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Rating and Reviews: Akai MPC Touch

Classic MPC workflow meets touchscreen speed! Akai reinvents the beat-making machine with a 7" multi-touch display and 16 velocity-sensitive RGB-lit pads.

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"Not the MPC Renaissance " submitted February 21, 2016

By Carroll B in Raleigh, NC
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Musical Background: Ive been doing music off and on for 15 years. Using Pro Tool, Reason, Ableton and different MPC's and other controllers
Music Style: Hip-Hop, R&B neo Soul
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Overall: The Touch is not the Renaissance but if you already have a phono preamp and dont need extra midi I/O or USB inputs get the Touch if you want a Touch screen. It's cool using the Touch screen but if you like the classic MPC workflow/feel... The Renaissance is the closest midi controller to that feel. I sold my Renaissance and got the Touch and don't regret it but, I may get another Renaissance in the future after the next flagship MPC is released and prices drop. The Touch is nice great for traveling and can be a center piece in your studio. The workflow takes sometime to get use too. There are some functions on the Touch that have no been implemented yet. The new 2.0 MPC software update will take it to DAW status so maybe the touch screen will really have deeper integration. I've had the Maschine studio and Push 2 and although I really like komplete 10 and Ableton Live I found the MPC workflow better for me but, both of them are good options but the MPC software is very easy to get around and there are plenty of free online tutorial vids. If you're just starting out and only have a computer no audio interface the MPC Renaissance is the best value followed by the Touch IMO. My 3rd choice would be Push 2 "because Live is awesome but a learning curve for me" next MPC Studio and Maschine last.... But in the end they all do the same thing but workflow and ease of use and quickly being able to quickly put down an idea and later building it up the MPC software Madrid EZ
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"good but....." submitted August 22, 2016

By carroll bond in Raleigh, NC
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Musical Background: MPC 2000xl MPC 1000 for over 10 years
Music Style: hip hop
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Overall: i sold my MPC ren to buy the Touch and i later regretted. To me the touch screen is a gimmick. I sold it and I now use the Ableton Push 2 and I'm very satisfied but i will keep an eye out for a cheap MPC REN or maybe a studio to have because i do like the MPC software
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"MPC Touch" submitted March 29, 2016

By Donnell Bailey in Stafford, VA
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Musical Background: jam at home and have played instruments for 40 years
Music Style: Hip Hop and R&B
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Overall: I used samplers for years and all different types to include the MPC Renaissance which was my first Akai and even though both the Touch and Renaissance use the exact same hardware the MPC Touch is so intuitive. I love creating with this gear!
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