Friday, November 18, 2011

Hercules DJ Control AIR Digital DJ Controller [ December 2011 ]

Hercules DJ Control AIR Digital DJ Controller [ December 2011 ]

2-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

8 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" (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack output for the mix
1/4" (6.35 mm) stereo jack output for previewing track


Air control

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).

8 pads

2 sets of 4 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.

Built-in audio

1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo output for the mix
1/4" (6.35 mm) stereo output for headphone previewing

DJUCEDTM DJ software

Intuitive, powerful software
Mix 2 audio tracks on the fly
Save your mix as an audio file

Mechanical specifications

Casing: 13.78 x 8.66 x 1.18 "
35 x 22 x 3 cm
Jog wheels: 3.94 " / 10 cm diameter
Weight: 3.1 lbs / 1.4 kg
USB cable: Attached


Hercules DJ Control Air
Installation CD-ROM (PC/Mac) with PC/Mac DJ software
Printed installation guide + online manual


Computer with 1.5 GHz CPU or faster
1 GB RAM or more
Powered USB port
100 MB available hard disk space
CD/DVD-ROM drive
Internet access
Amplified stereo speakers and headphones
Operating System (32-bit / 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows® XP, Vista or 7
or Mac OS 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7 on Core Duo Mac

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