displays - PC, Mac, smartphones and tablets (Android or iOS).

 

By combining Hercules Universal DJ with their favourite touch surface (whether smartphones or tablets), DJs can now move away from their computers during the party, to enjoy their parties from the dance floor, while still controlling every feature of their mix. They can be as creative as pro DJs - and even more innovative, by inviting their audience to chime in and vote for their favourite playlists, for even more memorable parties!
Hercules Universal DJ and the DJUCEDTM applications herald a new era -
the age of DJ parties 3.0!

 

(1)Users owning multiple devices: computer, tablet and/or smartphone. Also referred to as "Digital Natives".

 

At last, mix on all your devices - whether Android, iOS, PC or Mac. You can even combine your computer with your favourite touch surface!

Hercules Universal DJ provides users with 3 different connectivity and mixing modes:

  • Using their Mac or PC system, via the USB connection and the included mixing software: DJUCEDTM 40°
  • Using their computer, combined with their favourite touch surface, connected via the built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology and the DJUCEDTM Master dedicated app (available free of charge on the App Store and Google Play)
  • Using their tablet only, with Bluetooth® connectivity and the DJUCEDTM App (available on the App Store and Google Play)

Unrivalled FREEDOM - experience the party from the heart of the dance floor!

Using the DJUCEDTM Master Application and "My Remote", DJs are free to move and groove on the dance floor. Their smartphone or tablet becomes a full-featured wireless remote control (in addition to their computer).


 

 

DJs can invite their audience to try their hand at mixing - and more importantly, they can keep their transitions under control at all times. Crossfader, playback, individual track volume control and track synchronization - DJs can do all this and more! And if DJs are caught in the middle of a conversation or a drink with their friends, the PANIC button is there to help them out, allowing them to automatically find and launch the best next track!

 

 

Be as creative as a pro DJ.

DJUCEDTM Master can also turn smartphones and tablets into convenient and creative extensions. On their second touch display, for instance, DJs can create loop and FX combos using one finger only.

These combined actions, until now accessible to pro DJs only, have never yet been as simple and fun!

 

Exclusive feature: let the guests chime in, for a perfect party!

The DJUCEDTM 40° app’s exclusive feature (for PC and Mac) allows DJs to share their playlist with their audience before the party, and to invite guests to vote for their favourite tracks (via a Web app that is freely accessible from any connected device). DJs can now be sure to create the best playlists for every party!

They can also invite their audience to vote during the party (using their smartphones and the Web app) and customize their playlists to suit their audiences live! The highest-voted playlist is visible on the DJ’s second device (tablet or smartphone), allowing them to track it in real time.
They can also view the tracks, artists or special messages that their party’s attendees would like to hear. Customized playlists for unforgettable parties - for everyone!

 

Reinvent your party - each and every time!

In collaboration with DJUCEDTM, Hercules is providing users with multiple communication platforms, to allow them to request new apps or features and share their opinion, suggestions or questions about already available apps. The Hercules Universal DJ and DJUCEDTM ecosystem is not set in stone; it is infinitely evolution-ready, designed to adapt to its users’ creativity during their forthcoming parties 3.0. In fact, Hercules and DJUCEDTM are currently collaborating to design a DJing application for Google GlassTM, that will merge with this ecosystem. More information will be available very soon!

 

Express yourself on:

DJUCED.com: the forum and the "THINK TANK DJUCED Master" discussion thread (directly accessible from your DJUCEDTM Master app)
The Hercules DJ Mix Room: the forum and the "DJUCED Master" discussion thread
The Hercules DJ Mix Room Facebook page
The DJUCEDTM Facebook page

 

The controller itself

 

Lightweight and portable, Hercules Universal DJ weighs only 1.5 kg, and features a surface measuring 40 x 23 cm. Among other features, it boasts 2 capacitive jog wheels, 6 equalizer potentiometers and two sets of 8 pads offering 4 different modes (Effect/Sample/Loop/Cue). It also features an audio interface enabling users to connect a headset (for previewing) and speakers (for airing their mix). An auxiliary stereo input allows users to connect any smartphone or tablet during the party (using the included cable) and to instantly access any playlist on an online music streaming service - and even to add equalization effects or samples.


 

 

Hercules Universal DJ will be available from late November 2014

Also come discover it at CES Las Vegas, the Venetian Hotel, Veronese 2504 meeting room, from January 6 through 9, 2015.

 


(3) For Android, please check the list of compatible devices here


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