Akai MPC Renaissance
Akai MPC Renaissance PAD Controller

MPC Renaissance, PAD Controller from Akai in the MPC series.

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stompboxjon's review"Akai headed to the future"

Akai MPC Renaissance
Unlike any other MPC, the Renaissance is more geared to work with your computer set up better than the other models that have come out. You will get the real MPC pads on the Renaissance which are what all MPC enthusiast love and have to have. You will also get all of your basic MPC functions like MPC Swing. But the main place where the Renaissance sticks out is that it can synch with your computer in ways that the other MPC’s just cannot do.

The Renaissance supports all of your standard audio file formats like WAV, MPC3 and it can even host VST plug-ins. It comes loaded with a ton of sounds, over 6 gigs of sounds. You will be able to use the Renaissance on a Mac or a PC and whichever one you use it on. You do not have to worry about problems syncing them up. It is pretty much automatic and can be done in seconds.

You will also get a vintage mode that will give you the sound of the MPC3000. It would have been nice to get the sound of the original MPC 2000 but we will settle for the 3000. The Renaissance gives you a 64 bit sequencer and sampler but the area where I feel that it lacks is with how easy it was to find what you were looking for in the original MPC’s. For some reason they have changed some things up, to some people they might be minor things. But for people that have used MPC’s for a decade, then they come out with this one and some of the Menu options are different and sub menus are a little different (mainly just switched around) it can become very frustrating and felt like I had to learn the whole system over again.

But overall, you will love the new things you can do with this MPC over how the older ones used to be. I you are still using a previous model MPC; I do not think it is worth the upgrade to the Renaissance. Just stick with what you have and what you know. But if you are new to the MPC and getting your first one, then this will be a great start toward the new direction that Akai is going.

JimboSpins's review"Best MPC out"

Akai MPC Renaissance
The MPC Renaissance is a production hardware system that can also act as a audio interface. It comes loaded with over 6GB of sounds and it does support VST plug-ins. The Renaissance is better than just the original MPC line. I have been using MPC’s for over 10 years for many different applications and they have finally come out with one that has everything that I have been looking for. The Renaissance is geared more to work with your software set up then the previous MPC’s are.

The Renaissance has 16 MPC pads (we all know how good they are) and all of them are back lit, it also has 16 Q-Link controls. All of the basic MPC functions from previous models have are still here like, Swing, and all of the transport controls. The Renaissance gives you 8 banks, and each bank has 16 pads.

This MPC has an audio interface that connects to your computer Mac or PC through USB. It even has an option for “vintage mode”, which will allow you to simulate the older MPC’s. The size of the Renaissance reminds me more of the size of the MPC 2500 but it is a lot better than the 2500 and has more options and features.

The Renaissance is like taking all of the previous MPC products and putting them into one unit and adding better computer and VST support that he other MPC’s just didn’t have in the past. It has a 64 track sequencer and a few thousand stock presets. The MIDI is 2 in and 4 out, with 2 XLR in and 1 RCS stereo. The MPC Renaissance is not easy to understand especially if you are not use to the workflow of the older MPC’s. It will take some time for you to get the hang of it, but once you do you will be amazed with the things you can do. It does come with a manual which can be difficult to learn from. I suggest learning from the MPC forums. You will learn a lot more there and it is easy to understand when someone is explaining how to do it rather than fishing through a manual to figure something out.

mehsah's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" To be clear with you just"

Akai MPC Renaissance
How long have you use it?

I used it for 3 months

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

Yes I used the MPC 2500, Mpc 2000XL, MPC 3000, Ensoniq EPS 16, Akai S950 and emu SP1200

What is so special that you like most and least?

For +

- If we can we get used to the found a small grain old, but you have to play with great effect as Decimator, master compressor effect with old school ...

- The are many effects can therefore be used with each pad, what do you pleasure.

- The complete connector on the sound card

- The Estetique and ease of use

Now come to the part that really disappointed me:

Already start with the sound part:
- Loss of momentum, with an example as I have sampled breakbeat vinyl (Technics SL1200 MK2 with M44-7 cell), and once cut to mpc, no more potato my vinyl even using the internal eq and compressor the software ...

- It sounds too digital for my taste, the sound is not neutral color (Logic as it's digital)

- The A / D converters are really not good at all

Then in terms of the MPC REN

- But the reagent pad is hit too hard for my taste (Unlike the old generation)

- Bug Unwanted Software and MPC freezes (Hear AKAI after 2 years of software update)

- Do not take to the live at least for the moment because too many bug Hardware and Software

- Fragility of the MPC


How would you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Too expensive for what it is, to be honest with you Akai wanted to make a machine to succeed the older generation is missed because for 880 euro, I would call an MPC but not its surface with a midi sound card ( MPC STUDIO MIDI)
For my part after trying MPC 2500 3000, SP1200 Ensoniq eps 16 ... I can tell you that there's no picture sonnorité levels ...

Its not worth it in any case is 880 euro !! After this is my personal opinion

With the experience I would not choose that it is something that is on, To invest MPC 2500 that no loss transparent and level converters has limited effect certe 2 but the sound that I would be back in the I'd even go out.

Akai has simply become a trading company that designed the sale and not the quality.!

janolitoh's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" software still perfectible (too many bug)"

Akai MPC Renaissance
How long have you use it?

I ais for 5 months.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

I have the mpc 1000 with the osjj, more I "ve worked on cubase 5.

What thing do you like most?

Its sequencer
visual comfort and work thanks to software

light pads

vintage fashion especially the mpc 60 giving a can of potato prod mode

is its ease of use even without specific notion of English is doing very well, we are working a classic mpc faster, the finish is excellent, recall the design of the mpc 60.

It is very ergonomic.

How do you like the least?

Unable to save the prod with the vintage mode (works only reading)

No detector bpm
Neither side chain
It's not really a mpc is a control surface that is dependent on its software to work
but it is mainly the overall stability of the software which is disappointing, yet I had ais version 1.6 (the first thought that we purchased in 2012 to version 1.0), I already had the software crash and even pc (blue screens) and more bugs backup made me lose my current project, the problem of external vst that are planted and even those like the famous Akai hybrid (version 1.7) that this cut when I change preset so I am forced to charge for it working again makes me spike gpu so that I have a Q9550 intel cadensé to 3.4GHz and since I switched to version 1.7 my backup problems is missing but other bug the crash appeared more numerous (software and pc) crack audio during recording software that is not responding when I stopped, and even Temp Temp in the 16 level that it disables all alone while I do a bass line by ex, as you say that to live is missing, otherwise I think the future shift of Akai contribute their share of resolutions but when ??? here is another story.

How would you rate the quality / price?

It's quite expensive for a control surface and an ultra buggy software that is yet out there 2 years ago.

With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Yes, because without her unstable and poorly optimized software, the mpc ren would be a frightening machine
now all in the hands of akai to continue corrected bugs and added new functionalities to the mpc renaissance is inevitable.

Anonymous 's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai MPC Renaissance
- 1 - Very poor

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Akai MPC Renaissance
- 0 - No

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- 0 - No

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- 0 - No

rent's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Still be improved"

Akai MPC Renaissance
I bounce on the advice of atomik45 which seems to be the most objective opinion about this MPC Renaissance.

For my part, I also have a MPC 5000 and have long hesitated to sell in favor of rebirth.
Having been able to have a loan from a friend for 2 weeks, I was able to get an idea of ​​the craft.

On paper, it is really tempting, certainly the most comfortable to use compared to all these small and big sisters MPC:

- Edition computer, nothing to do with the LCD screen.
- Pads that illuminate to have benchmarks for live.
- MPC software software is very close to the MPC editor, so we are not disoriented.

In fact, it's all well and good, but like the other MPCs can be controlled by noon and midi control via many software (reason 7, live, cubase, logic, etc ... etc ...) no major changes except for a pads that light.
Ha if there is still a significant change the MPC does not work if it was not connected to a computer is not well understood logic akai for once, so it is a kind of MPD (controller pm) which has a sound card and built-in preamp ....

Noise level, it is like all the MPCS, everything depends on the samples we upload it.
Nevertheless, the MPC60 module provides a really interesting grain.

I think for now this MPC is not yet developed, the software is still perfectible and is sometimes inconsistent with vst pluging some apps.

If you've never had this type of device in the hands, the MPC has at least the merit of having a simple app, so grip fast enough.
If you are looking for against an MPC that can stand alone even if you do not care the next bling / bling pads that light up / if you want to use for live / if you bought reason or ableton live 7 ( great external midi controller) I advise you rather older MPC to be equally effective (note nevertheless fault, because more and more difficult to find on some parts)

Atomik45's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" Encor not convinced ..."

Akai MPC Renaissance
I've had 2 days.

I had the MPC 2000, 2000XL, 500, 2500 and 5000

When I plugged the bike and started to realize the opportunities, I thought: "Big killing". After two days of intensive taf on the machine, I think it's huge potential. You can do everything without taking the mouse, AU plugins and instruments turn out well (I remain suspicious) and automatically assign to 16 pots. The step sequencer is quite handy for touch-ups. Everything is well thought out to make room for creation. Everything is changeable, improvable, interchangeable at will, as the old but with technological improvements that were needed. A CGPA of modern times.

For negative criticism, and yes ... I met my first bugs tonight retouching few sequences. Machine freezée once in rehearsal, cold morning. And again tonight from the "FULL" mode from the "step sequencing". Since I no longer hear the pads with a "track" mutated when I type it, then I do not mute the pad but the slopes. I think the backup is corrupt, I have encountered this problem on Reason and another model of MPC.

All that to say that the app is not encor very stable and I hope it will not let me live ... The MPC 5000 encountered similar problems. Unable to make a scene with a chance of planting a title. AKAI and never solved the problem ... € 1500 machine ...

I hope the programmers are doing to improve code just because it could, if it was reliable, to turn pale concurence smoothly. Sequencing System is the best I've seen, a cinch with endless possibility!

For once, I can not say if I would do this choice or not, I regretted the acquisition of 5000. The bugs I encountered on the Renaissance reminded me bad memories ... waiting for updates.