Akai intros MPC Renaissance Music Production Controller

Akai MPC Renaissance

Akai has introduced the MPC Renaissance, a new Music Production Controller.

Fusing Akai Professional’s legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance is an unrivaled instrument for music production.

The new flagship is a fully integrated hardware/software system: MPC Renaissance allows you to create using classic hardware controls and an integrated pop-up display, while it’s exclusive MPC Software empowers you with unprecedented, expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC.

MPC Renaissance features

  • MPC Renaissance Hardware
    • 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 64-track sequencing capability.
    • Two XLR-1/4” combo inputs and dedicated turntable input.
    • Four-channel US B 2.0 audio interface and two-port US B 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
    • 64-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.
    • Runs standalone and as VST, AU or RTAS plug-in.
    • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND.
    • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made.
    • Mac and PC-compatible.

More information: Akai Professional

  • http://mrtunes.ca/blog Mr. Tunes

    it looks f-ugly but the feature set seems to be updated for this generation

    • http://rekkerd.org Ronnie

      Doesn’t look half bad to me but I’ll stick with Maschine

      • http://mrtunes.ca/blog Mr. Tunes

        i would rather use maschine too

  • Gary

    I can’t see why anyone would say this is ugly. The MPC-R looks like a real studio centerpiece to me. Big and comfortable…it even has an arm rest. Classic Roger Linn styling updated for today.

  • Cheddar-Man

    It looks pretty good to me. Obviously made 2 try & win back the MPC heads that converted to Maschine as well as attract new users. The price would have to be competitive though.

    Seems a bit premature to make a stand 4 or against it, since there is no demo videos out yet. Speculation makes no sense. I can remember the skeptics about Maschine when it first came on the scene. It was plenty of thrash talk- about it- ever competing with an MPC. It didn’t take long for it to catch on! I can’t wait to see what the hard-core MPC heads have to say when it hits the streets. I’m certain, Akai knows their new offering has to do everything Maschine is capable of or why bother.

    If it turns out to be as good as Maschine, it could very well bring back the MPC deserters that rather have the MPC interface they connected with for so long. If the hardware can be used as a general controller, it will appeal to even more users.

    2 cent-spent…

    • http://rekkerd.org Ronnie

      It’s too early indeed, a lot will depend on pricing. As far as I can tell this thing is simply a controller with audio interface and dedicated software. Hope I’m wrong but if it can’t be used standalone as a regular MPC they will have to have a real competitive price to get Maschine users to switch. I imagine MPC fans will be delighted about this new piece of kit though.

  • Cheddar-man

    I see they have a Youtube video already!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkF-evh5msA

  • http://soundset.meyer-musicmedia.com/ Christian

    It’s a hardware controller only, like Maschine

    http://www.amazona.de/index.php?page=26&file=2&article_id=3798

    “Größtes Manko ist aber die Tatsache, dass die MPC Renaissance keine vollwertige MPC im eigentlichen Sinn ist, sondern ledglich ein Hardware-Controller, der nur in Verbindung mit einem angeschlossenen Computer, wie eine MPC reagiert und arbeitet. “

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