SOURCE: Hercules

May 29, 2013 09:27 ET

Hercules Announces New DJ CONTROL AIR+, a New Eight Touchpad DJ Controller With AIR Control

The New Hercules DJ Controller Offers More Room for Scratching, More Features to Sharpen Mixing Skills -- and More Fun

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) -  Ready to catch some air alongside DJs who'll be aiming high this summer? It's your turn with the new DJ CONTROL AIR+ from Hercules, one of the worldwide leaders in portable DJ mixers for computers. A worthy successor to the original model in this series (DJ Control AIR, enthusiastically received upon its release in early 2012), the new DJ CONTROL AIR+ offers more than any other product in its category.

New features include more comfortable space for mixing, jog wheels with more surface area for scratching, more creative functions thanks to eight velocity-sensitive pads, more air control with more fun, and more volume for its audio output. This brand new controller gives all of the DJs who started out with a DJControl Instinct, MP3 e2 or DJ Control AIR a great new opportunity to learn even more about mixing, and truly takes skills to the next level.

And for everyone looking for a large, full-featured mixer that brings together creativity, scratching and incredibly fun mixing possibilities in a single controller which still remains easily portable (one of Hercules' DJ gear design features right from the start): the search is over.

The DJ CONTROL AIR+ will make its official debut at the Feel the Best DJs event at the Bootshaus Club in Cologne, Germany. The event features renowned DJs including Steve Aoki, Deorro, Army of the Universe, Maxcherry, VJ Felix Hild, BLCKBX, Groove Phenomenon, and Karla Kenya, official Hercules DJ who will be one of the first DJs to use the DJ Control Air+ live!

The ultimate scratching experience

DJ CONTROL AIR+ is the largest controller in the Hercules DJing range (at 17.7 inches wide), giving users the ergonomic design and comfort needed to practice and perform. It also features the largest jog wheels of any controller in the range, ideal for perfecting scratching skills: 5.9 inches in diameter (the same size as on CD turntables), with mechanical pressure detection and more than 750 steps per turn - for scratching that's intuitive, natural (just like with a vinyl or CD turntable) and totally precise.

Air control: Feel the air

An innovation first seen in the DJ Control AIR in early 2012, a built-in infrared sensor is also featured in the DJ CONTROL AIR+, but this time with even more range. To wow the crowd and really put on a show, DJs can control their mix and effects without even touching the controller - just move your outstretched hand up and down above the sensor, with up to 12 inches of range. This AIR control (Adjustment by InfraRed) lets you instantly and quickly modulates a parameter in the mixing software.

Eight touchpads: Let your imagination run wild

A very popular feature on the DJ Control AIR and other more professional solutions from Hercules, like the DJConsole RMX 2, Hercules has also included genuine, advanced touchpads on this new controller - four per deck. The eight touchpads let DJs easily liven up their mix with samples and hot cue points, giving free reign over their creativity: just tap on a pad to trigger it instantly, and the harder you tap on a pad, the louder the playback volume! The pads even light up, helping you to easily find them even in the dark or very low-light conditions.

More audio connectivity options

Hercules DJ CONTROL AIR+ features 2 stereo audio outputs:

  • to play mixes on speakers: one stereo 1/8" / 3.5 mm mini-jack output (for multimedia speakers), plus one dual RCA output (for monitoring speakers)
  • for headphone previewing and monitoring: one stereo 1/4" / 6.35 mm jack output and one stereo 1/8" / 3.5 mm mini-jack output (no need for an adapter)

A high-quality mic input is also included, allowing users to connect a dynamic microphone. DJ CONTROL AIR+ lets DJs record not only the mix but also their voice, to add effects and even speak over the music.

Comprehensive mixing software, for instant use and fun right out of the box  

DJ CONTROL AIR+ comes bundled with DJUCED™ 40°, the new DJ mixing software providing impeccable sound quality. It displays your mixes in a streamlined, intuitive graphic interface which lets you stay focused on the music.

Hercules DJ CONTROL AIR+ will be available in June 2013 at a suggested retail price of $249.99 (taxes included).

For more information, please visit www.HerculesDJMixRoom.com, www.facebook.com/HerculesDJMixRoom and www.youtube.com/HerculesDJMixRoom.

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