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Hercules DJ Trim 4&6 Scratch Starter

Hercules DJ Trim 4&6 Scratch Starter
€169
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item number 243725
sales unit 1 piece
available since February 2010
sales rank 35292
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sales rank 35292 at thomann.de 120 in this category (Details)

Hercules DJ Trim 4&6 Scratch Starter Kit - DJ audio interface including software and timecode CDs & vinyl, 2x audio modes (4-in/4-out and 2-in/6-out), 2x 1/4" jack balanced outputs for PA amplifiers, 6x RCA unbalanced outputs for mixers), preamplifier inputs for both low-level sources (phono turntables) and high-level sources (e.g. Pioneer CDJ ), built-in high-speed USB hub (power adapter included - no USB bus power fluctuations risk altering the sound), 6x LEDs per channel (view the status of each channel), headphones output for monitoring, includes 2x timecode vinyl records, timecode CD, Virtual DJ and 2x audio cables. Compatible with Windows (XP & Vista - 32bit & 64bit) and Mac OS X (10.4 & 10.5. Supports WDM & ASIO.

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Great Digital Vinyl System (DVS) for Beginners

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This is a Digital Vinyl System set, that is made up of 1. Hercules DJ Trim audio interface and 2. Virtual DJ software + control media. Since these two parts - hardware and software are different products from different manufacturers I feel a need to discuss them separately.

So, first of all, I have to say that packaging is quite nice, when you open the box you find Virtual DJ software, driver CDs, manual and control media (both vinyl and CDs) as well as a separate, smaller box with an audio interface, that has its own packaging with the interface itself, all the necessary cables and manual inside.

Hercules DJ Trim audio interface has an excellent build quality, metal chassis, it creates an impression of a long-lasting, well-built product. Sound quality is impressive as well, 24 bits, it sounded better than my old Rane Serato SL1 interface. It also has some very nice additional features such as USB hub, LED lights to show strength of input/output signal, etc. Also, this audio interface can be used with any other product, such as MIDI controller, aside from this DVS, and that is another reason for grading it separately. So overall I was very impressed, since I was a bit skeptical about Hercules brand and I would rate this product 9.5/10. Just make sure to download the drivers from the manufacturer site, driver CD is outdated, but this is a case with most of other hardware as well and Hercules made new drivers easily available on their site.

I haven't really used Virtual DJ LE software that is included, since I had a full version installed on my Mac already, however I have installed it for testing purposes and I found it to be slightly adapted to this product by having a larger section for DVS mode, also DVS configuration setup in the front. However, I found it quite ugly and I would recommend using a regular, full version of Virtual DJ.

Software itself is good enough, some users prefer it to Traktor and I am one of them. Main reasons are: better auto beat-matching and beat tracking, more convenient wave forms (on top of each other), more comfortable layout (personal taste) and keys/harmony and their differences displayed without the need of using external plugins such as "Mixed In Key".

However, while Virtual DJ works perfectly as a standalone software for mixing music on your laptop, as a software for Digital Vinyl System it's just not as advanced as Traktor or Serato. It works OK, you can mix, you can scratch, but reaction time and tracking is noticeably poorer than Traktor/Serato and overall experience is just not that professional. It can be easily explained by the fact, that competitors have been working much longer in the field of DVS and managed to get better results, also in their case hardware and software is made by the same company (Traktor) or by a long-time affiliate (Serato).

Also, Virtual DJ timecode vinyls are being sold for $10 for a pair, while Serato/Traktor ones cost at least 5 times more. Actually, the quality of timecodes turned out to be one of the main points in the tracking/reaction time issues of this DVS and after changing timecodes to Serato ones, tracking have significantly improved, as well as the reaction time. Luckily, manufacturer could have been aware about this and allows to use competitor timecodes with this audio interface. So you could easily improve the overall experience by simply using better timecodes!

To summarize, I would rate Virtual DJ part of this product 6.5/10, after upgrading timecodes to the ones of the competitors I would give it 8/10.

As with the final rating, I would say that Hercules audio interface is really great , suitable not only for home/beginner use, but also for professionals and it's definitely worth every penny. As with the whole DVS, it is not as good as competitor ones, however much more affordable and still does it's job. It could be easily improved by upgrading timecodes and therefore you will have a pretty decent product for a good price. Therefore I would say, that this is a great and affordable DVS for beginners and home DJs, but for the professionals I would recommend to look for other DVS options from Serato, Traktor or other brands, that have already stood the test of time.

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the card is great for what its advertised for, never mind that the trim version of virtual dj doesn't let u access the options menu coz it gets worse, it is falsely advertised to work 24bit/48khz by disabling one of the inputs, whats wrong with that? they only cared to make it work in windows with asio, osx users beware, Hercules doesn't even care to respond on its support site, i am still making up my mind id to keep it or not...

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