Hercules Announces DJ Console 4-Mx DJ MIDI Controller
Hercules has announced the DJ Console 4-Mx, the newest version of their DJ Console line. The DJ Console 4-Mx is a D-specific controller which features large touch-sensitive, jog wheel, a built-in audio interface, and control over 2 and/or 4 virtual decks.
The DJ Console 4-Mx is housed in a steel and aluminium chassis with a wide variety of performance controls including, 89 controls in 2-deck mode and 150 controls in 4-deck mode. The jog wheels claim to have been designed for scratching with similar dimensions to leading CD players. The wheel’s Detection Sensors feature an integrated technology with sensors that detect the weight of the user’s hand on the tops. This mechanical type of detection in the controller works under all conditions and eliminates electrical interference from static electricity build-up.
The backlit Indicator in the center of each jog wheel indicates the activation of Touch Wheel mode, which lets the user scratch, or stop/restart music playback by simply changing their hand’s pressure. The External Ring provides additional control with a non-slip texture.
» Multiple Controls – 89 controls in 2-deck mode and more than 150 controls in 4-deck mode
» The effects/loops/Hot Cue zone – 6 transport buttons can be doubled up using its Shift button while a rotary encoder lets you modulate these effects
» Control Customization Option – Customize these 12 controls, by assigning a function to each of the buttons, changing the bank of functions on the fly during a mix, and/or modulating the effects or the length of a loop
» Pitch Faders – provide extended 14-bit resolution, a 2.5″ range of travel, a 60mm range of travel, and easily adapt to the DJ’s needs thanks to 2 buttons to change the pitch scale
» 2 independent stereo outputs on the back panel, for mixing and previewing tracks:
» 4 RCA connectors to connect a hi-fi system or a mixer
» 4 mono jack connectors (1/4″) to connect PA gear, with a Ground Lift switch on outputs 1-2 (in the event of a ground loop)
» 1 stereo jack connector (1/4″) for headphones, with the user’s choice of one connector on the top of the console, or one on the front panel
» 2 analog stereo inputs (4 RCA inputs) to connect audio sources:
» 4 input levels: phono level (for vinyl turntables), consumer line level (-10dBv, for MP3 players), pro line level (+4dBu, for studio gear), and boosted pro line level (+8dBu, for the most powerful DJing CD players)
» 1 microphone input, with talk-over function, with the user’s choice of one connector on the top of the console, or one on the front panel
» DJs can control either 2 or 4 virtual decks – a growing requirement in professional DJing.
— 2 Standard Decks – the DJ Console 4-Mx can switch from (decks A and B) to two other decks (C and D) easily via the 2 Deck Switch buttons and deck names are displayed in the console’s mixing section and all of its controls send and receive another set of MIDI commands, which lets the software know which virtual deck each command applies to
— In 4-Deck Mode- the console sends more than 150 different commands to the software
» Extra Controls and Customization – DJs mixing on 2 virtual decks can also enjoy a 2-deck extended mode: the Deck Switch buttons, which turn decks A & B into decks C & D in 4-deck mode, then double some controls on each deck, while keeping the deck’s basic controls unchanged (such as the jog wheels, Play/Cue/Stop buttons, and volume faders)
This new Hercules controller will be bundled with VirtualDJ7 LE 4-Mx DJing software from Atomix Productions, allowing for mixing on up to 4 virtual decks on both PC and Mac. The DJ Console 4-Mx is also compatible with other 4-deck or 2-deck mixing software, such as Traktor.
Hercules’ DJ Console 4-Mx will be will available by the end of November for $449.99 / £399.99. More information on the Hercules DJ Console 4-Mx.