Akai, the name synonymous with music production, introduces MPC Renaissance, the world's first MPC designed to harness the processing power of a user's Mac or PC. MPC Renaissance is the much-anticipated merging of a premium MPC with a computer. This new Akai Pro flagship combines software and hardware to deliver the experience of using a stand-alone MPC, while also allowing the flexibility of using a computer screen and keyboard that are seamlessly integrated.
MPC Renaissance features 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, 16 Q-link controls, an adjustable backlit LCD screen, transport controls and a full array of inputs and outputs for easy connection in any studio. A two-port USB hub is built-in along with two 5-pin MIDI ins and four MIDI outs, Stereo 1/4" out, Stereo assignable mix 1/4" out, S/PDIF In & Out, Switchable Phono/Line in and dual balanced XLR combo inputs with phantom power.
Designed in collaboration with dozens of working producers, the design goal for MPC Renaissance was to maintain the workflow and layout they love-to preserve the essence of the MPC. Now producers will be free to focus on making music, not learning to play a new instrument. Although the computer screen will display numerous advanced features, everything producers need to create tracks will be available on the smaller, backlit pop-up screen.
For fans of past MPCs, MPC Renaissance even includes a button for 'Vintage Mode' with three settings: MPC3000, MPC60 and Other. Engaging 'Vintage Mode' on
MPC Renaissance changes the output characteristics of the sound to match that of the intended machine so users seeking that sound can easily get it. In addition, the analog output circuitry in MPC Renaissance is identical to the highly regarded MPC3000.
MPC Note Repeat, classic transport controls and other traditional MPC functions allow music production directly from the MPC Renaissance hardware controller itself, without touching the computer. Users can connect a turntable directly to MPC Renaissance to record samples straight from vinyl and monitor the input using the built-in LEDs with clip indicator. Functions like piano roll editing, track editing, and audio editing, can all be done on the computer if desired.
Because MPC Renaissance utilizes the RAM and hard drive space of the attached computer, it is only limited by what the user has installed. Thanks to its tight integration with software, MPC Renaissance can be used with high-end features of computer DAWs and plug-ins. DAW users who want to add real-time triggering of drums, loops, chops and samples using genuine MPC pads with their computer can do so easily.
Users of earlier MPCs can easily migrate all of their previous work to MPC Renaissance. Programs and Samples from previous MPCs can be brought into new MPC Renaissance Programs via the MPC software. Even better, MPC Renaissance can handle up to 8 pad banks, which is more than any previous MPC including the MPC4000 and MPC5000.
"No other tool on the planet has all the things producers demand with the industry-leading feel that they expect from Akai Pro," stated Dan Gill, Product Manager, Akai. "MPC Renaissance the most advanced and powerful MPC ever produced, yet it retains a link to beloved MPCs of the past."
MPC RENAISSANCE MUSIC PRODUCTION CONTROLLER
Fuses legendary MPC production with the power of your computer
Vintage Mode changes sound character to MPC3000, MPC60 and more
16 backlit MPC pads,16 Q-Link controls, and adjustable backlit LCD screen
Fusing Akai'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 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 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
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
Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
Mac and PC-compatible
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
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
Tracks per sequence: 64
Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
Drum pad banks: 8
Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control
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.
2gb Minimum / 8gb Recommended
Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only), RTAS
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: 1.8 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended, if supported by your computer), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended), DVD-ROM drive
Windows: 2 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended on Windows Vista and Windows 7), Windows XP (home or Pro), Windows Vista or Windows 7, DVD-ROM drive
AKAI Professional warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.
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