Announcing Roland DJ-808

Remember we told you to watch out for this! This product is really worth the wait. World-class software meets world-class hardware, that is Serato and Roland. Both companies have partnered to deliver DJ-808. A 4-channel DJ controller that bring out the creativity in deejaying and live music production.

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The DJ-808 is equipped with advanced features for DJs and producers such as;

  • Cut, scratch and cue on state-of-the-art platters with one of the lowest latency of any DJ controller available, and dual deck control, giving you incredible control over your music.
  • 16 velocity sensitive RGB performance pads for control over Hot Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer, Cue Loop, Sampler the TR-S and Pitch Play, plus dedicated control of Serato DJ FX.
  • Lock your beats in perfect sync with Serato DJ, or use the sequencer as a stand­alone instrument
  • Dedicated control over Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ with Key Sync and Key Shifting.
  • 2 AIRA link USB ports built­-in connectivity for synths, turntables, microphones, synchronised keyboard arpeggios, live bass lines, leads and sound effects to your DJ sets or productions, and seamlessly sync your sound to Serato DJ.
  • The legendary TRS 16-step drum sequencer with Roland’s iconic TR drum sound
  • Vocal processing, the VT, that can dramatically transform your voice with Pitch, Formant, Ducking, Reverb and Serato key matching..
  • High quality audio – 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
  • Serato DVS upgrade ready. Connect turntables or CDJs and control Serato DJ with Serato Control Tone with the purchase of a Serato DVS license.

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Along with the iconic TR drum sound, the sequencer can also trigger the upgraded Serato Sampler, giving you freedom to mix individual drum sounds, layer kicks and snares, and build original beats with no limits.

The DJ-808’s integrated TR-S drum machine includes the bass drum, snare drum, hi­-hats and clap from Roland TR-­808, TR­-909, TR­-707 and TR­-606 drum machines – the rhythmic foundation of house, hip­ hop and trap. From the TR­-909’s unmistakable hi­-hats to the wall­ shaking boom of the TR­-808, Roland drum machines have defined the sound of entire genres of music. Only the DJ-808 integrates these iconic drum sounds into a state-of-the-art DJ controller.

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Unfortunately, this unit is not equipped with on-board screen, the platter is quite small and the controller has a mirrored deck-layout which some DJs do not like. We are of the opinion that this controller will retail at about $2,000.00 when it is out commercially.

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