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A look back: BINX at NAMM. Learning to DJ on the Hercules Controller

BINX at NAMM. Learning to DJ on the Hercules Controller

Patrick O’Heffernan

(Anaheim, CA) I have never DJ’ed nor used electronic musical instruments.  I play the Cajon – about as nonelectronic as you can get.  But, while I was at NAMM last week I  decided to take  advantage of the opportunity for a 15 minute lesson at the Hercules booth on their DJ equipment.  I got to try out their new Inpulse 300 Controller, and look at the DJ starter kit. It was one of the high points of NAMM for me.

One of the Hercules staff took me through the basics – beat matching, effects, etc.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, with some of the tasks semi-automated so a beginner like me could do them.  At the end of the 15 minutes, I understood what a DJ controller wass, what it does and what you need to be an entertaining DJ. In my case, the last part was a problem because what you need most to be a DJ is talent or at least a knack for it, which was obvious pretty quickly I did not have.

After looking at the video of my lesson, I decided it would be much more useful and entertaining if I shot a video of someone who actually does have that talent and who is familiar with electronic music taking the same lesson.  Fortunately, I was accompanied to NAMM on Saturday by the pop star and media influencer BINX – The African Bee, who firmly checks those boxes and is a whole lot better looking in a video than I am. And fortunately, the friendly people at

Hercules were happy to set up a second lesson, this time for BINX with me handling video.


Her lesson went much better than mine, as she explored the capabilities of the controller, actually made some music and in general, had a great time.  Who knows, we may see her behind the turntables with her earphones on as well as in front of the stage wither guitar and Ableton.

For the full story on the Hercules DJ Controller Inpulse 300 go to

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Patrick O’Heffernan.  Host, Music FridayLive!,  


Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist and radio broadcaster based in Los Angeles, California, with a global following. His two weekly radio programs, MusicFridayLive! and MusicaFusionLA are heard nationwide and in the UK. He focuses on two music specialties: emerging bands in all genres, and the growing LA-based ALM genre (American Latino Music) that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America like cumbia, banda, jarocho and mariachi. He also likes to watch his friend drag race.

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