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Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby ferber » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:27 pm

This relatively new controller has integrated audio devices for connecting head phones directly to the controller.

Does anybody have experience with using this controller and Mixxx?

In case not: How likely is it that it will work by default considering that a couple for Hercules controllers proved to work?

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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby rryan » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:48 pm

Hi ferber,

If the integrated soundcards have system drivers then they will likely work fine with Mixxx (of course, you will need to either make a MIDI preset or find one created by another Mixxx community member). If you are looking to use this on Linux I would say avoid anything Hercules makes as they are usually not supported on Linux (only sometimes with extreme effort by people in the open-source community are working drivers available).
The Mixxx Manual, Wiki and FAQ are the best place to start for documentation and support.
Please report any bugs you find to our Bug Tracker.
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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby noccy80 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:39 pm

Just unpacked mine, and I can confirm that the Instinct shows up as a composite device in Ubuntu 12.04 offering a MIDI and an audio interface. The only thing missing is the controller setup :)

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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby Pegasus » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:53 am

Then try out the new mapping tool in v1.11.0 beta :)
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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby noccy80 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:16 pm

Upgrading to the beta ppa now :D I have been cursing over the controller edit. Trying to actually do something in the UI has been a horror, so I have big hopes for this one!

Thanks for the tip :D

Update: It worked like a charm for all buttons and sliders except for the pitch/tempo flip switch and the jog wheels. Still much better than the old controller configuration :) There should be a "<Parameter> up/down" option for those that has both an up and down, to let mixxx intelligently determine how to interpret inputs like the jog wheel etc. Another observation is that the LEDs for the buttons on this controller are the same as the actual buttons, so Mixxx already knows how to set the led status. Hope to see this implemented :)

Update2: Is it just me, or is the jog control missing? I can't find anything anywhere to bind actually scrubbing through the track.

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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby Meeko » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:37 pm

I'll be ripping open the Mixxx scripting functionality some time over the weekend and will look to get a fully functional mapping going for this controller. It works fantastic with Traktor, so it would be nice to see it working just as well with Mixxx!
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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby noccy80 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:20 pm

Meeko wrote:I'll be ripping open the Mixxx scripting functionality some time over the weekend and will look to get a fully functional mapping going for this controller. It works fantastic with Traktor, so it would be nice to see it working just as well with Mixxx!


If there is anything I can do to help, just ask :) I am amazed by how well designed the controller actually is, especially considering the price. Just the fact that the mode-button is controlled by hardware and actually switches between 4 different sets of control codes for the 1-4 buttons mean you can have leds indicating hot cue as well as leds for the loop or fx part without having to take care of the logic behind the mode switch. Awesome :)
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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby mellofone » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:41 pm

Looking at the multiple videos I've found on this controller, I have a question for those if you that already have it. Is it true that the jog wheels only "scratch" when the wheel itself is pressed down?
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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby Meeko » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:03 pm

noccy80 wrote:
Meeko wrote:I'll be ripping open the Mixxx scripting functionality some time over the weekend and will look to get a fully functional mapping going for this controller. It works fantastic with Traktor, so it would be nice to see it working just as well with Mixxx!


If there is anything I can do to help, just ask :) I am amazed by how well designed the controller actually is, especially considering the price. Just the fact that the mode-button is controlled by hardware and actually switches between 4 different sets of control codes for the 1-4 buttons mean you can have leds indicating hot cue as well as leds for the loop or fx part without having to take care of the logic behind the mode switch. Awesome :)


It is a very good controller, especially for the price! And no doubt with my technical skills (or lack of) I will welcome any support/help haha!

mellofone wrote:Looking at the multiple videos I've found on this controller, I have a question for those if you that already have it. Is it true that the jog wheels only "scratch" when the wheel itself is pressed down?


From my experience of the controller, you DO have to apply light pressure to the jog wheel in order to 'scratch', which is a problem for spin-back, but from my own experience using other decks, and considering when I DJ online I often do it wearing nothing but my dressing gown with a cup of coffee at hand, it has saved many mixes where the sleeve of my gown has lightly brushed passed a deck's jogwheel/platter causing all kinds of off-beat drama!
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Re: Hercules DJ Control Instinct

Postby mellofone » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:34 pm

Meeko wrote:From my experience of the controller, you DO have to apply light pressure to the jog wheel in order to 'scratch', which is a problem for spin-back, but from my own experience using other decks, and considering when I DJ online I often do it wearing nothing but my dressing gown with a cup of coffee at hand, it has saved many mixes where the sleeve of my gown has lightly brushed passed a deck's jogwheel/platter causing all kinds of off-beat drama!


Nice, yeah, that makes sense. Are you using it with Linux? I've been looking for a cheap controller to get started, and at price of the Instinct, it sure seems like the right price!
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