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DJ Controller with Touch and Air Controls for "Hands-On" DJ Mixing!
Pressure-Detecting Jog Wheels
Two-Deck DJ Controller
2 Jog wheels with pressure detection
Velocity sensitive pads
Air control: 1 contactless control
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
Eight 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
Air Control: A Contactless Sensor Lets You Control the Mix from Above, Without Even Touching the Device
DJ Control Air converts the distance to your hand into a MIDI command
No need to touch the controller: one command of the mix without any physical contact
Compatible with all light conditions
Built-In Audio Outputs for Mixing and Previewing Tracks
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo mini-jack output for the mix
1/4" (6.35mm) Stereo jack output for previewing tracks
Why is the Controller called DJ Control Air?
Air Stands for "Adjustment by InfraRed": It is a Contactless Control
The DJ places his or her hand flat over the 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.
Does Air Control Require Specific Light Conditions?
No, 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 control 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).
Two Sets of Four Pads 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:
Stop playback by pressing on the jog wheel.
Restart playback by lifting up his or her hand.
Scratch by turning the jog wheel while pressing down, and stop scratching by lifting up his or her hand.
Bend the pitch (if playback is on) / 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.
1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo output for the mix
1/4" (6.35mm) Stereo output for headphone previewing
DJUCED DJ Software
Intuitive, powerful software
Mix two audio tracks on the fly
Save your mix as an audio file
Casing: 13.78 x 8.66 x 1.18" (35 x 22 x 3cm)
Jog wheels: 3.94" (10cm) diameter
Weight: 3.1lbs (1.4kg)
USB cable: Attached
Computer with 1.5GHz CPU or faster
1GB RAM or more
Powered USB port
100MB available hard disk space
Amplified stereo speakers and headphones
Operating system: Microsoft Windows® XP, Vista /7 or 8 or Mac OS 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7 on Core Duo Mac
Hercules DJ Control Air
Installation CD-ROM (PC/Mac) with PC/Mac DJ software
Printed installation guide + online manual
Learn more about the Hercules 4780722
WarrantyBeyond any applicable Newegg return policy, this item is warranted independently by the product's Manufacturer or a Third party. Below is a summary provided for convenience only and may not be accurate or current.
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This review is from: Hercules DJControl Air USB DJ Controller
Pros: Cheap! Big bang for your buck, small and portable, light. The pads are sensitive but not overly touchy. Headphone input is 1/4" jack, great for monitor headphones. Sliders/control knobs have a tactile "click" when they pass into their neutral state. USB is fused, more of a personal thing as I tend to lose/tangle cables when they're loose
Cons: Jog wheels are hyper sensitive: there's almost no resistance. This could be a thing of personal preference for someone. The mix output is only a 1/8" jack, which isn't huge for the home user but can become a problem for convenience/sound quality at venues with large speaker setups. The beat grid lights aren't lighting up when connected to Traktor Pro 2 (Could be a configuration issue) The "air" sensor seems a little gimmicky: as far as I know, the sensor only seems to work for effect triggering when using the included software. So far hasn't worked with Traktor Pro 2 or Virtual DJ Pro
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for an intro into mixing or a very small portable controller for on the go, this is the controller for you. A side note, any software besides the included software will require a custom mapping file in order to work properly
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