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Okay, so any serious DJ hoping to spin some tracks in the biggest clubs aren't likely to be purchasing a Hercules DJ Control MP3 unit... but for the rest of us, that want to show off some skills to our friends and have an enormous amount of fun need look no further!
It has 2 decks to load an MP3 on each, play one whilst preparing the other.
A fader, to gently fade tracks into each other, or even mix the two together.
2 jog wheels, to practice those fancy scratching techniques.
One thing I found this lacked, is a belt. Most 'real' turntables have belts which keep the record spinning in time after you have scratched it/spun it round. With the Hercules MP3 controller you need to be accurate in where you stop the jog wheel to ensure the track continues playing in time.
There are 6 EQ filters (3 per deck) which allow you to change the treble, medium and bass.
The thing that I find great about this piece of kit, is that it (somehow) is easily used on a number of different Laptop/Computer based DJ software. I use VirtualDJ (which is what comes with it in the box) and it surprisingly stays heavily in sync. There are some red and green lights on the unit itself, which show how well you can beat match (it also has an auto-beat-match function).
The Software itself is actually, very good (for any amateur wanting to have fun) you can pre-program a number of different scratches, which come into play at a touch of a button. You can also program special effects, meaning your limited skills can sound endless!
VirualDJ shows a library of all your music (which you can rate and set as favourite) along the side of the screen, you can make playlists in each deck and have a whole load of fun.
Of course, this is no professional unit.... but for less than £100 it can make a perfect Christmas present to those young or old music enthusiasts who will have hours of fun creating beats and mixing music.
DJ Control MP3 from Hercules puts DJing within reach of the general public by offering everyone the fun of mixing the music they love! An intuitive and fast DJ mixing controller for use with PC, DJ Control MP3 allows users to make their own mixes at home in a flash, as well as personalize their music and host great parties just like a real DJ by creating their own playlists!
With all of these features, DJ Control MP3 is the solution DJ mixing amateurs have been waiting for. Up until now, those interested in DJ mixing have been obliged to resort to semi-professional or professional DJ hardware, or use mixing software: software which requires practice and agility in order to progress beyond automatic mixing, with only a mouse and keyboard available to control the music.
A computer equipped with a sound card, amplified speakers and your favorite music (whether CD-Audio or MP3, WAV or WMA files): that's all you need to get the most out of DJ Control MP3! Compact and powered directly by the computer's USB port, DJ Control MP3 can be used with either a desktop or laptop computer, to mix your music anywhere you like! DJ Control MP3 can also be used to control other mixing software via MIDI commands sent to the computer. Hercules DJ Control MP3 allows you to experience the real tactile sensations of DJing. With two jog wheels emulating two vinyl turntables, a cross fader slider and two volume sliders, eight EQ and pitch knobs and 28 action buttons, you can really heat things up at your parties!
Its ease of use frees you up from having to spend time linking up one song to the next and allows you to spend time focusing your attention on the ambience and personality you want to give to your music and your get-together. Effects, loops and changes in tempo let you adapt the music without any interruptions, modulate songs according to your taste, and put your own musical mark on the mixes you share with your audience!