Akai MPC Renaissance

Posted by | January 17, 2012 | Cool Stuff | No Comments

I’ve always been a fan of the Akai MPC drum machine… I previously owned the MPC-2000xl, the MPC-1000, and the portable MPC-500. With everything moving from analog to digital over the past few years, I kept wondering why there was no VST component for the MPC that could be used in Logic or Pro Tools. The MPC Renaissance is the answer! The MPC Renaissance will be debuted at the NAMM conference this week in California. It looks like this new MPC may give Native Instruments’ Maschine a run for its money. Check out photo of the VST plug-in, a promotional video, and some specs below.

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 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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