Hercules DJ Control Inpulse 500

DJ Controller

  • Compatible with Serato DJ Pro
  • Jog wheels with touch recognition
  • 16 RGB pads with 8 modes (including hot cue, loop, slicer)
  • Vinyl, slip, quantize, loop in / out buttons
  • Filter controls, 3 band EQ, gain controls, volume controls and VU meters per deck
  • Headphone volume control and cue / mix control
  • Microphone volume control with 2 band EQ
  • Aux volume control and filter control
  • Master VU meter
  • Filter / effects console with 4 effect buttons and 2 filter controls
  • 2 x 6.35 mm jack and 2 x RCA master outputs
  • 3.5 mm Stereo mini jack and 6.35 mm stereo jack headphone outputs
  • 2 x RCA + 3.5 mm stereo mini jack aux inputs
  • Balanced 6.35 mm jack microphone input
  • Audio resolution: 44.1kHz / 24-bit
  • Compatible with Serato DJ Pro
  • For operation on PCs or notebooks with USB 2.0 or higher and operating system: Windows 10 / macOS 12.12 or higher
  • Dimensions: 542 x 296 x 70 mm
  • Weight: 3.2 kg
  • Includes Serato DJ Lite and DJUCED and USB cable
  • Suitable case: Article Nr. 496047 (not included)

Further Information

Controller type All in one
incl. software Djuced
Micro In 1
Master Out Cinch
Stand Alone Mixer Function No
Mobile Support No
USB Player No
Stereo Line-In 1
19 No

Flagship

Hercules represents with its flagship DJControl Inpulse 500. This 2-deck controller provides everything any ambitious DJ will need. Two jog wheels allow for precise time manipulation and search within each deck track, both in vinyl and CD modes. In addition to the two channels for the decks, an aux and a microphone channel are both added, so that nothing will stand in the way of creative performances. The mixer is equipped with a traditional three-band EQ and of course a staple DJ filter. Both channels can be monitored separately via cue mix. On top of that, eight performance pads per channel allow samples and loops to be fired at will.

All-round control

The Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500 is a classic all-in-one DJ controller - this means it does not itself produce the sound, but rather provides a haptic and intuitive interface that works in conjunction computer-based DJ software, which will play the music from a computer. Included in the bundle is DJUCED, the impressive proprietary software which Hercules has developed in-house. The Inpulse 500 also works seamlessly with the well-established software Serato DJ Pro. In addition, the DJControl Inpulse 500 acts as the main audio interface, so that all interaction with the DJ controller is concentrated in one place once the music gets going - because nothing is more distracting than having to constantly inspect what is going on with the computer when in the middle of a performance.

Upwards ambition

Until now, Hercules had produced mainly entry-level devices in its DJControl Inpulse series - and the Inpulse 500 retains all these beginner-friendly qualities. However the Inpulse 500 is aiming for the top. Its full-size jog wheels and performance possibilities needn’t hide behind the competition in terms of hardware and functionality. In addition, the compatibility of the inpulse 500 with Serato DJ Pro allows users to upgrade to professional grade DJ software seamlessly if they so wishes. The Inpulse 500 is not only a good controller for beginners, it will easily see you through your first gigs and never let you down.

About Hercules

French manufacturer Hercules has been making all kinds of affordable audio equipment for over 30 years. The choice ranges from pro audio speakers and headphones to gaming accessories. However, the focus is currently on entry-level DJ equipment. Hercules knows how to produce well-designed equipment at impressively low prices, while always keeping beginners in mind. For example, specific models of DJ controllers come with tutorial functions that help budding DJs learn correct beat-matching and other essential DJ skills.

Helping hands for budding DJs

A good selling point of Hercules controllers to newcomers is the ‘beat match guide’ functionality. LED lights inform the DJ in real time whether a track needs to be sped up or slowed down in order to match the master deck. Minimal increments are indicated, and this function can be disabled at any time. The ‘Beat Align’ indicator under each deck indicates whether the tracks are in sync, or out of “lock”. This can be a great tool for developing the ear, as well as rhythm and tempo, since beatmatching requires some practice - and is not learnt overnight. Of course, any help function can also be disabled at any time.

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Mid range pricetag = mid range quality
DiMMaX, 02.05.2021
Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice mixing console.
But it clearly is aimed at mid range quality. A bit light and the plastic feel is a bit uhm, cheap feeling for this price range...
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EventDj, 06.12.2020
Under the retractable legs there is a backlight - it's cool.
There is no perceptible middle on the pitch fader. You have to focus only on the indicator light.
The audio card is of a low class. High frequencies are very high and low frequencies are not enough. In General, the sound did not please.
In General, the controller is on a solid C grade. Let's see how it behaves over time.
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Good choise
Thrazu, 15.10.2020
I'm very happy with this product. Lots of functionalities, nice construction and good control.
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Calidad / Precio : inmejorable
Apple THC, 21.03.2021
La controladora Hercules DJ Control Impulse 500 es perfecta para gente que está empezando a pinchar y también está bien para los que ya llevan sus años (aunque para los mas experimentados obviamente se les puede quedar "corta").

Pros & Contras:
1 pro: Los jog wheels tienen una muy buena sensibilidad, tanto para scratch como para rebobinar.
2 pro: Los FX (tiene una buena cantidad de efectos y son casi todos muy buenos)
3 pro: Las funciones de SLIP y QUANT me sorprendieron gratamente.
4 pro: Las patas retráctiles que tiene me encantan, si tienes que pinchar sentado puedes poner solo las patas de arriba y la controladora te queda inclinada de forma perfecta para pichar sin estar de pie.
1 contra: No puedes configurar la velocidad de giro de los jog wheels (tengo la Hercules DJ Control Steel y si se podía)
2 contra: El pitch, es lo único que de verdad no me acaba de convencer, es pequeño y la sensibilidad no es muy precisa.
3 contra: DJUCED que es el programa con el cual viene por defecto no está mal, pero tiene muchos fallos y errores tontos que deberían arreglar en futuras actualizaciones. Y por otra parte la versión Lite de Serato está tan "capada" que no me gustó nada, quizá la versión completa merezca la pena.
4 contra: Añoro unos botones de "kill" (una vez mas pongo el ejemplo de la Hercules DJ Control Steel, que si los tenia) bajo mi punto d vista meter 3 botones al lado de los knobs de EQ no cuesta tanto, para matar los sonidos de agudo, medio, o graves.

Cabe decir que los materiales se ven mucho mas resistentes y duraderos de lo habitual en un producto Hercules, por ejemplo si miras los faders y cross faders de una versión antigua como por ejemplo la Herclues DJ Control Steel se ven como de juguete y se mueven con poco control, en cambio los faders de la Impulse 500 tienen cierta dureza sobre su movimiento. Y el crossfader baila bien suave e incluso se puede regular al gusto para hacer scratch.
Aún asi la controladora por el precio y cualidades que ofrece es una muy buena elección y recalco sobre todo para aquellos que están empezando en el mundillo.
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