|Hercules Dj Console MKII|
|Hercules Dj Console MKII|
|Written by East Administrator|
|Friday, 15 July 2011 13:01|
Its starting to get a little long in the tooth now but it is still one of the original solid dj consoles Launched from Hercules for the PC and the MAC platforms.
As an affordable entry level console this make a sturdy too for those interested in learning to mix, wedding dh's or those on a very strict budget. This console is a fully integrated hardware, audio and software solution. It bring a more tactile control surface that is more familiar to DJ's than trying to manipulate the software with a mouse. It also means you can focus on the music more than just pointing and clicking. The versatility to use Virtual DJ or Traktor makes this one of the first cross platform tools that will allow the user to chose their own preference rather than being force fed only one software option. This is very nice for those on a budget.
Un-boxing and initial setup is a fairly basic process and in the box you will find the MKII console, a shoulder strap that we find most will just ignore as well as the software and driver install cd, plus a manual. Connecting the console to your pc or mac system is very easy as you only need a usb cable. Due to its low power consumption that is the only connection you need to get the system up and running. The controls all have a very familiar feel to them and are laid out in a very intuitive way. You have full control over each channel, pitch, cue, pitch knobs, play, as well as the 3 band equalizer knobs to control the High, Mid, and Low frequencies and of course the cross fader. One thing that many will find is that the platform is very small to increase its portability however this also increases the level of care and concentration needed to operate the console as you have to be sure you aren't bumping into a control other than the one you are trying to manipulate. There are also intuitive other controls for setting cue points, loops, manipulating effects and the headphone controls. The microphone input also allows you to talk over the music.
On the back side of the console you will also find a convenient feature of 2 analog RCA inputs for attaching a cd player, turntable, ipod or whatever to the device. Using the Audio source button will activate this. However keep in mine there is no extra controls for this channel like manipulating the high, mid and low frequencies.
One thing to point out, we found this controller ran much smoother connected to a Mac. When using a pc and manipulating the controls you could sometimes hear an annoying clicking/distortion coming through the audio stream. Many won't notice it, but for anyone with a keep ear we did find it annoying. Running on a mac, this wasn't an issue.
Overall this is a capable little unit, and I do stress little, but for working on a budget I know of a few dj's who have been running them for years trouble free!
Keep the volume up and the bass kicking!