July 23rd, 2012
Everything you need to learn to DJ, for a bargain-basement price? In today's review we find out if the stripped-down Hercules DJ Control Instinct has got enough to get you past go...
Back in 2004, I was asked to review the very first Hercules DJ controller – one of the first DJ controllers ever made – which was a tiny device not dissimilar in looks to the Hercules DJ Control Instinct, which we look at today.
Despite having no sound card (so no headphones) and some pretty serious design misgivings, that little controller was what got me hooked on digital DJing. Now nearly a decade later, we have the latest little baby in the company’s range to look at. How does it shape up in a very different world? In today’s Hercules DJ Control Instinct review, we find out…
May 30th, 2012
News & Opinion
The Hercules DJControl Instinct: Not likely to win over any professional DJs, but will appeal to impulse buyers.
Hercules today announced the DJControl Instinct, the second controller to use the DJUCED software, which the company has licensed from an unnamed developer and skinned for its purposes. It is priced competitively for a controller with software and a built-in sound card.
A rudimentary plastic-cased controller with what looks like the same form factor as some of company’s more professional units, the DJControl Instinct features distinctive paddle-type pitch controls and another take on Hercules’ quasi-mechanical jogwheel design.
March 9th, 2012
The Hercules DJ Control Air: On paper, lots of innovation for little cash.
My, how things have moved on. Sat on our workbench is the Hercules DJ Control AIR, a DJ controller with built-in audio, touch-sensitive jogwheels, eight velocity-sensitive performance pads, integrated software that includes sampling, effects, looping and recording, on-board library management, and an “air” sensor for altering the mix using your hand through the air.
Despite being plainly 100% aimed at the consumer (or the curious, or the plain strapped for cash), the US$169 Hercules DJ Control Air has, on paper, got everything you need to DJ – and about ten times more stuff as well. Despite this little plastic unit’s price and appearance, it appears to be capable of the lot. As always, though, let’s see how it shapes up in practice…