Roland expands Serato-ready range with two new DJ controllers
This week, Roland announced the arrival of two all-new DJ controllers designed for use with Serato DJ. The DJ-505 and DJ-202 controllers are fitted with various features derived from the company’s popular DJ-808 controller, including Roland TR drum sounds, low-latency platters, Serato DJ integration, and vocal FX.
Released back in 2016, the DJ-808 DJ controller is a widely acclaimed creative tool with a four-channel mixer, built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, and in-depth Serato DJ integration. Like this flagship model, the new DJ-505 and DJ-202 give users the flexibility to DJ, remix, and produce, aiming to encourage an exciting approach to music performance.
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 well-suited to 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. Built-in drum kits from Roland’s classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines are also included, and each kit contains eight sounds that can be played on the performance pads and triggered from the on-board TR-S sequencer. The sequencer has a dedicated TR-style interface, so 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.
A second, more compact– and therefore less expansive – addition to the Roland DJ range is the DJ-202, a Serato DJ Intro controller that packs many of the features expected on a full-size professional controller into a mobile unit. While the DJ-202 might not let you connect up your external gear, Roland has ensured a lightweight design and fitted the controller with easy-grab handles, providing convenience and portability for a range of events, from house parties to club nights to beat battles.
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 creating beats on the fly.
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 ¼-inch mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX.
You can learn more about the new DJ-505 and DJ-202 DJ controllers over on the Roland website.