Roland recently released 3 new DJ controllers. The Roland DJ 202 is the latest controller from the firm that is best known for its musical instruments such as Pianos, Synths, and Drum Machines. The DJ 202 is a neat little entry-level controller that sits very much in line with other popular budget controllers from the likes of Numark and Pioneer.
The software of choice for the DJ 202 is Serato DJ, a trimmed down version of the popular music mixing software. An upgrade is needed if you wish to use the flagship Serato software. So let’s take a closer look at the Roland DJ 202 and decide if this is the controller for you.
Introducing the Roland DJ 202
The Roland DJ 202 is very reminiscent of the Popular Pioneer DDJ-SB2 Serato controller. The DDJ SB2 is also an entry level Serato DJ controller with great build quality. Pioneers DDJ-SB2 is also considered the No. 1 best selling controller of 2017. These 2 controllers are actually direct competitors in most ways. If you are a fan of Serato, then you will be spoilt for choice here.
The Pioneer DDJ-SB2 has great build quality, but in my opinion, the Roland DJ 202 has the looks. This controller just seems more premium to me. Roland has done a great job in filtering down its amazing high-end product looks to the DJ 202.
I would generally gravitate towards the Pioneer controller here, just on that companies merit alone. Pioneer DJ has taken the DJ world to insane heights. But the Roland company also has a deep level of pedigree to its name. Roland recently took the world by storm by recently re-releasing an updated variant of its TR-8 drum machine.
The biggest difference between the Roland DJ202 and the Pioneer DDJ-SB2 is the built-in Drum Kits in the DJ 202. Besides the usual DJ and sample duties, you can now also program your own drum beats that sync seamlessly to the track that is playing. The beats are courtesy of Roland’s signature drum kits such as the TR-909 and TR-808. A great add-on which is probably a first for such a controller.
- 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-909, TR-808, TR-707, and TR-606, 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-analogue 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
Roland has also released the DJ-808 and DJ-505 controllers which are more in the mid to high-end side. I will also post an update on these soon. Please tell me what you think about Roland DJ controllers in the comments below. I personally am a fan of Mixtrack and NI Traktor. But Roland is slowly trying to convert me!
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