Roland has developed its first ever DJ controller.
The 4-channel DJ-808 was co-developed with Serato, who contributed on the software side of things, leaving the hardware to Roland. The mixer runs with Serato DJ features: built-in DVS support (with the purchase of a Serato DVS license), dedicated loop control buttons, controls for Serato Flip, hot cue, FX and key sync.
The DJ-808 features a number of other unique built-in features: the infamous TR drum machine is included, complete with the bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and clap from the TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, and TR-606 models, allowing for on the fly customisation of beats. A 16-step TR-S sequencer triggers the 8-slot Serato sampler. There is also a built-in microphone input, plus VT voice transformer—a dedicated vocal processor.
Finally, two USB ports are included in the controller, permitting connection to AIRA-family Roland synths. Users can add to the tracks running through their mixer and jam alongside them.
The DJ-808 is available to buy for $1499. Find your local retailer here. For a taste of what to expect from the DJ-808, check out the video below.