Hercules DJ Controllers (Guillemot)


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Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories, offering a wide range of diversified products under the Hercules brand name for audio devices.

For over 30 years, we have focused on innovating and developing digital audio solutions which continue to inspire users with endless new ...

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  • 09/27/201809/27/2018

Hercules lights up the DJ scene with a new controller to help you get started with Serato

Hercules, a leading manufacturer of DJ controllers and audio solutions, has teamed up with Serato to launch a new compact DJ controller with a unique backlighting feature to get started DJing: the DJControl Starlight. This ultra-compact, ultra-light and ultra-practical device packs all the features needed to mix and scratch with Serato DJ Lite.

The essential at your fingertips

With its built-in audio interface, the DJControl Starlight offers a pre-listening mode in the headphones so you can...

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09/27/2018, It’s Your Turn: Hercules Launches Complete System to Turn Aspiring DJs into Masters of the Booth
09/27/201809/27/2018, It’s Your Turn: Hercules Launches Complete System to Turn Aspiring DJs into Masters of the Booth
Announcement
09/27/2018
Announcement
09/27/2018
Hercules, the DJ educational hardware heavyweights, are launching several new controllers, AI-powered software features, and educational resources to create a wholistic learning environment for aspiring DJs. MORE» More»

DJ educational hardware heavyweights launch several new controllers, AI-powered software features, and educational resources to create a wholistic learning environment for aspiring DJs.

Hercules has an extensive history of commitment to DJs just starting to master the techniques to keep the dance floor packed. Where the first stages of a DJ’s development often feel like afterthoughts in other controllers’ lines, Hercules keeps this crucial phase center stage.

With its new line and reimagined educational resources, it has reaffirmed this devotion with a complete system for learning to master beats, elevate the energy in the room, and get the crowd dancing. As they progress, DJs can ease away from the guides and suggestions, as they become more fluent in the art.

New controllers out this autumn (preorders start September 27, 2018; available late October) include:

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.

Hercules controllers have long been the place to start for those dreaming of DJing. Their functionality, budget-friendliness, and compact size make them an easy choice for first (and second and third) controllers. Now the France-based company has fully embraced its support of a DJ’s first steps, launching a complete DJ educational solution.

“We’ve incorporated educational resources into everything we’ve built, into the hardware, software, and tutorials,” explains François Garet, a DJ and music project director at Hercules. “We use our own experience and the challenges we have faced mastering the techniques of DJing to inspire our education of others. This is where we have really innovated, pioneering a series of new features for beginners that have now been imitated across the market.” Hercules continues innovating as the leader of DJ educational hardware, with one goal: turning fans into DJs, so everyone can take their turn.

Announcement
09/27/2018

09/27/2018, Hercules lights up the DJ scene with a new controller to help you get started with Serato
09/27/201809/27/2018, Hercules lights up the DJ scene with a new controller to help you get started with Serato
Announcement
09/27/2018
Announcement
09/27/2018
Hercules has teamed up with Serato to launch a new compact DJ controller with a unique backlighting feature to get started DJing: the DJControl Starlight. This ultra-compact, ultra-light and ultra-practical device packs all the features needed to mix and scratch with Serato DJ Lite. MORE» More»

Hercules, a leading manufacturer of DJ controllers and audio solutions, has teamed up with Serato to launch a new compact DJ controller with a unique backlighting feature to get started DJing: the DJControl Starlight. This ultra-compact, ultra-light and ultra-practical device packs all the features needed to mix and scratch with Serato DJ Lite.

The essential at your fingertips

With its built-in audio interface, the DJControl Starlight offers a pre-listening mode in the headphones so you can then play your mix on speakers, which is perfect for learning or creating new mixes. The system is so comprehensive for its size that it boasts all the essential features such as bass equalization/filter knobs for smooth transitions or touch-sensitive jogwheels for easy scratching. And all of that is boosted by the Hercules touch: a clear and powerful RGB backlighting with a unique strobe effect!

A unique light signature

Hercules has leveraged its creativity to develop a new and entertaining light system that makes it easier to learn how to mix. You can control the lights either from the controller or right in Serato DJ Lite, thanks to seven new modes that let you keep an eye on the rhythm and find your way through your mix.

A quick look at the top five:

Two exclusive modes for a better understanding of the 4-beat bar and count the beats in a song:

- Beat 1 Program: the LEDs light up red with the first beat of the main track and blue with the following beats, turning off between each beat.
- Beat 2 Program: the LEDs light up in red with the first beat of the main song and blue with the following beats, without turning off.

A volume-synced mode:
- Master Volume Program: the LEDs light up in white (strobe effect) and their intensity varies with the volume.

Two modes to cue and navigate within the tracks:
- Waveform Color Program: 2 LEDs per turntable mimic the waveform colors of the respective tracks.
- Cue point Color Program: 2 LEDs per turntable light up gradually depending on the color of the upcoming Cue Point.

Hercules DJControl Starlight

The DJControl Starlight is the ideal controller to get into DJing with Serato DJ Lite:

- Plug-and-play with Serato DJ Lite (free download)
- Integrated audio interface: Master output (speakers) + headphone output
- Touch-sensitive jog wheel controls pause/playback
- 4 pads × 4 modes (Hot Cue, Loop, FX, Sampler)
- Fader Tempo (pitch adjustment)
- Bass EQ/filter knobs + deck volume knobs
- Crossfader, for mixing on both decks
- Master volume knob

The DJControl Starlight will be available for sale from October 26, 2018 at the recommended retail price of $79.99.

Announcement
09/27/2018

08/20/2018, Epic Education: Hercules Teams up with the Epic Proportions Tour to Open up the World of Music and DJing to Young Audiences
08/20/201808/20/2018, Epic Education: Hercules Teams up with the Epic Proportions Tour to Open up the World of Music and DJing to Young Audiences
Announcement
08/20/2018
Announcement
08/20/2018
This autumn, the Epic Proportions Tour and Hercules will bring three hard-hitting but teen-friendly acts to high schools and venues across the U.S., in a mix of hands-on educational programs and lit sets. This year’s tour features People Who Could Fly, DJ Teffler, and EPT’s founder, Gabe Kubanda. MORE» More»

DJs may be the new rock stars, but they are also powerful educators. That’s why Hercules, the controllers designed to get everyone DJing, has teamed up with Epic Proportions Tour as a sponsor for their music-driven educational tour.

This autumn, the Epic Proportions Tour and Hercules will bring three hard-hitting but teen-friendly acts to high schools and venues across the U.S., in a mix of hands-on educational programs and lit sets. This year’s tour features heartfelt, catchy pop-rock from People Who Could Fly, DJ Teffler, and EPT’s founder, Gabe Kubanda.

Teffler has been advocating for Hercules controllers and is bringing his skills to teens with EPT. “In addition to speaking with the kids and showing them the system and the controller, he's DJing at the start and end of each concert, and also doing a song with both bands,” explains Kubanda. “For example, we are covered one of our favorite Twenty One Pilots song ‘Ride.’ Teffler and I start it out, I'm playing acoustic guitar and he's triggering samples, then the full band comes in piece by piece, and Teffler is live mixing and pulling samples in and out and it sounds incredible!  It's a fun mashup of electronic and live instruments.”

The shows, in-class discussions, and workshops are not just educational, but also a lot of fun. The mix of the two made Hercules excited to back the tour, which reaches an average of 250,000 young people per season. The programming is free for schools yet uncompromising in quality, with a professional crew and frequent stops at major festivals from SXSW to Reeperbahn.

This combination of values also resonated with Hercules. “We design our controllers with DJs of all levels in mind, but we’re particularly excited to put high-quality intuitive tools in the hands of aspiring DJs,” explains Tim Gorham of Hercules. “We have DJs on our product development team, and we design our equipment to educate and empower the next generation of electronic music creators.” Hercules controllers’ entry-level price point, durable build, and intuitive software and hardware elements all add up to a gateway to the world of DJing.

“The Epic Proportions Tour is about getting young people engaged and helping them see the arts and music as a valid outlet for their passion, as well as a very real career path,” explains Kubanda. “We try to convey the discipline, critical thinking, and sheer hard work involved, while talking about music making and inspiring teens to get serious about music.

Announcement
08/20/2018

04/17/2018, A Mighty Start: Hercules Creates the Easiest Way for Aspiring DJs to Learn their Heroes’ Skills
04/17/201804/17/2018, A Mighty Start: Hercules Creates the Easiest Way for Aspiring DJs to Learn their Heroes’ Skills
Announcement
04/17/2018
Announcement
04/17/2018
Hercules, the series of compact, intuitive controllers by France-based Guillemot, has been at the forefront of transforming the art of DJing into something accessible to avid housepartiers, hobbyists, and young listeners who long to be like their favorite star DJs. MORE» More»

DJing used to be open to only a select few. It demanded an investment: You needed specialty turntables, a massive vinyl collection, deep knowledge of sometimes obscure realms of music.

Hercules, the series of compact, intuitive controllers by France-based Guillemot, has been at the forefront of changing this, transforming the art of DJing into something accessible to avid housepartiers, hobbyists, and young listeners who long to be like their favorite star DJs.

“Before about 2000 or so, it was very expensive to become a DJ,” explains François Garet, music project director at Hercules/Guillemot. “Now, with a file library on a laptop, DJ software, and a controller, anyone can learn to put together mixes that get their friends dancing.”

Hercules controllers run from the highly compact to the professional-grade. Every model has aspiring DJ must-haves like jog wheels and unlike other starter controllers, come with a full version of proprietary DJuced mixing software. Models are designed to pop into a backpack or laptop bag, yet be sturdy enough to take whatever knocks a party brings. With pads, LED lights, and cool glowing accessories, Hercules controllers up the fun.

“We want beginner DJs to be able to start learning to mix right away,” says Garet. “We’ve designed our controllers to make the first DJ experience easy and rewarding enough to inspire the beginner DJ to go further. The skills you learn on a beginner controller translate to more sophisticated equipment, skills like scratching, beat matching, and set curation. And your beginner controller can still serve you as a backup or supplemental piece of equipment.”

Hercules controllers, even the simplest one, help new DJs perfect one of the vital skills of DJing: beatmatching. As Hercules resident DJ and product engineer Victo Bourreau explains, “Even if the technology today can make this skill obsolete thanks to the Sync button, aspiring DJs must learn this basic technique to be able to mix on turntables or do other kinds of DJing in the future.”

Hercules controllers evolved when Guillemot, the hardware-specialized sister company of French gaming software company Ubisoft, realized their highly successful game controllers (the Thrustmaster line) and sound cards might play well together. They combined the two and created a groundbreaking product line of DJ equipment.

“The start of Hercules DJ was when a person at the company asked if it would be possible to use a joystick to control DJ software,” explains Garet. “Guillemot was building Thrustmaster joysticks and Hercules sound cards, so we thought it may be possible to put together a joystick for DJing, with a built-in soundcard. As the USB format made it possible, we started building Hercules DJ Console, the first two-deck controller with a mixer and built-in audio.”

That was in the early 2000s, right as DJing came into its own as a craft and an artform. Digital consoles gained traction overtime, and Hercules proved a leader thanks to its design, which was reminiscent of the good old wheels of steel. Jogwheels, which on some models are pressure sensitive and designed for practicing scratching and perfect beat-matching, are an integral part of even the entry-level controller, and they are sturdy enough to take whatever young DJs dish out.

As technology has advanced, so have the controller features. For more advanced DJs, the Hercules Universal DJ  offer three-mode compatibility. Tracks can be controlled from the DJ’s laptop, from a tablet, or from a smartphone via Bluetooth, making it simple to draw on music stored in various devices and to let the next track drop remotely.

Whatever new capabilities or features Hercules employs, the focus remains on aspiring DJs-- their entire line of controllers is priced at under $250 retail--and what will keep them mixing and growing as musical performers. Whatever the controller, the fundamentals remain the same. “You need to listen to a lot of music, anytime you can,” says Borreau. “It really helps to understand how the rhythm works and the power of music. Sharing music with friends is a good way to discover new things. When you master this technique, it’s a powerful feeling: You are in control of the energy on the dancefloor, thanks to the music you are playing.”

Announcement
04/17/2018