DJ educational hardware recently launched several new controllers, AI-powered software features, and educational resources to create a learning environment for aspiring DJs.
Over the years, Hercules has developed an extensive line of controllers to keep DJs coming back for more. It has realigned some of its most aspiring hardware to provide the industry with some of the latest go-to resource.
These are what they have to offer (as per press release):
Inpulse line: The Inpulse controllers guide learning DJs where to go next, at a great price. The line includes the compact Inpulse 200 ($99.99; 16.6 x 7.7 in) and the larger, more advanced Inpulse 300 ($199.99; 18.9 x 11.2 in).
Both Inpulse controllers set DJs up for rapid progress, ditching crutches like the automix function in favor of real learning. The design is laser-focused on cultivating good DJ habits and super skills, so that users can move to more sophisticated controllers or analog DJing whenever they’re ready (or keep creating great sets with their Inpulse).
These controllers feature a coordinated set of unique features, including generously sized jog wheels that mimic the feel of vinyl records to help teach scratching, lighted dials and buttons that aid in beat matching and track selection, and carefully designed recessed features that prevent accidental bumps.
The DJ Starter Kit: It’s a ticket to DJ mastery in a box. The Starter Kit comes with the compact DJControl Starlight controller, DJuced 40 software, Hercules HDP M40.1 headphones, and two DJMonitor 32 speakers, ready to plug and play at a price point ideal for gift giving ($179.99). Weighing in around 10 pounds, the Starter Kit impresses with its substantial sound and fun lights. It can be set up in minutes and is the first DJ starter kit to include a full version of Serato DJ Lite.
Woven into the new releases is the AI-based Intelligent Music Assistant, part of Hercules’ DJuced software, a unique feature to Hercules products. The Intelligent Music Assistant offers just the right track recommendation for a seamless set. Its suggestions are not only based on simple audio parameters like BPM, but also on more contextual “vibe” and energy, to help DJs shift the set’s mood. No other controller/software combination has this power.
The Intelligent Music Assistant and helpful hardware features get you started, but Hercules wanted to take DJs instructions to the next level. To get them there, the company crafted a series of instructional guides and videos to make learning DJ techniques like beat matching a breeze, as part of its robust DJ Academy. The Academy’s video resources are incorporated into its DJuced software as tutorials. This reduces distractions and makes them perfect for offline, on-the-fly education.