Hercules DJ Console MK2
- 100% Cotton
- 5mm, High Density Polyurethane foam padding interior and polyester lining provide excellent protection
- Canvas Exterior designed for personlization
- Holds Full Size Acoustic Guitar
- Grab handles and bandolier-style shoulder strap make carrying the guitar easy
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Long story short, you can scratch your mp3s and this makes the system for me. It might not be pro quality but then again you are spending 250 bucks and you aren't buying all that vinyl. Almost on the financial perspective along I would pretty much give it the 5 stars.
Okay, I have been futzing with it for like 1 month now. It freakin rocks. I just did my NYE party with it and everyone was entertained. Just showing this system to certain people gets a jaw dropping effect, "You can do what?!!?" is the common reaction.
You can loop sounds, set up to 5 cue points per track, and it does a pretty good job guesstimating the BPMs for you. The guesstimation is pretty good because it gives you more felxibility. Instead of just always remembering the same sons that match you see all the songs plus or minus. This is really helpful in fleshing out "mental database". (I have like 5k songs so it is easy to get lost.)
The one gripe so far is the BPM estimator engine has a tendency to hang on certain songs. This in turn jams up the whole process and forces you to shut the computer down without saving the info. IE, you are at song 495 of 500 when it hiccups. You lose all previous estimation of the 495. This is a software problem that should not dissuade you from the buying the product.
Final thoughts: This thing is wicked awesome.
PS I am running XP with P4 1.1G with 384 RAM using USB1. Virtual DJ, the included software, runs well on it. I wouldn't go any lower, performance would definitely be impacted.Read more ›
Now, before I review this thing in earnest, there's ONE BIG caveat all customers must know. The MK2 DOES NOT WORK WITH WINDOWS VISTA UNLESS YOU USE A SPECIFIC VERSION OF THE VIRTUAL DJ SOFTWARE. Unfortunately, it doesn't work in Vista with any other DJ software, and none of the "pro" versions of VDJ. It only works with the downloadable Vista version of VDJ 3.4. Otherwise, you won't get headphone preview.
That might sound like a big thing if you use Vista, but really...it isn't. The version of VDJ that works with the controller is very good and has all of the core features the Pro version has, for the most part, even the interface if you really want to use it.
Now that that's out of the way, the unit itself:
You can see the controls and everything in the pics, so that's pretty much self-explanatory. The main downsides of the unit are that the pitch is a knob instead of a slider (it takes more effort to alter pitch this way, unless you screw with the MIDI sensitivity), there is no "gain" knob on the unit itself, and there is no master volume control on the unit. In other words, you cannot control the master volume of the mix being send out from the unit itself, only by using the channel volumes.Read more ›
The only reason I am rating this console less than a 5 is the construction and overall usability of the controls. The 'turn tables' are very small and almost too sensitive for scratching or jogging. The buttons are small and laid out in an aesthetically pleasing way but not in a way that is easy to get to and use when mixing and adding effects to your music.
I found the software to be convoluted and full of problems as well. Luckily I had a technical background and after some tweaking was able to get everything working and when it did, it was a really good sounding piece of equipment for the money.
The console is plastic for the most part, comes with a nice lid for traveling (this is a very nice portable device for DJs who want to grab a laptop, headphones, and the MK2 and head to a party).
Overall this is a good midi controller for the money, mine still is working fine after over a year and is a great step in a career of DJing and getting familiar with what can be done with cuing up music, adding effects and looping, scratching techniques and fading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great device for starters. It is a solid USB controller, and that is it. If you want to get into any type of moderate to advanced DJing, this device is not for you.Published on May 6, 2013 by kmac
Another late review from me......
I bought this product to use at clubs that had their own equipment since I could plug this basic mixer into theirs and allowed my to use my... Read more
compact, good for beginners, integrates well with virtualDJ
good value for money - one of the better portable equipment in the market
I purchased a Hercules MK2 DJ Console from guitar center and almost immediately regretted my decision once it arrived in the mail. Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by Mike M.
First of all, I chose this cause the rmx was out of my price range. This is a solid machine that does exactly what I want it to do. Read morePublished on December 30, 2008 by S. Ruiz
Being an amateur and not wanting to shell out $800+ for a mixer, sound card, and software that would be too much, I decided to get this "toy" that has everything out-of-the-box,... Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by Uncle J
My girlfriend got one of these for me for my birthday, in lieu of a real (and rather expensive rig), and it's great. It does allow you to mix your MP3's and it does so pretty well. Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by ObiWanShinobi
i believe they are very good. I was told by a dj friend of mine that it is the better of the midi mixers to use on my coputer programme. that been DJ DECKS. Read morePublished on August 11, 2007 by Scott Bennett