Roland has announced the DJ-505 and DJ-202, two new DJ controllers for Serato DJ. Equipped with features derived from the DJ-808 DJ Controller, the DJ-505 and DJ-202 offer onboard Roland TR drum sounds, dual low-latency platters, Serato DJ integration, vocal FX, and more. With the newly expanded DJ-series lineup, DJs and music producers can now choose from three Roland DJ controller models to suit the needs of different setups.
Released in 2016, the DJ-808 DJ Controller is a creative tool with a four-channel mixer, built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, and deep Serato DJ integration. Like the flagship model, the streamlined DJ-505 and compact DJ-202 are instruments with flexibility to DJ, remix, and produce.
The DJ-505 is a two-channel, four-deck Serato DJ controller that comes with the complete Serato Tool Kit. With its portable design, pro-grade build, and advanced feature set, the DJ-505 is ideal for mobile applications, club DJing, live performance, and music production.
Two large, low-latency platters on the DJ-505 provide responsive, lag-free performance for turntable-style scratches, while eight pads with 13 modes offer dedicated controls for Serato DJ. Also included are built-in drum kits from Roland's classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines; each kit contains eight sounds that can be played on the performance pads and triggered from the onboard TR-S sequencer. The sequencer has a dedicated TR-style interface, and TR drum sounds and Serato samples can be adjusted in real time using panel knobs. The DJ-505's mixer is Serato DVS Upgrade Ready, and can be used standalone with multi-players or turntables connected to the line and phono inputs.
The DJ-202 is a Serato DJ Intro controller that gives DJs the features and layout of a full-size pro controller in a rugged mobile unit. Its lightweight design and easy-grab handles provide convenient portability for all types of events, including house parties, club rocking, beat battles, and more.
Like the DJ-505, the DJ-202 includes two low-latency platters, a built-in drum machine with TR-808 and TR-909 sounds, and eight dedicated pads. A 16-step sequencer accessible via the performance pads controls Serato DJ Intro's sampler for on-the-fly beat creation.
Both the DJ-505 and DJ-202 function as USB audio/MIDI interfaces with 24-bit/48 kHz fidelity and high-resolution digital-to-analog converters. Each model also includes a MIDI output for controlling and syncing external devices, and a 1/4-inch mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX.
Pricing (MSRP) : £649 (505) and £275 (202) with release expected to be October / November 2017.
Roland Corporation U.S. also announced its exclusive new membership offer in partnership with the fast-growing digital record pool BPM Supreme. U.S. customers who register their newly purchased Roland DJ-808, DJ-505 or DJ-202 controllers are now eligible to also register for three free months of BPM Supreme Standard (typically $19.99 per month).
BPM Supreme Artist Relations and Partnerships Manager Raj Thomas said, "Our objective is to provide top-quality music for professional DJs, and we're eager to work with partners like Roland to help bridge the divide between beginner, working, and professional DJs through BPM Supreme's unique and innovative approach to music delivery."
Roland Corporation U.S. Vice President Product Management Christian Delfino added, "Our new program with BPM Supreme is designed to give Roland DJ controller customers direct access to top-quality music. Whether they are beginners who have yet to accumulate robust music catalogs, DJs who are returning to the art form, or gigging pros, we want our customers to be able to dive right in, the minute they open the box. BPM Supreme is fast becoming a major music platform trusted by top-level DJs, and we're thrilled to be able to provide this kind of exclusive access to our Roland DJ customers in the U.S."
Membership access codes for BPM Supreme will be provided to Roland DJ controller customers after registering their new Roland DJ-808, DJ-505, or DJ-202 through March 31, 2018.