This morning I was met with surprise and excitement at the news that Roland is following up the success of the DJ-808 with these two controllers The Roland DJ-202 and DJ-505. These two controllers have a built-in drum machine with TR-808 and TR-909 sounds which is what sets them apart from their competitors. As of this time the price points have not yet been reveled. Go To ROLAND for more info
The new Roland DJ-202 is the entry-level DJ controller with not quite the feature set of the DJ-505 or last year’s groundbreaking DJ-808 but it certainly packs some weighty new features.
Two-channel, four-deck controller for Serato Intro Large platters with the lowest available latency, optimized for scratching Built-in drum kits from Roland’s legendary TR-808, TR-909, TR-606*, and TR-707*, realized with advanced ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology Eight sounds in each TR kit: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride Onboard sequencer that controls Serato DJ Intro’s sampler for on-the-fly beat creation Independent sampler volume control Eight dedicated pads with Hot Cue, Loop, Sequencer, and Sampler modes for controlling Serato DJ Intro or Serato DJ software MIDI output for synchronizing external devices with tracks in Serato DJ Intro Mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX 24-bit/48 kHz audio fidelity with high-resolution digital-to-analog converters Compact, rugged, and lightweight design with easy-grab handles for optimal portability Connect straight to your speakers or amplifier via RCA stereo outputs USB powered for simple connectivity Serato DJ Intro included; Serato DJ Upgrade Ready
While the DJ-202 is missing the 808-style 16-step sequencer seen on the more expensive models, it does still have an onboard sequencer that controls Serato DJ Intro’s sampler.
The DJ-505, like the DJ-202 is also a two-channel DJ controller; however it comes packaged with the full Serato Tool Kit. Now this is the one I would personally recommend just based off the features alone. This unit comes packed with 4deck controls
The DJ-505 has low-latency platters which Roland insists will deliver lag-free seamless performance for scratch DJs, dedicated FX controls, built-in drum kits from Roland’s classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machine which can either be triggered on the 8 performance pads or sequenced on 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-505 is the ideal intermediate performance DJ controller – matching the features on the flagship DJ-808 but in 2-channel mode.
Two channels and Deck Select for up to four decks Large, low-latency platters optimized for scratching Eight dedicated pad controls for Serato DJ with Hot Cue, Roll, Slicer, TR, Pattern, and Sampler modes Built-in, fully editable drum kits from Roland’s legendary TR-808, TR-909, TR-606*, and TR-707*, realized with advanced ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology TR kits contain eight sounds–Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride–that can be played on the performance pads and triggered from the sequencer Shape TR drum sounds and Serato samples in real time with Level, Attack, Decay, and Tune knobs Classic 16-step sequencer that can trigger either TR drum sounds or the Serato Sampler; new features include nudge (TR-S), step-roll, and instrument/sample mute Unlocks Serato DJ and comes with a Serato Tool Kit license (includes Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ, Serato Flip, and all Serato DJ FX packs) Mixer can be used standalone via connection of multi-players or turntables to the line and phono inputs; Serato DVS Upgrade Ready Balanced XLR outputs let you connect to a professional PA system; Booth Out plus separate 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch Phones outputs allow you to monitor your mixes Mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX MIDI output to sync external devices with Serato DJ and the TR-S sequencer.
The main difference between the DJ-808 and DJ-505 is that the new model has only two channels, though you can still plug in turntables or CDJs. The DJ-202, meanwhile, is just a Serato DJ controller, and doesn’t have any capability for plugging in external gear.