Hands-On Review:Hercules MP3 Players for DJs
The clear market leader
By Winn Keaten
Hercules Marketing Director
Digital Core. Analog Roots.
The DJ Console Rmx is the most comprehensive digital dual mixing deck in its class. The sleek console includes a number of quality features such as a solid metal casing with non-slip pads guaranteeing perfect stability, broad surface, as well as precise and comprehensive controls. The console has 12 rotary dials and 46 push buttons for software browsing, multiple DJ controls, adding sound effects, loops, moving backwards and forward within the music tracks. On the face of the DJ Console Rmx you’ll find 2 pitch faders, a crossfader and a fader each for Deck A volume, Deck B volume, and master volume.
The jog wheels are designed to emulate vinyl turntables so that turning the jog wheel moves the cursor backward or forward within music tracks to select the cue point where playback will start for the audience. Cue points can also be used to add effects to music playback such as instant speed up, instant slow down, and scratching. The jog wheels can be adjusted for more or less resistance. The console also offers adjustable accuracy: mix with jog wheels set at their default accuracy, or divide it by 2 or 4.
The DJ Console Rmx has a built-in audio interface with 4 inputs and 4 outputs. 2 stereo audio inputs and 2 pairs of dual RCA connectors allow the DJ to replace the computer audio track played on deck A with the music played on inputs 1-2, and replace the audio track on deck B with the music played on inputs 3-4.
Microphone and headphone jacks are available on both the front and top of the unit. The DJ Console Rmx ships with Virtual DJ 5 DJC Edition and you can easily map the unit to any MIDI-controlled DJing software. It’s compatible with both PC (1GHz CPU or higher / 512MB RAM) and Mac (1.5GHz CPU or higher / 512MB RAM). A black padded shoulder bag for easy transport is included.
All-in-one mixer for DJs on the go…
The DJ Console MK2 is a portable, all-in-one twin deck DJ mixer with internal audio customized to play, mix, and create DJ music on a PC or a Mac. It supports most digital music formats including MP3, CD-Audio, and more (WMA, WAV, and AIFF in Mac). It's loaded with everything you need to host great parties or record DJing performances. Smaller and lighter than the DJ Console Rmx, it’s ideal for mobile DJing. Just plug it into your computer via the USB port. The MK2 offers tactile controls for precision mixing with wheels, faders, and potentiometers. Using the center mini-stick and buttons is easier than using a mouse and keyboard. The DJ Console MK2 also has advanced audio features, including 2 line/phono inputs to mix analog and digital formats. A headphone jack allows monitoring the cued-up next track, or monitoring the mix. The microphone input includes a talk-over function. The DJ Console MK2 supports MP3, WAV, AIFF files, CD-Audio, iTunes® playlists, and more.
The DJ Console MK2 is available on its own or bundled with Native Instruments’ powerful Traktor 3 LE DJ software. The MK2 also has the ability to work with any software which can be MIDI controlled.
Keep it Simple
The DJ Control MP3 is also a portable, USB powered dual deck mixer, with high precision wheels and buttons for DJ mixing. This is the perfect controller for beginner or amateur DJs - plug the DJ Control into your laptop and you’re ready to start mixing. Auto Beat and Master Tempo buttons allow you to easily synchronize songs from your playlist. Intuitive controls and user-friendly software make mixing fun and instinctive. Customized DJing software (Virtual DJ) is also included.
Dance Around the Room While DJing
The Mobile DJ MP3 is the first wireless DJ mixing mini-controller for PC laptops and desktops. The 2-deck controller lets you mix, scratch, and synchronize MP3 and WMA files from your computer’s hard drive and DJ software is included. Add your personal touch to your music with sound effects and loops— just like a DJ! It’s totally wireless—feel free to dance with the crowd and mix at the same time! The Mobile DJ MP3 controls the tracks on your PC via a radio receiver connected to the USB port of your PC. It is ultra-compact and lightweight with dimensions of 6.8" x 6" x 1.2". The unit is powered by 2 C batteries (not included).
The Mobile DJ MP3 Preview Edition includes a set of wireless headphones. Select and preview your tracks in the headphones before mixing them. It requires 4 AAA batteries (not included) and a multi-channel sound card in your PC.