Hercules DJ Control Instinct S series Controller

The Hercules DJ Control Instinct review will like to point out the features and benefits of using this controller in this review. The controller is super easy to use at there is a DJUCED mixing software included with the package. There are built-in audio outputs for powered speakers as well. These audio outputs can be used for previewing tracks through mini jack output for the headphones.

During Hercules DJ Control Instinct review we’ve found that the mixer controls are easy to use and they are in the center of the controller. There are 2 pressure detecting virtual turntable deck controls or jog wheels to scratch and mix your masterpiece according to your creative flows. There is a controller midi map – able for additional Traktor software and virtual DJ software. Other than that this controller is compact and lightweight, thus very easy to carry.

Hercules DJ Control Instinct Review

Hercules DJ Control Instinct review

Hercules Dj Controller Review

Now I will talk about the features and benefits in some detail to give you a better idea in this Hercules DJ Control Instinct review.

Jog Wheels

The jog wheels are especially made to detect the pressure, hence they are super responsive to even the mildest touch. They scratch easily, just like a vinyl record so they feel very natural. They use pressure control to make sounds. The jog wheels can be further used to control and pitch bend function, as well as browse through the hundreds of tracks.

DJ Controller

The DJ controller is 2 deck and is situated in the center of the controller. There are individual deck controls on the left and right sides as well, to make the overall usage more easy and manageable.

Stereo Output

The stereo output can be used to preview the tracks beforehand to have a strong and clear idea about what to play next in the set. This helps in understanding the flow and vibe of the crowd in playing the next song accordingly. Lining up the tracks ahead of time to play next will make the DJ more efficient and help the crowd get more engaged to the party and the music.

There is a 1/8 inch or 3.5 mm stereo mini jack output used for plugging in the headphones in the controller. This lets the user practice and mix the tapes without having to disturb the peacefulness of the neighborhood. Even if you think you don’t need it, I’m sure your neighbors will appreciate this feature a lot. This also gives the user the freedom to use this controller to practice and hone their skills even late at night.

Stereo Output Mix

There are 2 RCA outputs in the controller for this purpose. There is a 1/8 inch or 3.5 mm stereo mini jack output in the controller so that you get the powered speakers. The speakers will come handy for playing with your friends and family in family gatherings and hangouts, and are absolutely a must for the professional gatherings, of course. Hercules DJ Control Instinct review thinks this feature is a great addition along with the headphones jack one. These days many manufacturers don’t put in enough jacks in their controllers which can be a total nuisance.

USB Compatibility

The controller is USB bus powered. As the USB cable is attached to the controller, it means that you are not running in the risk of losing the cable, which I think is a convenient and smart feature to have. The Hercules DJ Control Instinct review approves of this feature as this is not only a smart move but also an idea that makes one less thing to worry about losing in the hustle and bustle of DJing and other works.

The Software

The software used in this Hercules DJ Controller is DJUCED 18 degree. This software is easy to navigate and powerful as well. This software lets the user mix two audio tracks on the fly. It helps in saving the mixes as audio files which I personally find very convenient. The Hercules DJ Control Instinct review thinks that this feature is great as it helps in comparing the before and after mixes of the user and lets them evaluate their own work to see how far they have come or how much more work they need to put to sharpen their skills.

Check out the following mini tutorial on Hercules DJ Control Instinct made by the renowned manufacturer Hercules: 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:  Do I need to have a computer to use this controller?

A: Yes, a computer is must to use this controller.

Q: Does the software work with iTunes?

A: Yes, once you have the software running you can access your iTunes account through this program.

Q: Is the color as shown in the pictures?

A: Yes, they look same.

Q: Can you do looping with this controller?

A: Yes, you can.

Q: Can you scratch on this like a turntable?

A: Yes, you can do that.

Q: Is there a case or bag included to carry it?

A: No, nothing is included with the package.

Q: Can this work with any laptop?

A: Yes, as long as there is a headphone jack, it will work.

Final Words

Finally, the Hercules DJ Control Instinct review will end on a positive note as the overall performance and features of the Hercules DJ controller is satisfactory. I will recommend this to professional and aspiring DJs alike as this Hercules DJ Control Instinct price range is very much affordable, I think the features and added benefits are well worth it. The features are great in my opinion and I overall liked using the controller a lot. I have used a lot of other competitors’ controllers as well and comparing the prices and the specifications, I think this one is better than those.

Hercules DJ Control Instinct S series Controller









  • Easy to use and powerful software.
  • The attached USB cable means never losing your cable.
  • Different jacks for speakers and headphones.
  • Responsive and vinyl like jog wheels to make scratching fun and enjoyable.
  • Affordable price for the beginner.


  • The buttons don’t light up while playing.
  • Not compatible with any other software.