The Roland DJ 808 Will Be As Iconic As It’s Namesake Drum Machine
In the music industry, Roland has often been synonymous with keyboards and drum machines. It’s the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine that provided the beat tracks to the most iconic hip hop groups of all time, including Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. Before Rick Rubin settled down to producing albums for Adele, he was behind the TR-808 creating history like My Adidas, and the entire License To Ill album (I know I’m getting nostalgic).
So it should come as no surprise that in the age of Pioneer and Rane DJ controllers, Roland introduced the most amazing controller ever, the DJ-808.
In designing the DJ-808 Roland didn’t leave any stone un-turned. It was developed in conjunction with Serato so it’s designed for Serato DJ. Of course die hard software DJs have already mapped it for Traktor and Virtual DJ as well. But out of the box, you’ve got the preeminent Serato DJ controller.
In addition, Roland has added an 808 style drum machine, sampler and midi controller. DJs in the know, and even beginners can use the DJ 808’s platter and hot keys for serato and map the other buttons, easily, to Abelton. You can virtually replace two or three pieces of gear with the DJ 808.
The built in instrument is a customizable Roland TR-S drum machine featuring high-quality, iconic 606, 707, 808 and 909 drum sounds. The 16-step TR-S sequencer offers trigger control over the Serato Sampler within Serato DJ. Also onboard are velocity-sensitive RGB color pads that can be used for HOT CUE, ROLL, TR PAD MODES, SAMPLER and more, and dedicated FX control knobs for unlimited creative options.
The DJ-808’s dedicated vocal processor—the VT Voice Transformer—can drastically transform any voice for dramatic effects, as well as pitch the performer’s voice to match the key of Serato DJ tracks, via the Auto Pitch function.
In addition to its microphone and DVS-ready turntable inputs, the DJ-808 raises the bar further with two AIRA Link USB ports, enabling DJs to connect compatible Roland synths and electronic gadgets, and to produce a live remix, trigger keyboard arpeggios or play live bass lines, all with a single USB cable. Users can now easily inject new musical elements into their performance or production that will easily sync to their Serato DJ tracks.
The familiar workflow is complemented by smooth, intuitive knobs and faders, adjustable curves, a removable crossfader, and touch-sensitive RGB buttons for HOT CUE, ROLL, SAMPLER, SLICER, PITCH PLAY and TR drum machine triggering. The DJ-808 also offers deep Serato DJ control via built-in DVS support (with the purchase of a Serato DVS license), dedicated loop control buttons, and controls for Serato Flip, HOT CUE, FX and Key Sync.
DJs can cut, scratch and cue with two high-performance platters that offer the lowest latency of any DJ controller. Dual deck mode enables simultaneous control of two decks.
Additional features include:
- 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
- Control two decks simultaneously with dual deck mode
- 100mm pitch faders
- Unlocks Serato DJ and comes with a Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ license
- Connect turntables or CDJs with the purchase of a Serato DVS license
- 1/8″ and 1/4″ headphones jacks, combo XLR input jacks, built-in phono pre-amp, and audiophile sound quality
Not only that, it’s a beautiful piece of dj machinery.
Find out more here at Roland.com