The two new controllers are more affordable, stripped-back versions of the DJ-808
Last year, Roland teamed up with Serato to launch the DJ-808 mixer/controller, and now the two companies have joined forces once again to produce two more affordable versions, the DJ-505 and DJ-202.
Where the DJ-808 was a four-channel affair, both the DJ-505 and DJ-202 have just two channels, though they do give you four decks to play with. Both, like their bigger brother, feature eight pads, built-in drum kits comprising sounds from the TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines (with TR-606 and TR-707 sounds promised in a future firmware update) and an onboard 16-step sequencer. Both offer low-latency platters, 24-bit/48kHz DSP and a mic input with gate, hi-pass filter, reverb and echo FX.
Unlike the DJ-202, however, the DJ-505 also boasts XLR outputs, a more advanced sequencer and Level, Decay, Attack and Tune knobs for sculpting those TR drum sounds. Oh, and the DJ-505 ships with the full version of Serato DJ, whereas with the DJ-202 you get Serato DJ Intro.
No release date has been announced, but UK retailers are taking pre-orders now, priced at £589 for the DJ-505 and £249 for the DJ-202.
For more details, see Roland.com