Hercules DJ Console MK2
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- This DJ Console Mk2 also features a shoulder strap for easy transportation
- Has a cover, allowing you to transport it without any danger of damaging the top face
- Mk2 features multiple connectors on the front and back faces
- Two types of connectors are available for connecting speakers: RCA and minijack
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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.
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My only real complaint is that the physical piece itself is kind of bo-bo. You end up needing to use your computer for like 90% of what you'll need to do. And the instructions sucked. Eventually I found the keyboard shortcuts in the horribly designed menu in the actual software and I found what I needed. On top of that the buttons on this are little close together so even when you do use the joystick you'll occasionally bump into a jog wheel, but that's life I guess. I would have really liked for the joystick to be more functional. Would have made this a bit more fun. Oh well. At the end of the day it does what it's supposed to.
Couple of things to note before you buy:
1.) There is a version of this that just comes with a USB connection. DO NOT BUY THAT ONE. Yes, it's cheaper but it also doesn't come with any external ports so you can't preview AT ALL. So it's effectively useless. Get this version.
2.) This does not support AAC files of ANY kind. So if you're thinking about buying all kinds of crap on iTunes and mixing it... you're SOL.
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.
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 laptop's music and video library. I would also use it in small bars with my 10in powered speakers. I almost immediately upgraded to the hercules RMX and now the Steel as they were more professional and less of a toy. My intentions were to move from using cd's and LP's to digital files and integrate it with my analog gear. You could use this mixer strickly as a sound card but you will have to buy and noise filter(about $20-$25) to reduce ground noice generated. You can get them at best buy or radio shack, even here. If you are just starting out as a Digital DJ, its a good a idea to carry one with you regardless whether you buy this product. Now I don't need a noise filter since the Hercules RMX or even the new Hercules Deejay trim sound card don't generate this noise. Hercules(guillemot) a great company making great products for DJ's at a price you can afford. My advice, buy this product with the intention for the home or to practice your skills. Otherwise upgrade to their more professional products. Don't get me wrong, I have friends in small cities that use this to plug into the club gear, but no one will take you seriously with it. Have fun and none the less, a great starter mixer/sound card.
good value for money - one of the better portable equipment in the market
-It's compact, fits everywhere, comes with a carring strap and protecting shell, I stick it in my back pack along with my laptop and I'm a dj anywhere my backpack goes.
-Quick set up, installed software and I was up and running in less than 10 minutes.
-Easy to use, comes with VDJ that is simple enough, it also works with TRAKTOR 3, although you have to buy that on your own, which I opted to upgrade to. Still VDJ does the job just fine, no need to buy stuff you don't need.
-Pretty durable, I've taken it many places, it has a plastic/metal casing that is stronger that it looks.
-Small unit, not a lot of space for more knobs. I wish it had more controls, since it is a basic set up, it's great for starting out, but once you get deep into mixing and adding effects, loops, etc, you will want exclusive knobs for each function. It can still do effects and everything, but you have to learn the combination of button and knobs to make sure it does it right. It can get complicated when doing this in the middle of your mix.
All in all it is a great unit, it has a ton of options for input/output, you can use it as a mixer, or just a sound card, you can do an elaborate setup with your CD players/Ipod/vinyl pluged into it and still mix that with your laptop's MP3s, no other mixer in this price range has this many setup options. Well worth it's price.