Just over a week ago, Hercules released the new DJControl Instinct P8 - it now features eight pads (hence the “P8” in the name), and seems to conform to the more contemporary idea of what a DJ controller looks like while retaining the small form factor. Is it any good for beginners? We find out…
Pizza Hut has announced a limited edition DJ controller built into a pizza box. It syncs via Bluetooth to your laptop or smartphone and works with DJ software including Serato, letting you control two decks and a mixer by simply touching the cardboard controls printed on the box itself.
Hercules just launched its the Hercules DJControl Instinct P8, an updated version of its DJControl Instinct controller. It's a compact, two-channel controller with jogwheels and performance pads, and is meant to be used with the supplied DJUCED 40 software. It also comes with its own audio interface onboard.
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We spotted a tiny little controller here at the Hercules stand, and it's the two-channel DJ Control Compact controller. It's meant to be used with the company's DJuced 18° software, and features two small jogwheels with four pads for each deck, two-band EQ, volume knobs and a crossfader. It's not got an audio interface onboard, so you'll need to use it with an audio interface or splitter cable.
The first DJ controller I ever reviewed was a Hercules, and the company has been making them ever since, with some notable successes in its chosen lower end of the market. But with the DJControl Jogvision, the company brings both its first Serato controller, and its first to include multi-info displays in the middle of the jogwheels.
Gemini has had a chequered history in the digital DJ world, with a handful of "almost there" devices, and a few that frankly failed to make the mark. But the company appears to have turned it around with the Slate 2 (reviewed here) and the bigger Slate 4.