Hercules DJ Console MK2 USB DJ/Audio Interface

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Outputs: 2 stereo outputs (4-channel)

Inputs: 2 stereo inputs (4-channel)

Input Level:
Line level (for CD players)
Phono level (for turntables)

Microphone Input: 1

Headphones: 1 headphone output for monitoring

Power: USB bus

Audio drivers: ASIO & WDM

Windows System Requirements
Pentium 3 / Athlon 800 MHz and higher

USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port

256 MB RAM and higher

MS-Windows XP

Stereo headphones for monitoring

Macintosh System Requirements
G4/G5 1.5GHz / Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz and higher

Mac OS X 10.4 or later Mac OS X

512MB RAM + 100 MB space on HDD

CD/DVD Rom drive

Internet connection

Stereo loudspeakers & headphones
Hercules Warranty Hercules offers a 2 year warranty on all DJ consoles.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-889-5036
(68 ratings)
Submitted March 21, 2006 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Truly worth the investment once you see what it competes with!"
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
I did find after a month of use, i started looking for other products simliar to this. I heard of the Mixman DM2 and the DJ Kontrol. But overall, i think with the ease of use, all the knobs and buttons bulit in to the device, the DM2 seems alittle cheap and out-dated. I'm told the jog wheels aren't as smooth as the wheels found on this product.

Sound
Some experts might say that digital scratching will never sound as real as scratching with vinyls, but i'd say, with the right amount of talent, any DJ beginner or experienced will have no trouble making a good mix from this unit. The sound coming through the main speakers is great. The headphone volume is extremely loud with my Sony MDR-V600 though at times the switch that allows you to mono-split the two decks into each ear is alittle glitchy at times. A good way to correct this is while the song you're cueing up next is playing simply turn the knob fast through all the options until you hear each deck in their respected ears again. Otherwise you're left listening to a mono-version of your mix. The techonlogy isn't perfect but when you think about it, a single usb cable can not split the sounds on your computer into discrete tracks, this device simply mutes each song until you fade into the next song.

Features
Hercules gives you a good amount of features to get you started into the world of djing. A fairly accurate BPM counter, decent cross-fading, smooth jog wheels for read more easy scratching (although alittle on the small side), shortcut keys on the keyboard for cueing, looping, and sampling. Hercules also gives its consumers open-source opportunities to improve on its plugin FX's techology ex: flanger, panning, devil chorus, back-spins, back-looping etc... The recording feature is nice when you wanna compare your first mixes in a basement party to mixing at a club with over 1,000 people.

Ease of Use
As a progressing DJ, i find this product to be very helpful in the developing stages of my career. At first, i didn't know what half the buttons on this thing were used for, but as i became more familar with it, i find that this unit is great for many beginners and well-experienced DJ's though at some point you may want your buttons and knobs to be spread-out alittle more as i found i tend to hit the jog wheels a few times while fading into the next song.

Quality
The overall quality of this product is great. The crossfader feels smooth and solid. The jog wheels are senitive to the touch and responsive. The play and cue buttons are active to the touch but some might notice a 1ms delay once you really start making those fast-paced mixes but its easily adaptable. All the controls feels well-made so don't feel too bad after spending $250.

Value
If you're interested in a career as a DJ, this is a good place to start. The device is design to progress with you as you become more familar with the techinques many pro DJ's use. This product will not disappoint you.

Manufacturer Support
The Hercules website is very geared towards customers who have purchased the full version of their software. Most of their plugins made by their company and from fellow DJ's are only available once you have proof you've bought the full product. This was kinda a let-down for me, but in a way, its a much more secure way of preventing hackers who have managed to overide the serial code detector and unlock all the the features only available in the Pro version to prevent free access to their site. Would of been nice if more features were available on lesser versions of the software.

Musical Background:
Recording Engineer, Producer, DJ

Musical Style:
Trance, Techno, Club, Alt. Rock
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