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Akai Professional MPC Renaissance Controller  

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  • 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
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      Akai Professional

      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


      • 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
      • 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.


      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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      MPC Ren is great

      By Sally Johnson

      from Overseas in Italy

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer


      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality


      • 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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        1st Authentic Renaissance Review

        By Steadman Grahmz

        from www.mpc-forums.com

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer


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


        • 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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