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Akai MPC Renaissance Music Production Controller, New

Build beats with genuine MPC pads, and sequence 128 tracks on your Mac or PC, with the MPC Renaissance hardware controller and fully integrated MPC software. (8) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Akai's MPC Renaissance Music Production Controller is a hardware and software music production system that meshes the processing power of your computer with the unbeatable feel of a genuine MPC groovebox. The hardware allows you to sequence up to 128 samples and beats as you would on a typical hardware-based sequencing sampler. Meanwhile, a series of pop-ups and menus will appear on screen in the provided software for adjusting levels, tweaking settings, and running third-party plugins. Those already familiar with MPC products will have no trouble adjusting to workflow on the MPC Renaissance -- and newcomers will pick it up quickly thanks to its intuitive layout.

Ships with Over 9 GB of Stunning Sounds

With over 9 GB of audio libraries provided, including all the sounds of the classic MPC3000, the MPC Renaissance is ready for beat production fresh out of the box. The audio libraries come in the form of MPC Expansions, or custom virtual instrument plugins which simulate synthesizers, drum machines, and other instruments. All the building blocks of music production are here:

Includes 4 MPC Expansions:

- The Bank carries the bulk of MPC Renaissance's music-production tools. With over 7 GB of sounds and 300 instruments to choose from including basses, leads, pads, and effects, The Bank has been aptly named.
- The Wub brings in-your-face dancefloor sounds to the MPC Renaissance with over 75 instruments with numerous modulation controls for creating intense basslines and massive drops.
- The Noise adds another 75 instruments for retro sounds including 8-bit and circuit bent samples.
- The 809 brings the drums. It's got all the classic MPC drum samples which can be tweaked to your ear's content.

And if that's not enough sounds for you, add your own virtual instruments as a plug-in. Plus, you can add more expansions to your MPC Renaissance as they become available from Akai.

More Than Just a Sequencing Sampler

One of the finest product lines of sequencing samplers on the market is now even better, thanks to full hardware and software integration. You can still use the hardware for everything you used to do with a sequencing sampler, while the software makes tweaking settings faster than ever. Full DAW integration also adds a wealth of versatility to the MPC Renaissance. Run the software as a plug-in, and it will integrate seamlessly into your current DAW setup. Or run the MPC Renaissance as a standalone application and launch third-party plugins within the software. You can run up to four third-party plugins per sample pad, meaning you can literally have hundreds of virtual instruments or effects all feedings into the MPC Renaissance in unison!

Features:

- Hardware and software sequencing sampler and music production system
- 16 backlit velocity and pressure sensitive sample pads
- Up to eight pad banks, sequence up to 128 tracks simultaneously
- 16 Q-Link controls and adjustable backlit LCD screen
- Record your mix or each track independently
- Includes four MPC sample packs: The Bank, The Wub, The Noise, and The 809
- Unit may be upgraded with additional MPC expansions in the future
- Seven filter types with adjustable dynamics
- Over 50 effects
- Assign up to four internal effects and four external plugins per sample pad
- Massive 9 GB sound library provided
- Note Repeat, Swing, and transport controls
- Vintage Mode lets you change output settings to MPC3000, MPC80, and more
- Two 1/4-inch/XLR combo inputs
- One RCA input with line/phono selector switch
- Two stereo 1/4 inch outputs
- 1/4 and 1/8-inch headphone outputs
- Two 1/4-inch ports for connecting footswitches
- Digital S/PDIF input and output
- Four channel USB 2.0 audio interface and two port USB hub
- Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
- Works standalone or as a plugin in DAW software
- Plugins supported as host: VST and AU (Mac only)
- Plugins formats available to other DAWs: VST, RTAS, AU (Mac only)
- Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND file types
- Sample rate: up to 24-bit, 96 kHz
- Mac or PC compatible with full 64-bit support
- Supports samples and sequences from any MPC model
- Avid Pro Tools Express software included

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General:
- Display: 360 x 96 dot graphic LCD w/back light
- Dimensions:19.75" x 12.9" x 2.75" (4.9" at max display angle)
- Weight: 10.5 lbs
- 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. 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
- Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
- Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only)

Avid Pro Tools Express software is included.

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 / 96 kHz 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: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Mac OS X 10.6 or later DVD-ROM drive
- Windows: 2 GHz Pentium(R) 4 or Celeron(R) compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended) 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit) DVD-ROM drive
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 13 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 27 x 20 x 8 in

Product Description

Fusing Akai Professional's legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, the Akai MPC Renaissance is an unrivaled instrument for music production. The Akai MPC Renaissance is a fully integrated hardware/software system: MPC Renaissance allows you to create using classic hardware controls and an integrated pop-up display, while its 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 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 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 plugins
- Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST/AU plugin
- Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST or AU plugin
- Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
- Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
- Mac and PC-compatible

Package includes Avid Pro Tools Express audio production software.
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "From a MPC Veteran"
Overall: I have owned every machine from the original Roland 808 to the Maschine. I recieved the Ren yesterday from zzounds (very quick delivery). I have been on it for about 12 hours straight (Took off of work today) and I must say that I am in love all over again. The Maschine made me smile but the work flow made me feel like I was just using a computer. The Sequencer and pads were missing that little spice that creates the difference between a good cook and a master chef. The Ren has rekindled my love for beat making as the Serato did my love for DJing. Even though the maschine is a great thing, I still felt the need to keep my mpc 2000xl because the work flow just made producing fun. It forced you to be creative. The Ren takes computer beat making and traditional outerboard production and fuses it together. The sequencer is dead on. I have an i7 with 8 gigs of ram and its seemless. The key pads feel like the MPC as you would expect but you can naturally change velocity and such. The thing that I love and hate about the Ren is that I have the M-Audio fast track 8 interface which is damn good, but the ASIO driver in the Ren is actually more plush believe it or not. I have everything running through the Ren as my fast track sits there fearful of collecting dust. To the MPC lovers out there that are wondering if this product is worth the money - Take it from someone who is a straight studio rat on the hip hop / R-n-B tip, this is the new flavor. Others will come out and have things this doesn't but just like back in the days, there were machines before the MPC - there were machines after it. Some had less options and were cheaper, some had more and were more expensive. It was something about the MPC that caught your eye and heart similar to that young lady that you loved but let get away. Something made you keep the MPC close. This is a great moment in time for me because me and my MPC when our separate ways but now she is back in town, she lost some weight, she learned how to do some new things and she still loves me. So now... We play... **Warning... If you are a computer producer who never learned how to make beats the pure way we did once upon a time, you may be overwhelmed by this product. Creativity is earned... not learned***
Style of Music: Hip Hop, R-n-B, mainly
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Overall: The Renaissance is Super Hot the work flow is the best and if you use HQ Drums it has a sound like never before it comes with plenty of sounds drums ,samples & VST Instruments And More It's Well Worth the Buy I Love It Oh ! ! ! And The Vintage Mode Is The Truth This Controller Works Just Like The Traditional MPC Stand Alone Units Work Flow Wise And Then Some And With The Power Of Your Computer PC Or MAC It's Really What's Up DJ Sean Legend "The Beat Cannon" Of MTS MUSIC GROUP /Trax-R-Us Soundlab Studios Nashville ,TN
Style of Music: Hip-Hop ,Trap .Dub Step ,RnB ,POP ,Urban
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