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Hercules DJ Console MK2

3.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Description

Having become one of the world leaders in the domain of 3D graphics cards, Hercules has developed and exploited its fields of expertise in a variety of fast-growing market segments over the years. Hercules currently offers a complete range of webcams, speaker systems, digital DJing devices, WiFi solutions, iPod/iTunes accessories and sound cards. Hercules launches compelling products which have been fastidiously researched in terms of performance and produced with quality in mind. With this in mind, Hercules introduces the Hercules DJ Control MK2PC, 2 Deck controller - Mix 2 tracks with 1 controller! Mobile - light and smaller than a laptop. USB powered, No Power Supply needed. Includes a protective cover for transport, 2 jog wheels to navigate within tracks, speed playback up/down or apply effects, 1 cross fader + 2 volume faders, and 3 level equalizations per deck. Virtual DJ 3DJC Edition Included! 2 Year Warranty! Min configuration: (PC) 1GHz CPU or higher 512MB RAM or more Windows XP/Vista 32-bit/64-bit Sound card + stereo speakers (Mac) 1.2GHz G4/G5 or 1.5GHz Intel Core Duo CPU 512MB RAM or more Mac OS 10.4 or higher.

Product Information

Item Weight 4.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 19.9 x 13 x 16.5 inches
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number 4780393
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3.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #144,736 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#621 in Musical Instruments > DJ, Electronic Music & Karaoke > DJ Equipment > Mixers
#45,794 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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By Sean G on December 8, 2005
Just took it out of the box. 30 minutes to setup with not a many problems, took like 7 USB recognitions. I never used the first one but this one is quite awesome. I am not a pro, just guy with a lotta mp3s and a dream.

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.
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If you are, like me, a casual, amateur DJ (or, heck even a professional) looking for a decent price controller to laptop DJ with, give this one serious consideration. For those thinking of going one step down with the cheaper basic controller, DON'T unless you already have a good, second soundcard, because despite being cheaper, you'll STILL have to come up with a way of being able to preview tracks in headphone, which you CANNOT do with the basic Hercules controller. And the addition of those preview features on this model are irreplaceable.
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.
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I have had this product for 4 months now and I have to say that I am very pleased with all of the features it offers. At first I was skeptical about using MP3s because I have migrated from using Vinyl to CDs and I love using both of those types of media. But within the first hour of using this product I was amazed at how much easier it would make life for me. I store all of my music on an External Hard drive and I plan to convert tall of my Vinyl to MP3using this product. There are more expensive units out there when this one which cost less can do the job. An additional reason why I choose this unit as appose to the Vestax unit was the Vestax requires the use of a midi interface where the Hercules is a sound card so no interface is required. It just plugs and plays and plays very well indeed. I've made tons of cd's usin this thing and I have even done the score for a play and for a body building routine. The possibilities with this thing are endless.
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The Hercules DJ Console MK2 is a great start for anyone trying to get more involved with the music scene.

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.
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