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There are plenty of ways to get started as a digital DJ, but the majority of them will get you laughed off the stage. The Hercules DJ Console Rmx ($350) fills the gap between amateur digital DJ starter kits such as the M-Audio Torq Mixlab and high-end products such as the Vestax VCI-300, but you'll need to put up with a few quirks and probably spring for a software upgrade.
The Hercules DJ Console Rmx's metal-reinforced construction could survive the apocalypse and still keep the party moving. All that metal adds up to 11 pounds, however, so prepare to dispel the myth of digital DJ rigs preventing back strain.
The brushed aluminum face of the Hercules DJ Console Rmx includes an impressive six faders, 46 illuminated buttons, and 12 knobs, offering the most control you can find in a DJ console at this price range. Measuring 14 inches wide and 10 inches deep, the Hercules DJ Console Rmx's design offers plenty of room to play around, with well-spaced controls and buttons.
The Hercules DJ Console Rmx accomplishes two feats: it works as a USB audio card for routing 16-bit, 44kHz audio to and from your Mac or PC; and it works as a MIDI hardware interface for your DJ software.
For less than $400, the Hercules DJ Console Rmx practically pays for itself as a USB audio card. You only get four channels of audio coming and going from the Rmx, and the sheer quantity and variety of high-grade audio connections is impressive. The back of the DJ Console Rmx includes two pairs of RCA and 1/4-inch outputs, a pair of RCA inputs for each of the two channels, which are switchable between line and phono, and two grounding posts for older turntables. You'll also find a pair of quarter-inch headphone and microphone inputs on the front and face of the DJ Console Rmx. All these audio connections add up to one of the most flexible USB DJ consoles we've tested, allowing turntables, microphones, CD players, and speakers to all plug into one central piece of mixing hardware.