In a new direction for the legendary MPC series the music production controller has moved away from being an all-in-one machine. The Akai MPC Renaissance instead takes the proven layout and functionality of the MPC hardware and combines it with the power of your computer (Mac/PC) with the included MPC Software. The Akai MPC Renaissance is the hardware/software powerhouse you’ve been waiting for.
True to form the Akai MPC Renaissance is absolutely crammed with controls and connectivity options. The centrepiece of any MPC is apparent with 16 backlit pads at the forefront of the controller’s design, with an angled backlit LCD screen displaying all the important production information right from the unit. Off to the left are 16 Q-link controls, along with a full offering of classic MPC transport controls, MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing.
The Akai MPC Renaissance Controller is armed with a massive collection of inputs and outputs to cater for even the most complicated set up. From the off the controller features a two-port USB hub along with two 5-pin MIDI ins and four MIDI outs, Stereo ¼” out, Stereo assignable mix ¼” out, S/PDIF In & Out, switchable Phono/Line in and dual balanced XLR combo inputs with phantom power.
Being designed with producers for producers, the Akai MPC Renaissance Controller is instinctive to use, with no complicated learning curve. Seamlessly integrated with your computer’s keyboard and mouse, working between the controller and the monitor is easy but for instant changes the backlit pop-up screen offers all the essentials right from the Akai MPC Renaissance Controller.
By utilizing the RAM, harddrive and installed software of your computer the Akai MPC Renaissance Controller is seemingly limitless in its abilities as a creative tool. Hook it up to your computer DAW and plug-ins and you can trigger drums, loops, chops and samples with the Akai MPC Renaissance Controller’s pads in real-time.
What’s more the MPC software can take work created in previous MPCs, along with any programs and samples, and use them with the Akai MPC Renaissance Controller. The Renaissance can also handle up to 8 pad banks: more than has ever been available on an MPC.
For those who love the MPCs of the past and aren’t sold on Akai’s new direction the Akai MPC Renaissance Controller caters, with the inclusion of a Vintage Mode button allowing you to switch between MPC3000, MPC60 and Other settings. These three options change the characteristics of the output to give you the much-loved sound of the past.
Manufacturer Akai Model MPC Renaissance Controller Dimensions (H x W x D) 68.58 x 501.6 x 328 mm Weight 4.8 kg General Display 360 x 96 dot graphic LCD w/back light Power Supply External, 12V, 2A Power Requirement 24W Max Footswitches 2 System Requirements Mac 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Mac OS X 10.6 or later DVD-ROM drive Windows 2 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron® compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended) 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit) DVD-ROM drive Included Accessories Power cable Operator's manual Quickstart Guide 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 128 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, RTAS, AU (Mac Only) Word lengths supported 32 and 64-bit 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 And MIDI Inputs/Outputs 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
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