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DJ Controllers

DJControl AIR

  • 2-deck control
  • Air control
  • Pressure-detecting jog wheels
 

Description


For more DJ Control AIR videos, check out the Hercules DJ Mix Room Youtube channel !

 

  • 2-deck DJ controller
  • 2 jog wheels with pressure detection
  • Velocity sensitive pads
  • Air control: 1 contactless control


    Pressure-detecting jog wheels
  • Scratch by pressing on the jog wheels, as naturally as with a vinyl record
  • Jog wheels also control pitch bend and browsing within tracks


    8 pads with velocity detection
     
  • The pads control the sampler, loops and effects
  • The inner backlight shows the pads’ activation
  • Pads can be set as binary On/Off controls, or gradual controls


    Air control: a contactless sensor lets you control the mix from above, without even touching the device
  • DJ Control Air converts the distance to your hand into a MIDI command
  • No need to touch the controller: one command of the mix without any physical contact
  • Compatible with all light conditions


    Built-in audio outputs for mixing and previewing tracks
  • 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack output for the mix
  • 1/4" (6.35 mm) stereo jack output for previewing tracks

 

 

Technical specifications

Air control

Why is the controller called DJ Control Air?

Air stands for Adjustment by InfraRed: it is a contactless control.

  • The DJ places his or her hand flat over the infrared beam.
  • The controller calculates the distance between the sensor and the hand, and converts it into a gradual MIDI command.
  • This MIDI command modulates a setting in the DJ software.

 

Does Air control require specific light conditions?

No, Air control functions under any light conditions.

  • The infrared light beam projected towards the hand is invisible.
  • The sensor captures the infrared reflection on the hand, and uses the reflection to calculate the hand’s distance.
  • The reflection is the same in both daylight and low light conditions, allowing Air control to be used during the day, at night or in places with weak lighting.
  • Air control functions with all flesh tones. The only incompatibility is the use of black gloves (as the infrared sensor would not be able to detect the reflection).



8 pads

2 sets of 4 pads control loops, sampler and effects commands.

  • The DJ taps on the pads with his or her fingertips to send commands such as looping, sampler or effects.
  • The pads light up when touched.
  • In addition to a binary On/Off command, each pad can transfer velocity information to modulate the command.
  • For example: in sampler mode, the velocity can control the volume of a sample’s playback. The playback volume depends on how soft or how hard the DJ taps on the pad.

 

Pressure-detecting jog wheels

The jog wheels detect the pressure from the user’s hand.

  • With scratch mode enabled, the jog wheels scratch when the hand’s weight is detected, and stop scratching when the hand’s weight is no longer detected. This allows the DJ to:

    • stop playback by pressing on the jog wheel.
    • restart playback by lifting up his or her hand.
    • scratch by turning the jog wheel while pressing down, and stop scratching by lifting up his or her hand.
    • bend the pitch (if playback is on) / browse within tracks (if playback is off) by turning the jog wheels using their outer ring, to avoid applying downward pressure.
  • With scratch mode disabled, the jog wheels bend the pitch or browse within tracks when the jog wheels are turned, regardless of the pressure applied.

Built-in audio

 

  • 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo output for the mix
  • 1/4" (6.35 mm) stereo output for headphone previewing

 

DJUCEDTM  DJ software

 

  • Intuitive, powerful software
  • Mix 2 audio tracks on the fly
  • Save your mix as an audio file

 

Mechanical specifications

 

  • Casing: 13.78 x 8.66 x 1.18 "
  • 35 x 22 x 3 cm
  • Jog wheels: 3.94 " / 10 cm diameter
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs / 1.4 kg
  • USB cable: Attached
 

Box contents

  • Hercules DJ Control Air
  • Installation CD-ROM (PC/Mac) with PC/Mac DJ software
  • Printed installation guide + online manual

 

Minimum configuration

  • Computer with 1.5 GHz CPU or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or more
  • Powered USB port
  • 100 MB available hard disk space
  • CD/DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet access
  • Amplified stereo speakers and headphones

Operating System (32-bit / 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows® XP, Vista /7 or 8 or Mac OS 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7 on Core Duo Mac

 

 

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Software


Brand-new DJ software, selected by the Hercules DJ team, and bundled with Hercules DJ Control AIR: intuitive, powerful software
 

Technology

DJ deck
Originally, a deck was a turntable, referred to as a vinyl turntable, used by DJs to play music. Today, DJs use the term deck to refer to any music player, CD player or MP3 player equipped with a wheel to advance/rewind within a piece as with a vinyl turntable. A dual-deck device is a device with two wheels which control playback of two different pieces of music.
Jog wheel
In DJing, a jog wheel is a wheel simulating the function of a turntable (also called a vinyl deck), and can be used to control playback of a CD, DVD, MP3 player or computer. A jog wheel is used to navigate within a piece, to speed up or slow down to the music or to produce sound effects such as scratching (the sound made by a microgroove record on a turntable when the record is quickly pushed forward or pulled back by hand). The Hercules DJ Console, DJ Control and Mobile DJ all include jog wheels.
Pitch
Pitch is the playback speed variation of a piece of music in relation to its original speed: increasing the pitch of a piece of music by 10% results in playing it back 10% faster than its normal speed.
Mixing / Mix
Mixing is the art of blending together several pieces of music to create an overall sound. The music produced by this act is referred to as a mix.
MIDI
Acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI is a protocol for exchanging digital audio information between digital devices (synthesizer, drum machine, MIDI expander, master keyboard...), and also functions as a set of instructions recognized by music software. The DJ Console MK2 and DJ Control MP3, which are MIDI-compatible, can control software which can be controlled via MIDI: namely DJ software, but also music or video editing software, or VJing software.
Mini-jack / 3.5mm jack
Mini-jack is also referred to as a 3.5mm jack or 1/8" connector. A mini-jack connector is a mono or stereo connector used to connect audio inputs or outputs on mass market sound cards.
Scratch
Le scratch (ou scratching) est un procédé consistant à faire tourner à la main un disque vinyle sous une tête de lecture de platine vinyle, alternativement en avant et en arrière, de façon à produire un effet spécial. On associe cette rotation à une montée du volume. Il existe différents types de scratch, ceux-ci se différencient par la vitesse du disque, ainsi que par leur coupures grâce au crossfader.
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