Hands-On Review: AKAI MPC Renaissance


The Akai MPC Renaissance follows a long tradition of electronic excellence. The new twist? It utilizes your computer’s processing power and a unique software application to create sound, while the hardware serves as a controller and a USB audio interface. The MPC Software includes a sound library with more than 6GB of material that installs on Mac or PC.

The control surface features 16 backlit MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls and an adjustable backlit LCD navigation screen. Up to 8 pad banks are available at a time. Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and transport controls are also included.

The audio interface portion of the hardware features 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks with switchable mic/line input gain and 48V Phantom power. A stereo pair of RCA inputs can function at either line level or phono. In addition to the stereo pair of 1/4” TRS main outputs, the MPC Renaissance has 2 Assignable Mix Outs. For monitoring, there are both 1/4” and 1/8” stereo headphone outputs with a global level control. On the digital side, the Renaissance has both S/PDIF In and Out connections as well as 2 MIDI Inputs and 4 MIDI Outputs.

The MPC Renaissance connects to your computer via USB 2.0 and provides an onboard hub, creating two additional USB (type A) ports to connect flash storage or controllers. The front panel has two footswitches as well.

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-note
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 / 4GB recommended
Plug-In Supported as Host VST (Mac/PC), AU (Mac only)
Plug-In Formats Available to other DAWs VST, AU (Mac only)
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 Effects 4 Master Effect Slots
Audio and MIDI I/O
Sample Rates Up to 24-bit/96 kHz, zero-latency monitoring via adjustment knob
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo jack
Nominal Input Level -40 dBu
Impedance 11kΩ
Phono Inputs 2 x RCA analog (1 x L/R) with Phono preamp
Max Input Level +10 dBu
Digital Input 1 x RCA coaxial, 24-but S/PDIF
Audio Outputs 4 x 1/4" TRS balanced
Nominal Output Level +11 dBu
Impedance 1kΩ
Max. Output Level +18 dBu
Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" stereo
1 x 1/8" stereo
Headphone Output Power 1,200 mW
Impedance 100Ω
Digital Output 1 x RCA coaxial, 24-but S/PDIF
MIDI Inputs 2 x 5-pin DIN connector
MIDI Outputs 4 x 5-pin DIN connector
Footswitches 2 x 1/4"
USB Hub 2 port
Display 260 x 96 dot graphic LCD with backlight
Power Supply External, 12V, 2A
Power Requirements 24W max
Dimensions (W x D x H) 19.75 x 12.9 x 2.75" (50.2 x 32.8 x 7 cm)
Weight 10.5 lb (4.8 kg)

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i want to clear some doubt about my MPC RENAISSANCE.

if iam playing a song in midi clocl mode(korg TR kebord will be master mpc will be slave ,following kebord)while playing kebod

mpc samples triggering,i want to swithc off triggering from kebord,i change note number for that pad,but no use. please advise me



Hi Jerry -

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