Hercules DJ presented the new DJControl Inpulse 300 MK2 recently at NAMM 2022 (yes, that still is around!). The updated version of the original DJControl Inpulse 300 improves the original unit on several points. The most notable addition is the support for Serato DJ. Another visible change is the use of backlit performance pads. Hercules also says the jog wheels will be improved, and light guides will be added to the tempo faders and jog wheels to help beginners with beatmatching.

We will be reviewing this new controller over the summer, so stay tuned!

Key Features

Beatmatching support

Light guides are built directly into the controller to help users learn the proper moves they need to make to mix and master the techniques involved in beatmatching:

  • Tempo faders: LED arrows are located alongside each tempo fader, allowing users to easily adjust tracks’ BPM manually.
  • Beat Align guides: LED arrows are also located underneath each jog wheel, to guide users through lining up tracks with one another and making sure that their transitions are perfectly synced.

A better scratching feel

DJControl Inpulse 300 MK2 has also improved its jog wheels: the new wheels are slimmer, with smoother rotation, and feature a larger touch-detection area. They’re absolutely perfect for scratching.

More comfortable to use than ever

The controller’s rubber pads have been improved as well: they feature only minimal numbering markings, for an even brighter backlighting area and enhanced visibility.

“We’ve been working with Hercules since 2015 and are thrilled to be involved with the new version of their controller,” notes Nick Maclaren, Chief Strategy Officer at Serato. “The DJControl Inpulse controllers are perfect for DJs who are taking their first steps into the world of mixing and the new DJControl Inpulse 300 MK2 will help to develop the next generation. It’s extremely important to Serato to encourage users who want to get started DJing and we’re delighted to be able to do that with Hercules.”

Pricing and Availability

Available in September, for USD 200