The Roland DJ505 is a mid-range DJ controller. It has the similar build quality and features that you can expect from other flagship DJ controllers. The DJ505 also has an exclusive feature built within, just like the one on the entry level Roland DJ202. Roland has recently made a solid comeback with its music production gear. Now the company plans on taking the DJ world by storm.
So far so good for Roland. The equipment that they have on offer is superb and has received high praise from Musicians and DJs.
The Roland DJ505 has premium quality build and features. You should expect such quality from a controller that costs $699. But in the DJ world, that price is mid tier at best. But even at this level, the DJ505 does pack in plenty of features. I certainly like the standalone mixer. This gives you the option to connect external turntables to the DJ505.
The standout feature has to be the included Drum Sequencer at the top of the controller. The built-in drum machine has Roland’s legendary TR808 and 909 drum kits that can be programmed to the drum sequencer. This means that you will be able to create your own drum loop or beat to layer on top of the music that you are playing. The beats are synthesized from the drum machine and are not samples. So everything you hear comes out of the built-in Roland drum machine chip.
I recently posted a Demonstration of the DJ505. You can view that awesome demo here – Roland DJ505 Demonstration
I will be posting a video soon about the full extent of the features of the DJ505 soon. In the meantime you can have a look at the vast amount of features available on the Roland DJ505:-
- 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-909, TR-808, TR-707, and TR-606, 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
More info on Roland:-
- DJ-505 INFO: https://www.roland.com/global/product…
- WHAT IS AIRA DJ?: http://www.roland.com/global/aira/dj
- SERATO: https://serato.com/hardware?company=r…
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