Serato and Roland Announce New DJ-808 Controller

Roland DJ-808 for Serato DJ

Serato and Roland have announced a new four-channel controller, the DJ-808. It was revealed during Serato and Roland’s highly anticipated “909 Day” festival, which is currently streaming live (watch below).

The DJ-808 comes with built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, external instrument connectivity, and Serato DJ integration. It is Roland’s first DJ controller, and according to Serato’s press release, will “redefine what it means to DJ.”

The press release says the DJ-808 was “developed in close collaboration with both companies from the very beginning” and combines “Serato’s software expertise” with “Roland’s excellence in hardware.”

Roland DJ-808 for Serato DJ

“Serato’s collaboration with Roland opens the door to an exciting new wave of DJ hardware that brings production, live performance and DJing even closer,” Serato CEO Young Ly said. “The DJ-808 combines Serato DJ with the iconic Roland TR-808, and is the first controller from the new partnership.”

Roland CEO Jun-ichi Miki added, “The fusion of Serato’s core audio technology, such as Pitch ‘n Time, and the classic sounds of Roland’s legendary drum machines, have created the first and only instrument for the producer DJ.”

The DJ-808 will be available in October with a price of around $1,400 USD.

Watch the 909 Day live stream below and visit Serato’s website for more info.

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