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Rennes, June 11, 2020 —Today, Hercules announced the launch of a new high-performance DJ controller that helps skilled young DJs move from the bedroom to the barroom or livestream. The manufacturer has long nurtured the next generation of young DJs, and as that community’s skills develop to the point when they can turn their hobby into a paid gig, they’ll be well-served by the Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500. The new performance-focused controller is built from the ground up to help DJs feel confident as they share their mix with an audience for the first time.
Hercules has been making DJ controllers since 2003, when they launched the Hercules DJ Console, the industry’s first 2-deck digital portable mixing deck with a built-in audio interface. Over the following 17 years, Hercules released multiple controllers that appealed to beginner and aspirational DJs such as the popular Hercules DJ Console Rmx console in 2008. Also, in 2018 they released the DJControl Inpulse 200 and DJControl Inpulse 300, both of which feature built-in tools that actively teach young DJs how to train their ears for the art of manual mixing rather than relying on the Sync button.
Today’s new controller, the DJControl Inpulse 500, comes with both Serato DJ Lite and DJUCED®, Hercules’ in house mixing software. “We have been working alongside Hercules since 2015, most recently on the DJControl Starlight, which in 2019 became a super popular, portable controller,” said Nick Maclaren, Chief Strategy Officer from Serato. “We’re thrilled to partner with the team again on the DJControl Inpulse 500, a controller that lets young DJs take the first steps towards public performances. We have also adapted our software to integrate Hercules’ unique, award-winning learn-to-DJ hardware features so that users who choose to mix on Serato can go into their first performance with the confidence they need.”
Although the DJControl Inpulse 500 features Learn-to-DJ guides and DJUCED’s AI-driven Intelligent Music Assistant, it also boasts multiple features that help DJs confidently make the leap to performing for an audience and getting paid for their efforts:
-Ready-to-mix audio options: Powered by USB, the backside of the controller is wide open for external sources - DJs can quickly plug in their smartphone or a media player via dual RCA auxiliary input or a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack as a back-up or as an extra source of music. Plus, the hardware mixer for audio inputs comes with an aux filter.
-Controlled MC features: Plug in a microphone into the balanced micro input and play MC. The voice can be equalized, and its level is displayed on a VUmeter- if it glows red, it is peaking.
-Filter FX: This pro performance feature lets DJs push their mix customization to new levels and personalize their sets with effects available with Serato and DJUCED®.
-Solid retractable feet: Elevate the controller with folding feet underneath that glow when extended. This unique feature protects the controller from spilled drinks during rowdy performances and makes DJs look just a little more slick.
-Build quality: sturdy metal backing plate on the mixer, rubber RGB pads and built-in Velvet Sound DSP from AKM for processing audio inputs and outputs.
-Streaming support: Enjoy millions of tracks to mix with TIDAL and SoundCloud Go+ integrated within Serato, and with Beatport LINK, Beatsource LINK and Qobuz integrated within DJUCED.
The team at Hercules has been nurturing beginner DJs for almost 20 years, and as their community’s skills grow, their controllers are growing up too. When DJs feel they’re ready to move out of their bedroom and into bars, cafes and clothing stores, the DJControl Inpulse 500 offers a portable, professional look and feel, performance-ready controller that helps first-timers look cool and perform with confidence.
Available for preorder on June 11, 2020 and commercially available on July 3, 2020 at the recommended retail price of $299.99. Thanks to a special partnership with Sweetwater, US purchasers who order through the leading gear retailer will receive a free lifetime license for Serato Pro.
For more information about the full line of Hercules controllers, please visit hercules.com
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Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under the Hercules and Thrustmaster brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries (France, Germany, Spain, the UK, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, China [Hong Kong] and Romania) and distributes its products in more than 85 countries worldwide. The Group’s mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products which maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment for end users. Get more information at guillemot.com.
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Serato produces the most creative music software on the planet by being authentic, inclusive, and inspiring. They do this because they believe in giving people the ability to express themselves and move others through the power of music.
The journey started in 1999 with the launch of Pitch ‘n Time, which to this day remains the world’s foremost studio plugin for time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology. On the strength of Pitch ‘n Time, Serato moved into the DJ industry, changing the game with the release of Serato Scratch Live, and later Serato DJ Pro and Serato DJ Lite.
Serato recently returned to the diverse world of music production with the release of Serato Sample, a high-quality sampling plugin for producers. Most recently, they launched Serato Studio - a fully-fledged, intuitive beat making application.
Launched in 2011, DJUCED® has become a major player in the world of DJ software, with over 650,000 licensed users worldwide and a multitude of cutting-edge features offering its users a wide range of mixing possibilities. Today, the DJUCED® team is thrilled to announce the launch of Version 5 of the software included with all Hercules DJ controllers.
Available today, DJUCED® ‘s latest update introduces significant improvements, including an integration of Beatport LINK. DJUCED® has proudly partnered with Beatport to offer their users a complete source of electronic music with the possibility to download or stream tracks from Beatport LINK.
THE PERFECT MIX WITH BEATPORT LINK AND DJUCED® INTELLIGENT MUSIC ASSISTANT
Beatport LINK allows DJs to stream Beatport’s catalog of over nine million tracks directly into DJ performance software. The streaming service is designed to complement the core digital download store of Beatport and provide an additional revenue source for labels, artists, and suppliers.
DJUCED® assists music aficionados along every stage of their DJing journey – from taking their first steps to start and learn, to performing for the first time for a crowd. Via Beatport LINK, DJUCED® DJs now have access to a powerful collection of nearly unlimited music to mix in DJUCED®. For the first time, laptop DJs can take 50 (with Beatport LINK PRO) or 100 (with Beatport LINK PRO+) tracks offline in DJUCED®, via Beatport LINK’s proprietary digital locker technology. These tracks can then be played at a public venue without the need for an Internet connection.
Thanks to its innovative Intelligent Music Assistant (IMA), DJUCED® can suggest the best-fit next tracks to help DJs put together creative mixes every single time. This unique feature developed by the DJUCED team also works with Beatport LINK, meaning DJUCED® can suggest a track from the current playlist that would be a good fit to play next. It’s an easy way to build a strong, coherent and harmonic DJ Set even as the DJ switches between genres.
Subscribers can preview and mix full-length tracks before purchasing the standout tracks for their download collections. In the next leap forward, the DJUCED® 5 integration introduces a groundbreaking club-ready feature as part of the new Beatport LINK PRO ($39.99 USD/month) and Beatport LINK PRO+ ($59.99 USD/month) subscription tiers. Additionally, the streaming audio quality will be higher than that of 320kbps MP3 files.
Both Beatport LINK PRO and Beatport LINK PRO+ are available with a 30 day free trial, and instructions on how to use Beatport LINK in DJUCED can be found here.
In addition to the Beatport LINK integration, the new version of DJUCED® presents several beginner features to help DJs gain confidence as they learn, and professional features to assist all aspiring DJs in performance.
- Faster track preparation
DJUCED has added a “Prepare” mode to provide a more convenient way to analyze, correct a beat-grid or edit cue points.
- Club-style effects now available for everyone
Possible and easy for anyone to mix like the biggest DJs in the world, DJUCED now provides more than 15 FX filters for an authentic club feeling.
- A multi-core analysis to gain time
The implementation of “Multi-core” track analysis allows users to explore various tracks at the same time.
- A visual guide for downloading and loading tracks
DJUCED has developed a new system for loading and analyzing tracks with different statuses in the browser and in the jog wheel.
- A new SLIP mode waveform animation
To make the SLIP function easier to understand, DJUCED Waveform now splits into two pieces when the SLIP function is active.
Users can go to Djuced.com for full details of the 5.0 version and can get the update for free.
Mix and scratch your favorite music from popular streaming services, thanks to the new compatibility of Algoriddim’s djay app with select Hercules controllers.
Rennes, March 26, 2020
DJs can now mix their favorite tracks from streaming services on their iPhone or iPad with the latest range of Hercules controllers. The result of close collaboration with Algoriddim, Hercules announces the integrated compatibility of its latest DJControl Inpulse 300, DJControl Inpulse 200 and DJControl Starlight controllers with the award-winning djay app for iOS.
Hercules, manufacturer of DJ solutions for almost 20 years, has partnered with Algoriddim to provide users with endless versatility in their choice of music. Via the djay app for iOS, users of the DJControl Inpulse 200, DJControl Inpulse 300 and DJControl Starlight now have instant access to millions of songs from their premium account on the world’s most popular music streaming platforms.
Once the djay application is installed on a user’s iOS smartphone or tablet, they can connect it to the controller via the USB cable and a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter (not included) to keep the controller powered and connected to unlimited music selection! Once installed, the DJ can use the controls of the DJControl Inpulse 300, DJControl Inpulse 200, and DJControl Starlight to mix, loop, add effects, scratch and even use the Assistant button, specific to the Hercules DJControl Inpulse range to trigger the automix feature in the djay application.
Adding the ability to mix via the djay app allows a whole new community of young DJs who get their music via streaming services to explore the art of mixing tracks with their own unique style. Hercules is a brand that has designed their controllers from the ground up to appeal to the aspiring young DJ, so this new hardware/software integration is a great new way to bring first-timers into the mix.
More information about compatible controllers and djay integration can be found on Hercules.com.
About Guillemot Corporation S.A.
Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under the Hercules (www.hercules.com) and Thrustmaster (www.thrustmaster.com) brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries (France, Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, China [Hong Kong], Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Romania and Italy) and distributes its products in more than 85 countries worldwide. The Group’s mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products which maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment for end users. www.guillemot.com
© 2020 Guillemot Corporation S.A. All rights reserved. Hercules® and DJUCED® are registered trademarks of Guillemot Corporation S.A. All other trademarks and brand names are hereby acknowledged and are the property of their respective owners. Photos and illustrations not binding. Contents, designs and specifications are subject to change without notice and may vary from one country to another.
Founded in 2006, Algoriddim creates world-class music and video applications for desktop and mobile devices. Their mission is to eliminate the boundaries between consumer and professional-level software to create a world where every person can be an artist and bring their digital media to life. Its flagship app “djay”, downloaded by over 40 million users received numerous awards for design, innovation, and technology. www.algoriddim.com
Building on the success of the DJMONITOR 32, Hercules is expanding the concept to win over new DJs by offering high-quality compact wireless Bluetooth monitoring speakers for mixing and producing, while making it easier to listen to music in “sharing” mode.
Using Bluetooth wireless technology, the DJSpeaker 32 Smart will keep you connected as you mix, helping you gain new sources of inspiration by sharing music with your friends and sharing playlists at parties!
• Bluetooth multipoint pairing technology: connect up to two devices simultaneously
• Quality sound: 2 x 15 watts RMS, 60 watts Peak Power, a 3-inch woofer
• Offset tweeters for clearer playback and better stereo sound spatialization
• Optimized acoustic guide for high-performance sound reproduction, 6 mm MDF wooden housing
This pair of active monitoring speakers is ideal if you are just getting started DJing. These small and portable speakers stand out thanks to their quality and power.
Using state-of-the-art equipment (anechoic chambers, test benches), Hercules listens and makes Sharing and DJing possible with its all-new DJSpeaker 32 Smart speakers!
About Guillemot Corporation S.A. Guillemot Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under the Hercules (www.hercules.com) and Thrustmaster (www.thrustmaster.com) brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries (France, Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, China [Hong Kong], Spain, Romania and Italy) and distributes its products in more than 85 countries worldwide. The Groupʼs mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products which maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment for end users. www.guillemot.com
© 2019 Guillemot Corporation S.A. All rights reserved. Hercules® is a registered trademark of Guillemot Corporation S.A. All other trademarks and brand names are hereby acknowledged and are the property of their respective owners. Images and illustrations not binding. Contents, designs and specifications are subject to change without prior notice and may vary from one country to another.
As the season of gift-giving approaches, Hercules is honoring its two flagship controllers–the DJControl Inpulse 200 and DJControl Starlight–by making them the centerpiece of two different packs, offering fans who are just starting out a complete solution to help them get started experimenting with DJing.
“The success of our new controllers convinced us to provide turnkey solutions that will enable our DJs to learn and progress quickly. With these two offers, Hercules gives fans everything they need to make their mixing experience easier while upholding our promise of accessibility and quality, ” says Agnès Cornière, Hercules’ Marketing Director.
The Hercules DJLearning Kit is the ideal all-in-one kit to get started DJing. It consists of the DJControl Inpulse 200 controller, a pair of monitoring speakers (the DJMonitor 32), and the HDP DJ45 headphones. It’s the perfect gift for people who want to start mixing, improve, and become a DJ. The DJLearning Kit comes with the complete software DJUCED® package for DJControl Inpulse 200. It’s the perfect solution to help you learn how to mix, using the integrated video tutorials from the Hercules DJ Academy.
The Hercules DJParty Set, another new complete pack, is lightweight, compact, and easy to carry, so you’ll always have the equipment you need to liven up an impromptu get-together! It includes the DJControl Starlight controller for mixing and scratching on Serato DJ Lite, the HDP DJ45 headphones, and five LED wristbands that light up in sync with the music. This portable set will allow you to throw together a party at the drop of a hat.