Guillemot just released a new update for Hercules controllers yesterday. I downloaded the update for my Hercules DJ Console MK4 and did the upgrade on my laptop PC. This update is the third update for 2016 apparently. This upgrade download was a bit strange. When you run it, it uninstalls the old version on your PC. Then the program stops. You have to run it again to start the installation. After that, tried it out and all was OK. So what you are you waiting for boys and gals…get updating!
I saw a Facebook post rather recently about a DJ using this controller. I must say that it looked really unique to me. Well I do not profess to know anything and everything about DJ’ing and equipment…I do learn new things everyday. And I must say that this controller certainly caught my eye.
First of all, this controller came out almost ten years ago, and was designed to run with Torq 1.5 Software, something akin to VirtualDJ and Serato. There is no longer support for Torq and I have never seen it or used it. But from what I read online, it was pretty snappy and worked a charm
I gotta read up a bit more about this controller when I can find more information online so stay tuned, dear reader, if you are reading this post. When I get any new information, I will post it up.
Just the other day, about a week ago, I was DJ at an event with some other DJs where we were using Pioneer CDJs and a mixer, hooked up to a Rane SL4 interface box. The thing is, in order for us to use that system with our notebooks, we needed to use the Serato timecode discs. But there was an issue. One of the CDJs had apparently developed issues trying to read the discs and as a result, there were several drop-outs that night, much to our chagrin. After the function, we told ourselves…never again. We decided to go all-controller for the next function…and this is what we chose to use next time, the DDJ-SZ.
The DDJ-SZ is Pioneer’s flagship DJ controller. It is the first controller to closely match the CDJ-2000NXS set-up. The full-sized, illuminated jog wheels deliver a smooth, fast response for precision scratching. Plus you can check your playback position or point countdown with the On Jog Display. And it is not only that. The important part is that it contains two USB sound cards and ports. This means we can hook-up 2 computers at the same time and use the top-loaded A/B switch for DJ transitions. We had a HELL of a problem with that Rane SL4 interface box and Serato DJ
But I was thinking to myself…what if issues should happen? After all, this is an all-in-one which means that when something goes wrong, the whole controller needs to be sent for repair. I am always very concerned about faders because the faders in my old Hercules DJ Console MK4 are starting to show signs of wear. But no matter. Apparently, the robust Magvel Faders in the DDJ-SZ ensure smooth control over long-term use. Two metal shafts support the fader knobs, while the contact-free magnetic system is designed to endure millions of performances. So that is good news, fader-wise
So to be honest, I was looking for one of these for sale should I need one. Ever since I made my transition to Serato from VirtualDJ, things have been going great. There are heaps more this controller can give you like two MIC inputs and XLR outputs for full, balanced audio. It costs about $2500 new so I am looking for a second-hand set. I think it will be a good investment
This is the first update I did for my Hercules DJ controller for 2016. Sometimes, maybe about 4 times a year, Guillemot will schedule an update for the Windows driver of the Hercules controller. Yesterday’s download of about 46Mb was downloaded and installed. When I booted up after installing it, I had ASIO issues at first with my old Dell N5050. I double checked and once again, that stupid problem, or rather, issue from the past came up again. But before I found out it was my Dell’s soundcard issue, I was all for uninstalling this driver and rolling back to a previous one. But in the end, I got it working and it is a breeze. Always remember guys, update your drivers!
I use this cable a lot with my two controllers. They were called USB printer cables because that is what they were developed for, I think. Almost every cable (including my Brother printer) uses this cable. But now I carry an extra one because many of the digital audio processors I use these as a means of communication between themselves and my computer. By connecting my USB B cable from my computer to the processor, I am able to program it. So now I carry an extra one, just in case I need it. They are jolly useful to have around
I have seen these micro-controllers installed in many places and I must say that their small form-factor makes them out to be very useful indeed. They are not too expensive either and I actually find them to have very good value for money. I wonder…shall I get one and install it in my home? Hmmmm….
I do not understand this. Yet another PC driver update (for Hercules controllers) has been released. This is update 2015_HDJS_6 and looks like the 6th update this year. This year must go down in history with the most number of updates from Hercules. In any case guys and gals, if you do use Hercules DJ controllers and use your PC to DJ, you would be wise to update your drivers now.