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Hercules Rmx - Is it just me or...
Hercules Rmx - Is it just me or...
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008 :

Hercules DJ Console RMX NAMM 2008

Hercules have entered the Pro MIDI controller market with their new Hercules DJ Console Rmx box of MIDI tricks. Normally known for the more budget end of the market, this is aimed firmly at the pro DJ looking to ditch conventional media, white van and coffin cases in favour of a laptop bag instead. Is it just me or does it look like the bastard lovechild of a Mac Pro and a VCI-100?

Anyway, lots of words and pictures ahoy:

Hercules DJ Console RMX NAMM 2008
Hercules DJ Console RMX NAMM 2008
Hercules DJ Console RMX NAMM 2008
Hercules DJ Console RMX NAMM 2008
Hercules DJ Console RMX NAMM 2008

Hercules, the creator of the first dual mixing deck featuring built-in audio for PC, reveals the Hercules DJ Console Rmx, a digital audio console designed for advanced and professional DJs.

Stellar features include a solid metal casing, broad surface, well-designed, accessible buttons and knobs, precise and comprehensive controls, a built-in audio interface with 4 inputs & 4 outputs and an aggressive price. Get ready to see how the DJ Console Rmx is the most comprehensive digital dual mixing deck in its category!

"The success of our products has helped spread the brand name Hercules throughout the DJing world. We consolidated our experience by consulting with professional DJs and submitting a survey to some 1,300 DJs throughout Europe and US, which enabled us to confirm their needs and expectations" states Franois Garet, Development Manager of the DJing solutions range for Hercules. "On the basis of these studies and our own expertise in digital audio systems, we designed a next-generation DJ Console: a professional solution offering enhanced performance, comfort, solidity and precision. Hercules is committed to following and supporting DJs as they evolve by offering a digital audio solution worthy of their dedication to music."

Mobility and stability for production and live performances
The Hercules DJ Console Rmx has been designed to enable mobile DJs as well as club & studio DJs to mix digital music. This "nomadic" device simply connects to the USB port of a PC or Mac laptop. Broad enough in size to allow DJs to mix with unrivalled ease and precision, it is also compact enough to follow users to any event - its measurements (35 x 25 cm) are equivalent to those of a laptop computer.

For live mixing and seamless integration with the DJs professional environment, the DJ Console Rmx features a solid metal casing and non-slip pads guaranteeing perfect stability.

Adding to its stability, the device boasts flawless drivers thanks to the competence of the companys Canadian R&D division and to the expertise acquired by the team over 20 years of experience in computer-assisted audio processing.

Designed for precise, swift mixing
The Hercules DJ Console RMX offers DJs precision and speed in all their moves, thanks to 2 ultra-precise jog wheels for moving within tracks and for scratching, 12 rotary switches, 46 push-buttons, 6 faders - including pitch faders with a center detent - plus an innovative and convenient general volume fader. The roomy layout of the controls allows DJs to perfect fumble-free mixes. Indeed, the controls are designed for quick and intuitive use; DJs will find their marks quickly, allowing them to focus their full attention and ability to the music and the dance floor.
Built-in audio interface with specialized DJing audio features.

As an expert in the design of audio interfaces, Hercules determined that the integration of an audio interface featuring 4 inputs & 4 outputs on the Hercules DJ Console Rmx was both obvious and essential. The interface grants access to unique features such as:
▪ 4 audio outputs offering:
▪ Maximum sound over 4 mono in. jack outputs, outputting +4dBu for PA equipment,
▪ Audio output levels at -10dBv over 4 RCA outputs, for connecting consumer devices (hi-fi systems, recording devices etc.)
▪ Simple integration to the DJs equipment by means of 2 stereo analog inputs enabling users to mix, via the DJ software, external sources with digital music; the console also features a phono/line-level selector on each input, ideal for connecting turntables, CD or MP3 players and rhythm boxes.
▪ Microphone (with talk-over feature) and headset (for preview feature) connectors are accessible on the consoles upper face and front face, enabling DJs to use the console with unrivalled ease, whether in a flight case, on a DJ stand or on a tabletop!
Dedicated software for optimum digital DJing control
The Hercules DJ Console Rmx comes with VirtualDJ 5 DJC Edition, the reference in the DJing world for PC, now also available for Mac. VirtualDJ 5 DJC Edition instantly connects to the console. The software includes features and settings specific to the Hercules DJ Console Rmx, and combines the power of the VirtualDJ mixing engine with the ergonomics of the Hercules DJ Console Rmx.

The Hercules DJ Console Rmx is a MIDI controller and therefore compatible with other MIDI-controlled software applications.

Compatible with standard DJing digital music libraries
The Hercules DJ Console Rmx enables DJs to mix the music files stored on their PC or Mac in the following formats: MP3, AIFF, WAV, WMA, OGG & CD Audio, as well as the iTunes library.

The Hercules DJ Console Rmx will be introduced by Hercules at the NAMM Show in Annaheim, California, USA, from January 17-20, 2008 at booth # 6809, in collaboration with Hercules North-American distributor. The device will be available from March 2008, at the recommended retail price of $349.90. 
It is supplied with a carrying bag ensuring total mobility.

And here's a detailed spec list:

Precise jog wheels and faders for mixing

▪ Functions
▪ Emulate vinyl turntables so that turning the jog wheel moves the cursor backward or forward within music tracks to select the cue point where playback will start for the audience.
▪ Add effects to music playback such as instant speed up, instant slow down, and scratching.
▪ Settings
▪ Adjustable resistance: makes the jog wheels more or less resistant, according to the DJs preference.
▪ Adjustable accuracy: mix with jog wheels set at their default accuracy, or divide it by 2 or 4.
▪ Use with
▪ Scratch On/Off button: changes the jog wheels function
▪ Fine tuning: slow down or speed up playback, like when a DJ gives a record a push.
▪ Scratching: makes a scratch sound, like when a DJ puts his hand on a record during playback (stopping the records rotation) and moves it backward and forward.
▪ 1 Cross fader
▪ DJ Console Rmx plays 1 stereo music track per deck (2 stereo music tracks simultaneously). The cross fader moves between the left and right decks, allowing the DJ to adjust the mix between the 2 tracks.
▪ Setting the cross fader completely to the right means that the mix (the music the audience hears) comes 100% from the right deck: the audience doesnt hear the music played on the left deck.
▪ Setting the cross fader in the center means that the music comes 50% from the left deck and 50% from the right, and so on.
▪ Adjustable cross fader curve: the DJ Console Rmx control panel menu lets the DJ set the cross fader curve.
▪ Linear curve: when the cross fader is set at 25% away from its left end, the mix is 75% of the music played on the left deck and 25% of the music played on the right deck.
▪ Bell curve: when the cross fader is set at 25% away from its left end, the mix is 60% of the music played on the left deck and 40% of the music played on the right deck.
▪ Short curve: when the cross fader is set at 25% away from its left end, the mix is 50% of the music played on the left deck and 50% of the music played on the right deck.
▪ The cross fader curve used depends on the DJs style of mixing (linear or bell curves are good for smooth transitions, while a short curve is good for sharp transitions).
▪ 2 Pitch faders
▪ Change the pitch = change the playback speed of a track, increasing or reducing its BPM (Beats Per Minute) rate, in order to make dancing easy by setting new music tracks at the same BPM as the previous track so that dancers dont need to change their rhythm during the transition from one track to another.
▪ Changing the pitch changes the musics speed and tone: faster means higher tone, slower means lower tone. The DJ can keep the same tone by enabling the master tempo effect before changing the pitch so that the pitch slider only changes the tempo instead of the pitch.
▪ 3 Volume faders
▪ "Deck A volume fader" controls the volume of the music played on deck A.
▪ "Deck B volume fader" controls the volume of the music played on deck B.
▪ "Main volume fader" controls the master volume.
▪ Changing the volume on deck A or deck B lets the DJ adjust transitions between the 2 decks.

Rotary controls for adjusting audio

▪ 6 rotary equalization potentiometers (3 per deck: Bass, Medium, and Treble)
▪ Add color to your music with customs settings:
▪ Make dancing easier by enhancing the bass (the bass provides the tempo for dancing).
▪ Remix songs by boosting the mids (the mids contain the singers voice) on 1 track and mixing it with another track on the other deck, where youve cut the mids.
▪ Make transitions between 2 music tracks using bass:
▪ Synchronize the 2 tracks: move the pitch fader to set both tracks at the same BPM.
▪ Cut off the mids and treble on both decks, keeping only the beat of the bass.
▪ Move the cross fader from the first deck to the second, while restoring the mids and treble.
▪ 6 kill buttons (3 per deck: Bass, Medium, and Treble)
▪ Push the buttons to cut off or restore the frequency band.
▪ This is a faster way to cut off or restore a frequency band than using the rotary potentiometers.
▪ 2 rotary gain potentiometers (1 per deck)
▪ Increase or decrease the level of the tracks on each deck to put the track played on left deck at the same volume as the track played on the right deck, even if they were recorded at different levels. Gain lets the DJ compensate for different levels between tracks so that the volume is the same on both tracks when the volume faders for both tracks are set to the maximum levels.
▪ When the DJ connects external sources to Deck A (left deck) or B (right deck), setting the gain makes it possible to compensate for differences in volume between external sources and computer audio files.
▪ 1 rotary balance potentiometer
▪ Sets the balance of the main output (1-2) between the left and the right channels.
▪ 1 rotary Monitor Select potentiometer
▪ The Monitor Select potentiometer lets the DJ select the music played on the headphone output, either:
▪ Previewing (the track selected with the Cue Select buttons), or Deck A + Deck B,
▪ Or a mix of the 2 tracks, when the Monitor Select position is between these 2 settings.
▪ 2 Cue Select buttons (1 per deck)
▪ Selects the deck the DJ previews on the headphones: Cue Select Deck A or Cue Select Deck B.
▪ 1 rotary Headphone volume potentiometer
▪ Sets the volume on the headphone output, whether the headphones are plugged into the top or front panel of the controller.
▪ 1 rotary Microphone volume potentiometer
▪ Sets the volume of the microphone input.
▪ 1 Microphone On/Off button, with talk-over control
▪ Enables/mutes the microphone, and simultaneously attenuates/restores the background music level.
DJ buttons for instant DJing controls

▪ 4 buttons for browsing within music libraries (Up, Down, Left, Right)
▪ Up/down buttons: move to the previous (Up) or next (Down) music file/directory.
▪ Left/right buttons: switch the root directory (Left) or enter a directory (Right).
▪ 2 load buttons (Load Deck A, Load Deck B)
▪ Load the highlighted music track on the left deck (Load Deck A) or the right deck (Load Deck B).
▪ 2 buttons: Source 1 and Source 2
▪ Replace the computer track played on Deck A with the audio source connected to inputs 1-2 when you push the "Source 1" button. Return to the computer track when you push the "Source 1" button again.
▪ Replace the computer track played on Deck B with the audio source connected to inputs 3-4 when you push the "Source 2" button. Return to the computer track when you push the "Source 2" button again.
▪ Enabling an external audio source requires adjusting the gain control for the deck in question.
▪ 6 buttons (3 per deck) in addition to the pitch faders
▪ Pitch Reset (1 button per deck):
▪ Gradually resets the pitch of the music to the original pitch, whatever the pitch fader position.
▪ Beat Lock (1 button per deck)
▪ In VirtualDJ 5 DJC Edition, this button switches the Master Tempo on/off. Master Tempo locks the music to its current tone, allowing the DJ to change the tempo without changing the tone.
▪ Sync (1 button per deck) = Synchronization
▪ Pushing the Sync button on a deck adjusts the speed (BPM) of the music played on the deck to the same speed (BPM) as the music played on the other deck.
▪ 6 buttons (3 per deck)
▪ Play starts the music playback, pause stops it at its current position in the track.
▪ Cue places a cue point (a marker where playback should start) at the current position in the track.
▪ Stop halts playback and places the cursor at the Cue point.
▪ 4 buttons (2 per deck)
▪ Quickly move the cursor within music tracks.
▪ 12 buttons (6 per deck)
▪ Loop In/Loop Out buttons (Buttons 1 and 4): Loop In button places a marker at the start point of a loop, Loop Out button sets the end point of a loop.
▪ Buttons 2, 3, 5, 6: special effects buttons to apply effects such as Flanger, Beat-grid, Flipping Double and Reverse to music tracks.

Audio interface tailored for DJing
▪ 2 stereo audio inputs: 2 pairs of dual RCA connectors
▪ The DJ can replace the computer audio track played on deck A with the music played on inputs 1-2, and replace the audio track on deck B with the music played on inputs 3-4.
▪ With these 2 stereo inputs, Hercules DJ Console Rmx provides hybrid mixing: the DJ mixes computer audio tracks on 1 deck with the analog audio source on the other deck.
▪ The DJ can equalize the external audio source or set its volume as with a computer audio track.
▪ 2 Phono/Line switches with a ground for each phono input
▪ The DJ can set the preamp level for each stereo input to line (CD/MP3 player) or phono (turntable) level.
▪ In addition to mixing analog vinyl records, the phono/line level lets the DJ mix time-coded vinyl/CDs.
▪ Use in conjunction with 2 Source buttons (1 per deck)
▪ These buttons enable/disable the audio inputs, replacing the computer audio track on each deck.
▪ Use in conjunction with 2 gain potentiometers (1 per deck)
▪ The DJ can adjust the level of the external source to match the level of computer audio playback.
▪ 4 x " jack mono connectors (Outputs 1, 2, 3, 4)
▪ Play the mix at +4dBu on outputs 1-2 and the preview on outputs 3-4 with VirtualDJ 5 DJC to connect DJ Console Rmx to a PA system.
▪ 4 RCA connectors (Outputs 1, 2, 3, 4)
▪ Play the mix at -10dBv on outputs 1-2 and the preview on outputs 3-4 with VirtualDJ 5 DJC to connect DJ Console Rmx to a hi-fi system.
▪ Connect the " jack outputs to a PA system to play the mix for the audience while simultaneously connecting the RCA outputs to the audio line input on another computer to broadcast the mix online.
▪ Play Deck A on outputs 1-2 and Deck B on outputs 3-4 (with VirtualDJ 5 Pro or another application) and export the mix to an external mixer.
▪ 1 headphone output (2 stereo " jack plugs, located on the top and front panels of the controller)
▪ Preview music on your headphones.
▪ Set the headphone volume using the volume potentiometer located on the top panel.
▪ Made for DJ headphones (stereo, impedance from 16 to 64 Ohms).
▪ 1 microphone input (2 mono " jack plugs, located on the top and front panels of the controller)
▪ Talk over the music (mix the microphone input with audio outputs 1-2)
▪ Use the microphone as a music track: replace the music on Deck A with the microphone input.

PC minimum requirements
▪ 1GHz CPU or higher / 512MB RAM
▪ MS Windows XP / Vista 32-bit
Mac minimum requirements
▪ 1.5GHz CPU or higher / 512MB RAM
▪ Mac OS 10.4 / 10.5

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54 comments to this story

On January 18, 2008, Gyro (Canada) said this:

On January 18, 2008, Tobi said this:
..and where its Vestax VCI-300 ? unsure.gif

On January 18, 2008, Gyro (Canada) said this:
And the VCI-1B?love.gif

On January 18, 2008, ROGAN said this:
TAKE THAT VESTAX. this looks very nice. From a purely mix stand point. The design is well done as well. Love the blue and silver.

On January 18, 2008, Maskrider said this:
Everybody's jumping in the Bandwagon.........I'll wait for the Ultimate Controller the one controler that rules them all.rolleyes.gif

On January 18, 2008, geqfreq said this:
DOh! that scratch button is well placed.weird.gif

On January 19, 2008, Klangfreund said this:
two phono inputs, that can be used for timecode-vinyl!
If the faders feel right and responsible, we might have a winner here.

On January 20, 2008, Gyro said this:
Are you all guys kidding? Hercules always made newb-level gear and once again this is totally out compared to the Stanton SCS.1D, Numark NS7 or to stay in this kind of controler design; the Vestax VCI-300. Hercules is cheap, toyish, and even if this version looks more sturdy, if you're serious about your gear you should pass on this one.
Looks great for bedroom djs tough...

On January 20, 2008, Solo said this:

On January 22, 2008, djbizzle said this:
The good news about the Cue, Play (& stop/pause weird.gif ) is they moved them to the correct location compared to their original controller......but they should have gone with two, slightly larger, Cue & Play/Pause buttons ala the industry standard Denon & Pioneer style instead of a 3rd separate IN THE MIDDLE mad.gif Pause button like dumbass Numarks players.....well there's always next time.....

On January 30, 2008, Digimixer said this:
Looks to have potential, although don't like the idea of the Master Volume slider in-between the two channel volume sliders !

On February 7, 2008, sno said this:
is the casing all plastic? looks like metal on the photos, but that's hard to believe given the estimated price of the unit.

On February 17, 2008, J2X said this:
It's not plastic.
For live mixing and seamless integration with the DJs professional environment, the DJ Console Rmx features a solid metal casing and non-slip pads guaranteeing perfect stability.

This is nothing I would use at the club but I would use it at home to mess around with.

On March 19, 2008, oOH Child said this:
Say what u will about MK2's looks. Hercules still has a solid reputation for offering a cost effective, STABLE, feature rich mixing solution. IMO The RMX looks stupidly simple & rugged. Im not doggin' Vestax, Numark or Stanton-they all have thier merits. Its just seems like Hercules has found a decent balance of feature, function, reliability(MK2), and value. Since I really don't care too much about whether it looks "lame" or not-I'll give the RMX a be continued.

On April 2, 2008, superstar disco said this:
Looks ideal for the mobile DJ market, swapped out my cd players for the original dj console a few years back for doing small parties and gigs where mixing wasnt too important and I've never had any problems. This looks like a winner, so i'v ordered one, time will tell smile.gif

On May 3, 2008, DJ Gyro said this:
well, for the modern day DJ's this unit may be a winner, large equipment take too much time to set up and too much time searching through Cd's to play. So if i geta unit that i can move around with that is light weight, can take over 500GIGS of music tothe club and get the same effect out of the unit as if it was worth $5000, i say give it a try... Good DJing is only 30% of you gear the other 70% is your music and talent

On May 9, 2008, xJu1c3x said this:
u guys are f'ing haters...just cause u guys dont own one and OVBIOUSLYweird.gif havent used one or tried one y dont u go and shove a vynils up ur asses ...see if that changes ur mind.........

On May 10, 2008, Gizmo said this:
That was a bit hardcore wasn't it? I read mainly positive comments.

On May 27, 2008, djmoya said this:
Ive owned this mixer for about 2 months now and enjoy every bit of it. Its very responsive and feels solid. Great sound quality even on the highest sound quality settings. It comes bundled with a Light version of VirtualDj But you can use the mixer with any dj software that accepts an midi interface. Its great bang for the buck for only $350 you get a rock solid mobile dj setup that wont let you down.

On June 20, 2008, arbor said this:
Picked one of these up a few weeks ago and have been *very* happy with it. The bundled software's a little weak at times, and the Deck A pitch slider doesn't always track, though I'm not sure this is a hardware, firmware, driver, or VirtualDJ issue.

In particular I love the form factor; controls are well-placed and spaced. I really don't like that the unit pulls more juice than my MacBook Pro's USB bus can supply and I need to use an external powered USB port (no AC on the RMX...). It would also be nice to have a wider range of adjustability on the jog wheels to firm them up a bit, though that's somewhat of a minor gripe. It would also have been nice to run the backlight on all the buttons, though perhaps with the pricepoint and power consumption this wasn't possible.

I've been waiting for something like this unit for many years; I just never had the cash to throw down for a couple CDJs and a mixer, and I've been buying all my music online for several years so I would then have to burn everything to discs, etc. This way I have 2 laptop bags and I'm set.

The sound quality off the unit is tasty and well-balanced as well.

All in all, I would highly recommend this unit and am interested to see what some of my pro-DJ friends weigh in on it...

On July 3, 2008, sb said this:
I'd get this in a heartbeat if I didn't keep reading about the power issues. Not sure if this is because they wanted to keep the design ultra clean but adding a wall wart power supply would not have added much cost. And if for whatever reason indicator lights can't be on all the buttons they could have used toggle switches to better effect especially with the kill switches so you don't need lights. Only thing missing would be a touch sensitive wheel but that would definitely add a lot to the cost.

On August 4, 2008, Vish/Jersey said this:
I'm a little hesitant to buy over the Vestax, but It really looks like a solid mixer...I don't want to be DJing and have this thing crap out on me...any dJ's have any useful input on it so far??

On December 16, 2008, DJ Marvelous said this:
I purchased the RMX about a month ago and it performs pretty good. I've used it on a couple of gigs that didn't require any serious scratching and it worked well. The only problem was the latency in the drivers. I set everything to the minimum and still had a little latency. I got used to it, but I would like for them to get better drivers.

Gateway quad proc., 4 gigs of ram, 1.5 tera of hd. running xp3 and vista.

On January 14, 2009, dj blaze said this:
ye a friend of mines is selling his to mee so he let me test drive for a couple of days,i like them.just alilttle off on the scrating though like somebod mention in the post. my friend had the same issue.WE NEED BETTER DRIVERS :D other than that. this what im loking for.

On April 13, 2009, djSKD said this:

I recently purchased the Hercules RMX and decided to give it a spin. The real eye catcher for me was the fact that this unit has two inputs for either timecoded or external mixing. AWESOME!! So finally my RMX comes in 3 days before a gig. I install the software, plug in the controller, and hook up my Numark tt200s with timecoded. Everything seems to be working great! So next thing I do is start some scratching and mixing. I set up my fader into "scratch mode" (a really tight curve) and run into big problems. The fader doesn't track at all!! I found my fader stuck open with in fact it was closed on my mixer. If any of you are scratch djs then you know that just doesn't fly. Anyways like an idiot I decide to deal with it for my upcoming gig... little did I know that was just the first sign of trouble... First thing I do when setting up for gig is sound setup. So I get my hercules out with my laptop and turntables and get some tunes playing. Next thing I do is start setting up my lights. So i'm shuffling around on a carpeted floor setting up lights. I go to adjust the music just a little bit and ended up shocking the unit... IT SHUTS OFF!! This is 20 minutes before a gig!! I panic, unplug the unit and plug it back in. This works....for the moment. Now I'm sweeting bullets as the hall fills up with over 400 people. The first couple hours go off without a hitch minus the fader being a piece of sh**. Then I go to adjust the midrange on the hercules and the music on deck a goes silent!! Lucky I had a track loaded in deck b, hit play and it worked. Now my consentration is on deck a not playing!! Turns out the midi signal must of total screwed up and by adjusting my mid it killed my gain!!! About 20 mins after that disaster virtual dj freezes!!! This is the first time this has happened to me in 4 years!! I had to unplug my hercules controller and restart vdj... Needless to say I had about 3 minutes of DEAD AIR!! Finnally I made it through the night, shamefully took my check and left with my tail between my legs. Please learn from my misfortune and DO NOT BUY THIS CONTROLLER...

On May 23, 2009, Archon said this:
I had a similar experience to DJSDK:i had a gig at a small venu, and had brought this toy wihich I hooked up with lap top and a regular mixer +++ So what heppened? First the faders and buttons are totally unstable as their levels are readjusted when you use them. Particularly the gains, if you turn up or down the gain, it will suddenly drop, and you'll have to re-adjust it. I had fiddled around with it at home of course and it functioned all right, but the gain was untrustworthy, still I thought it would be fun with a lap-top addition to my set. All the unstable buttons was one thing, as I don't expect to much from this kind of gear as compared to a pro-dj mixer, but then it screwed up the asio driver and everything went bust. Vinyls and CDs saved the day. A pity, it could have been a fun play thing, but its so unreliable that it just isn't worth it!

On May 27, 2009, Rob said this:
Stay well away from this ive had nothing but problems and it still dont work, tech support is awful, trust me stay away!!!!!!!

On June 17, 2009, pro riican said this:
Let Me Say This I Have One Bought It Off Ebay Ive Only Had It For A Few Mounths And Already Cross Fader Is Messing Up It Really Is A Cheap Tow Wish I Would Of Saved For A Lil Longer And Got The Vestax 300 Or NS7 Jog Wheels Are A Jock Point Blank Esp If You Want To Scratch N-e One Who Is Looking Into Getting This Product I Advise You Pass,..... Ive Made Up My Mind And Im Going To Go To CDJ's First No Latency And Everything On My Pc Can Easly Be Burn Onto Cd....... So Yea This Is A Good TOY But not To Be Takein Seriously .....

On August 24, 2009, oOH Child said this:
Just picked up this gem. Some bugs w/ VDJ 6.0.l. Works awesomely with Traktor pro, hercules provided .tsi for mapping like it better than VDJ.....more to come.

On August 25, 2009, Scotty2Hottness said this:
I don't know what drugs you guys are doing, but this thing works amazingly, I would recommend getting the update from their website if you plan on buying this. Also DO NOT use Virtual DJ with this, it's terrible! I personally have always liked Traktor and to my advantage there is a midi map file available somewhere on the net. Just look around and do some research!


On September 30, 2009, DrGroove said this:
This console is just great. My firts gig with it was an outdoor party with 1000+ partyheads dancing and jumping around. Glitches? None. Software crashes? Zero.
Word of advice: BEFORE any gig, get the latest drivers pack from hercules website and use the DJ Console RMX with VDJ 6. Don't think of using it with the bundled VDJ 5 LE edition.
Another word of advice: BEFORE badmouthing anything, give it a REAL try, plug it in to a GOOD laptop (at least 2 GB of RAM and a nice dual core processor), update all drivers frequently, ald leran how to tweak your computer and your software. Noobs...

On September 30, 2009, DJ SNiper said this:
I bought mine about 6 months ago after alot of research. This console has everything i needed including an onboard sound card which some of the 'better' controls a few of you named do not have, and for double the price of this.

This thing is Solid. I've pumped it through a b5200 PA at a club and it rocked the house (with 320 bit mp3s of course) i've traveled with it, (Comes with a nice canvas travel bag) used it in my bedroom, club , friends house, and its been rock solid.

I also have a 09 Mac Book Pro to push the VDJ Console I downloaded instead of the crappy no frillz version that comes with it.

IMO This control is the best for under 400 bucks, you get everything you will ever need on something of this size. Anything else you might as well get Serato.

As for the haters, just cause its not stanton, numark, or a more well known name, Hercules was the one of the FIRST midi controllers for DJing, and THE FIRST with onboard sound and self power.

Anyways this control works good and is perfect for alot of applications.

On November 4, 2009, Carlos said this:
This is a monster console. I used it for two nites Straight during an outing, first nite 3 or 4 hours, next nite, 12 hours...straight....ROCK SOLID. Even with Snowleopard. ROCK solid. No pops, clicks, etc, etc, etc.

I was thinking about upping my game to an NS7 or VCI-300 but I have not seen the need!!!

On December 5, 2009, MrE Dj said this:
Well, i just purchased this boy about a month ago, no issues by far, but one thing i cannot get this thing to do, is the cue on each deck so i can hear what i'm about to mix next, i can ony hear deck B. I dunno if i'm plugging something wrong, I'm just running it through my mac, no exterior consoles, but i am plugging it to an external mixer. what do i do? any one had a similar problem?

On December 29, 2009, SLabs said this:
Thats right, you have to set it up properly, update drivers, clean your pc or lap top, caz you might have some virus shit goin on on your computer and that can couse the crashes and other bad stuff, if everiting is right its gonna work very nice, just got mine to practice my self as a DJ, ive been doin music for allmoast 10 years, and i went to Institute of audio reserch, i know professional djs and musicians, and this is a vary good start for beginer DJs, i love the way it sounds and works, and you can connect external cd players and mixers, of course if you gonna perform at the bigass Manhattan night club and make alot of money, than you should get Pioneer cdj1000 smile.gif but this ting here is awsome, again its all about how you set it up, dont rush, do everithing properly, and dont listen to people who dont know how to connect cables! Get it, and you will not be disapointed, use other DJ software, its not just a mixer, its a midi controler and preatty good quality sound card, what alse do you expect for 300$? Its defenetly worth it, like evereting else in this world, maybe some of the units have factory difects, in this case you should exchenge it, any brend has factory defects, ether its Pioneer or Numark, dont judge it by what happend with your unit, some peole said that Volkswagen is a crapy car, other said that its very good car, same here, and like other guy said: its not your turntable, its your music and talant that metters! Good luck and try not only mix other djs music, make your own mixes! It feels so mutch deferent...

On January 11, 2010, ReggieG said this:
Had my RMX for about 2months now and fine tuning it a little with the right drivers and an upgrade of Virtual-DJ WOW Great sound. Nice!

On January 26, 2010, Atom Adam said this:
Dont listen to vinyl jockys the year is 2010 not 1978.This thing is all you need and more.The fact that you can lug less gear artound and have more features in your setup through software and have full control hands on makes this a no brainer.This can work anywhere and if you think not your arrogant.Embrace technology what would happen if we didnt embrace the electric guitar?We would have missed out on alot of good music.

I started djing at 15 stopped at 20 to do mainly production.Started djing again and this thing is great.I had some noise crackle issues but it only happens when i dont use asio.The asio sounds cleaner anyways.The unit is built better than many of my synths very quality.vdj isnt a bad program but theres better out there.Used this for a tech house set and went great no problems and i reccomend to anyone thinking of the vestax which actually feels cheap compared to this unit.
Make no mistake this is pro gear.If you can just get the stupidity out of yourmind and stop basing weather or not something is pro based on brand name.
Back in the day when people were flaunting technics i rolled with geminis and i could scratch nasty and mix preety good as well.It isnt the gear remember that.

On February 5, 2010, dv558 said this:
i've had this for almost a year and it never let me down. used it in most of my club gigs. i've been lazy to lug around my turntables and serato setup since i had this. never had any issues at all. fu** da negativity. get it and try it out for yourself!

On February 8, 2010, Chris said this:
I own one myself. It works flawlessly.
However there is no tech-support at all to speak of.
So if your not able to figure out everything for yourself
I can image its a nightmare.

On February 11, 2010, yo said this:
i just figured something out the headphone makes up the latency so when u start a track listening to head it matches properly its awesome latency is not issue at all

On February 20, 2010, timbo said this:
hi, i have just got one, and im haveing the crackle issue too, it works fina apart from that, i tried switching it to asio but that seems to break everyhitng, i only get sound fromt he laptop speakers and the mixer does nothing and the monitoring headphones cease to work, anyone know how to sort this?

On March 18, 2010, Micah said this:
I want to know if you get the hercules steel same thing minus the soundcard if you just play it on the computers standard output can anyone tell me if that will work

On April 29, 2010, yo said this:
Asio set with the hercules program after plugging in mixer bottom right task bar double click opens settings for controller.

Select asio
Mine is set 17ms my laptop is old so it works like this.
Now open virtual dj
In virtual dj select setup
sound setup tab
inputs none
outputs headphones master chan 1 and 2 headphones 3 and 4
sound card asio driver hercules dj console remix asio

make sure ultra latency asio is not clicked as that will give you better latency but degrade the quality.

Now u just need to find the right latency setting to get rid of any pops you here.

Remember to scan all tracks you load beforehand for bpm that way it taxes your system less.Also if you computer is slow dont mix wavs just use 320 mp3s there good quality and abuse your system less.

if you computer is a dual core and new with a good amount of ram you could easily do about 5ms and remember the latency is all audio out so when you cue in headphones beatmatch there and the audience will never hear latency.

On May 26, 2010, Rob Parson said this:
Hi im just checking the hercules can run off of a laptop cant it?

On June 6, 2010, Dubaholic said this:
Yeah mate it can run of a laptop blink1.gif
Thats the whole point is so that it can be used at clubs etc
Check out <a href="">Dubstep</a>

On June 6, 2010, Dubaholic said this:
Oops, I meant blink1.gif

On June 9, 2010, DJ Giff said this:
Been using an RMX with my own mapping in Traktor Pro with a Native Instruments X1 to control the effects, loops and hotcues. Use an Audio 8 DJ soundcard to keep latency down cos the RMX soundcard is pretty limited to be honest. Works like a dream with my MacBook Pro. Also mapped 4 decks to the the RMX to drop in samples or vocals. Played loads of sets in the UK and abroad - never had a problem. Good sound, responsive & kit stands a battering in transit and in a club environment.

Gripes are as follows: the integral sound card (see above), short pitch faders with a central 'groove' which makes manual beatmatching difficult, the fact that the travel on the buttons is very long in comparison to the X1 and not all the buttons light up. When engaging the EQ kill buttons, for example, there's no LED feedback to indicate which EQ has been cut. In a murky club with loads of noise and no monitors it can be tricky working out what's been pressed without looking at the tiny orange circles in Traktor onscreen. I prefer to focus on my kit and leave the Mac alone: much more fun.

So, my conclusion is this: great controller for mobile DJs, rugged build, highly adaptable when you learn how to map it yourself, but lacks LED feedback, has basic pitch faders, needs an external soundcard (so buying a Hercules Steel might be a good idea if you already have a soundcard) and the button travel is too long.

Hope this helps. Great site by the way!

On June 29, 2010, yo said this:
I disagree about the internal card if you use asio the processing is much cleaner and the latency is nothing.The card wit this unit is as good as any other and as a club rig its great it does suck the the light dont engage but this isnt something you should be using if your not going to look at your laptop.
No offense to alot of djs i just dont get the whole serato i have to carry turntables that are only doing what this unit does anyway to gigs.
Your bringing a giant turntable to play a fake record to control a mp3 it just doesnt make sense and for those that say you cant scratch with this go to youtube and its amazing.

I just dont see the point other than trying to look cool.Im mobile i move alot and this is one of the best investments i have ever made.
This two powered speakers and your on the go.

On July 20, 2010, Russ said this:
I am using the RMX with my Powered JBL Eon 515 speakers.
I set my JBLs to 3/4 power using 1/4 inch.
My problem is I have my volumes all the way up and still need a little more volume. Any suggestions????

On July 20, 2010, Russ said this:
PS. I'm using the Virtual DJ Pro.

On September 29, 2010, Dj Vitt-O said this:
I have some problems with the hercules rmx, it seems to pause the song whenever you mix and slows down the song, i#m wondering if it is a problem of the midi controller or the low response of the computer any help will be greatly appreciated...THx

On October 25, 2010, DJ100k said this:
i bought the Hercules RMX in January brand new. I thought it was a great price as i needed sumthin inexpensive but i dint want just cheap quality equipment. I had my orig gear stolen which included Denon 1200's and a Pioneer DJM400. i'll be honest.. No i cant scratch as well on my Herc as i could my Denons and yes i did have problems at first. But its definitely a GREAT replacement for smaller gigs. and can even be used for big gigs. I dj weekly at a local club and also skating rink to crowds up to 500+ all with jus my HErcules and laptop.. If you're going to get it though. first download the newer drivers from the website, upgrade your Virtual DJ and get all the skins you can. THe one they give you is trash!! 2) make sure that you connect your Hercules to your PC BEFORE U TURN IT ON!! Very critical thing to remember!! Just configure the sound setup within virtual dj, use the asio sound card and you'll be ready to roll!

On January 7, 2011, Dubstep said this:
@dj vitt,
I think thats your computer mate. It's having trouble keeping up...Try lowering some settings in the options of virtual dj.
I personally love this mixer, I mix loads of Big <a href="">dubstep</a> with it.

Brilliant product, nuff said.

On January 7, 2011, Dubstep said this:
I meant dubstep where's the edit button god dammit lol

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