Roland Launches 2 New DJ Controllers

Roland Launches 2 New DJ Controllers; barely a year after the unveiling of the Roland DJ 808, 2 new DJ controllers have just been released by Roland. Both products are 2-channel DJ controllers with the remarkable difference being one has a step sequencer like the DJ 808 while the other does not. Both products are endowed with large, low latency platters like the DJ 808 which is a standard feature of Roland products even their other musical equipment.

Roland DJ 505

 

  • 2 channels with 4 Deck controls
  • Large, low-latency platters optimized for scratching
  • 8 dedicated pad controls for Serato DJ with Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, TR, Pattern, and Sampler modes
  • Built-in, fully editable drum kits from Roland’s legendary TR-808, TR-909, TR-606, and TR-707, realized with advanced ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology
  • TR kits contain eight sounds–Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride–that can be played on the performance pads and triggered from the sequencer
  • Shape TR drum sounds and Serato samples in real time with Level, Attack, Decay, and Tune knobs
  • Classic 16-step sequencer that can trigger either TR drum sounds or the Serato Sampler; new features include nudge (TR-S), step-roll, and instrument/sample mute
  • Unlocks Serato DJ and comes with a Serato Tool Kit license (includes Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ, Serato Flip, and all Serato DJ FX packs)
  • Mixer can be used standalone via connection of multi-players or turntables to the line and phono inputs; Serato DVS Upgrade Ready
  • Balanced XLR outputs let you connect to a professional PA system; Booth Out plus separate 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch Phones outputs allow you to monitor your mixes
  • Mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX
  • MIDI output to sync external devices with Serato DJ and the TR-S sequencer
  • Priced at $699

Pros:

  • Low budget DJ controller with advanced features and legendary Roland Drum Machine when compared with similar-priced DJ controllers

Cons

  • None identified though Roland is quite new to the DJ scene despite decades in music equipment manufacturing.

 

 

Roland DJ 202

  • Two-channel, four-deck controller for Serato Intro
  • Large platters with the lowest available latency, optimized for scratching
  • Built-in drum kits from Roland’s legendary TR-808, TR-909, TR-606*, and TR-707*, realized with advanced ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology
  • Eight sounds in each TR kit: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride
  • Onboard sequencer that controls Serato DJ Intro’s sampler for on-the-fly beat creation
  • Independent sampler volume control
  • Eight dedicated pads with Hot Cue, Loop, Sequencer, and Sampler modes for controlling Serato DJ Intro or Serato DJ software
  • MIDI output for synchronizing external devices with tracks in Serato DJ Intro
  • Mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX
  • 24-bit/48 kHz audio fidelity with high-resolution digital-to-analog converters
  • Compact, rugged, and lightweight design with easy-grab handles for optimal portability
  • Connect straight to your speakers or amplifier via RCA stereo outputs
  • USB powered for simple connectivity
  • Serato DJ Intro included; Serato DJ Upgrade Ready
  • Use Serato DJ Intro to organize and build music libraries or integrate songs from iTunes—just drag a track to the deck, set and trigger cues, loops, and samples, and apply basic FX
  • Priced at $299

Pros

  • Affordable low budget DJ controller with all the right features

Cons

  • None identified though Roland is quite new to the DJ scene despite decades in music equipment manufacturing.

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