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, and Thrustmaster for PC and game console accessories. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 11 countries – including Germany, France, the UK, the United States, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Romania and Hong Kong – and distributes its products in more than 60 countries worldwide. The Group’s mission is to offer high-performance, ergonomic products which maximize the enjoyment of digital interactive entertainment end users and music fans.
Hercules: Digital Core. Analog Roots®
For over 30 years, we have focused on innovating and developing digital audio solutions which continue to inspire users with endless new possibilities. We constantly draw on our roots in analog audio, in order to offer cutting-edge devices, celebrated for their precision and sound quality. From our very first sound card to our latest high-tech mixing controllers, Hercules has built up a level of expertise and know-how widely acknowledged within the audio industry.
With the digital audio era still in its early stages (considering analog audio’s more than a century and a half of history), we find ourselves facing a new path whose direction is ours to chart. Acknowledging and respecting where we come from – while at the same time remaining keenly focused on the evolution of audio and DJing – is the philosophy which guides us every day: Digital Core. Analog Roots®.
Hercules created the first dual-deck mixing controller for computers featuring a built-in audio interface: the original Hercules DJ Console, launched to widespread acclaim in 2003. Since then, Hercules has ranked among the leading manufacturers of portable DJ controllers for computers, and today brings together large and diverse communities of DJs – from beginners to the most advanced artists – thanks to its extensive DJing experience. Hercules has chosen to offer products with particular attention paid to both design and software integration, with its ranges of mixing controllers, DJ headphones and DJ monitoring speakers.
With innovation in its DNA, Hercules was honored with a highly-coveted 2014 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award at CES 2014 in Las Vegas for its DJControlWave, the first totally wireless DJ controller custom-designed for iPad.
WAE* wireless audio
Over the years, Hercules has gained know-how and credibility in the world of professional audio. It’s this combination of high-level expertise that you’ll find at the heart of our WAE speakers: a complete line of wireless speakers incorporating the latest technologies, and designed for modern lifestyles.
Choose your WAE model and listen to your favorite music at home, while you’re traveling or even outdoors – right from your computer, tablet, smartphone or digital audio player. Our speakers automatically adapt to the track that you’re playing, whether it’s the latest electro hit that needs heavy bass, or your favorite pop song which needs more mids and treble. Maintaining the high standards of analog sound in the world of digital music is the challenge to which WAE speakers rise each and every day, thanks to Hercules’ years of audio expertise: by innovating for the future, while at the same time preserving the rich heritage of analog music dating back to the mid-19th century. But don’t just take our word for it – let your ears judge for themselves.
That’s how the Hercules WAE NEO – a portable wireless speaker combining beat-synced lighting effects with professional-quality audio – came to be honored with a 2014 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
It’s also the reason why the WAE Outdoor range is chosen by so many sports enthusiasts for the intensity that it brings to their training sessions, and for the excellent resistance it provides in all types of weather conditions.
For years now, Hercules has designed high-quality speaker systems and also produced speaker kits aimed at a wider market: all of its different models incorporate unique features, with the aim of responding to the ever-growing demand for technologies adapted to consumers’ modern lifestyles. The ultra-versatile Hercules 2.1 Gloss Bluetooth® speaker system, for example (available at an extremely accessible price), lets you remotely stream music from all of your Bluetooth® devices – including your computer, tablet and smartphone.
Computer and networking accessories
Hercules also offers a wide range of accessories which make it easy to communicate and share data, via its lines of sound cards, Wi-Fi and PLC devices, and a selection of award-winning HD webcams compatible with both desktop and laptop computers.
* Wireless Audio Experience