Hercules have announced their DJ Control Air, the first DJ controller that features touch and air control to give a totally new way of mixing. Air control your mix with velocity sensitive pads, control loops, samplers and effects. There is pressure detection jog wheels to allow you scratch just like vinyl and built in audio outputs. Available November 2011, at a suggested retail price of $169.99 this sure looks like one interesting controller with a hugely unique control system. We hope to have a review soon so check back on what we think but for now heres some more details on the DJ Control Air
Hercules Announces the DJ Control AIR : the first DJ controller for computers featuring touch and air control AIR or “Adjustment by InfraRed”is a totally new control for computer DJ mixing consoles.
The infrared proximity sensor built into the unit lets DJs control their choice of function (volume level, effects, etc.) without touching the controller, simply by moving their
outstretched hand above the sensor. It’s like there’s magic in the air when performing a set! The AIR control functions regardless of the ambient lighting, allowing users to modulate a
software setting quickly and intuitively no matter where they are entertaining.
Thanks to its two pressure-detecting jog wheels, DJ Control AIR is perfect for scratching. The jog wheels, each 4” in diameter, detect the pressure exerted by the user’s hand. As a
result, the feeling when scratching is as natural as when scratching on a vinyl record or a CD turntable – ideal for learning and perfecting scratch techniques, just like on professional
DJ hardware. The jog wheels also allow for easy control of the pitch bend function, as well as browsing through playlists.
In the style of celebrity DJs, Hercules has included 2 sets of 4 progressive pads for users looking to control sounds with a minimum of gestures. These pads transmit a command and
its velocity, to control loops, samples or effects. Just tap your finger on a pad to play an effect, for example: the pad lights up when touched, and transmits not only the On/Off command,
but a gradual command as well. This lets the user easily vary the attack of a sound sample, or its volume, or modulate the amplitude of an effect. The backlit pads, along with the
lighting on the other controls, allow for easy viewing even in low-light or dark conditions.
Taking a great leap forward in the world of mixing, Hercules has created an intuitive ensemble of controls on a unique mobile control surface. These controls have typically been only available to
seasoned musicians via multiple controllers, each of which is programmable and/or dedicated to a specific function. The DJ Control AIR also features built-in audio outputs.
– “Air control”, which lets you control the mix from above the surface of the device
– 8 large pads with velocity sensors
– A VU meter displaying the beats on the controller