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Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller   

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Fusing Akai Professional's legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance is truly a powerhouse of an instrument ...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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

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

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

Take the old-school to the new-school, bridge the gap from analog to digital today.

SPECIFICATIONS

MPC Renaissance Controller

  • 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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Akai ProfessionalMPC Renaissance Controller
 
3.6

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4.0

Never Looking Back

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from Oklahoma City

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Pros

  • Classic MPC Workflow
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Poor Hardware Drivers
  • Software sometimes crashes

Best Uses

  • Augment Other MPC Hardware
  • Studio Center Piece

Comments about Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller:

I alternate between creating 90s-style sample based Hip Hop and electronic music. I'm a stubborn "I only like hardware guy" and between my MPC 2500 (running JJOS XL2) and my various various synthesizers got the job done well. Then I got an MPC Renaissance and I'm NEVER LOOKING BACK.

The build quality of the ren is superb and aside from the 8 outs, you have all the connections of the 2500 and then some. But the real killer feature of the Ren (and therefore the Studio and MPC Touch) is the software. It (as of ver. 1.9) contains most of the features of JJOS and then some. Right off the bat, sample editing has gone from a boring tedious chore to something I actual enjoy doing. Plus you get 8 sample banks per program. Throw in a boatload of filters (all of which are better than the 2500) and this is a clear upgrade over the 2500.

It's not all good though. I would give this a 5 if it weren't for a couple of nagging issues. The software has crashed on me a couple of times and the drivers for the hardware are terrible. Because of the drivers I had to disable USB 3.0 in my laptops BIOS, otherwise there was massive lag and audio issues. Even in this case I was fortunate, because not all computers have this BIOS feature. I've read of some people having to go out and buy an interface even though the Ren has one build in. That kind of sucks.

Other than that those two things, I can never imagine seriously going back the 2500 or any other MPC standalone. If you're a stubborn like I was or on the fence, straight up go cop a Renaissance right now.

And very briefly: I was considering the MPC Touch or the Studio, but ultimately decided on the Ren for a couple reasons: The Ren is cheaper than the Touch, has more tactile controls and more I/O and Midi connectivity than either the Touch or the Studio. Overall, it seems to offer the closest classic MPC experience compared to the other two.

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2.0

Crash Man Down!!!!!!

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from Irvington NJ

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Workflow

Cons

  • Crashes Very Often
  • Not Functional

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller:

All I have to say is crash, crash, crash. The Renaissance is a beast if it would stop crashing on every little thing. I have a pretty awesome Computer with great specs an it will not stop crashing with this software. The software is not stable at all I did every update from 1.0 to 1.7.2 an guess what.....crash!!!!

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4.0

Now I Just Have To Get It Running

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from Bloomington, IN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Allows Work Flow
  • Great Midi

Cons

  • Audio Out Disturbance
  • Hardware Issues
  • Missing A Knob Cap
  • Missing Its Power Cable

Best Uses

  • Creation

Comments about Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller:

I love the MPC Renaissance and what the MPC series is essentially, but the one I purchased is not in operating condition. It turns on and it connects to the software, but its ultimate purpose is hindered by a currently unidentified issue with... something.

A cap to one of the knobs was missing, there was no power cable in the box, and now I have to sleuth to discover why any audio sent through the MPC (disregarding pre-loaded samples, which aren't actually on the MPC, but in the software) is complemented by an obnoxious, threshold-romping click, although I should say clicking, considering how it repeats at a steady 64th-note roll forever as if something within the MPC is rattling loose. I know it must be electrical, but I'm not a technician of any sort, although this experience and its perturbation may incline me to become such.

So, it's great - I have the MPC and I'm thoroughly excited for what I can and will do with it; now I just have to get it running.

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4.0

MPC Ren is great

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from Overseas in Italy

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • I Had Minor Crashes

Best Uses

    Comments about Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller:

    The MPC Renaissance is great. So far no problems just minor crashes with the software. Turning the MPC on and loading the software. Sometimes the software doesn't read the MPC you have to turn on and off again to me that's minor. Love the pads and the feeling of the pads. Loading VST no problems at all.

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    4.0

    1st Authentic Renaissance Review

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    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Several Os Bugs

    Best Uses

    • Studio Production

    Comments about Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller:

    This is by far the best MPC ever. However there are lots of bugs that I can duplicate over and over. Akai is aware and hasn't released an update yet. I hear 1.2 will be released in October. That should make it WAY more stable than it is now. The unit is still awesome. Maschine's OS is MORE STABLE right now than the renaissance. I'd give the renaissance another year before we have all the features stable and ready to kill off the maschine. The hardware--no complaints--it's awesome. My only beef is with the software, akai should have taken more time fine tuning before they release an unfinished flagship piece of equipment. Consider this...A IPAD 3 and Alesis IO dock with beatmaker 2/nanostudio and multitrack (16 tracks) apps. You already have a better than MPC application w/ more functions than the 4K at your finger tips...

    MPC RENAISSANCE-Master
    Ipad in Alesis IO DOCK-Nanostudio/BM2-SLAVE

    Triggering sounds from the Ipad with the Renaissance and recording in Pro tools or multitrack

    In conclusion I do recommend the renaissance for producers. The renaissance is the best MPC released to date. However if the price is a factor there are ipad 3 apps and dedicated hardware that will give you the same functions in addition to MORE extras than the renaissance includes. If your bread isn't right get an Ipad 3 and Alesis IO dock with the nanostudio, beatmaker 2, and multitrack app. Or purchase the maschine which has no mic in's or out's like the io dock does. DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU SPEND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON MERCHANDISE that has several clones already out. PEACE.

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