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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
  • DJControl Inpulse 200 Deck A (Loop In + Loup Out) + Deck B (Loop In + Loop Out)
  • DJControl Inpulse 300 Deck A (Loop In + Loup Out) + Deck B (Loop In + Loop Out)
  • DJControl Starlight Press simultaneously on Preview deck A + Shift + Preview deck B + Vinyl

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Ableton Live 10 Released Today

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Ableton Live 10 is released today.
Ableton Live is a major DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software in Windows and macOS for producers, composers and disc-jockeys.
Hercules P32 DJ can control Ableton Live with the script
Kuala from Remotify.

Here is Ableton Live press release.


Ableton Live 10 is here
Berlin, Germany, February 6th, 2018

Ableton Live 10 is now available at Ableton.com and at local retailers worldwide.

The new Live delivers four bold new devices, workflow refinements and a re-designed sound library. Live 10 also brings new functionality and high-res visualizations to Push. Plus, Max technology is now fully integrated into Live 10 Suite for faster, more stable performance.

Some of the new features in Live 10 include:

New instruments and effects
• Wavetable is Ableton’s latest synth—immediately playable with a vast sonic palette.
• Echo produces delay sounds from classic textures to soundscapes, wailing feedback and experimental atmospheres.
• Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for drums, capable of adding subtle character or completely bending and breaking drums.
• Pedal brings the character of analog stomp boxes to Live with separate circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz guitar pedals.

Workflow improvements
• Capture recalls an idea after it has been played and turns it into a MIDI clip with groove and feel intact.
• Multiple MIDI clip editing allows users to see the content of two or more clips in one detail view.
• Groups within groups allow for greater flexibility when mixing and improves Set organization even with lots of tracks and a detailed arrangement.
• A multitude of refinements including improvements to Arrangement View workflows, Browser Collections, I/O renaming, note chasing, and much more.

New library of sound
• Curated Collections capture the musical threads that tie together evolving styles and scenes
• Four all-new Essential Instruments include synths, and multi-sampled electric keys and drums
• Live 10’s Core Library gets a sonic upgrade with richer, more detailed sounds

Improvements to Push
• A new step sequencing layout allows simultaneous note sequencing and real time playing.
• MIDI note view allows navigation and refinement of the notes in a pattern in context directly on the Push display.
• Richer visualization with more feedback of key Live devices including Wavetable, Echo, EQ Eight and Compressor
• Workflow improvements to layouts, building and extending patterns, track arming and more

Max for Live
• Deeper integration with Live 10 Suite means devices now load faster, use less CPU and feel more like Live’s native devices.
• Sonically upgraded Drum Synths, improved modulation and mapping Devices and more
• Multi-channel audio routing means mixing using multi-channel speaker setups is now possible
• Max for Live devices can send and receive SysEx, allowing deeper access to external gear

Ableton Live 10 is available for purchase now from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
•Download versions of Ableton Live 10 cost
79 EUR / 99 USD / 69 GBP for Live Intro,
349 EUR / 449 USD / 319 GBP for Live Standard and
599 EUR / 749 USD / 539 GBP for Live Suite.
•Boxed versions of Ableton Live 10 cost
99 EUR / 99 USD / 89 GBP for Live Intro,
399 EUR / 499 USD / 359 GBP for Live Standard and
649 EUR / 799 USD / 579 GBP for Live Suite.

About Ableton
Ableton makes products for music makers to create, produce and perform music. These include Live, a software that combines traditional studio technologies with the freedom of working without a timeline; Push, a hardware instrument for handson playing and composing with Live; and Link, a technology that allows multiple devices to play in time together over a wireless connection.
Ableton was founded in 1999 by musicians in need of new creative tools. The first version of Live was released in 2001. The company is led by its founders from its headquarters in Berlin, and has additional offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. About 300 people work at Ableton across the world.

For more information
Twitter: twitter.com/ableton
Facebook: facebook.com/ableton
www.ableton.com
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Optimize your Windows computer for DJing

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If you feel your computer in Windows is slow for DJing, you should check the following settings.

1) Switch off the Wifi, Bluetooth, and any other network connection on your computer before a DJ performance.
Network connections consume CPU ressources and may cause crackles in the music.
Letting the Wifi receiver switched on is the most dangerous setting for DJing on a computer, since each time the Wifi receiver of the computer detects another Wifi source, the CPU ressources of the computer will drop of 50%: if someone in the street has a smartphone with Wifi on, your computer detects this Wifi source, scans it, and this Wifi identification process takes up to 50% of the computer CPU ressources, possibly causing crackling.

2) Disable Windows preset made to save energy on the USB.
This preset is set on by default, and it may cause crackling in the sound, and even disconnect the DJ controller on the computer.
  • Right-click on My computer > Properties > Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus controllers,
  • Right-click on the first line "USB Root Hub" and click "Properties"
  • Go to the tab "Power Management", and uncheck the box "Allow computer to turn off this device to save energy"
  • Click "OK" and close the dialog box
  • Repeat the same operation on each line called USB Root Hub or USB hub.
3) Close any background software
Real time operations as Djing or video capture require to as much CPU ressources as possible, so you should close any other background software during a DJ performance.

4) If possible, move the mouse far from the USB port where you plug the DJ controller
If the USB port of your mouse is close from the USB port of your DJ Controller, and if you have enough USB ports for it, you should plug the DJ Controller on a USB port far from the mouse USB port, as the click on your mouse may be heard in the audio played on your DJ controller if the USB port are close one from the other.

5) If you are in Windows 7 or in Windows Vista, avoid Aero graphic theme.
Aero graphic themes are CPU intensive, so don't use an Aero graphic theme while doing any real-time task as music production or video capture, select a basic theme instead.

6) Adjust your computer power settings for the best performance
- On Windows deskotp, right click on Computer > Properties > Advanced System settings

- Click on "Settings" in the "Performance" area.
- In "Visual Effects", click on "Adjust for best performance", and press "OK".


7)
If you use a laptop, set your Power plan on "High performance".
Press Windows + X keys to call Windows X Menu, and select Power Options.

In Related settings, click on Additional Power Settings.

In "Choose or customize a power plan", select High performance.


8) Don't let any USB key connected on the computer
You can use USB keys to copy an audio track on or from your computer, but once it is over, unplug it from your computer. USB keys have a slow access time (even USB keys with a fast transfer rate have a slow access time), so if they are connected to the computer, they decrease significantly the computer performance even for task which don't use the USB keys.
Never play an audio track directly from a USB key: if you uncompress an audio track on a USB key, the access time of the USB key is so slow that you complete computer because slow. If you want to play a track stored on a USB key, copy it on your hard disk prior to playing it.

9) Make sure your disk is not saturated, DJing requires a large available hard-drive space
Windows needs hard drive space to be fast, and playing music requires a significant hard disk space.
When loading audio tracks, the audio tracks are uncompressed in the software and need, either in the hard drive + in the RAM, the same space as if they were in an uncompressed WAV format, even if they are stored in a compressed format as MP3, AAC or WMA.
Examples of hard drive + RAM needed to uncompress 2 tracks of 10 minutes

  • 16-bit/44.1 kHz, 2 tracks of 10 minutes = 201.8 MB
  • 24-bit/96 kHz, 2 tracks of 10 minutes = 659 MB

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DJUCED 40 3.6 is now available

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Press Release - September 21st 2017 - Hercules releases the latest and greatest version of its DJUCED 40 software, 3.6, including the Qobuz online audio streaming service.

What’s new in DJUCED™ 40° 3.6 ?
Here, in DJUCED labs, we constantly improve, test and play with our software.
We teamed up with severals DJs and with YOU, the community, to improve the audio engine, the scratch feeling and the general latency of the software, especially with controllers.
Better than good, the feeling is great.
The integration of Qobuz adds fun to the experience with over 40 million titles to your connected parties.
We hope you’ll enjoy this 3.6 version as much as we worked on it.


CPU OPTIMISATION – AUDIO ENGINE REWORK
DJUCED 40 3.6 has been rebuilt from the inside.
The 64-bit integration reduces the CPU consumption to avoid audio dropouts and latency.
It works flawlessly, on Mac and PC.

MASTER PC SPEAKERS
Want to use your laptop speakers and your controller preview at the same time ?
It’s just one click in the settings.

INTEGRATION OF QOBUZ AUDIO STREAMING SERVICE
Mix any track from Qobuz catalogue as a normal track.
Search from within DJUCED browser the song you need.
Prepare your playlist with Qobuz App on your smartphone, and find it inside DJUCED browser.
Just magic. (Qobuz service subscription required)

POST-FADER FX
Reverb and Delay effects are no longer cut off when using the volume fader.
Instead, effects are applied after the volume fader: in this way, you can still hear the end of effects when a deck’s volume fader is brought down.
Perfect for improving quick transitions.

SCRATCH ENGINE REWORKED
We know that feeling is important.
This is why we have remade our scratch engine, modelled from famous turntables and controllers, and tested by scratch DJs.
All supported controllers have been re-calibrated.
It changes everything.

MIDI CONTROL FASTER THAN EVER
MIDI communications between DJUCED and the supported controllers is now really fast. (less than 2ms)
Enjoy instant reaction when pushing a button, or instant LED return.




DJUCED 40 3.6 is available on DJUCED website http://www.djuced.com/
More on Qobuz online audio streaming on http://www.qobuz.com
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DJControl Instinct P8 reviewed in DJ Times

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Wesley Bryant-King from DJ Times has released a technical review on DJControl Instinct P8

"...and its capable, affordable, “DJ-kit-in-a-box” solutions like the DJControl Instinct P8 will surely satisfy many an aspiring DJ."
Read more on http://djtimes.com/gear-tech/tech-reviews/

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Perform outside in daylight: invert colours on your computer display

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When performing outside, if you find difficult to read your computer display in daylight, you can invert colours on the screen.

In Mac OS
  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility.
  • Go to the Display section, select "Invert colors".

In Windows (for example in Windows 10)
  • Press on the keys Windows and + to call Windows Magnifier.
  • You can Zoom in/Zoom Out in Windows magnifier with Windows + and Windows - keys.
  • If you see no Magnifier menu, click on the Magnifier icon in Windows task bar to call the menu.
  • In Magnifier menu, select Views > Full Screen.

  • Press on 3 keys (Control Alt i) to invert the colours (and press again on Control  Alt i to restore normal colours).
You have inverted your computer display, for example Djuced 40 looks like that:

instead of looking as usual like this:

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Traktor Pro 2.8.0 released

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The Traktor Team is pleased to announce that a new version of Traktor Pro 2 – version 2.8.0 – is now available for download via Service Center. The update from previous Traktor Pro 2 releases is free.

64-Bit Application Architecture
Definition
: Traktor Pro now has a 64-bit architecture to access all the available RAM on computers with 64-bit operating systems, instead of accessing only to 2GB of RAM on the previous Traktor release.
Result: The access to more RAM allows Traktr Pro to manage of more items (larger Track Collections, more Remix Deck samples, better playback caching, etc.).

Multi-Processor Improvement
Traktor Pro 2.7.0 decreased the audio performance on some multiprocessor computers compared to Traktor Pro 2.6.8.
2.8.0 releases improves the performance on multiprocessors computers, and improves the audio performance compared to 2.70 release.

Automatic Deck Flavor Switching
Definition: Automatic Deck Flavor Switching means loading or dragging a Track or Remix Set onto a deck causes the deck to become automatically a track deck or a remix deck to play this content in the appropriate mode.
Target: Automatic Deck Flavor Switching, previously limited to Kontrol S8 Browser, is now available to any user of Traktor Pro 2.8.

Parallel Audio Analysis
Definition: The “Parallel Processing” mode is new mode for Traktor Pro to use multiple threads to analyze several tracks simultaneously.
Access: This option can be activated at the bottom of the Analysis window you get when right clicking on tracks and choosing “Analyze” from the context menu.


Target: Processing large collections of files is faster with this option enabled, but more CPU consuming, so it should not be done while performing but in an offline situation.

There are other new features as the support of Native Instruments controller Traktor Kontrol D2 and some bugfixes.

Traktor Pro 2.80 does not support Mac OS 10.8.

Source:

https://www.native-instruments.com/forum/threads/traktor-pro-2-8-1-now -online.256862/


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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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Convert .wav files into MP3 with iTunes in Windows

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Most DJ software with a recording function let the Deejay record in Wav format. Some of you wonder how to convert the .wav file into MP3 format to share your creation. Here is a process to do it in Windows with iTunes 11.2.

1) Start iTunes

 

2) Click on iTunes rectangle on the upper-left corner

 

3) Select the Preferences menu

4) In the General Preferences, go to “Import Settings…”.

5) In the Import Settings, select Import using “MP3 Encoder”

           

 

6) In the Import Settings, click on the Setting field to set for the MP3 compression rate.

7) If you select the “Custom” setting, you can select the compression rate you wish.

Click on OK to close.

8) You can check your compression settings in the field “Details”.

Click on OK to close.

iTunes is now set to convert files into the MP3 format you have selected.

 

9) If the file you want to convert is not in iTunes library, add this file in iTunes library.

Import your .wav file in iTunes.

Click on the rectangle icon in iTunes upper-left corner, and choose “Add File to Library…”

Browse to your .wav file, select it and click on Open.

 

10) Once the audio file is in iTunes libray, right click on it in iTunes and select “Create MP3 Version”

 

11) iTunes converts it into MP3 format

 

12) Once iTunes has created a MP3 version, it is located by default in a folder

“C:\Users\YourName\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media”.

To check where it is located, right click on the created track in iTunes, and select Get Info

The iTunes Summary window shows the location of the MP3 file.

 

13) To check the default location of the MP3 files you create in iTunes, click on the rectangle icon in iTunes upper-left corner, go to Preferences, and go to the Advanced Preferences tab.

You see iTunes Media folder location, and you can change it if needed.

 

Remark: iTunes does not suppress the .wav file when encoding its .mp3 version, so at the end of the operation, you get 2 audio tracks with the same name in iTunes library:

-       one is the .wav file,

-       the other is the .mp3 file.


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Hercules Unveils HDP DJ-Adv G401, Headphones Designed For DJ And Music Enthusiasts

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Hercules completes its line of headphones announced last Christmas with the stylish and comfortable HDP DJ-Adv G401 model headphones


New York - September 27, 2012- 
Hercules, the leader in mobile DJ controllers for PC/Mac® and computer audio expert, is proud to announce its latest model headphones, the HDP DJ-Adv G401. The new stylish and comfortable model, designed for amateur DJs, completes the line of headphones unveiled by Hercules last Christmas.

The HDP DJ-Adv G401 headphones feature all of the ingredients required to meet the demands of DJs and music enthusiasts, including perfect audio fidelity, pleasant and powerful sound, flawless sound insulation and comfort.

Stylish and trendy, the HDP DJ-Adv G401 headphones feature a mechanical design very similar to Hercules’ professional models, the HDP DJ-Pro M1001 and the HDP DJ-Adv G501. The HDP DJ-Adv G401 circumaural closed-back headphones’ silhouette traces a continuous curve from one earpiece to the other, avoiding pressure on the user’s head, while at the same time perfectly shielding the DJ from external sounds.

Suited for both large and smaller heads, the headphones cause no strain, even during prolonged use. The earpieces rotate around three axes, enabling DJs to preview their mix with one ear or fold the headphones away for convenient storage and transport.

Also designed for previewing and mixing, the HDP DJ-Adv G401 offers a frequency response ranging from 15 Hz to 22 kHz - an audio spectrum wide enough to gauge tracks precisely and hone last-second settings before airing the music to the audience. The 50 mm diameter drivers produce clear sounds, with precise and deep bass, making them not only ideal for analyzing rhythms, but also for simply enjoying music.

Their low impedance (32 ohms) and high sensitivity (100 dB @ 1 mW) ensure powerful sound levels, enabling DJs to listen to tracks even in the loudest environments - for instance, next to PA system speakers. 

The Hercules HDP DJ-Adv G401 will be available late October 2012, at a suggested retail price of $79.99.
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