The first product he showed was the Hercules 16/12 FW.
It's been bundled with a version of Appleton Live, a 900MB library of sounds and a good selection of demo packages.....
It's been available for a couple of months now and although I didn't get the chance to listen to the quality of the DACs on the floor of the show it feels like a well built quality unit. Its well priced so probably well worth an audition if you're looking for a new multi channel interface.
The next product is a really innovative USB controller - a very compact DJ interface for windows PCs.
The DJ Console is a portable DJ controller and multichannel USB sound card for PC's and it comes with a DJ/music software suite written specifically for the product that allows the mixing of MP3s, WMAs and CDs.
“Today’s digital technology is creating a new type of DJ,” explains Bruno Ormel, Sound Business Unit Director at Hercules. “A great selection of fun DJ software now allows users to mix MP3s just like a night club DJ or turntablist. Hercules’ goal was to bring the tactile aspect of vinyl DJing to the digital world, resulting in the development of this groundbreaking new MP3/WMA/CD interface. DJ Console gives DJs a great sense of control, providing the ultimate mixing experience with endless creative possibilities and opening up the field of DJing to a huge new audience. There’s never been such a powerful and complete DJ tool available with this ease of use.”
DJ Console is perfect for digital DJs and music fans right across the board:
Fun, easy and ergonomic mixing/scratching dual tactile unit DJs can now instantly locate, play, mix, sample, loop, scratch and remix digital music – including MP3s, WMAs and CDs – with Hercules’ DJ Console and their desktop or laptop PC. Users will enjoy full hands-on control like a regular turntable with the smallest of learning curves, instead of using tedious keyboard shortcuts to control their major audio applications. DJ Console is also perfectly suited for use under low light conditions at parties thanks to at-a-glance LED mode indicators plus backlit and phosphorescent soft rubber keys.
DJ Console features:
DJ Console comes with a complete, intuitive DJ/music software suite. Hercules’ advanced communication protocol guarantees 100% compatibility with the MP3 DJ software suite fine-tuned specifically for use with the DJ Console.
External multichannel USB sound card Thanks to its high-end converters, DJ Console records audio from instruments, home stereos, CD/DVD players or other devices and plays back music with the highest audio quality. The comprehensive front and rear audio panels provide an incredible range of high-end connections including optical and coaxial digital In/Out and MIDI In/Out to easily connect most analog/digital consumer devices and audio/MIDI gear! Users can remix out to amplified speakers and enjoy up to 5.1-channel surround sound (up to 6 outputs).
DJs will appreciate being able to play one track for their audience via the DJ Console’s speaker outputs, while listening to another track over the headphone output at the same time to prepare the following mix. To speak to the audience, DJs can use unit’s microphone input with gain control. A handy talkover button allows users to reduce the music volume so that they can be heard more easily, and an input clipping indicator avoids sound saturation.
Stylish, 100% USB bus-powered, hot-plug & play portable unit Incredibly user friendly, DJ Console is easy to install and use: simply hot-plug the unit via its USB connector and go! DJ Console is 100% USB bus-powered, with no external power supply required. Featuring excellent compatibility, DJ Console works with any PC with a USB port. If the computer has another sound card, there is no need to uninstall it before using the DJ Console. Perfect for mobile use, DJ Console is robust, light and compact and can be used anywhere with a laptop computer. Its robust casing and sleek detachable cover provide maximum protection, while the removable shoulder strap allows for easy transportation.