DJ software company Serato have joined forces with Roland to announce the first DJ controller, the DJ-808.

The DJ-808 is a professional 4-channel controller that has built-in drum sequencing, external instrument connectivity, vocal processing and full Serato DJ integration.

Features include RBG coloured performance pads, large 100mm pitch faders and dual deck mode which allows user to control two Serato DJ decks simultaneously and 24 bit audio fidelity. Alongside this it has two jog wheels with LED rings, channel curve switches, cross fader, input selection switches and 16 performance pads.

The DJ-808 also has Roland VT voice transformer which has a variety of effects including pitch shifting and vocal key matching.

The controller also has an integrated TR-S drum machine which has a selection of sounds from Roland drum machines including the 606, 707, 808 and 090 drum sounds in a 16-step sequencer. This enables user to program drum patterns while they DJ and it can be used to activate the Serato DJ eight slot sampler.

It is a new creative option for DJs who want to integrate live performance elements into their sets. It is a controller that offers DJs a range of effects and options including convenience and versatility.

The DJ-808 has phono/line inputs and it is compatible with Serato DVS which also gives users the creative freedom to drastically change the quality and pitch of vocals to match a key or a specific track, making this a perfect controller for live performers. It can enable users to have effortless movement between live stage and the studio.

The controller has two AIRA USB ports which allow DJs to connect compatible Roland equipment from the AIRA range and other electronic gadgets so users can produce a live remix or play live bass lines all with a single cable. This personalisation also gives users the ability to inject new elements into their gig that will create a unique performance that users can sync to their Serato DJ tracks.

It is a new creative option for DJs who want to integrate live performance elements into their sets. It is a controller that offers DJs a range of effects and options including convenience and versatility.

A release date for the DJ-808 is yet to be announced.