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All of the controls and features from the legendary MPC, now with complete Mac or PC integration.

Fusing Akai Professional’s legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance is truly a powerhouse of an instrument for making music. The Akai MPC Renaissance is a fully integrated hardware/software system that allows you to construct and create songs using the classic hardware controls and pop-up display that have made the MPC a known name in the world of music production, while incorporating an intuitive software program for sequencing on your computer. Along with legendary controls, the MPC Renaissance features Akai’s exclusive MPC software with 128-track sequencing, instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins, and a massive 6GB+ sound library that will vastly expand your production capabilities to your Mac or PC.

MPC Renaissance Hardware
Combine MPC production workflow with the raw processing power of your computer. The MPC renaissance has16 genuine MPC pads that are backlit for easy visibility, 16 Q-Link controls, and an adjustable backlit LCD screen so you can see where you are at in the process at all times. The classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and MPC Transport controls are all present to keep you with the familiar MPC style workflow you may be accustomed to. Connections include XLR/TRS combo inputs, Stereo 1/4” out, stereo assignable mix 1/4” out and S/PDIF I/O, dedicated turntable outputs, two MIDI inputs and two MIDI outputs, and a four channel USB 2.0 interface with a two-port USB 2.0 hub built-in.

MPC Studio Software (version 1.4)
Akai’s exclusive MPC software makes the transition from the original box to your computer a breeze. 128-Track sequencing ability will provide you with plenty of options when cruising through the massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds from the original MPC3000. There’s instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins, and the ability to record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU program. The MPC Studio software supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND audio file types, as well as any samples and sequences from any MPC ever made. Use the software as a stand alone DAW or inside of your favorite workstation as a VST or AU plugin. The software is both Mac and PC compatible.

New features in version 1.4:

• 64-bit support for PC/Mac. The standalone application, VST and Audio Unit plugins now have 64-bit versions
• Ability to load samples when playing
• Ability to export return buses
• Auto-save function (see preferences window)
• Control surface buttons auto-repeat when you hold them down (useful for zoom,
• locate, etc)
• Quick bank/mode selection via button double-tap. You can double-tap shift to enter “shift lock” mode. You can also double-tap bank/mode buttons directly
• Multiple file selection in file browser
• New file browser folder button behavior. The 1-5 buttons retain their stored location when you move away from them; the location can be set by press-and- hold
• QLink control of zoom and scroll in the sample editor
• Added a sample overview in sample editor
• LCD sample editor supports zoom and scroll
• MIDI clock receive
• Ability to alphabetically sort the samples list (see button over the Sample list)
• New command history window, with the ability to drag the undo position around (Edit>History...)
• Holding shift at startup skips any autoload files

Download software update version 1.4 at: http://www.akaiprompc.com/mpc-renaissance/#software-updates

Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller Features:

  • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer
    Vintage Mode changes output sound character to MPC3000, MPC60 and more
    16 Backlit genuine MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls, and adjustable backlit LCD screen
    Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and MPC transport controls
    MPC SOFTWARE for Mac or PC with 128-track sequencing capability
    Two XLR-1/4” combo inputs and dedicated turntable input
    Four-channel USB 2.0 audio interface and two-port USB 2.0 hub built in
    Up to eight pad banks?more than any other MPC ever
    Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
    Stereo 1/4” out, stereo assignable mix 1/4” out & S/PDIF I/O
    MPC SOFTWARE
    128-Track sequencing capability
    Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
    Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
    Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
    Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
    Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
    Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
    Mac and PC-compatible


Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller Specifications:

  • GENERAL
    Display: 360 x 96 dot graphic LCD w/back light
    Dimensions: 19-3/4" x 12-7/8" x 2-3/4"
    (4.9" at max display angle)
    Weight: 10.5 lb.
    Power Supply: External, 12v, 2A
    Power Requirement: 24W Max
    Footswitches: 2
    USB Hub: 2 Port
    MIDI I/O interface: 2 IN / 4 Out
    SEQUENCER
    Maximum events: unlimited (based on CPU)
    Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note
    Sequences: 128
    Tracks per sequence: 128
    Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
    Drum pad banks: 8
    Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
    Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control
    MPC SOFTWARE
    Polyphony: 64
    Dynamic filtering: 1 State Variable Filter per voice
    (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
    Filter types: Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass, Band Boost, Band Stop, Analog Modeling, Vocal Formant
    Number of programs: 128
    Memory capacity: System Dependent.
    2gb Minimum / 8gb Recommended
    Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
    Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only), RTAS
    EFFECTS
    Program effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per Pad
    Track effects: 4 Inserts and 4 stereo Sends per Track
    Master effect: 4 Master Effect Slots
    Over 50 high-quality effects Included
    Instrument Plugin Formats supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
    Audio files supported: WAV, MP3, REX, AIFF, SND
    AUDIO AND MIDI I/O
    Sample rates up to 24-bit / 96kHz
    Zero-latency hardware monitoring via adjustment knob
    Record input (L and R): XLR/ 1/4-inch Combo x 2 balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms; RCA with PHONO preamp
    Max. Input level: +10dBu
    Digital Input: 24-bit RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
    4 Audio Outputs: 1/4-inch phone x 4 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms
    Max. output level: +18dBu
    Phones output: 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms; 1/8-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms
    Digital output: 24-bit RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
    MIDI inputs: 5-pin DIN x 2
    MIDI outputs: 5-pin DIN x 4
    Footswitches: 1/4-inch x 2
    Standard accessories: Power cable, Operator's manual
    MINIMUM COMPUTER SPECS
    Mac: 1.8GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel® Mac recommended), 2GB RAM (4GB recommended, if supported by your computer), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended), DVD-ROM drive
    Windows: 2GHz Pentium® 4 or Celeron® compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 2GB RAM (4GB recommended on Windows Vista and Windows 7), Windows XP (home or Pro), Windows Vista or Windows 7, DVD-ROM drive


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  • Exceded expectations.

    As reviewed by Cartier Harris on 11/2/2012

    First off I don't typically write reviews BUT this product compelled me to. If you're reading this review you're probably very familiar with drum machines and maybe deciding between spending the extra money on this or native instruments maschine. I sold my mpc 2500 and contemplated the same question. I purchased native instruments maschine in 2011 and I liked it but I didn't love it. The workflow is innovative but very different if you're an mpc user. The pad response isn't quite instant, so It had to go. I later heard about the Renaissance and purchased it. THIS DRUM MACHINE IS worth the wait and the money! It includes all of the legacy sounds (mpc 60, 2000/2000 XL, 2500, 3000, 4000 and 5000) and I had it up and running in the first 15 minutes. It's built like a tank. The pads feel great and the lights help when sequencing. The built in audio box is a nice feature so no need for a mixer when sampling directly into the mpc. Take your time when deciding because it is your money after all but if it is on this product you won't be disappointed

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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  • GReat Controller

    As reviewed by Kevin Lassiter on 11/19/2012

    Just Bought this MPC and First impression was great, Software is a little buggy still and thats why it doesnt get a perfect 5. It was Very easy to setup on my 8 core mac pro and mac book pro with Mountain Lion. Im sure something Ionic as the MPC will receive proper updates to remove the bugs

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Best controller I ever had!

    As reviewed by Laron WilliamsLaronW on 9/23/2012

    I had some troubles receiving my MPC Renaissance but was like a kid in a candy store when it finally came. The easy way of loading the drum pads is nice! The expansions which are included with the purchase (The Wub, The Bank, The Noise and The 809 is too hot. The MPC software is so easy to learn, it has everything mapped out for you! In the past I had a MPC 2000 and a MPC 2000XL that I loved so much, now that the MPC Renaissance is here I got that MPC feeling again and still love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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