The First High-End DJ Controller from Hercules: The T7
The T7: Turn it Up
Hercules have been busy offering up decent yet affordable, entry-level DJ controllers to help beginner DJs learn their craft for a while now. Their most popular models of the year are the Inpulse 200 and the Inpulse 500, two controllers that sit under the £300 mark yet still manage to cram in that little bit extra in terms of functionality and have a professional look, so you can actually feel like a serious DJ. A couple of months back, Hercules changed things up by dropping the Inpulse T7: a DJ controller that comes in at just under £600 yet sits head and shoulders above any other Hercules model. So, what does this DJ controller have that the others don't?
It starts with the decks, which have been loaded with standard-sized 7 inch platters that have a 0 to 33 1/3 RPM starting time of a tenth of a second - which is nothing. These platters also feature authentic vinyl tops for an old-school vibe, and the tops can even be removed to reveal a set of slip-mats, which can also be removed to leave the metal platters. Basically, this means the platters can be customised so you can mix, beat match and scratch with the right feel. The DJControl Inpulse T7 is also fully compatible with Serato DJ Stems Control which can be engaged at the push of a button - a privilege that the big names like Denon DJ and RANE reserve for models that come at twice the price.
Professional Connections & Beat Matching
The Inpulse T7 also comes loaded with the same, acclaimed Beatmatch Guide system as the Inpulse models that came before it. This smart widget helps match the tempo of tracks to ensure accurate mixes. Effects can be added via the provided bank of buttons and switches and, around the back, an array of professional connection ports have been lined up. XLR outputs as well as RCA outputs have been fitted alongside two headphone outputs and a microphone input, meaning that the T7 is a serious controller that can even be taken in the booth. The crossfader curve can also be tweaked to customise the response, and to prevent the controller from drowning in spilt beer, the base has been fitted with a set of fold-in feet.
For anyone with a little more cash to spend on a more professional entry-level DJ controller that costs under £1,000, the Hercules DJControl Inpulse T7 is definitely worth a look.