Akai MPC Renaissance Music Production Controller

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Build beats with genuine MPC pads, and sequence 128 tracks on your Mac or PC, with the MPC Renaissance hardware controller and its fully integrated MPC software.

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 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
- Up to eight pad banks -- more than any other MPC ever
- Massive 9GB+ sound library, including all the sounds of the classic MPC3000
- Includes 4 MPC Expansions
- Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins
- Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU plugin
- read more Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin
- Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND
- Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
- Compatible with Mac and PC
- Full 64-bit support in all versions; standalone, VST, and AU
- Auto-save capability
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- 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

- 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)

- 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

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-4032
Web: http://www.akaipro.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (15 ratings)
Submitted May 17, 2013 by Alfred Taylor in Roosevelt, NY
"From a MPC Veteran"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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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 read more 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***

Musical Background:
Hip Hop producer, Emcee, DJ. Been doing it for over 30 years..

Musical Style:
Hip Hop, R-n-B, mainly
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