Hercules Mk4 DJ controller announced at Musikmesse

After a sneak peak at this years NAMM show, Hercules officially announced the release date and price of their new Mk4 controller at the Musikmesse fair in Germany. This slim sized controller is designed to interface with whatever input you can dream up.

There certainly is something to be said for portability. I’m just not sure this is where it belongs. The design seems to focus on being able to mix multiple audio sources with this single platform, iPod, turntables, laptops, etc. But if the controller is the only thing that’s super-portable, it kinda defeats the purpose. Not to mention having decent speakers you have to haul around.

List of features:

  • 2-deck mixer: mix digital audio files on PC and Mac®.
  • Includes a built-in, high-performance audio interface
  • 2 stereo outputs to play the mix on active speakers, a PA system, a hi-fi system or a mixer.
  • 2 stereo inputs (with 4 levels: Phono / standard line level / professional line level / boosted line level) to connect any external audio sources: MP3 players, CD mixing decks, vinyl turntables and more.
  • Headphone output (for previewing tracks).
  • Microphone input (with talk-over function).
  • Well-spaced controls for precise mixing: 2 jog wheels, one cross fader, 2 volume faders, 2 pitch encoder knobs, 6 EQ knobs and 36 buttons.
  • Intuitive to use: includes functions for synchronizing tracks, automatic loops, adding multiple effects, and recording mixes.
  • Includes the VirtualDJ® DJC Edition mixing software.

Look for it in June of this year, at $199.99.