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 ful... Read More
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
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I bought this product with hopes of it working.... for about 15 to 20 minutes, then the audio starts popping and distorting. I tried to get help from Akai,I've been going back and forth with their techs for about 2 weeks now about latency, audio buffer size, sample rate and whatever else they had me try. They tried to tell me it's my computer. I have a windows 7 64-bit home premium PC, Intel core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM.. Oh yeah i haven't even had the computer for a month yet, and to top it all off they won't even give me my money back. Money that i work for. $1100 right down the drain. They told me i have to take it back to guitar center. Oh... guitar center said " we can't take software back." Even though Akai software is free to download and they can approve a resale. Soooo disappointed. I was actually considering more Akai products, but after this whole experience I'm not so sure.
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
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
Akai just reinvented the game. This MP is the best controller/mpc thats ever been invented. it really re inspired me and my artists to make new music. I really recommend it
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.
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