Akai MPC Renaissance Combines Hardware & Software



Sean C and LV along with Araab Muzik appear in a promo for the upcoming MPC Renaissance, which seems to be Akai’s first compelling offering in a number of years.

MPC Renaissance feature list after the break!

  • 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
  • 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 seemlessly 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


Get complete details about the MPC Renaissance.

16 thoughts on “Akai MPC Renaissance Combines Hardware & Software”

  1. i ain’t gonna lie, i want one. i was this close to getting a Maschine for it’s flexibility. Been rockin’ the 2000xl since i started 11 years ago, but always felt limited in a way. i’m not a big gear head and i’ve always kept my setup simple. drum machine, turntables, mixer, records and a couple keyboards. but i wanted an all in one solution. for me, this is perfect because i’m already familiar with the MPC workflow. and the fact that it reads existing MPC file formats is a HUGE selling point for me. i can go back in the vaults and flip some of my older beats the way i always wanted to without having to track them out (that is if the software includes effects which i don’t see why it wouldn’t) i wouldn’t have to start from scratch, which is dope. anyway, the design is pretty ill too. i like the homage it pays to the older machines. it’s like a hybrid of a 60, 3000 & 2500. the padded palm rest is a nice touch too. as far as competition, i don’t know. Maschine sells for a good price and is chalk full of features so you’ll probably get more bang for your buck. Being that it’s Akai, i’m guessing this will be over $1000 based purely on the design of this thing and the fact that it acts as a soundcard too. The slimline version would be more competition imo. the main concern seems to be within the software. can Akai bring the heat with the features? Again, for me it won’t be a problem because i’ve been rocking the stock MPC OS without an effects board for years so anything else would be a step up. i can more than hold my own with all the XL’s limitations, but i just need to add a little more umph, nahmeen? anyway, looking forward to rockin’ on one of these one day.

    • Being producer you are & the following you have, we’ll see the”roped bridge background” with the Renaissance on the table real soon in an upcoming vid! I hope it is what everyone wants it to be, plus it will open a whole new world of possibilities for you bruh! I’m still rockin my MV, but this definitely on my radar! I especially want to see how the Slimline will look! Keep banging Disko Dave!

      • thanks bruh. looking forward to rockin’ it. Mos def throwing it in a video and hopefully shutting up all the non-believers that are quick to hate on it. we’ll see tho. i’m sick of everyone’s comparisons to Maschine or comparisons period. it’s not about what machine’s better anyway, it’s who has the better ear. real producers can make a blind man see it and that’s real! it’s all about preference.

    • Doesn’t maschine read Mpc files (i thought it did). I don’t see myself getting the new mpc my boyfriend did some sound designing for it. I think NI does a better job especically with the their software. akai has always lacked in that department

  2. This thing intrigues me just for the presence of 4MIDI OUT!so imagine 4 s950(or emax,s1000 etc..) connected and controlled by reinassance,bump!The best of both worlds!!!!

  3. My concern is latency it being a computer interface.. everything else looks really cool but latency could be a big problem for me as If I was to use one it would be with my external gear) other rack samplers, rack synth / sound modules etc.. I have everything synced upto my desk via midi for when tracking beats out to vocals and arranging tracks, my mpc obviously handles this fine but I spoke to some one who got the machine and the latency ment he couldnt use it with his external shit aparently it was real bad.

    If akai’s unit doesnt have that problem then its a serious contender.. personally I’m probably going to stick to my 2000 classic, but I might give it a go.

    I especially like the fact it reads existing mpc file formats like Dave pointed out. Im just concerned it will be the type of machine that works better in the box and for people mixing recording and keeping shit within the computer rather then hardware recorders and what not.. which is ideal for those people just not good for myself.

    • Good point. Latency is a big factor too. This “controller” is only as good as your computer so make sure you have enough RAM before you cop. lotta cats are quick to call this true MPC just cuz Akai made it, but real MPC’s don’t need computers. it is what it is. hope it handles well and lives up to all the hype

      • word.
        PLUS araab muzik promotin this new akai-piece is a MAJOR turn off…
        “real mpcs dont need computers”…i am seein this printed on a shirt ….

  4. A flashy commercial can make anything look good but as a 2000xl user and a dude that always wanted an MPC since I got interested in making beats, I got to say, this looks promising. As consumers we all have some type of brand allegiance and I really wanted to see Akai make something that would compete with Maschine and the rest of the pack. I’m not sold yet, I aint got the bread to just buy and experiment with everything that hits the market, so more than likely I’ll just continue to use what I use and expand from there. I’ma keep my eyes and ears open however.

  5. I think Maschine is gone be better than the new MPC because Akai just started making software. An this is a slap in the face for all you hardware
    Dudes that hated on software.. P.S funny how tables Turn

  6. I’ve never been a hardware user, I’ve been using FL Studio since version 6 (I’m on version 10 now). Honestly, the MPC Renaissance hardware itself looks amazing, and I have no doubt that it is a quality piece of gear, however, I fully expect that it will debut somewhere in the $1200-$1500 price range, if not higher, and at that price its just not worth it simply for aesthetic appeal, which in my opinion is what Akai is going for here. Its obvious that Akai is targeting HARDCORE MPC fans and users who have been slightly disappointed by their last few machines and have moved on to software and other hardware such as Roland’s MV series and Native Instrument’s Maschine. Alot of people have voiced concerns about the software, which in my opinion is a few years behind the competition according to the official specs from Akai’s website. I mean, only 64 tracks c’mon! However, I’m certain that since Akai has claimed that this is going to to be their new “flagship” product the software will function just fine. I think the price is what will make or break it. Its hard to imagine why anybody who’s already committed to software such as Ableton’s Live, FL Studio or Reason and already have several midi controllers such as one of the various drumpad contollers or a keyboard would spend upwards to $2000 for basically the same technology only made by Akai. Like I said before, I think the price will make or break this new line of MPCs.

  7. Junk.

    Thats a ringtone rap machine.
    In fact all three of akai’s new “mpc’s” are.

    This is what was bound to eventually happen when Akai got bought by that turd factory numark.

    A shame.
    But thankfully there will still be used real MPC’s on the market for many years.

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