Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Controllers

Akai LPK25 USB MIDI controller keyboard in a backpack usbmidicontrollers.comThese are the best USB MIDI controllers for travelling – compact and small enough, for those times when you might want to find creative ways to pass the time on a long plane, bus, or train journey. Basically anywhere where you can use a laptop, but they would be perfectly acceptable to use as a full-time MIDI controller at home as well.

The controllers described on this page are all about the same size, approximately the width of a laptop. Designed so that they sit squarely against the laptop edge.

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Ultra-portable in that they could be taken just about anywhere, in any bag, and in some situations could even be slipped into a large coat pocket.

An added bonus is that these are pretty inexpensive, meaning that they’re somewhat replaceable items if lost or damaged.

So let’s get started, and we’ll explore what’s available. We have a number of different types to look at – some with piano keys, some drum pads, some for mixing, some for DJing.

 

 


Alesis Q25 and Alesis VMini.Alesis Q25 USB MIDI keyboard usbmidicontrollers.com

Alesis currently have 2 keyboard controllers in this class, each for slightly different use scenarios.

There is the more traditional synth-style Q25, that has just keys and pitch and modulation wheels. It is also available in a larger 49 key size.

 

Alesis Q25 USB MIDI keyboard usbmidicontrollers.com

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Alesis Q25 Features at a glance:

  • 25 velocity-sensitive keys 
  • USB MIDI and traditional MIDI for connecting to other MIDI hardware
  • Pitch and Modulation wheels  Backlit Octave Up and Down buttons to expand the note range
  • Assignable volume slider enables you to control your most-used parameter, Sustain pedal input  (pedal sold separately).
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition for recording, sequencing, and performing
  • Bus powered via USB, so doesn’t need a power cable.
  • Item Weight 1.4 Kg / 3.1 pounds.
  • Product Dimensions 49.5 x 19 x 5.7 cm / 19.5 x 7.5 x 2.2 inches.
  • Colour = Black

 

Alesis VMini

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The VMini adds 4 drum pads and 4 dials, to give extra control of software functions.

Alesis VMini Features at a glance:Alesis VMini USB MIDI controller Keyboard in a backpack usbmidicontrollers.com

  • 25 expressive velocity-sensitive, synth-action mini keys.
  • 4 backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads; 4 backlit assignable knobs.
  • USB-powered compact design – no additional power is needed, lets you create anywhere.
  • Dedicated octave, pitch bend, modulation, and sustain buttons.
  • Includes the Xpand!2 virtual instrument by Air Music Tech.
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag.
  • Item Weight 499 g / 1.25 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions 31.1  x 14 x 3 cm / 12.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches

Similar to the Q25, Alesis also make 49 key and 61 key versions, called V49 and V61. The larger models have 8 drum pads but still come with 4 rotary dials.

 


Akai LPK25 and LPK25 Wireless.Akai LPK25 USB MIDI controller keyboard on wood usbmidicontrollers.com

The first of Akai’s models that we’ll mention, come in two varieties. The wireless version, uses bluetooth and can be connected to an iPad, is quite a lot more costly than the non-bluetooth model.

They both come with the same controls – piano keys and an arpeggiator.

Akai’s L-Series also includes the LPD8 with drum pads and effects dials.

Akai LPK25 USB MIDI keyboard controllerAkai LPK25 wireless USB MIDI controller keyboard

 

Features at a glance:

  • 25 velocity-sensitive USB MIDI keyboard mini-keys 
  • Built-in arpeggiator 
  • Instant USB connectivity for Mac and PC, no software drivers required.
  • USB-powered, no additional power cable.
  • Sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls. 
  • Includes configuration software for Mac and PC to easily customize the keyboard’s MIDI commands.
  • The LPK25 is a scaled-down relative of the MPK series of USB MIDI keyboard performance controllers.
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag.
  • Note keys: 25 (velocity-sensitive)
  • Inputs/outputs: 1 USB-mini port
  • Dimensions = 13.3 x 3.8 x 1.3 inches / 34 x 9.7 x  2.8 cm
  • Weight= 1.41oz / 454 grams
  • Colour = Black

 

Akai LPK 25 Wireless additional features:

  • Bluetooth Profile = Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)
  • Bluetooth Range = Up to 30 metres / 100 feet
  • iPad Compatible – easily connects wirelessly to iPad or Mac/PC
  • Connections = 1 USB port
  • 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS sustain pedal input
  • Powered by USB or (3) AA batteries
  • Dimensions = 37 x 4.88 x 1.42 inches / 36.5 x 12.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Weight = 8 lbs, 49 kg

 


Akai LPD8 and LPD8 Wireless.


Akai LPD8 usb midi drum pad controller with macbook usbmidicontrollers.comSimilarly available in both bluetooth and non-wireless versions, the LPD8 USB Pad Controller for laptops is the companion to the LPK25, giving you 8 velocity sensitive MPC-style drum pads and 8 assignable effects controller dials.

As the LPK above, the Akai LPD8 wireless edition uses 3 AAA batteries giving 72 hours of performance time on battery power, but also can be powered by USB if they run down.

The LPK25 and LPD8 when used together have most of the features of Akai’s MPK Mini Mk2, and both together they cost about the same as the MPK, but the L-Series may in fact provide more convenience in some cases, as they can be separated. However, they do lack the Pitch/Modulation joystick and foot pedal input of the MPK Mini.

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Feature list for the LPD8:

  • 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads send MIDI data such as notes and program changes.
  • Orange LED backlights on the pads respond with visual feedback when hit.
  • Eight Q-Link re-assignable dials for controlling virtually any software parameters.
  • Ultra-portable form factor.
  • Design based on Akai Professional’s MPC line of iconic music workstations.
  • Instant USB connectivity for Mac and PC,  no software drivers to installation.
  • Easily configurable for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, etc
  • USB powered – no additional power cable.
  • 4 programmable memory banks.
  • Included configuration software for Mac and PC, to customize the controller’s MIDI commands to your software instruments.
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag.
  • LPD8 Item Weight = 318 grams / 11.2 ounces
  • LPD8 USB only Product Dimensions = 30.2 x 8.1 x  2.5 cm / 11.9 x 3.2 x  1 inches
  • Colour = Black

 

Wireless version, additional features:

  • Bluetooth Profile = Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)
  • Bluetooth Range = Up to 30.5 metres / 100 feet
  • iPad Compatible – easily connects wirelessly to iPad or Mac/PC
  • Connections = 1 USB port
  • Powered by USB or 3 AA batteries
  • Dimensions of the Wireless Pad Controller = 31.5 x 11 x 3.4 cm / 14 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight = 318 grams / 11.2 ounces

 


The M-Audio Keystation II Range.

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Lightweight, durable and just under 2cm in height. Available in 4 sizes – with 32, 49, 61 or 88 keys.

Slimline portable piano keyboards with one dial for volume control (which can be re-assigned for other uses). Sustain, Edit, Pitch Up/Down and 3 additional assignable buttons, are positioned at the left side of the piano keyboard.

No-nonsense, simple, powerful controllers for people who just need piano keys.

Features of the Keystation 32 Mini II:

  • 32 low profile, velocity-sensitive synth-action mini keys deliver great feel in an ultra portable design.
  • Designed and manufactured by M-Audio – the company that pioneered portable music production equipment in 2002
  • Easily configurable for any virtual instruments, recording software, and more.
  • USB powered, no batteries or power supply.M-Audio keystation 32 close up USB MIDI keyboard usbmidicontrollers.com
  • Lightweight, compact design for portability and easy setup.
  • Ultra-portable USB MIDI keyboard delivers unmatched playability in its class.
  • USB instant connectivity to Mac or PC.
  • iOS compatibile, using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano.
  • Includes AIR Music Tech Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one workstation
  • Ignite music creation software included.
  • Transport and directional buttons let you operate your Digital Audio Workstation from the keyboard.
  • Dedicated octave up and down buttons increase the octave range of the keyboard
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for enhancing performances – can also be re-assigned for other functions.
  • Size = 41.8 x 10.5 x 1.98 cm / 16.46 x 4.13  x 0.78 inches
  • Weight = 726 grams / 1.6 pounds
  • Colour = black

 

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The M-Audio Keystation 88 key model


The Korg MicroKey Mk2

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Korg have 2 models of compact USB MIDI keyboards, with similar use scenarios but different prices.

The NanoKEY2 – part of the Korg Nano Series, and the MicroKey – more of a standalone product. (Click here to jump to the NanoKey section)

Korg MicroKey button section, USBMIDIcontrollers.comThe Microkey is available with 25, 37, 49 or 61 synth-style velocity-sensitive keys. The 37 and 61 key models feature Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels. The 25 key model has a joystick in the same area, also an arpeggiator button, and sustain/tap button have been added.Korg Microkey USB ports MIDI keyboard usbmidicontrollers.com

There is a USB hub built into the larger MicroKeys, this is a useful feature if you have a number of devices to connect – no need for a separate hub.

Korg have also recently released Wireless models of the Microkey in the same 25, 37, 49 and 61 key sizes.

These Korg micro keyboards come with a wealth of included software:

  • KORG Legacy Collection – M1 (Light Edition), a re-creation of the classic 1990s synthesizer
  • UVI Digital Synsations, software synthesizer
  • AAS Ultra Analog Session, software synthesizer
  • AAS Strum Session, acoustic guitar software module
  • AAS Lounge Lizard Session, electric piano software module
  • Propellerhead Reason Limited, music production software
  • Ableton Live discount coupon, Digital Audio Workstation

Korg MicroKEY-25 (USB) – list of features:

  • microKEY-25 =Joystick, arpeggiator button, Sustain / TAP button
  • microKEY-37, 49 and 61 =Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel
  • Keyboard = Natural Touch mini-keyboard
  • microKEY-25 = 1 x USB inputs
    microKEY-37, 49 and 61 =1 x USB input;  2 x USB outputs
  • Power: USB bus power
  • Item Dimensions of the microKEY-25 =39.5 x 13.1 x 5.3 cm / 19 x 3 x 7 inches.
  • Weight of the microKEY-25 =0.65 Kg / 1.43 lbs.

 


The Korg NanoSeries 2

Korg originated the concept of super-compact MIDI controllers with the NanoSeries in 2008. 

The first of the series that we’ll look at – the NanoPad2 – is a 16 velocity-sensitive drum pad. It is capable of storing 4 banks of scenes, providing a total of 64 pads assignments. Very similar in looks to the NanoKEY2, with similar buttons. There is a slight separation down the middle of the pads, effectively presenting them as two banks of eight.

Its X-Y touchpad allows the control of multiple MIDI parameters simultaneously.

Positioned above the pads are some interesting performance-orientated controls: the Hold button, Gate Arp button, the Touch Scale button, the Key/Range button, the Scale/Arp button, and the Scene button – to switch between the 4 banks in realtime.

In the standard mode, the X/Y pad transmits Control Changes; in Touch Scale mode, its X axis  sends notes while the Y controls note length. You can use them to play musical patterns and phrases, much like on Korg’s Kaossilator series. You can choose from sixteen different scales, and specify the root key and note range to ensure that your performance stays within your song.
The Gate Arp functions creates rhythmic gated notes at a specified tempo – synced to MIDI or set by tapping out the tempo – which you can make adjustments to the gate effect with the X-Y pad. By holding a pad and using the X/Y surface to control the rate, you can also create glitch effects or drum rolls. You can also assign chords to any of the drum pads.
 All of these features would be impressive on a controller of any size – but the added portability and durability of the Korg nanoPad 2 makes it the ideal controller for today’s mobile musician.
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Korg NanoPad 2 – list of features:

            • Controllers:
              • 16 trigger pads with velocity and 4 velocity curves
              • XY-Pad, HOLD button, GATE ARP button, TOUCH SCALE button, KEY/RANGE button, SCALE/ARP button, SCENE button
              • Touch Scale function lets you play musical phrases from the X-Y touchpad
              • Gate Arp function creates tempo-synced musical phrases for creative performance and recording potential
            • Memory: 4 user scene memories
            • Corresponding Software: Can control all host applications that correspond to MIDI input
            • Connector: USB, mini B type
            • Power: USB bus power
            • Power Consumption: USB bus power: less than 100 mA
            • Dimensions: 32.5 x 8.3 x 1.6 cm/ 12.8 x 3.27 x 0.63 inches
            • Weight: 285 g/ 0.63 lbs.

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Korg NanoKontrol 2

is a low-profile, multi-function control surface – resembling a mixer console layout.
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It has 8 Volume Faders; 8 Panoramic Balance dials; Mute, Solo and Record buttons for each track;  and Digital Audio Workstation Transport control buttons for: Play, Stop, Forward, Back, Record, Loop (Cycle) and navigation.

It is therefore possible to Mute/Solo, adjust volume levels and pans, a number of tracks at once using this controller, or set them ready to record, etc – extremely difficult to do with a mouse or trackpad.

The controls are all re-assignable to suit your needs.

Korg NanoKONTROL 2 – list of features:

                        • 8 knobs, 8 sliders, 24 buttons
                        • Transport buttons: Rewind, Fast Forward, Stop, Play, Record, Cycle (Loop) button, Marker button, Track button
                        • Can control any software that recieves Control Change (CC) messages, including:
                            • Avid Pro Tools
                            • Apple Logic Pro X
                            • Apple GarageBand (on Mac or iPad)
                            • MOTU Digital Performer
                            • Steinberg Cubase
                            • Ableton Live
                            • Cakewalk SONAR
                        • Connections: 1 x mini-USB
                        • Power: USB bus power
                        • Dimensions: 32.5 x 8.3 x 3 cm/ 12.8 x 3.27 x 1.18 inches
                        • Weight: 293 g/ 0.65 lbs.

The NanoKey2 slimline keyboard

has velocity-sensitive rubber note keys with a similar feeling to the drum pads of the NanoPad. It has buttons for Pitch Bend, no Mod Wheel, Arpeggiator or dials.

Korg NanoKEY 2 list of features:

                        • 25-key velocity keyboard
                        • Pitch up & down buttons: -4 to +4 octave range
                        • Octave up & down buttons
                        • Modulation buttons and Sustain buttons
                        • The same software packages as the MicroKey, listed above (Click here to jump back to the Korg Legacy section)
                        • Connections: 1 x mini-USB
                        • Power: USB bus power
                        • Dimensions: 32.5 x 8.3 x 1.6 cm/ 12.8 x 3.27 x 0.65 inches
                        • Weight: 244 g/ 0.54 lbs.

Each of the controllers in the Korg Nano 2 series are available in black or white.

They all come with the following software:NanoSeries 2 in white - usbmidicontrollers.com

                        • Korg Legacy Collection – M1 (Light Edition)
                        • UVI Digital Synsations, software synthesizer
                        • AAS Ultra Analog Session, software synthesizer
                        • AAS Strum Session, acoustic guitar software module
                        • AAS Lounge Lizard Session, electric piano software module
                        • Propellerhead Reason Limited, music production software
                        • Ableton Live discount coupon, Digital Audio Workstation;

and can utilitize the Apple Camera Connection Kit for iPad and iPhone.

Korg have conveniently combined the features of the nanoKey and the nanoPad into one device called the nanoKey Studio, and also have made a larger, more featured version of the nanoKontrol.

Both have bluetooth connectivity, for use with laptop computers, phones or tablets.


Arturia Beatstep and Keystep

The Arturia Beatstep is a slimline drum pad controller, that in many ways is similar to the Korg NanoPad. Like the NanoPad it is capable of much more than it seems at first look. Beatstep is a drum and performance controller, aimed equally at musicians and DJs.
As well as having a USB connector, it also has old-style MIDI and CV outputs. This means that direct communication with hardware equipment becomes possible. It can be powered by USB, but also has a mains power socket.

Arturia have designed the Beatstep and Keystep (below) to work with or without a computer. The on-board step sequencer can be synchronised to Digital Audio Workstation software, and used in conjuction with it, to offload some of the processing work involved in triggering drums, samples or audio clips. It can also independently control external MIDI instruments.

The Beatstep has 16 velocity-sensitive drum pads and 16 controller dials, transport control buttons –  Play and Stop, and a selector dial. All of the controls can be re-assigned to suit your requirements.

It is available in white or black designs.

Measuring 40 x 18 x 6.2 cm, the Beatstep is of similar size to most of the devices on this page, making it ideal to be included among our list of ultra-portable controllers. It is iPad compatible, using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit.

Arturia also make the BeatStep Pro, which we will be discussing at a later date.

Features of the Beatstep:

  • 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive backlit pads: Red = Control mode, Blue = Sequencer mode
  • 16 assignable encoders with 2 modes: MIDI CC and NRPN/RPN
  • Transport controls – Sends MIDI clock messages includin Start/Stop (internal sync), Sends MMC Play and Stop messages
  • Kensington Lock port
  • 16 user presets buttons
  • Multiple pad modes
  • Dimensions = 40 x 18 x 6.2 cm / 15.8 x 7.1 x 2.4 inches
  • Weight = 1.1 Kg / 2.5 pounds

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The companion to Beatstep is Arturia’s Keystep – combining the
functionalities of a keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer, to enable the control of both analog and digital devices. It is a 32 piano-type keyboard controller with transport functions – Record, Stop and Play/Restart; with 2 touch-sensitive control strips for Pitch Bend and Modulation effects, a built-in arpeggiator as well as the built-in sequencer. Similar to the Beatstep, Keystep has a USB port, MIDI and CV outputs, and can be powered by USB or a mains adapter.

Arturia Keystep – List of Features:

  • A 32 note slimline keybed with velocity and aftertouch
  • Arpeggiator mode: Up, down, inclusive, exclusive, random, note order, double up and down modes.
  • Sequencer mode: 8 polyphonic step-sequences with Rest, Tie, and Legato note entry
  • Tap Tempo and Rate controls for the Sequencer and Arpeggiator
  • Transport Controls for your Digital Audio Workstation software: Record, Play, and Stop buttons –  activate these modes without having to reach for the mouse or trackpad.
  • Sustain HOLD button
  • 1 Sustain pedal socket
  • Chord play mode
  • SHIFT button selection: MIDI channel selection, GATE time, SWING values
  • A DC jack for standalone operation
  • USB MIDI, to connect to computers or iPads
  • MIDI input and output ports
  • CV/GATE outputs
  • Capacitive touch-strips for Pitch Bend and Modulation effects
  • Each sequence can have 64 steps, each step can have up to 8 notes
  • Can be powered by an iPad (camera connection kit required)
  • Dimensions = 55.2 x 19 x 8.3 cm / 21.8 x 7.5 x 3.2 inches
  • Weight = 1.7 Kg / 3.8 pounds

Novation Launch Control

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Launch Control is a robust, compact controller that has 16 assignable dials and eight pads. It provides tactile control for mixer software, instrument parameters and effects. Launch Control works with all major music software and also with the iPad.
You can use Launch Control’s three colour pads to trigger samples or drums, while simultaneously turning the chunky dials to adjust filters, pannings and levels.
Launch Control essentially has the same functionality as the top section of Novation’s Launchkey Mini keyboard controller, but the arrangement and allocation of pad and dials is reversed: Launchkey Mini has 8 controller dials and 16 drum pads, whereas the more portable Launch Control gives you 16 dials and 8 pads.
It therefore depends on what you require – more pads or more dials. If you already have a keyboard controller, you may want a device to give you some extra dials, and in many cases 8 drum pads is sufficient to pound out a good beat or to launch samples.

The controller is pre-mapped for Ableton Live 9, and comes with Ableton Live Lite 9, 4 GB of Loopmaster samples, and Novation’s stand-alone template editor for control assignment.

 List of Features for the Novation Launch Control:

                        • 16 rotary dials with 300 degree motion
                        • 8 square multi-colour backlit Launch pads
                        • 6 backlit function buttons
                        • 448 controls using 16 on-board templates – 8 factory and 8 user programmable
                        • 1 x USB socket
                        • 1 x Kensington Security Slot
                        • iPad compatible, using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit (not included)
                        • Included software:
                          • Ableton Live Lite 9 music making software
                          • 4 GB pack of Loopmaster samples
                          • Novation’s stand-alone template editor for control assignment
                        • USB bus powered, including from the iPad
                        • Product Dimensions = 24 x 11.8 x 3.9 cm / 3 x 11 x 6 inches
                        • Weight = 680 g / 1.5 pounds

 

 

Novation also manufacture a larger mixing surface for even more control –  the Launch Control XL. It has 24 dials and 8 faders, along with 16 trigger pads.

 

 


Ultra-Portable DJ Controllers

Numark DJ2Go

Despite its size and price, the Numark DJ2go is actually a very capable DJ controller. As can be seen from the image, it is quite basic but has eveything you need:  2 Jog Dials for Deck A and Deck B; 2 Volume  dials – for Deck A and Deck B; a Master Volume dial;  Browser dial and Enter button for searching through your digital music library; 2 Load buttons (Deck A and Deck B) for selecting tracks; backlit Play/Stop, Cue, Sync and Monitor selector buttons; relatively large (for the size of the device) pitch sliders; and a Cross Fader.

It allows you to control your favorite DJ software, with a tactile feel that can’t be matched using a computer keyboard and mouse or trackpad. Quickly plug in and start practising. Test out your mixing ideas wherever inspiration strikes. It is useful as a backup or secondary controller as well.

With DJ2Go’s controls, you rarely need to touch the computer mouse or track pad. It is easy to select and load tracks from your music library using the navigation controls.

There is no filter section or loop controls on the device – just the basics. So you may need an additional controller alongside it, to control these. However, all buttons and dials can be re-programmed for any features. To get full use out of the controller, it also really requires a second sound output on your computer, as sound is not send to the device.

                        • Ultra-portable USB DJ controller lets you DJ and perform with any music on your computer
                        • It has a sturdy construction, with durable rubber feet
                        • Perfect for minimalist setups
                        • Connects to your computer in seconds
                        • Mouseless navigation keeps your attention on the music
                        • Single USB cable provides easy integration with your PC or Mac
                        • Familiar A and B deck layout with crossfader
                        • Includes VirtualDJ Lite Edition software
                        • Compatible with VirtualDJ Pro, Traktor, Algoriddim DJ Pro
                        • USB powered and USB Class Compliant – no drivers to install
                        • Item Weight = 454 g / 1 pound
                        • Dimensions = 43.7 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm / 17.2 x 4.9 x 1 inches

 

 

Hercules Compact DJ Control

The DJ Control Compact from Hercules includes two jog wheels, measuring 2.95 inch / 7.25 cm in diameter. Each deck has a 2-band Equaliser to enhance the sound while mixing. There is one volume dial per deck and a 1.77 inch / 4.42 cm crossfader.

Beside the decks, each has four responsive trigger pads which in turn have four modes: Loop, FX, Samples, Cue.
On the left side of the controller is a Record button – the included software DJUCED 18° allows you to record your mixes. Below Record is the Mode button for switching the pads to the different modes.
There are Sync, Cue and Play/Pause buttons below each deck. This Hercules controller is not symmetrical as the Numark DJ2go is. On the right side is the Shift button – giving each button, dial and jog wheel an additional function. The device doesn’t have dedicated pitch controls for example, but Pitch for manual beat-matching can be adjusted by pressing Shift then nudging the jog wheels.

DJUCED is capable DJ software that is supplied with the majority of Hercules’ controllers. The Compact DJ Control’s buttons ergonomically match the layout of the software. This controller can also be used with the more popular digital DJ software such as Traktor, VirtualDJ and DJay Pro; the buttons are reconfigureable or configuration files can be downloaded for these other software packages.

The DJControl Compact is both an ideal backup device in the event that your main DJing controller fails, and it is a convenient and high-performing device for mixing enthusiasts to practise or experiment with.

List of Features:

                        • A compact DJ controller with dual mixing decks: 2.95 inches / 7.5 cm in diameter
                        • The essentials of the mix at your fingertips
                        • The Hercules DJ Control Compact pads (4 for each deck) control loops, manipulates effects, trigger samples and cue points.
                        • Vinyl record style scratching is possible with the jog wheels.
                        • 8 Trigger Pads – 4 pads per deck: to create Loops, add effects and launch samples.
                        • The jog wheels also control the Pitch and navigation within the tracks.
                        • Individual deck controls on the left and right.
                        • 2 equalizer dials per deck.
                        • 1 volume dial per deck.
                        • A 1.77″ (45 mm) crossfader.
                        • 10 control buttons including a SHIFT button enabling you to double all the pads’ controls.
                        • Transport buttons for each deck: Play/Pause, Cue, Sync.
                        • Powered by USB bus (removable USB cable included).
                        • Effects for use during mixes: Echo, Flanger, Reverb, Chorus, Auto-wah, Compressor, Rotate, High-pass/Low-pass filters.
                        • DJUCED 18° DJ Software included
                        • Weight: 558 g / 1.8 pounds
                        • Product Dimensions: 37.4 x 13.5 x 5.8 cm / 14.7 x 5.3 x 2.2 inches

 

 

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