Akai announces the MPC Renaissance – EPIC FAIL? Or the Future?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Beat Making, drum machines | 6 Comments

Akai MPC Renaissance –

Oh Wow! Akai announces the new MPC… The “Renaissance” as they are labeling it. Looks to be about useful as the Native Instruments Maschine. Not really that impressed with hardware controller/software combinations. I don’t see the point. This is essentially the same thing as running a Pad controller + existing DAW… but if it bangs and speeds up your workflow, by all means go cop one!

Onward to the promo video!

Get hyped on this promo video…


MPC Renaissance Specs –

You can find out more about the MPC Renaissance in the video above, and specs are below.

We can also tell you that Akai has two more MPC products on the way: the MPC Studio looks set to be a slimline version of the MPC Renaissance (a Maschine Mikro rival, perhaps?) while, intriguingly, the MPC Fly is designed for the iPad 2. More details on these as we get them.

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 Renaissance 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

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