Hercules DJ Console - Page 1
music industry is one of the most profitable areas in the global
economy. Music is something that most users love to listen to and
of course dance to as well.
The evolution of computers and PCs has given many end users the chance to
practice their skills at creating and "manipulating" dance
music. When visiting a night club or bar, we all like to have our favorite
song played by the person
responsible for that task, the disc jokey (aka DJ). But professional DJ equipement
has always been rather costly, thus denying the average enthusiast
the chance of playing, mixing and scratching their favorite mp3/cd tracks...until
bring DJ mixing for PC users to another level.
Hercules describes the DJ console "...as an external portable DJ controller, multichannel USB audio and MIDI interface for desktop/laptop PCs. The product is aimed for amateur home DJs, MP3/digital music fans, Club DJs, FM/Internet radio DJs. Users can access tens of thousands of their favourite digital tracks and find any title in seconds with no need to lug around hundreds of CDs or LPs. DJ Console is also perfectly suited for use under low light conditions at parties thanks to at-a-glance LED mode indicators plus backlit and phosphorescent soft rubber keys.
Fun, easy mixing/scratching dual wheels
Take full control of your music with the DJ Console!
- Mix, scratch and control digital music in real time, from MP3s, WMAs to CDs
- Solid design with phosphorescent keys creating the perfect DJ atmosphere.
- Tactile controls give much better control on DJ mixing than PC keyboard.
Optimised DJ sound
- Scratch audio files and CDs
- Adjust cue points to create great loops
- Adjust BPM (Beats Per Minute) for smooth transitions between tracks
- Speed up/slow down music.
- Play one track for your audience while previewing another on your headphones to create seamless mixes
- Add voice-overs by lowering the music volume with the click of a button,
allowing you to talk to your "fans"
Ideal to use with all of the latest music and audio applications including: Cakewalk SONAR, SONAR 2, SONAR 3, Cakewalk Pro Audio, Guitar Tracks Pro, Home Studio, Steinberg Cubase VST, Cubase SX, Cubase SL, Cubase SE, Nuendo, Wavelab, Emagic Logic Audio, Adobe Audition, Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro, Cool Edit Pro 2, Sonic Foundry Sound Forge, Acid, Samplitude, GigaStudio, Propellerheads Reason, Ableton Live, Image Line FL Studio (Fruityloops) and other music software..."
We received the Hercules DJ Console European retail package. The
package contains the DJ CONSOLE unit (size 200x235x65 mm), a detachable
cover, non-slip footing
and shoulder strap, USB and RCA cables, two CDs (installation software & 800
music samples) and a printed installation guide. The warranty on the unit
2 years and the package is priced at around £169.00.
Professional users may be dissapointed that the DJ Console doesn't
come in a standard 1U rack mount format, but as Hercules explains "...Hercules
DJ Console is intended for the consumer market, not the professional market,
and the majority of consumers do not have a 1U chassis on which to fix a DJ
controller. Moreover, Hercules DJ Console is intended for mobile use (which
is why it is USB powered), and the fact that DJ Console is only 23.5cm (9¼ inches)
wide makes it much more portable than if it were in the 1U format (48cm/19
Hercules lists the PC and operating system recommendations as
- Desktop/laptop PC with Intel® Pentium II 400mHz (700mHz recommended), Athlon 500 MHz and higher or compatible
- 128MB RAM
- Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 & XP
- USB port
- Headphones or amplified speakers
- CD or DVD-ROM drive
- Internet connection
- 100MB hard disk space
It is advisable to visit the Hercules website and
download the latest firmware and drivers, since Hercules updates them frequently.
You should also take a look at the FAQ before proceeding with the installation
and use of your console, where you will find many answers. Among them,
is the DJ Console compatible
with the MAC: "...We are currently studying the prospect of a DJ Console
for Mac OS X, but it would not use the same hardware as the PC version..."