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Cortex HDC-3000 Dual Digital Music Controller   

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Eliminates the need for a computer during performance.

The Cortex HDC-3000 has been designed to provide digital music playback and manipulation features demanded by professionals. The HDC-3000 is designed to liberate DJs from the issues associated with PC-based solutions. The HDC-3000 also offers superior portability and flexibility over that of a typical PC.

Intelligent Music Database Management

The Cortex HDC-3000 Dual Digital Music Controller uses a database management system that lets you search through a massive library of music within seconds, by artist, title, genre, album or even by string. This unit also allows users to find their top 100 most played tracks, the last 100 played, or what tracks were recently added to the storage device.

PC-Based Database Creation

You can create databases via the HDC unit or the PC application and quickly manage those database files at a gig, or on a home computer.

Search Options

The cataloging system gives you several browsing options, including search by artist, song, title, album, and genre. This system allows you to search the same way you would using an iPod or similar portable music player.

String Search

You can search by a certain word or phrase to find tracks on your storage device, even if you're unsure of the name. When you input a keyword, it will search all artists, titles, albums, and genres, and show all matches to that keyword. For instance, searching for the word "love" might bring up three artists. It might also find 60 titles, 10 albums and one genre. You can then select the artists, titles, albums, or genres from that list.

Playlist Editing

The playlist editor lets you save, load, and edit playlists. You can even cascade music between each side of the controller.

Main Playback Screen

The backlit graphical LCD playback screens display info on any track in the catalog, showing everything from the essentials such as artist, track title, pitch, time elapsed/remaining to detailed information including file format (MP3 or WAV), genre, and track length. Additionally, the HDC-3000 offers a waveform view.

CD-Audio Playback

No need to abandon your CD collection, the HDC-3000 is able to play audio CDs with any compatible USB CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.

CD/DVD Data Playback

Play back user-created CD-Rs or DVD-Rs loaded with MP3 or WAV music files using a compatible USB CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.

Storage Device Selection

Take a client's request from his iPod or USB memory flash drive, plug it in, and play it right away without having to reboot the unit. With two USB ports (and support for up to four devices when using a USB hub), the HDC unit allows users to connect and recognize multiple storage devices to access a variety of separate music databases simultaneously.

File Explorer Mode

Lets you browse through files and directories as if you were using a computer, showing you the directory structure and file names exactly as they exist on the storage device. DJs with their own organizational system can navigate it quicker than using the database.

Keyboard Support

Quickly find that hot new track in a massive library of music with just a few taps of a USB-compatible keyboard.

VBR & CBR File Support

The HDC-3000 can play all your MP3s; CBR or VBR at any bitrate up to 320kbps.

Multi-language Support

The HDC-3000 supports multiple languages including English, French, and Spanish.

Ultra-fast Instant Start

From Cue to Start, get into the mix with no delay.

Enhanced Features

Cue Point Management

Cue points can be set like a normal CD player, so that the DJ can return to a certain time in the track just by pressing a button. Cue points may also be saved permanently to the connected storage device, allowing them to load automatically with a track. Also, the unit allows for 4 hot cue points per side, which can also be stored to the connected mass storage device.

Efficient Sampling

Samples can be set and stored in any of 4 banks with the simple touch of a button. Samples can be trimmed and edited with the graphical user interface, and the samples pitch can be altered.

Comprehensive Looping

Up to 4 loops can be programmed with a loop-editing feature. Unlike a traditional CD player, the loops can be edited easily using the HDC-3000's graphical user interface, which allows the loop to be trimmed until it sounds perfect. Loops can be saved to the connected storage device, so that they can be recalled each time you load that particular track.

DSP Effects

This module gives you a choice of 12 effects (including Filter, Flanger, Echo, Delay, Auto-Pan and more) plus, truly comprehensive parameter setting capabilities. EACH parameter can be edited in real time offering a greater ability to modify the sound while still preserving the preset simplicity.

Performance Protection

Every Cortex HDC unit features exclusive protection from accidental shutdown while playing, securing your precious digital files from sudden corruption and preserving your performance. To turn the unit off, simply press and hold the power button for more than 2 seconds.


HDC-3000 Dual Digital Music Controller

  • Type of unit: streaming digital audio controller
    Format compatibility: MP3, WAV, CD-Audio
    MP3 format: 8 kbps to 320 kbps, CBR
    WAV format: 44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo
    Pitch increment: 0.05% at 4 and 8% 0.1% at 16 and 24%
    Pitch ranges: 4, 8, 16, 24%
    Power: AC 100 to 240V, 50/60 Hz
    Power consumption: 12 watts
    Operating environment Temp: +5 degrees C to +35 degrees C (+41 degrees F to +95 degrees F)
    Operating environment Humidity: 5% to 85%
    Dimensions: 19" H x 3-15/32" W x 2-17/32" L inches (482 x 64 x 88mm)
    Power supply: USA 110v 059-347 VDE (Europe) 059-348-R UK 059-349-R JIS (Japan) 059-350
    Operating environment temp: +5 degrees C to +35 degrees C (+41 degrees F to +95 degrees F)

    Audio Output Section
    Output level: 1.8 V RMS (1 kHz, 0dB)
    Audio output: 4 channel (2x2)
    Output connectors: Unbalanced RCA-type
    Frequency response: 20 Hz to 22 kHz
    S/N ratio: 90dB
    Total harmonic distortion: <0.05%

    USB Interface Section
    USB protocol support: 1.0, 1.1 (full speed) and 2.0 (hi-speed)
    Connector type: USB type A
    Number of ports: 2
    Maximum number of connected devices (via USB hub, sold separately): 4
    File system support: FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, CDFS, UDFS

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HDC-3000 perfected

By DJ Kosha

from Park Slope, NY

I owned this unit for quite some time and I must say I am really impressed with the capability of this unit. I am now running it with the new software update I downloaded from the Cortex website and the HDC-3000 is now a tank.Trust me you will never want to see or touch a CD or piece of Vinyl again once you get your hands on this unit.


Good concept, but not good product

By wcloninger

from Charlotte, NC

I used this at a gig and it shutdown twice during the middle of 80 people dancing. I called Cortex about it and they told me to download the update which I did, they assured me it would fix the problem. It did the same thing on my next gig. It is very embarrassing when your music cuts off in the middle of a song.

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