Hercules announce new DJ controller for beginners with vinyl-like motorized platters

Photo of the Hercules DJControl Inpulse T7

DJ manufacturer Hercules recently announced the DJControl Inpulse T7 at The NAMM Show in California, a Serato-compatible controller with motorized ‘vinyl-like’ platters.

Targeted at beginners, the unit is now easily the cheapest DJ controller on the market to offer this feature!

The DJControl Inpulse T7 comes with Serato DJ Lite in the box (paid upgrade required for Serato DJ Pro) and Hercules’s ‘DJUCED’ software, giving beginners a choice.

The unit is extremely light-weight and features 3-band EQ, filter knobs on each channel, 2 x ‘battle-style’ FX paddles in the middle, onboard Stems controls, 8 x performance pads per deck, and retractable feet as seen on their Inpulse 500.

What’s new? (updated July 2nd)

Worldwide sales began on July 31st, with the controller retailing at $699 US / €699 / £599.

To see where the Inpulse T7 sits in the market, and for the best places to buy, check out our updated buyer’s guide: The 7 Best DJ Controllers for Beginners. Also visit the Hercules website for more information.

Best suited to: 1} DJs on a budget who want the authentic feel of mixing vinyl, 2} beginners looking for ‘something a bit different’, and 3} aspiring scratch/battle DJs.

Related post: 7 of The Best ‘Top-Tier’ DJ Controllers – this buyer’s guide includes the two other (more expensive) controllers on the market that offer motorized platters: the REV7 from Pioneer DJ and the Rane One.

More resources: The 6 best DJ software programs (this post breaks down Serato pricing, etc, plus other key players in the market).

DJControl Inpulse T7 – key feature & specs

  • 2 channel controller; comes with Serato DJ Lite and DJUCED. Works with Serato DJ Pro.
  • 3 band EQ, gain + filter knobs on each channel
  • Effects rack: 2 x 3 FX Select buttons
  • 2 x paddle FX controls, Beat -/+ buttons
  • 33⅓ RPM motorized metal platters (can switch to 45 RPM in Serato DJ Pro)
  • Felt slipmats and vinyl records are held in place by the central axis
  • Platter with touch detection, 3.9-inch / 10-cm tempo fader, Play/Pause, Cue, Shift, Sync
  • 8 x performance pads on each channel (8 modes; includes Hot Cue, Loop, Stems +)
  • Browser knob, Assistant, Range, Loop, Loop In/Out, Instrumental/Vocal, Pitch Bend << / >>
  • Stems controls: The Inpulse T7 is fully compatible with Serato DJ, including native one-button Stems control to easily create personalized mixes on the fly.
  • Features the same popular retractable feet as the Inpulse 500.
  • 2 x Master outputs (speakers): 2 x XLR + 2 x RCA
  • 2 x headphones outputs: ¼” / 6.35 mm stereo jack + 1/8” / 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • Microphone input: ¼” / 6.35 mm jack (balanced)
  • Audio resolution: 44.1 kHz / 24-bit
  • Weight: 11 lb / 5 kg, has handles on both sides.

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