Roland has just unveiled two completely new DJ controllers, the Roland DJ-202 and the Roland DJ-505. They both join the Roland DJ-808 and together start to form a clear product line that is clearly designed to challenge the established Serato DJ controller order (Pioneer DJ, Reloop, Numark…)

The DJ-202 has a very similar form factor to the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB, and while the RB is a Rekordbox DJ controller, the similarities are probably not a coincidence.

Roland DJ-202 compared to the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB
Roland DJ-202 compared to the Pioneer DJ DDJ-RB

Notice the tiny pitch fader (not good) and solid large size jog wheels (very good). Furthermore, both have 8 performance pads per channel and a two channel mixer with 3 band EQ.

The DJ-202 comes with built-in drum kits from the TR-808, TR-909, TR-606, and TR-707, although the product page states the 606 and 707 kits will be added later in a firmware update. There is also a midi output to sync external hardware and software. Finally, there are Vocal FX on the mic input although I couldn’t find in the hardware the knobs or buttons that would allow to control that.

All-in-all, this is some serious punch for a USD 299 controller, and should really appeal to the creative, producer oriented beginner DJ.

Key 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
  • Use Serato DJ Intro to organize and build music libraries or integrate songs from iTunes—just drag a track to the deck, set and trigger cues, loops, and samples, and apply basic FX

Pricing and Availability

The Roland DJ-202 will be available in October 2017 and will cost USD 299.

Pictures

Introduction video

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