Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500 – Mapping and Manual

Setup #

Drivers and Firmware #

The Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500 is a class-compliant USB controller.

It can work without driver installation on both macOS and Windows operating system, by plugging the USB connector into your computer.

Anyway, Windows needs the drivers in order to use DJControl Inpulse 500 in ASIO mode, which reduces the latency in relation to WASAPI mode, and is generally more stable.

The drivers also let you test your DJControl Inpulse 500 and verify the firmware version in both Windows and macOS. 

Please visit:  https://support.hercules.com/product/djcontrolinpulse500/

Download the driver pack for your computer’s operating system. 

– For macOS: HDJCSeries Mac

– For Windows: HDJCSeries PC 

DJUCED audio Setup #

The Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500 requires DJUCED version 5.0.5 or superior to work.

Please install the latest DJUCED version available for the best results: https://www.djuced.com/downloaddjuced

Audio Setup is automatic when you select the Inpulse 500 sound card as an audio device.

By default, the Inpulse 500 sound card is set up like this :

  • Master = Outputs 1&2
  • Headphones = Outputs 3&4
  • Deck 1 = Inputs 1&2 (You can choose with this setting on with Deck you can send the Mic or Aux signal of the Inpulse 500)

The easier way to reset to these settings is to use the « Reset Audio Settings » button with the Diagnostic Tools: https://www.djuced.com/kb/how-to-reset-audio-settings-to-default/

DJUCED midi Setup #

The Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500 midi setup with DJUCED is automatic.

DJUCED will auto-detect the controller when the USB is connected to the computer and map the controller.

For the best MIDI performance, please don’t boot your computer with the controller plugged-in.

We recommend this behavior:

1- Start your computer

2- Connect your DJ controller USB to the computer and wait for initialisation

3- Start DJUCED

Controls #

(requires DJUCED 5.1.3 and superior)

Mixer Controls #

CONTROLACTION
1 – GainUse this knob to adjust the pre-fader output level of the Left/Right deck.
When the knob is at the middle/center position, the track will be at its original level.
Tip: Adjust your gain level with the help of the Vu-Meter, the overall level should be around 0 dB.
2 – Eq HighUse this knob to cut/boost the frequencies of the High (Treble) Equaliser Band.
At the middle/center position, the EQ is OFF.
3 – Eq MidUse this knob to cut/boost the frequencies of the Mid (Middle) Equaliser Band.
At the middle/center position, the EQ is OFF.
4 – Eq LowUse this knob to cut/boost the frequencies of the Low (Bass) Equaliser Band.
At the middle/center position, the EQ is OFF.
Tip: remove Bass instead of boosting them when making a transition.
5 – FILTERUse this knob to apply a low-pass filter (left) or high-pass filter (right), enabled when FX1, 2, 3, and 4 are off.
If FX1, 2, 3, or 4 is activated, the Filter Knob applies a Filter FX
6 – Filter Fx ButtonsApplies effects FX1 to FX4 (modulated via the Filter knob) on decks 1 and 2.
Go to DJUCED Settings => Mixer to personalize your Filter FX.
7 – Monitoring ButtonsThe buttons with a headphones symbol on them send the pre-fader audio signal of the Left/Right deck to the Headphones channel (also called the CUE audio channel) for pre-listening (connection at the front side).

You can also use the Master headphones button to preview the Master signal that you are sending to the speakers.

Tip: the Master Headphones button allows you to listen to any source that is sent to the 1-2 Channel Audio Output of the Inpulse sound card – if you use the Inpulse as a computer sound card. (like your Internet browser, Music software, video game…)
8 – VolumeAdjust the volume of the Left/Right deck.
9 – CrossfaderWhen at the far left position, only the sound from the left deck will be heard from the Master Output.
When at the far right position, only the sound of the right deck will be heard from the Master Output.
In all other positions, the audio signals from left/right decks will be a blend.
10 – Crossfader CurveSelect a curve for your crossfader:
-Smooth (for Mixing)
-Sharp (for Scratching)
-Disabled
11 – Beatmatch GuideEnable/Disable the Beatmatch Guide LEDs that you will find on the Decks.
12 – Decks Vu-MetersIndicate the pre-faders level of the Left/Right Decks.
Tip: Always try to stay between the maximum green/orange area to avoid clipping in the red.
13 – Master Vu-MetersIndicate the audio output level sent to the Master.
Note: These Vu-Meters are Hardware driven and are not reflecting the software Master Vu-meters.
14 – AssistantOpens/Close the Intelligent Music Assistant panel on DJUCED Browser.
15 – BrowserNavigate through your audio library when turning the encoder, or change levels/open folders by pressing the encoder.

Press + Turn the encoder to change the Energy level of the Assistant suggestion, and use the Color ring to choose between 6 Levels of energy (Blue = Low Energy, Red = High Energy).
16 – LoadSimple press = Load the selected song in the Browser list or Assistant into the Left/Right Deck.

1-sec press = Instant doubles.
17 – Master VolumeControls the amount of volume sent to the Master. (to the connected speakers on the back of the controller).
Note: The Master Volume is Hardware driven and is not reflecting the software Master volume. This is why you can’t change DJUCED master volume on the user interface.
18 – Headphones MixBlends the signal from the Deck (CUE Channel) and the Master Output in Headphones.
19 – Headphones VolumeControls the amount of volume sent to the Headphones. (to the connected headphones on the front of the controller).
Note: The Headphones Volume is Hardware driven and is not reflecting the software Headphones volume. This is why you can’t change DJUCED headphone’s volume on the user interface.
20 – Mic VolumeAdjusts the level of the Microphone Input (connection at the rear panel).
Use the Vu-Meter ring to set up properly the level of the sound.
When far to the left, the Microphone Input is totally muted.

Note: the Microphone input is Hardware driven and can work without DJUCED.
21 – Mic EQ HighAdjusts the High frequencies of the Microphone Input signal
22 – Mic EQ LowAdjusts the Low frequencies of the Microphone Input signal
23 – Aux VolumeAdjusts the level of the Auxiliary Input (connection at the rear panel on dual RCA or mini jack).
Use the Vu-Meter ring to set up properly the level of the sound.
When far to the left, the Auxiliary Input is totally muted.
Tip: use the Aux input to connect a smartphone as a backup device, the AUX input is Hardware driven and can work without DJUCED.
24 – Aux FilterApplies a High/Low pass Filter to the AUX input.

Decks Controls #

CONTROLACTIONShIFT + AcTION
0 – SHIFTShift is a temporary button that allow a secondary function on another control.
1 – PlayPlay/Pause the current Loaded track.

When paused, the Play Button Blinks at the BPM of the song playing in the other deck to help you start in rhythm.
2 – Cue1: Set a CUE point (Orange triangle on DJUCED Waveform) as a temporary CUE Point.
2: When on a CUE Point, play and preview the track while the button is pressed. Go back to the CUE when released.
3: If the track was already playing, press CUE to stop playback on go back on the CUE point.
Returns to the beginning of the track.
3 – Loop InPress to set the current position as the beginning of a manual loop.

Press and hold LOOP IN to make a 4 Beats auto-loop.
Divides the Loop length by 2.
4 – Loop OutPress to set the current position as the end of a manual loop and enter the Loop.
Press a second time to exit the loop.
Multiply the Loop length by 2.
5 – Autoloop Push to make a Loop ON/OFF.
Turn to half/double the size of the Loop.
When Loop is active, Turn to move the Loop backward/forward.

When Loop is not active, turn to make a Beat Jump backward/forward.
6 – VinylTurns ON/OFF the Vinyl mode.

Vinyl mode ON: Touch the plate of the Jogwheel to scratch, and the outer ring to bend.
Vinyl mode OFF: Touch the plate and/or the outer ring to bend.
7 – SlipTurn-ON/OFF the Slip mode.

Slip enables scratching, looping and hot cueing without breaking the rhythm of the track.
When SLIP is engaged, the global waveform splits horizontally.
The upper part of the waveform represents the play-head position, the lower part of the waveform represents the SLIP position (where the playback will resume once the SLIP is done).
8 – QuantizeTurn-ON/OFF Quantize mode.
Quantize enables CUE, LOOP, and HOT CUE to be automatically triggered on tempo.
HIDDEN FEATURES :
Shift + Quantize = Set the Beginning of the Beat Grid on the Play Head position.

Quantize + Jogwheel = shift the position of the Beat Grid backward/forward.
9 – SyncTurn-ON/OFF Sync mode.
Synchronizes the current deck to the tempo master.
In this case, the Tempo cannot be changed.
Defines the Deck as tempo master for syncing.
10 – Tempo FaderThe Tempo fader (also called Pitch Fader) adjusts the tempo (speed) of the loaded track.
When in the middle position (White LED is ON), the track plays at its original speed.
11 – Tempo GuidesTempo guides are part of the Beatmatch Guide System.
These Red arrows LEDs indicate if you need to decrease or increase the Tempo to match the other deck BPM.
When the Tempo matches the other deck, the red arrows turn OFF – and the green ‘TEMPO’ led text lights up.
12 – Beat Align GuidesBeat Align guides are part of the Beatmatch Guide System.
These Red arrows LEDs indicate if you need to slow-down or speed-up the track you are playing to match the other deck Beat Grid.
Follow the arrows by moving the outer-ring of the Jogwheel (14).

When the Beat match is correct, the red arrows turn OFF – and the green ‘BEAT ALIGN’ LEDs light up.
13 – Jogwheel PlatterWhen Vinyl mode is ON (default), touching the top platter stops the playback, and resumes when released.
Turning the wheel when touching the platter makes a scratch.

When Vinyl mode is OFF, turning the wheel allows bending.
Browses through the entire song.
14 – Jogwheel Outer RingUse the Outer Ring to slow-down or speed-up the track you are playing.Browses through the entire song.
15 – On AirThis White LED indicates that the Deck is audible into the audio Master (so to the Speakers).
16 – PadsThe performance pads give you up to 8 different modes.
Checks the details below.

Pads Modes #

CONTROLACTIONShIFT + AcTION
MODE 1 – HOT CUESet Pads to Hot Cue mode and displays the Hot Cues on DJUCED interface.Set Pads to MODE 5: Toneplay (white led is blinking)
MODE 2 – LOOP ROLLSet Pads to Loop Roll mode and displays the Loop Roll on DJUCED interface.Set Pads to MODE 6: PadFX (white led is blinking)
MODE 3 – SLICERSet Pads to Slicer mode and displays the Slicer on DJUCED interface.Set Pads to MODE 7: SLICER LOOP (white led is blinking)
MODE 4 – SAMPLERSet Pads to Sampler modeSet Pads to MODE 8: BEAT JUMP (white led is blinking) and displays the BEAT JUMP on DJUCED interface.

MODE 1 – HOT CUES #

Press the MODE 1 button to set the Pads in Hot Cue mode. The Hot Cue mode is the default pads mode.

DJUCED interface will display the Hot Cue pads.
You can rename and change the Pads colors with a right-click.

CONTROLACTIONSHIFT + ACTION
PADS 1 – 8No Hot Cue has been set: Pressing a PAD assigns a Hot Cue to the current track position.

A Hot Cue is already set: Pressing a PAD jumps the track position to the Hot Cue.

Note: If a Loop was active when storing a Hot Cue, DJUCED creates automatically a Hot Cue Loop
Delete the assigned Hot cue on the selected Pad.

MODE 2 – LOOP ROLL #

Press the MODE 2 button to set the Pads in Loop Roll mode.

DJUCED interface will display the Loop Roll pads.

CONTROLACTION
PADS 1 – 8Press and Hold one of the 8 PADS performs an Auto Loop from 1/16 of a Beat (PAD 1) to 8 Beats (PAD 8),
It allows to make from 1/16 to 8 beats loops and “stutter” effects without losing the phrase of the track.
When the PAD is released, the playback position returns to the position it would have been if nothing had been done.

MODE 3 – SLICER #

Press the MODE 3 button to set the Pads in Slicer mode.

DJUCED interface will display the SLICER pads.

CONTROLACTION
PADS 1 – 8The Slicer Mode divides an active loop into 8 Slices and will slide all along the track.

Press and Hold one of the 8 PADS performs a slice that can be triggered in real-time, and allow you to jump between different sections of an active loop.
Once a slice is triggered, looping will begin within the selected Slice for as long as the pad is depressed.

MODE 4 – SAMPLER #

Press the MODE 4 button to set the Pads in Sampler mode.
DJUCED multilayer sampler extends the creativity.

Use one shot samples or perfect synchronized loops to overlay and personalize your mix.

DJUCED proposes 4 samplers per deck, with maximum 4 layers each.

The Inpulse 500 allows you to control 8 samples in the Multilayer Sampler of DJUCED, and you can switch between pages.

Multilayer Sampler is a powerful feature, please follow this guide to master them: https://www.djuced.com/guide-to-use-djuced-multilayer-samplers/

CONTROLACTIONSHIFT + ACTION
PADS 1 – 8When a sample is assigned to a Pad, press the pad to trigger this sample.

There are 3 different playback modes:

One-shot: Play when pressed, restart when pressed again
Hold: Play when pressed, stop when released
Toggle: Play when pressed, stop when pressed again

In all the modes, the samples can be looping or not.
Stops the playback if the sample is set to a loop.
MODE 4Press and Hold for 1 second to switch the sampler page to the next/previous 8 samples.

MODE 5 – TONEPLAY #

Press the Shift + MODE 1 button to set Pads to MODE 5: Toneplay (white led is blinking)

Toneplay is a fun and creative mode that allows you to replay the latest HotCue selected in different tonality, like a Piano for Hot Cues !

CONTROLACTION
PAD 1Plays the Hot cue at its original Tonality (Key)
PAD 2 to 4Plays the Hot cue at superior Tonality (Key) from +1 to +3
PAD 8 to 5Plays the Hot Cue at inferior Tonality (Key) from -1 to -4

MODE 6 – PAD FX #

Press the Shift + MODE 2 button to set Pads to MODE 6: PadFX (white led is blinking)

PadFX mode allows you to control the classic effects from the DJUCED FX Racks.

CONTROLACTION
PAD 1-2-3Effects 1-2-3 ON/OFF
PAD 4Show/Hide FX Panel
PAD 5-6-7 Select next FX 1-2-3

MODE 7 – SLICER LOOP #

Press the Shift + MODE 3 button to set Pads to MODE 7: SLICER LOOP (white led is blinking)

Slicer Loop is identical as Slicer mode, instead that the Slicer stays in the Loop and don’t follow the track.

MODE 8 – BEAT JUMP #

Press the Shift + MODE 4 button to set Pads to MODE 8: Beat Jump (white led is blinking)

Beat Jump mode allows you to make a precise Jump of 1-2-4 or 8 beats into the track, backward or forward, while playing or not.

It’s a useful tool to re-catch a phrase, or to prepare your beat grids.

CONTROLACTION
PAD 1-2Jump 1 Beat Backward/Forward
PAD 3-4Jump 2 Beats Backward/Forward
PAD 5-6 Jump 4 Beats Backward/Forward
PAD 7-8Jump 8 Beats Backward/Forward

Secret Features #

Beat Grid management #

(requires DJUCED 5.1.3 or superior)

It’s possible to manage Beatgrid in real-time, even when playing a track, by doing the following combinations:

CONTROLACTION
SHIFT + QUANTIZESet the Beginning of the Beat Grid on the Play Head position
QUANTIZE + JOGWHEELShift the position of the Beat Grid backward/forward
SLIP + JOGWHEELIncrease/Decrease the Beat Grid BPM by 0.1

Other Tricks #

CONTROLACTION
SHIFT + PRESS LOOP ENCODER + PAD 1-8In Sampler Mode (Pad Mode 4), extracts an active Loop to a Pad
SHIFT + HEADPHONE DECK BUTTONChanges the current FilterFX to the next one
SHIFT + VOLUME FADER 1/2Controls decks 3/4 Volume faders