Roland has partnered with Serato to debut the first DJ controller from Roland, the DJ-808. The DJ-808 is a new mixing/performance/live-remixing paradigm and encourages DJs to incorporate additional drums, vocal processing and more into their performances. In addition, it claims to have the deepest Serato integration ever offered in a controller. Even better, Roland has provided an avenue to employ their Aira lineup of electronic music production gear seamlessly into the 4-channel DJ controller.
The integration of a drum machine with a DJ controller opens the door to an entirely new way of DJ expression, and the 808 allows migration between the DJ booth, live stage or the studio. Serato and Roland worked closely to ensure the platters have a truly vinyl-like scratch experience with low latency.
» Integrated TR-S drum machine, offering Analog Circuit Behavior 606, 707, 808 and 909 drum sounds in a 16-step sequencer
» Newly improved 8-slot Serato DJ Sampler
» RGB colored performance pads, featuring Hot Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler as well as TR Pad Mode for the drum machine and Pitch Play
» Roland VT Voice Transformer, offering a number of powerful effects including pitch shifting and vocal key matching to playing tracks via the Auto Pitch feature. (VERY cool concept! —Ed.)
» Two AIRA link USB ports offering connection with Roland synths and instruments
» Serato DJ Enabled – no extra license required. Also includes a license for Pitch ‘n’ Time DJ.
» DVS Expansion Pack Ready to connect turntables or CDJs.
» 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
» Dual-deck mode to control two Serato DJ decks simultaneously
» Large range 100mm pitch faders for accurate level control in the mix
» 1/8″ and 1/4″ headphones jacks, combo XLR input jacks, built-in phono pre-amp, and audiophile sound quality.
No pricing or availability has been announced.