New Hercules DJ controller Inpulse 500 wants you to become a stage star. Professional layout, extensive equipment, and the supplied software want to guarantee this.
For this reason, the new performance DJ controllers were redesigned from scratch. It was equipped with more interfaces and a Velvet Sound DSP from AKM for signal processing. The Inpulse 500 is supplied with the Serato DJ Lite and DJUCED software. Thus, it supports the streaming offers from TIDAL, Soundcloud, Beatport LINK, and Qobuz Streaming (Serato/DJUCED).
The system has jack inputs and outputs, plus connections for two sets of headphones (3.5 mm stereo mini-jack + 1/4” stereo jack). In addition, the manufacturer integrated feet with a height of approximately 40 mm and LED lighting, run wires underneath, and protect the controller from spilled drinks. Auxiliary input with filter control can also be found on the back panel. Here you can connect an external player, smartphone, groove box, and iPad.
The Hercules DJ controller is well equipped with three-band EQ, several FX mixers, large knobs, crossfader switches, and meaningful level meters. There is also an interesting LED ring around Aux and Mike shows potential overrides in traffic light color codes. The deck sections with the large jog wheels also present themselves tidy.
For beginners and pros, integrated video tutorials, track recommendations as well as color keys, and beat-align functions come to the aid. Those who have been playing with controllers for a while should like the numerous performance tools, pad sections, and effects.
We think Hercules has a hot iron in the fire with his new DJ controller. Both the design and the many creative possibilities as well as the extensive inputs and outputs should reach the target group. Hercules also has a pretty good DJUCED 5, its own DJ software at the start, which convinces with streaming, good track management, and an attractive GUI as well as a solid performance.
Especially if you as a beginner – and Hercules look back on several years of focusing on the entry-level market – want to take the next step and put your first live performance in front of an audience in the pub, neighborhood bar, or at the party. In any case, it should not be due to the hardware and the software package included.
Hercules DJ Controller Inpulse 500 Features
- DJ controller with audio interface
- 24 bit / 44.1 kHz
- Dual-Deck layout
- Large jog wheels
- Microphone input
- Aux input with filter
- VU meters and LED chains
- Filter FX
- Streaming support
- 16 RGB pads
- Dual master out (jack, cinch)
- Fold-out feet
- Encoder and buttons for loops
- 2x headphone output
- Beatmatch guide
- Intelligent Music Assist
- Software: DJUCED 5 with DJ Academy with complete, integrated video tutorials and interactive help included
Price and availability
Hercules DJ Controller Inpulse 500 has been priced at $299.99 and it can be pre-ordered through the Bhphotovideo.com online store; shipping is expected on July 9th, 2020.
Earlier this year, Pioneer DJ has announced the new 6-channel Professional DJ Mixer at NAMM 2020. The Pioneer DJ Mixer DJM-V10 comes with a new design, a number of new features, and, as before, a powerful price tag of $3,199.