Serato and Roland are have joined forces to help make a 808 drum machine that will double as your DJ controller.

Synth titan Roland and digital DJ specialist Serato have revealed the results of their first collaboration, a hybrid drum machine and DJ controller called the DJ-808.

Announced via a live-streamed event this morning (September 9), the DJ-808 looks like a standard four-channel Serato DJ controller with one key difference: a drum machine called the TR-S with a sequencer that looks as if it’s been transplanted from the iconic TR-808 drum machine.

The drum machine element also features controls for tuning, decay and pattern switching like Roland’s recent TR-8 model. It contains software emulations of four of Roland’s most popular drum machines: TR-808, TR-909, TR-606 and TR-707.

The TR-8 will also allow artists to create beats spontaneously, locking rhythm in sync with the Serato DJ software. Two USB ports also allow owners of existing Roland AIRA gear such as the TB-3 or System-1 synth to jam along seamlessly.


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