Hercules just launched the latest version of its DJUCED 40 software here at NAMM 2016. Now at version 3.0, the update brings a new interface and features aimed squarely at controllerists and DJs who like to incorporate live sample and loop playback to their performances.
With DJ software makers persistently trying to move DJs away from the “play one tune then another” paradigm into a different type of creativity, Hercules has jumped into the fray with the Hercules DJ P32, a new pad-based DJ controller, just launched here at NAMM 2016.
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, reviewed here. How does the Hercules DJ Control Instinct shape up in today’s very different world?
Hercules today announced the second controller to use the company’s own DJUCED software, the DJControl Instinct, which at €99 is priced extremely low for a controller with software and a built-in sound card.
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.