Akai MPC Renaissance
Akai’s own product description:
“Fusing Akai Professional’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.”
(Courtesy of Akai Professional)
In September 2012 The Akai MPC Renaissance was officialy released to the public. The Renaissance is the first ever MPC to work with custom MPC Renaissance software on Apple Mac or Windows computers.
As already stated the MPC Renaissance uses a PC or Mac’s memory. The MPC Renaissance is the first MPC to take the power a Mac or Windows based computer and combine it with the dedicated MPC Software. All the typical features, feel and workflow of prior MPC’s are there without the limitations of standard installed product memory. Now you can have as much memory as your computer can take.
The LCD screen completely reflects everything that’s on the MPC software uploaded on your computer. The Akai Renaissance is also the first MPC to include back lit pads that change colors for velocity levels, sound groups and other functions.
The Renaissance physically has look of the MPC 3000, sharing its transport buttons, jog wheel and arm rest. The hardware’s LCD screen has the same look as the MPC’s 1000, 2500 and 5000 so you’ll feel at home as soon as you start using it if you’re familiar with previous models.
With so many other similar products on the market, Akai continue to update their technology to keep ahead of their rivals. This is necessary in order for them to remain industry standard with Hip Hop producers. The new features on this new MPC may even convince those loyal to older models to upgrade.
View the Akai MPC Renaissance @ Akai Professional here