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Rating and Reviews: Roland DJ-808 Controller

Turn your DJ set into a live show with this Serato DJ controller, standalone 4-channel mixer, Roland TR drum sequencer and Voice Transformer rolled into one.

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"This is the Best sounding controller PERIOD!" submitted December 12, 2016

By a customer from yahoo.com in Alamo City, TX
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Musical Background: DJ
Music Style: Anything with or without a beat
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Overall: I Dj fulltime in different clubs and have been using controllers since the Pioneer SX came out. I upgraded to a DDj-Sz and use that controller. I pre ordered the 808 and have been using it for almost two months now. The unit is awesome and very deep. If you are a wedding Dj or someone who plays requests all night there are cheaper options that will fit you just fine. A lap top would be all you need. However if you want to be an artist this unit right here is what you want. I use Ableton live at home to make beats and edits. I use Serato at the club. Now I can use both. The era of ABleton and Serato working together is here. First off, You need to make sure your beat grids are all on point. The Drum sequencer can be synced to any of the four serato tracks. The Drum sequencer has its own channel. You can sequence 8 samples from Serato along with a Kick snare and hats from a 606,707,909 and an 808. You can adust the valume and tone of each drum seperatly. You can apply FX from serato to the sequencer as well. AMAZING!!!!! But that is just getting started. You have a MIDI out that you can run into another computer and BAM!!! the bridge on steroids. That is right finally a flat out integration between Ableton and Serato without the latency issues of link. I just purchased the system-8 and a TB-3 and run them both through the aira usb ports. The sound comes out through the left and right channels and you can run them through Serato's FX as well!!!! Did I mention that now you have Serato Ableton a synth and an acid machine all sharing timing and controllable in your dj set? On top of that the sound from this controller is a million times better than ANY PIONEER CONTROLLER PERIOD!!!! Every current Serato parameter is also controllable beyond any Pioneer controller. The pitch in time pitch play function is freaking awesome. You can play back a sample or cue point and use the pads like a keyboard bending the pitch up and down. You can grab a note and almost play it like a keyboard. WOW!!! Now I must point out a few gripes. Numero uno and a big one is that the pitch only goes up or down 8%. With pitch and time I use my DDJ-SZ to do crazy transitions with the 50% pitch. Roland really needs to address this issue pronto on an update or something. Numero two is the pads. They are not as responsive as the SZ pads. They did release an update but if you lower it too much the bass in the dj booth will trigger a cue point. So I leave it regular. And the last issue is that if you use an SZ and this controller you will have to get used to a mirrored layout of the pitch versus the SZ pitches both on the right. (I know it sounds like I'm b#!@ing but in a dark booth it going from one to another causes hiccups either way) Another customer said something about a software issue. I can honestly say that he needs to sort out his computer and quit blaming the controller. I have run this on two mac book pros, an I-mac and several PC's with no audio problems or software issues. Many people do not keep their systems optimized. He could have gotten a bad unit though. All in all if you are creative and want to step up to the next level this is your only option. GET IT NOW!! Thank you zZounds for making it easy to get the coolest gear that otherwise would be un obtainable.
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"Cool controller that still has problems" submitted December 4, 2016

By lawrence mendez in Las Vegas, NV
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Musical Background: Ive been a DJ for 8 years and in the music industry for 12
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Overall: The roland 808 is a pretty sweet machine however its software is still very glitchy, hopefully it is fixed soon for producer i think this be fine now however DJ's should stay away until they fix the software issues as sound will become distorted and have issues throughout events.
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