Serato Blog

9 September, 2016

Announcing Roland DJ-808

Serato and Roland announce the first DJ controller from Roland, the DJ-808. A professional 4-channel DJ controller with built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, external instrument connectivity and deep Serato DJ integration. This will redefine what it means to DJ.

Developed in close collaboration with both companies from the very beginning, Serato’s software expertise is combined with Roland’s excellence in hardware to develop the most advanced piece of DJ hardware yet. The integration of a drum machine with a DJ controller opens the door to an entirely new way of DJ expression, and the 808 is an iconic place to begin.

See the DJ-808 up close and in action.

For the first time, there is an instrument for DJs that allows seamless movement between the DJ booth, live stage or the studio. Serato and Roland worked closely to ensure professional level quality and a vinyl like scratch experience with some of the lowest latency platters of any DJ controller in the market today. There is deep integration with Serato DJ, having the most advanced set of DJ performance controls available. The DJ-808 has endless possibilities for DJs - it brings the studio, booth and stage closer than ever before.

Roland DJ-808 Features

  • Integrated TR-S drum machine offering the iconic 606, 707, 808 and 909 drum sounds in a 16-step sequencer, which can also trigger the newly improved 8-slot Serato DJ Sampler.
  • RGB coloured performance pads give performers and DJs control for all the usual Serato DJ features such as Hot Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler as well as TR Pad Mode for the drum machine and Pitch Play.
  • The unique Roland VT Voice Transformer is something new for Serato DJs, offering a number of powerful effects including pitch shifting and vocal key matching to playing tracks via the Auto Pitch feature.
  • Two AIRA link USB ports offering seamless connection with Roland synths and instruments. This offers a huge range of creative possibilities for live performance rigs, remixing and music production.
  • Control for all of the professional level Serato DJ features such as Serato Flip, Pitch ‘n Time DJ Key Shifting and Sync, Looping and all library and play controls.
  • Serato DJ Enabled - no extra license required. Also includes a license for Pitch ‘n Time DJ.
  • Purchase the DVS Expansion Pack and connect turntables or CDJs.
  • 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
  • Dual-deck mode to control two Serato DJ decks simultaneously
  • Large range 100mm pitch faders for accurate level control in the mix
  • 1/8” and 1/4” headphones jacks, combo XLR input jacks, built-in phono pre-amp, and audiophile sound quality

Learn even more about the DJ-808 DJ Controller.

Comments (97)

DJ Compiler 4:40 AM - 9 September, 2016
So just watched the live stream and noticed there wasn't a whole lot of talk about what's changing on the software end of things. So I have a couple questions

1.) Is the sequencing of the sample player implemented by the DJ-808 or will it be accessible solely through the software (ie MIDI mappable)

2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)
Code:E 5:13 AM - 9 September, 2016
Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?
Scott S 5:16 AM - 9 September, 2016
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1.) Is the sequencing of the sample player implemented by the DJ-808 or will it be accessible solely through the software (ie MIDI mappable)

At this stage sequencing Sampler slots is only available on the DJ-808.

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2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)

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Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?

Not right now - but possibly in the future :)
sinesthetix 5:23 AM - 9 September, 2016
What the f×××××××××××××ck! Looks like a spaceship where you get to have sex with robots.
DeRajj 5:33 AM - 9 September, 2016
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1.) Is the sequencing of the sample player implemented by the DJ-808 or will it be accessible solely through the software (ie MIDI mappable)

At this stage sequencing Sampler slots is only available on the DJ-808.

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2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)

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Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?

Not right now - but possibly in the future :)


I have been waiting for this future for a very long time...
When is this possibly in the future?
djmaxmerino@live.con 5:38 AM - 9 September, 2016
is good
Mr. Goodkat 5:46 AM - 9 September, 2016
wheres the street price?
Doobie Doof 6:12 AM - 9 September, 2016
Is it a 4 channel hardware analog mixer?
beisi 6:19 AM - 9 September, 2016
looks awesome in general

wondering about some of the more utilitarian dj functions though...
- how can you reset the loop length so you don't train wreck by hitting auto loop with a 1/32 etc? this was terrible on the DDJ-SX and on the SX2 they had a 4loop function specifically to avoid this issue otherwise you need to be super careful
- looks like there is no slicer loop, this was a really handy function and its a shame its gone, is it still there via a shift function or something?
- are the Serato FX able to be routed to external audio in? is this a standalone mixer?
beisi 6:23 AM - 9 September, 2016
which channel(s) is the mic able to be routed to?
DJ Kyle B 6:36 AM - 9 September, 2016
Im digging the whole thing! Now I just gotta know if it only does green for the backlight or if you can change it?
Scott S 7:05 AM - 9 September, 2016
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- how can you reset the loop length so you don't train wreck by hitting auto loop with a 1/32 etc? this was terrible on the DDJ-SX and on the SX2 they had a 4loop function specifically to avoid this issue otherwise you need to be super careful

Same as other controllers you will need to make sure a 1/32 loop is not enabled when you turn on Auto Loop, otherwise use the performance pads to make a loop of your desired length.

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- looks like there is no slicer loop, this was a really handy function and its a shame its gone, is it still there via a shift function or something?

No Slicer Loop specifically on this unit sorry - just regular Slicer. This has been replaced with other performance pad modes specific to the DJ-808.

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- are the Serato FX able to be routed to external audio in? is this a standalone mixer?

You can assign Serato DJ's FX to a channel on the DJ-808 by choosing a channel in the FX panel. Yes the DJ-808 is a standalone mixer, the TR-S unit can be used without a laptop connected. Also, the DVS expansion pack will be available as an upgrade if you want to use turntables.

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Now I just gotta know if it only does green for the backlight or if you can change it?

The lights will be green for the backlit LEDs - similar to the Roland Aira range. I think it looks very cool at night!

Cheers
beisi 7:15 AM - 9 September, 2016
sorry it wasn't clear...

if you switch a channel to external input, can you route Serato FX on top of that channel? or are the FX only accessible while using a Serato Deck on a channel?
beisi 7:18 AM - 9 September, 2016
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otherwise use the performance pads to make a loop of your desired length.


do you mean hit say a 4 bar loop pad on the loop roll function then immediately hit auto-loop then? as far as I can tell there is no normal loop pad mode here right..just loop roll?
Mike Czech 8:00 AM - 9 September, 2016
This is going to be useful for literally dozens of people. Who is flying this ship?
JoseLogic 9:23 AM - 9 September, 2016
Every day I have more clear that the number of buttons and lights is proportional to the lack of musical culture of the dj
Dan J 9:48 AM - 9 September, 2016
Will the 4 deck mode be serato video compatible
Nacho Ruiz 10:38 AM - 9 September, 2016
Does anyone know the dimensions?
Cee Clouds 11:40 AM - 9 September, 2016
shut up and take my money .. how much? when and where can we purchase this? what's the weight of the controller and the dimensions? will it already fit in a hard case or will their be a special hard case made for it? thanks.
URBAN VYBZ 1:14 PM - 9 September, 2016
dj hulk lol !
REIS 1:16 PM - 9 September, 2016
This controller is fantastic!!..when it will be available in Italy???
Jaimo 2:04 PM - 9 September, 2016
Is there a price range yet?
Stu J 3:03 PM - 9 September, 2016
Does it have split cue for the headphone monitoring?
cotdagoo 3:44 PM - 9 September, 2016
Midi Time Code output yet?
Mike Sinclair 4:13 PM - 9 September, 2016
Only one mic input... dealbreaker for me.
E11World 4:53 PM - 9 September, 2016
Ohhh I've been waiting for this type of functionality for sooooo long. I hope the implementation in the software is great (time sync, samples recording, sp8?).

If this is done right, this will be the one I keep. Ultimately if there's an extension for a keyboard to include with it, IT WILL BE THE GOD OF DJ/producing machines (like to include the MPK249 with it oh man).

Some notes, one mic kind of a bummer but no big deal.. looks crammed a bit. Slightly bigger jog wheel would be better.. Also people might be tired reaching to the 909 keys (back issues).

All in all, great stuff. Happy to see this!
DJMIYAGI 5:14 PM - 9 September, 2016
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Does it have split cue for the headphone monitoring?

Yes the control for split cue is on the front panel of the unit
swift807 6:23 PM - 9 September, 2016
Yeah it can trigger cue points like all the other controllers but can it sequence cue points and flip?

If this relies on beat markers to sync, than serato needs to add more downbeat markers 'cause as of now you run out of beat markers for songs that drift,for example try to beatmark Stevie wonder "do i.." can't do it, you'll run out of beat markers by the third verse.
Plus you can't even use loop roll 'cause all the effects rely on markers . Serato please improve the software! Thanks.
ben phoenix-*- 8:38 PM - 9 September, 2016
It's NOT OK! It's not ok that there are pictures of it but there's not one in my hands right now. It's not fair, life is not fair, this isn't fair!!! It exists in this world somewhere. I demand to make music on your controller now Roland!

I Can Haz Muzik Controllr now pleeze?

**drool**
scotty B 10:25 PM - 9 September, 2016
Wow. This is pretty cool. I'm usually not one for controllers, but this is pretty cool. Next level right here!
deejbazqld 2:27 AM - 10 September, 2016
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2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)

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Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?

Not right now - but possibly in the future :)



I'm confused because on the product page it says
"...... use MIDI out for your anything with a MIDI input"
Mr. Goodkat 3:40 AM - 10 September, 2016
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2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)

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Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?

Not right now - but possibly in the future :)



I'm confused because on the product page it says
"...... use MIDI out for your anything with a MIDI input"


looking for clarification as well
DJ.THOMAS 3:43 AM - 10 September, 2016
BRAVO SERATO
DJ Compiler 4:08 AM - 10 September, 2016
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2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)

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Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?

Not right now - but possibly in the future :)



I'm confused because on the product page it says
"...... use MIDI out for your anything with a MIDI input"


So the press release is talking about the hardware MIDI out on the controller itself. Meaning you can sync anything that accepts a MIDI cable.

What I was asking about in my question was whether the software MIDI clock would be accessible by other programs such as ableton and maschine
Karl Y 8:42 AM - 10 September, 2016
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looks awesome in general

wondering about some of the more utilitarian dj functions though...
- how can you reset the loop length so you don't train wreck by hitting auto loop with a 1/32 etc? this was terrible on the DDJ-SX and on the SX2 they had a 4loop function specifically to avoid this issue otherwise you need to be super careful

You can remap the auto loop button to 4 beat loop
Quote:

- looks like there is no slicer loop, this was a really handy function and its a shame its gone, is it still there via a shift function or something?

Shift + roll mode twice is looped slicer mode
Quote:

- are the Serato FX able to be routed to external audio in? is this a standalone mixer?

Yes and yes
Scott S 9:59 AM - 10 September, 2016
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Shift + roll mode twice is looped slicer mode

Yup sorry about the wrong info before! Slicer loop is on there :)
nikodb 12:01 PM - 10 September, 2016
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2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)

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Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?

Not right now - but possibly in the future :)



I'm confused because on the product page it says
"...... use MIDI out for your anything with a MIDI input"


So the press release is talking about the hardware MIDI out on the controller itself. Meaning you can sync anything that accepts a MIDI cable.

What I was asking about in my question was whether the software MIDI clock would be accessible by other programs such as ableton and maschine


not for now, likely in the future they said...
deejbazqld 3:26 AM - 11 September, 2016
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So the press release is talking about the hardware MIDI out on the controller itself. Meaning you can sync anything that accepts a MIDI cable.

What I was asking about in my question was whether the software MIDI clock would be accessible by other programs such as ableton and maschine


So Ableton cannot receive a midi out from Serato internally but the hardware midi out could be sent to Ableton yeah?
DJ Compiler 5:25 PM - 11 September, 2016
If you have a MIDI interface that Ableton can see then plugging the output of the DJ-808 could be plugged into the interface for Ableton to see.

The only problem is I don't want to have to buy the DJ-808 after I just got my MCX-8000 just to sync Ableton or Maschine.
Scott S 9:45 PM - 11 September, 2016
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if you switch a channel to external input, can you route Serato FX on top of that channel? or are the FX only accessible while using a Serato Deck on a channel?

Yes you can use the Aux channel for Serato FX to route FX to an input you have connected.

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Will the 4 deck mode be serato video compatible

No update to Serato Video at this stage. It is still dedicated to the primary decks (2 decks only). Regards

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Does anyone know the dimensions?

I believe the dimensions are 668(W) x 427(D) x 84(H)mm.

Regards
snufbox 2:02 AM - 12 September, 2016
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1.) Is the sequencing of the sample player implemented by the DJ-808 or will it be accessible solely through the software (ie MIDI mappable)

At this stage sequencing Sampler slots is only available on the DJ-808.

Quote:
2.) Will the MIDI signal coming from Serato being used by the DJ-808 also be accessible to other programs which support MIDI clock (ie Ableton, Maschine, etc)

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Will Serato Have MIDI with other controllers?

Not right now - but possibly in the future :)


I have been waiting for this future for a very long time...
When is this possibly in the future?


Sooner or later... ;)
DJRyanPatrick 3:53 AM - 12 September, 2016
Once again thats where I say Serato is a limitation. Traktor is fully midi mappable. Time keeps on ticking ticking ticking but still waiting for future!
ben phoenix-*- 8:30 PM - 12 September, 2016
I preordered this yesterday. I have no idea when it's supposed to arrive but i can't wait to get my hands on it.
Roqzilla 11:40 PM - 12 September, 2016
For $1,499 this machine better be good
ben phoenix-*- 5:07 AM - 13 September, 2016
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For $1,499 this machine better be good

Maybe I'm the only one, but the $1,500 price tag is the only thing that concerns me because it seems low.
Aira User 9:51 PM - 13 September, 2016
I have been waiting for Serato to implement midi sync for ages.

Will we now be able to send the track bpm out as midi clock to Amy midi channel in the next version? Don't tell us this is limited only to the DJ 808?

That would be madness!!
Scott S 11:33 PM - 13 September, 2016
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Don't tell us this is limited only to the DJ 808?

The MIDI clock out is only available on the DJ-808 at this stage sorry Aira User. There is a 5-pin MIDI port on the back of the unit to connect to other MIDI devices :)
beisi 9:38 AM - 14 September, 2016
well for those wondering about a way to get midi clock out of Serato... dun dun duhhhhh!.... Ableton Link!

it just showed up in the 1.9.3 beta release notes!
Karl Y 10:18 AM - 14 September, 2016
Correct,

Serato DJ -> Ableton Link -> Ableton Live -> Midi Clock
Pete Input 5:51 PM - 14 September, 2016
Does the sound / sync work between 2 DJ 808's with usb-link?
Karl Y 5:56 PM - 14 September, 2016
Linking two DJ-808's directly, using only one computer - why would you wan't do that?
(I don't understand the use case but maybe there is one)

Currently its not possible as far as I know.

BUT

You can sync two DJ's laptops running Serato DJ each with their own DJ-808's (or any other hardware) trough Ableton Link (this doesn't require to own or use Ableton Live).

Ableton Link will be coming to Serato DJ with version 1.9.3. and is currently in public beta
Pete Input 6:14 PM - 14 September, 2016
Yes, i mean 2 dj's with 2 DJ 808's and 2 laptops.

Because the usb-link works with Aira gear, it would be cool to sync another Dj with his (or her) DJ 808 to my DJ 808 and play together with usb-link...
Like... i'm doing the decks and another Dj using TRS and Sampler and we are playing together at the same time with sync.

If that is not possible with usb-link, how does the Ableton Link work?
What we have to do?
Mike Czech 6:17 PM - 14 September, 2016
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You can sync two DJ's laptops running Serato DJ each with their own DJ-808's (or any other hardware) trough Ableton Link (this doesn't require to own or use Ableton Live).

Ableton Link will be coming to Serato DJ with version 1.9.3. and is currently in public beta


Karl-

Not trying to hijack this thread, but is there any documentation available for how to use Ableton Link and SDJ together? I know the background of what Link does, but is there a Serato-specific overview that can be shared in the 1.9.3 beta? I would love to test it out, but not sure where to start.
Pete Input 6:30 PM - 14 September, 2016
And can i get a free Serato T-shirt with the DJ 808?
(The one that chance color from left to right with "Serato" text... pleaseeee....)
:D
Pete Input 7:04 PM - 14 September, 2016
With playing together, we both have our DJ 808's connected to the external mixer between our gear and we would like to use the DJ 808's usb-link to sync tempo.
(Just to clarify things.)
Scott S 10:38 PM - 14 September, 2016
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Not trying to hijack this thread, but is there any documentation available for how to use Ableton Link and SDJ together?

We are hoping it's pretty straight forward (if you already know what Link is) but will get an FAQ up on the 1.9.3 beta page shortly.
Mike Czech 10:45 PM - 14 September, 2016
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Not trying to hijack this thread, but is there any documentation available for how to use Ableton Link and SDJ together?

We are hoping it's pretty straight forward (if you already know what Link is) but will get an FAQ up on the 1.9.3 beta page shortly.


Thank you! I'm hoping to be able to use Link to mimic the Mixtape feature of The Bridge from SSL. Hope this is possible!
Scott S 10:50 PM - 14 September, 2016
Sorry, Link integration is not the same as The Bridge for Scratch Live and you will not be able to mimic the Mixtape feature like in Scratch Live.

Link only sends BPM information between apps, it will not record your Serato DJ sets into an Ableton readable file. At this stage you are only able to record audio using Serato DJ's recording feature.

Regards
Scott S 11:53 PM - 14 September, 2016
FYI Mike Czech there's a Link FAQ here > serato.com
Mike Czech 1:46 AM - 15 September, 2016
Thanks Scott. Fingers crossed for a Mixtape-like solution at some point.
Scott S 1:54 AM - 15 September, 2016
It's definitly been a big request - we are listening :)
boba 8:21 AM - 15 September, 2016
too bad the platters are not motorized...
Dj freshblaze 9:46 AM - 15 September, 2016
this is cool, but can't it work with serato 1.9.2 video recording
Karl Y 10:05 AM - 15 September, 2016
Pete Input, but you have only one USB Port on each DJ-808, how would the second DJ connect his laptop if the USB already daisy chained into a second 808?


The way it would work is: Each DJ connects to his hardware directly.
Audio from one DJ feeds into an input on the second DJ's hardware.

Ableton Link is what can do the sync between two instances of Serato DJ
Pete Input 2:51 PM - 15 September, 2016
Karl Y, there are 1 usb for computer and 2 usb-links.
Those usb-links can not be used with second DJ 808, like Aira gear, to sync the beats?

Are those usb-links for sync AND audio, or just sync?

Yes, we can feed the audio from Serato controller to another Serato controller.
Also, we can both feed the audio to the external (club) mixer... that's what we usually do...

Only thing that i'm interested, is to sync beats with 2 Serato controller.
I thought that those usb-links can sync beats between 2 DJ 808's, but i guess the Ableton Link does the trick then. :)
DJ Wong 2:53 AM - 16 September, 2016
Does it work with wireless headphones? and how many outputs for the mic?
Karl Y 6:27 AM - 16 September, 2016
Hey Pete, Ableton Link does the trick, yes. My question to you is, if you link the second 808 to the first with USB, where would you connect the second laptop to? ;-)

Or do you mean without a second computer, using the drum sequencer standalone? In that case - I don't know as I haven't tried with two DJ-808's.

But you can connect a TR8 or a TB3 or even the new boutique stuff or a MX1 on the Aira link ports.
Pete Input 6:58 AM - 16 September, 2016
Karl Y, both dj's connect them own gear like it should... like this:
Dj X: Laptop -> DJ 808 -> sound goes to the external club mixer.
Dj Y: Laptop -> DJ 808 -> sound goes to the external club mixer.
Now... i can hook up Aira gear to my DJ 808 if i want to, but i can't use the same port to hook up my friends DJ 808?
Like i asked, does the sound also goes with the usb-link, or is it just for the sync?
Because DJ 808 is a Roland gear, i think it may be possible to hook up another DJ 808 to it's usb-link to sync beats, just like external drum machine...
Pete Input 7:13 AM - 16 September, 2016
Like i said, the only thing i'm interested is to sync 2 separate dj-setups.
Ableton Link does the trick, but can i do that with cable?
If i can't use DJ 808's usb-links to achieve that, how about LAN? How does that work?
I find the instructions for Ableton Link, but nothing for LAN.
Ableton Link may be a bad choise for the club set, because other people can hook up too and messed up the whole thing. Thats why i'm more interested to hook up with cable.
Karl Y 10:10 AM - 16 September, 2016
There is no cable for that.

The Aira Link on the 808 is a INPUT for another AIRA device.
If you connected the second 808 to it, it would be using its only USB to laptop connection
So you couldn't connect a laptop anymore.
Dj Kenske 1:40 AM - 17 September, 2016
philly and Miami stand up!!! this is what we been waiting for , for a long long time cue drumming on the sx, sx2, sz, or djms9 aint gonna even compare to this controller being a philly dj since 1991 i cant even begin to tell you what the roland 808 meant to us as well as Miami , luke from 2 live crew knows as well now we get a controller with an updated 808 capability omg ! this is huge!!! would been nice if they used 7in spinning vinyl like the ns7 hmmmmmm maybe an idea serato and roland. im a rane 62 and tech 1200mk5 user
KEVIN CLASH 9:32 PM - 17 September, 2016
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Will the 4 deck mode be serato video compatible

No update to Serato Video at this stage. It is still dedicated to the primary decks (2 decks only). Regards

I need some clarification guys;

Does this mean there is NO WAY to use
Serato Video and sync it in any configuration??
Even with a SL4 connected somehow?
Code:E 7:38 PM - 18 September, 2016
with an SL4 just route the channels to what ever channels on the mixer you want.
KEVIN CLASH 8:16 PM - 18 September, 2016
Thanks Code:E
So this means;

One laptop connected to the DJ-808
but also connected to the SL4 routed to two DJ-808 channels
will give me the full use of Serato Video and full function of DJ-808
despite;

"No update to Serato Video at this stage. It is still dedicated to the primary decks (2 decks only)"

??
Scott S 10:12 PM - 18 September, 2016
Hi Kevin, i'm not quite sure I understand your question. Are you asking for 4 decks of Serato Video? Serato Video is only able to be used on two decks at this stage, you can swap between the decks being used by changing your primary decks, but you won't be able to get 4 decks of video at this stage.

Also you can not have two different devices activating Serato DJ, so you won't be able to have both SL 4 and DJ-808 connected via USB at the same time (you could always run the DJ-808 as a standalone mixer only and not connect it via USB).

Cheers
KEVIN CLASH 3:21 AM - 19 September, 2016
It's actually really simple.

I want to use the DJ-808, connect other Aira equipment AND use Serato Video
this is almost a deal breaker as I have different studio & live projects and video
is very important to the performance at each show.

I need the video aspect of Serato Video AND DJ-808 to work together like it would
with the SL4 somehow, someway (I've already purchased the DJ-808 just waiting for delivery)

Thanks in advance
Scott S 3:29 AM - 19 September, 2016
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I want to use the DJ-808, connect other Aira equipment AND use Serato Video

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I need the video aspect of Serato Video AND DJ-808 to work together like it would with the SL4

Pardon the misunderstanding, but if this is the case why don't you just use the DJ-808 with Serato Video on the primary decks as usual, and not worry about the SL 4 in this setup? This would simplify things a lot unless there's a specific reason you require the SL 4?
KEVIN CLASH 3:42 AM - 19 September, 2016
I don't need to use the SL4 and the DJ-808
I realised before your latest response that the way I read the original question

"Will the 4 deck mode be serato video compatible"

As long as I can us Serato DJ to DJ audio, use connected Aria equipment live to play audio
AND use Serato Video with everything in sync (just like SDJ & SV would normally be in sync)

As long as that is the case then I'm cool
Scott S 3:50 AM - 19 September, 2016
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just like SDJ & SV would normally be in sync

Yup everything is still the same - there is no change to how Serato Video operates with this controller. On the DJ-808 channels 1 and 2 faders (and crossfader) will control Serato Video if enabled.

Thanks!
KEVIN CLASH 12:12 PM - 19 September, 2016
Great!.... and can that be changed Scott?

ie;
Ch.1&2 + Xfader control audio while assigning
Ch. 3&4 to control video


Thanks In Advance
Code:E 6:43 PM - 19 September, 2016
I dont think so. Video files have audio and are done on 1 pair of channels only.
Code:E 6:43 PM - 19 September, 2016
But you can do audio on all 4 channels
Scott S 10:18 PM - 19 September, 2016
To be clear, the DJ-808 is only be able to control Serato Video on channels 1/2.

Cheers
DJ DEE $ 12:43 AM - 20 September, 2016
Could we get a full review video or vs for the ns7iii
Scott S 12:59 AM - 20 September, 2016
There's a great in depth review of the DJ-808 here > Watchwww.youtube.com
KEVIN CLASH 8:29 AM - 20 September, 2016
Thanks Scott
Thanks Code:E
ben phoenix-*- 12:54 AM - 30 September, 2016
On the way home from picking mine up right now. This should be a fun weekend
John Butler 4:40 PM - 11 December, 2016
Loving this machine!!! However...

We need to be able to manually pitch bend (forward or reverse) the TRS to catch up with track that's playing instead of other way around. Software update? Also...it would be awesome to put Echo or other FX on the vocal mic besides the dedicated Reverb. Any way to change this? Thx!
Scott S 9:16 PM - 11 December, 2016
If you don't use Sync you can adjust the TR-S tempo using the encoder to slow and speed up, but you're right, pitch bend options would be helpful in this scenario!

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Also...it would be awesome to put Echo or other FX on the vocal mic besides the dedicated Reverb. Any way to change this?

Do you mean swapping the VT Reverb with a Serato DJ effect? Sorry, this is not currently possible.

Thanks John
John Butler 10:45 PM - 11 December, 2016
Thx Scott!

I'm normally synced and so I just have to adjust on the platter until they come up with a pitch bend option. Only problem with this is that it takes the track out of Master position (makes it yellow) and so the next track coming in must be beat matched as well. Keeping the track I'm playing as the Master and then adding the TRS and then adding an intro loop on the next track I'm bringing in all synced up is the ultimate goal.

Yes, swapping VT Reverb with another effect would be sweet...

Hopefully the team will consider these in a future update!
bmac16 3:44 PM - 2 January, 2017
How do you change the pitch range to wide. Right now I only get to 8% unless I hold shift and start back at 0 to change the pitch. I want it automatically at 50% or fully wide
Karl Y 6:52 PM - 2 January, 2017
[Shift] + Pitch'n Time [key up] button
Dj freshblaze 6:52 AM - 27 February, 2017
How can I retrieve my serato video license?
BobbyDuracel 10:06 AM - 6 March, 2017
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Karl Y, both dj's connect them own gear like it should... like this:
Dj X: Laptop -> DJ 808 -> sound goes to the external club mixer.
Dj Y: Laptop -> DJ 808 -> sound goes to the external club mixer.
Now... i can hook up Aira gear to my DJ 808 if i want to, but i can't use the same port to hook up my friends DJ 808?
Like i asked, does the sound also goes with the usb-link, or is it just for the sync?
Because DJ 808 is a Roland gear, i think it may be possible to hook up another DJ 808 to it's usb-link to sync beats, just like external drum machine...


AIRA runs Audio/midi/clock over the USB cable. Without trying, it's hard to say whether or not the combo would work. I am doubtful you can plug a DJ808 into another one. A better solution for the other $1599 would be the rest of the AIRA lineup. (MX-1, System-1, TB-3,TR-8). Plug all of their gear into the MX1, then run the DJ 808 into that. Run that entire output into the main.

The DJ808 has platters, so each DJ on stage can stay in sync with one another by beat-matching. It's how we did this for decades, after all. You guys can do it.
That's pretty necessary actually. So far I've been unimpressed with serato's beat grid capabilities (compared to Traktor), so the platters have proven extremely useful. Hell, it brings back some memories to manually match it all again.

As for the split duties (one guy mixing records, one guy on sampler and drum machine) - I've used mine for 2 hours and the layout is so good that I think you will see = one guy can handle the different parts all alone. Your other pal could do live drum patterns on maschine or similar, or fire Ableton clips while playing synth lines... get crazy!

Mine arrived last night. So far I am impressed. A few Traktor features are nicer, in my opinion, but I'm getting used to the new methods.
E11World 5:46 AM - 19 October, 2017
I know this is almost done but does anyone know how to add synchronised keyboard arpeggios to the DJ-808 or at least hook up and use a keyboard such as the Akai MPK249?
BobbyDuracel 10:12 PM - 23 October, 2017
I think your best bet for adding keys to the Dj808 is to stick with the AIRA line. Get the System1 or the System8 and they plug in over USB. Really nice.
E11World 10:34 PM - 23 October, 2017
I don't use these and not sure if I'm able to play own sounds.

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I think your best bet for adding keys to the Dj808 is to stick with the AIRA line. Get the System1 or the System8 and they plug in over USB. Really nice.

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