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Roland DJ-808

DJ Controller

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Roland DJ-808
Roland DJ-808
1 500.00 street price

The legendary Roland company, together with Serato, joined their efforts to reincarnate the drum machines of the TR series into a DJ controller called DJ-808. Young LY, CEO of Serato brand, said that DJ-808 fits perfectly for any purpose: production, live performances, and DJing. Both giants have tried to invest in the new controller/instrument as much as possible, and its 4-channel mixer is only a small part of the unit comprising as much as everything else. It has drums from TR line, a TR-808-style sequencer, vocal processing, two platters, synchronization with AIRA products, and integration with the virtual Serato DJ.

The surface of the controller has very similar features to those featured by AIRA line, which had green backlight knobs and buttons, and the sequencer is an exact copy of TR-8. This time Roland turned out to be very generous, because the built-in drum machine includes a mixed set of percussion from its predecessors: kick (TR-909), snare (TR-808), hi-hat (TR-707), and clap (TR- 606) were generated using analog circuit technology by Roland. All available percussion is produced using a 16-step sequencer (as well as with the help of Serato sampler). DJ-808 also includes a unique "VT Voice Transformer" function that allows you to change the pitch, formant, vocal reverberation.

Another addition is touch sensitive multi-colored pads, as well as 4 channels for effects (Dub echo, Jet, Noise, Filter). The controller supports stand-alone mode, allowing it to be used without connecting to a computer. For connection of external instruments, MIDI ports and AIRA Link USB are provided.

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Usage area
DJ Controller 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
Without Keys, Desktop 
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Kick Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Snare Drum
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Clap/ Hand Clap
Percussion/ Drum Capabilities Hi-Hat Open
Envelope Generator (EG)
Motional Surround 
Effects overall3
Samples Bank Size8
Max Step Count16
Pattern Sequencer 
Channels Count4
MIDI in/ out
Pads Matrix
Pads Count16
Multicolor Pads 
Built-in controllers
Pitch Stick 
Jog Platters count2
Needle Search 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Audio in
DAC Frequency 44.1
DAC Frequency 48
DAC Frequency 96
Resolution32 bit
Resolution24 bit
ADC Frequency 44.1
ADC Frequency 48
ADC Frequency 96
Computer Interfaces
USB USB Storage
USB: USB Host2
External drives/ memory cards
Options/ Settings
Standalone Mode 
Power Supply External
Height84 mm
Width668 mm
Depth427 mm
Weight6.800 kg
Production start2016

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