Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 / MP3 LE / Glow

The Hercules DJ Control MP3 e2, MP3 LE, and Glow are USB controllers that have identical controls and share the same mapping. These controllers do not have a built in sound card, so a splitter cable or separate audio interface is recommended for use with it. The mapping is included in Mixxx and allows you to manipulate 4 decks, 2 at a time, switching Deck A (left) between Channel 1 and 3 and Deck B (right) between Channel 2 and 4.

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These controllers are not class compliant MIDI devices. On Linux, older versions of Mixxx required using a custom Hercules kernel module. This is neither necessary not recommended anymore.

Mapping description (by function)

Shift / Supershift

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (shift/supershift)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (shift/supershift)

Function

Control

number

Shift button to obtain more controls than those provided by Hercules. Press & Hold automix, then press corresponding button to obtain shifted behavior.

Automix

9

Supershift button to obtain a third level of controls. Press & Hold Automix, then press & Hold Scratch, then press corresponding button to obtain supershifted behavior.

Shift-Scratch

7

Switch deck A (left) between Channel1 and Channel3 (also apply to Sampler1 and Sampler3)

Supershift + Load A

18

Switch deck B (right) between Channel2 and Channel4 (also apply to Sampler2 and Sampler4)

Supershift + Load B

18

Library

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (library)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (library)

Function

Control

number

Select prev/next playlist

Supershift + Deck A Jog Wheel

16

Toggles (expands/collapses) the currently selected library sidebar item

Folder

6

Go one track down

Up arrow

8

Go one track up

Shift + Up arrow

8

Select prev/next track

Supershift + Deck B Jog Wheel

16

Loads the currently highlighted track into the corresponding deck (A or B)

Load A/B

18

Loads the current highlighted track into the corresponding sampler (1 or 2)

Shift + Load A/B

18

Main/Headphones/Microphone

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (main/headphones/microphone)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (main/headphones/microphone)

Function

Control

number

Microphone TalkOver

Down Arrow

8

Fades between left (channel 1 & 3) and right (channel 2 & 4) deck

Crossfader

19

Headphone volume

Shift + Deck A pitch knob

3

Adjust the cue/main mix in the headphone output

Shift + Deck B pitch knob

3

Toggles deck output to the headphones monitor on/off

Headphone monitor

20

Sampler

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (sampler)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (sampler)

Function

Control

number

Loads the current highlighted track into the corresponding sampler (1 or 2)

Shift + Load A/B

18

Goto start & Play sampler 1/3

Shift + Folder

6

Stop sampler 1/3

Supershift + Folder

6

Goto start & Play sampler 2/4

Shift + Files

10

Stop sampler 2/4

Supershift + Files

10

Decks / Channels

Playing

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (deck playing)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (deck playing)

Function

Control

number

Loads the currently highlighted track into the corresponding deck (A or B)

Load A/B

18

Starts or stop a loaded track

Play

14

Backward Play

Shift + Play

14

Toggle Repeat

Supershift + Play

14

Sets the cue point if a track is stopped and not at the current cue point. Stops track and returns to the current cue point if a track is playing. Plays preview if a track is stopped at the cue point for as long as it’s held down

Cue

15

Move Forward/Backward in track

Forward / Backward

12

Enable or disable the scratch mode on all four decks

Scratch

7

Seeks forwards and backwards in a stopped track. Temporarily changes the playback speed for playing tracks. Absolute sync of the track speed to the jog wheel if scratch mode enabled

Jog wheel

16

Volume / Equalizer / Effects

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (deck volume/EQ/FX)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (deck volume/EQ/FX)

Function

Control

number

Controls the deck output volume, with soft takeover on deck switch.

Deck volume slider

17

Adjusts the gain of the low/medium/high equalizer filter. No soft takeover.

Equalizer knobs

5

Filter Low Kill

Supershift + Pitchbend -

1

Filter Mid Kill

Supershift + Sync

13

Filter High Kill

Supershift + Pitchbend +

1

Adjust pregain

Shift + Forward / Backward

12

Quick Filter knob

Supershift + Pitch knobs

3

Brake Effect

Supershift + Forward (stops on release)

12

Spinback Effect

Supershift + Backward (stops on release)

12

Hotcues

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (hotcues)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (hotcues)

Need to be in Hotcue mode (button Loop/Fx (4) lit up). If not, press Loop/Fx button to switch to hotcue mode.

Function

Control

number

If hotcue X is set, seeks the player to hotcue X’s position. If hotcue X is not set, sets hotcue X to the current play position.

1/2/3/4 buttons

11

If hotcue X is set, clears its hotcue status.

Shift + 1/2/3/4 buttons

11

Loops

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (loops)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (loops)

Need to be in Loop mode (button Loop/Fx (4) turned off). If not, press Loop/Fx button to switch to Loop mode.

Function

Control

number

loop-in

Button 1

11

loop-out

Button 2

11

Toggles current loop On or Off

Button 3

11

Clear Loop

Supershift + Button 1

11

loop 1/8

Supershift + Button 2

11

loop 1/4

Shift + Button 1

11

loop 1/2

Shift + Button 2

11

loop 1

Shift + Button 3

11

loop 2

Shift + Button 4

11

loop 4

Button 4

11

loop 8

Supershift + Button 3

11

loop 16

Supershift + Button 4

11

Double loop

Shift + Pitchbend +

1

Half loop

Shift + Pitchbend -

1

Pitch / Syncing

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (pitch / sync)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (pitch / sync)

Function

Control

number

Temporary Holds the pitch 4% higher while pressed

Pitchbend +/-

1

Set deck as leader clock. Led blink: leader Fixed led: Follower Led off: none

Master tempo (MP3 e2) / Pitch reset (MP3 LE & Glow)

2

Adjust playback pitch / speed

Pitch knobs

3

Automatically sets pitch so the BPM of the other deck is matched

Sync

13

Enable key-lock for the specified deck (rate changes only affect tempo, not key)

Shift + Master tempo

2

Magnet (all cues, hotcues, loops, and beatloops will be automatically quantized so that they begin on a beat.)

Supershift + Master tempo

2

Adjust beatgrid

Shift + Sync

13

Enable or disable the scratch mode on all four decks

scratch

7

Seeks forwards and backwards in a stopped track. Temporarily changes the playback speed for playing tracks. Absolute sync of the track speed to the jog wheel if scratch mode enabled

Jog wheel

16

Mapping description (by knob/button)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (schematic view)

Hercules DJControl MP3 e2 (schematic view)

Global controls

Number

Control

Function

shifted

Supershifted

8

Arrow up/down

Up : goes one track down Down : Microphone TalkOver

Up : Goes one track up Down : Nothing

Nothing

6

Folder

Toggles (expands/collapses) the currently selected library sidebar item

Play/Stutter sampler 1/3

Stop sampler 1/3

10

Files

Toggles (expands/collapses) the currently selected library sidebar item

Play/Stutter sampler 2/4

Stop sampler 2/4

18

Load A/B

Loads the currently highlighted track into the corresponding deck (A or B)

Loads the current highlighted track into the corresponding sampler (1 or 2)

Switch deckA between Channel 1 & 3 and deckB between 2 &4

19

Crossfader

Fades between left (channel 1 & 3) and right (channel 2 & 4) deck

9

Automix

Used as a main shift button to obtain more controls than those provided by Hercules. Press & Hold automix, then press corresponding button to obtain shifted behavior.

7

Scratch

Enable or disable the scratch mode on both decks

Used as a main supershift button to obtain a third level of controls. Press & Hold Automix, then press & Hold Scratch, then press corresponding button to obtain supershifted behavior

Deck / Channel specific controls

Number

Control

Simple function

Shifted function

Supershifted function

1

Pitchbend +/-

Temporary Holds the pitch 4% higher while pressed

+ double loop - half loop

+ Filter High Kill - Filter Low Kill

2

Master Tempo

Syncs the BPM and phase to that of the other track (if BPM is detected on both). Led blink: leader Fixed led: follower Led off: none

Enable key-lock for the specified deck (rate changes only affect tempo, not key)

Quantize (Magnet)

3

Pitch knobs

Adjusts playback pitch/speed

Deck A: adjust the headphone volume Deck B: adjust the cue/main mix in the headphone output

Quick Filter knob

4

Loop/Fx

Toggle the Loop/Hotcue mode for the keys buttons. When the button is not lit up the loop buttons are enabled, when the button is lit up the hotcue’s buttons are enabled

5

Equalizer knobs

Adjusts the gain of the low/medium/high equalizer filter

11

1/2/3/4 buttons

Loop mode: 1 - loop-in 2 - loop-out 3 - Toggles current loop On or Off 4 - Loop 4 Hotcue mode: 1, 2, 3 and 4: If hotcue X is set, seeks the player to hotcue X’s position. If hotcue X is not set, sets hotcue X to the current play position.

Loop mode: 1 - Loop 1/4 2 - Loop 1/2 3 - Loop 1 4 - Loop 2 Hotcue mode: If hotcue X is set, clears its hotcue status.

Loop mode: 1 - Clear loop 2 - Loop 1/8 3 - Loop 8 4 - Loop 16 Hotcue mode: Nothing

12

Forward \ Backward

Fast forward/backward

Adjust pregain

Forward: brake effect (stay pushed) Backward: spinback effect (stay pushed)

13

Sync

Automatically sets pitch so the BPM of the other deck is matched

Adjust BeatGrid

Kill Mid

14

Play

Starts or stop a loaded track

Backward Play

Repeat

15

Cue

Sets the cue point if a track is stopped and not at the current cue point Stops track and returns to the current cue point if a track is playing. Plays preview if a track is stopped at the cue point for as long as it’s held down

16

Jog wheel

Seeks forwards and backwards in a stopped track. Temporarily changes the playback speed for playing tracks Absolute sync of the track speed to the jog wheel if the scratch mode is enabled

Deck A: Select prev/next playlist Deck B: select prev/next track

17

Deck volume slider

Controls the deck output volume. There is soft takeover after deck switch (1/3 or 2/4) to prevent wide parameter changes when the on-screen control diverges from the hardware control. Manipulating the control on the hardware will have no effect until the position of the hardware control is close to that of the software, at which point it will take over and operate as usual.

20

Headphone monitor

Toggles this deck output to the headphones monitor on/off

Troubleshooting

Jog wheels not working or controller not responding

If your jog wheels doesn’t work, or nothing works on the controller even when you have carefully read all other resources, you should be aware that this controller stores at least two configuration options in the controller:

  • Enable/disable Jog Wheels

  • MIDI channel to use

and maybe a third one: Jog wheel sensitivity

With factory default settings, the jog wheels are enabled and the MIDI channel used is channel 1. The mapping is made for channel 1 only. If your controller is configured for another channel, nothing will work and if you launch Mixxx with -`-controllerDebug` parameter, you will have lines like this one showing in the logs when you press a button on the controller :

Debug [Controller]: "DJ Control MP3 e2 : 3 bytes: B3 38 38 "

note the B3 here. it’s B<MIDI Channel # - 1>. So this controller is configured on channel 4. controller configured on channel 1 will show B0, which is correct.

To change these parameters, you have to use the configuration tool that comes with the Hercules driver on on the Hercules support page. Unfortunately, the configuration tool is only available for Windows and Mac OS X. We are not aware of any solution for Linux. So if you normally use Linux, you will have to find a computer with Windows or Mac OS X, install the Hercules driver, plug-in the controller and change configuration. You will only need to do this once, then the controller should work with Linux.

Controller not recognized as bulk controller

It has been reported that when the Hercules drivers are installed on a Windows, the driver takes over the bulk communication with the controller so it cannot be recognized by Mixxx as a bulk controller. Uninstall the Hercules driver and use it as a USB bulk controller.