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Hercules DJ Controller with "Touch" and "Air" Controls
- DJ controller with touch and air controls for “hands-on” DJ mixing
- 2-deck DJ controller; 2 jog wheels with pressure detection; Velocity sensitive pads; Air control: a contactless sensor lets you control the mix from above, without even touching the device
- Pressure-detecting jog wheels; Scratch by pressing on the jog wheels, as naturally as with a vinyl record; Jog wheels also control pitch bend and browsing within tracks
- 8 pads with velocity detection; The pads control the sampler, loops and effects; The inner backlight shows the pads' activation; Pads can be set as binary On/Off controls, or gradual controls
- Built-in audio outputs for mixing and previewing tracks; Includes intuitive, powerful software; Mix 2 audio tracks on the fly; Save your mix as an audio file; USB interface
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The incredible 2-Deck DJ Controller from Hercules offers "AIR Control"--a contactless sensor lets you control the mix from above, without even touching the device. The DJ Control AIR converts the distance to your hand into a MIDI command. The two jog wheels with pressure detection allow users to scratch by pressing on the jog wheels, as naturally as with a vinyl record.
The jog wheels also control pitch bend and browsing within tracks. There are 8 pads with velocity detection--the pads control the sampler, loops and effects, and can be set as binary On/Off controls, or gradual controls. There are built-in audio outputs for mixing and previewing tracks: a 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack output for the mix, and a 1/4" (6.35 mm) stereo jack output for previewing tracks. The DJ Control AIR includes a new, powerful DJ software called "DJUCED" that allows you to mix two audio tracks on the fly and save your mix as an audio file.
AIR: Adjustment by InfraRed
"AIR" stands for "Adjustment by InfraRed". It's a contactless control that works when the DJ places his or her hand flat over and infrared beam. The controller calculates the distance between the sensor and the hand, and converts it into a gradual MIDI command. This MIDI command modulates a setting in the DJ software.
Works in All Light Conditions
AIR control functions under any light conditions. The infrared light beam projected towards the hand is invisible. The sensor captures the infrared reflection on the hand, and uses the reflection to calculate the hand's distance. The reflection is the same in both daylight and low light conditions, allowing AIR to be used during the day, at night, or in places with weak lighting. AIR control functions with all flesh tones. The only incompatibility is the use of black gloves (as the infrared sensor would not be able to detect the reflection).
8 Pads for Total Control
The Hercules DJ Control AIR features 2 sets of 4 pads to control loops, sampler and effects commands. The DJ taps on the pads with his or her fingertips to send commands such as looping, sampler or effects. The pads light up when touched.
In addition to a binary On/Off command, each pad can transfer velocity information to modulate the command. For example: in sampler mode, the velocity can control the volume of a sample's playback. The playback volume depends on how soft or how hard the DJ taps on the pad.
Pressure-Detecting Jog Wheels
The jog wheels detect the pressure from the user's hand. With scratch mode enabled, the jog wheels scratch when the hand's weight is detected, and stop scratching when the hand's weight is no longer detected. This allows the DJ to control various functions such as stop and restart playback, scratch by turning the jog wheel while pressing down, and stop scratching by lifting up his or her hand. You can also bend the pitch (if playback is on) or browse within tracks (if playback is off) by turning the jog wheels using their outer ring, to avoid applying downward pressure.
With scratch mode disabled, the jog wheels bend the pitch or browse within tracks when the jog wheels are turned, regardless of the pressure applied.
VU Meter Displays the Beats
DJ Control AIR includes a VU meter displaying beats composed of 2 lines of 4 LEDs. Each line displays the beats in a track, allowing DJs to see at a glance whether the beats are in sync, without having to look at their computer screen. In this way, the DJ can stay focused on the crowd: if the LEDs light up at the same time for both tracks, then the 2 tracks are synchronized--and this, of course, is the basis of all mixing.
DJ Control AIR has built-in audio outputs, including a 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo output for the mix and a 1/4" (6.35 mm) stereo output for headphone previewing.
What's in the Box?
Hercules DJ Control AIR, installation CD-ROM (PC/Mac) with PC/Mac DJ software, printed installation guide.
- Computer with 1.5 GHz CPU or faster
- 1 GB RAM or more
- Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7 or Mac OS 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7 on Core Duo Mac
- Powered USB port
- 100 MB available hard disk space
- CD/DVD-ROM drive
- Internet access
- Amplified stereo speakers and headphones
Choose Your Mobile DJ Gear
|You are a||Beginner DJ||Leisure DJ / Casual DJ||Advanced DJ||Semi-Pro / Pro DJ|
|You need||DJ Control Instinct||DJ Control Air||DJ Console Mk4||DJ 4Set||DJConsole RMX 2||DJ Console 4-Mx|
|Metal casing (intense mixing)|
|Touch-sensitive jog wheels|
|Number of decks / MIDI commands||2 / 68||2 / 96||2 / 60||4 / 116||2 / 124||4 / 170|
|Inputs: 4-channel / 1 mic. in |
(MP3 & CD players, vinyl / microphone)
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|Stereo outputs: Mix / Preview |
(speakers, amp, mixer / headphones)
|Included Software||DJUCED||DJUCED||Virtual DJ 6 DJC Mk4||Virtual DJ 7 LE 4Set||Virtual DJ LE Rmx2 & DJUCED||Virtual DJ 7 LE 4Mx|
|MIDI Control: PC & Mac |
(MIDI controlled DJ software compatible)
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, this is a neat product, its easy to get into and start trying to make your own mixes, I believe the controls could have been a bit better but overall it's good, the reason I gave it 4 start was because it's hard using the PAD buttons, the intensity of sounds or effects depend on how much pressure you apply to the button so it's hard sometimes to get a constant effect the same intensity, the other reason was because there is no manual included, you do get a piece of paper telling you what each button, lever does, but does not go into detail on how to do things, I had to look up the internet to find the real manual which can be found in the companies product pages
So far I'm really enjoying this product for what it has, check the video so you can see for yourself.
UPDATE: I've started watching dome DJ tutorials and trying to learn how to mix and stuff, and while this is a good device for beginners or maybe mid level, this is certainly not for profesionals, its a good device but it needs a few more options.
This isn't really a professional device. It's all plastic and doesn't seem like it's made to take a beating or last for very long. But for playing around and mashing up tunes it can be a lot of fun. The software is pretty slick. None of it is intuitive. The manual didn't help. To get an idea of what I could do I had to go on youtube and find some tutorials.
There's a lot this controller can do I have yet to explore. It's going to take me many, many hours and weeks to get up to speed and learn how to use this machine to its fullest. I don't know if I want to commit to that level of study. But so far, everything works as stated. I haven't had a single bit of trouble beyond having to update the original software. The sound is clean, but it is a bit on the low-fi side as far as I can tell; my guess is that there are ways to increase the audio quality, but I haven't figured out exactly how to do that yet. If you're a teen, I bet you can have a lot of fun with this controller. Even for an old guy like me, it has its perks as a kind of cool toy.
First, I don't find these kind of jogwheels to be very comparable to actual vinyl. They're not as tactile and responsive, but of course they offer a tremendous practical advantage in that they require no vinyl, so ultimately they are an acceptable substitute even though they don't really do a great job of replicating real scratching. Second, I wish this had a dedicated on board 1/4" audio out. I expect that many users will be hobbyists utilizing computer-type speakers, but it would have been nice to have the option for not only 1/8" but also 1/4" outs for those of us with other musical equipment already on hand. An adapter can fix this of course, but a bit of a pain. As for the software, I find it to be a bit non-user friendly - expect a learning curve to figuring out the software. It's powerful enough for some nice consumer level creativity, so no real complaints about the functionality. Many times music software included with instruments will be bare-bones scaled-back versions of a more robust program, but this software stands alone pretty well as a fully realized program instead of a hobbled version of something else. The infrared "air" control works pretty much as claimed, and it's a fun way to control effects. It's nice to have control ability without actually having to manipulate a knob or switch manually, and the feature is responsive. The touch sensitive pads are also responsive and work well. You can slice a sample into 4 parts and assign the parts to the pads, which is handy, and the touch sensitivity adds some color and expression to the control of the samples.
All in all this is a pretty cool device aimed at the casual consumer/hobbyist who'd like to dip their foot in the water, so to speak, in the area of DJing. It's got some legitimately neat features, such as the air control, for a relatively inexpensive price, especially considering that it comes with quite decent software. Expect to invest some time learning this baby, but if you're willing it's a really fun unit to play with and should be able to produce some cool results.