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 EventsUnlimited (based on CPU)
Resolution960 pulses per 1/4-note
Tracks per Sequence128
Drum Pad16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
Drum Pad Banks8
Sync ModeMIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
Transport ControlsMIDI Machine Control
MPC Software
Dynamic Filtering1 State Variable Filter per voice (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
Filter TypesLow Pass
Band Pass
High Pass
Band Boost
Band Stop
Analog Modeling
Vocal Formant
Number of Programs128
Memory CapacitySystem Dependent, 2GB minimum / 4GB recommended
Plug-In Supported as HostVST (Mac/PC), AU (Mac only)
Plug-In Formats Available to other DAWsVST, AU (Mac only)
Program Effects4 Insert slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per Pad
Track Effects4 Inserts and 4 stereo Sends per Track
Master Effects4 Master Effect Slots
Audio and MIDI I/O
Sample RatesUp to 24-bit/96 kHz, zero-latency monitoring via adjustment knob
Analog Inputs2 x XLR/TRS combo jack
Nominal Input Level-40 dBu
Phono Inputs2 x RCA analog (1 x L/R) with Phono preamp
Max Input Level+10 dBu
Digital Input1 x RCA coaxial, 24-but S/PDIF
Audio Outputs4 x 1/4" TRS balanced
Nominal Output Level+11 dBu
Max. Output Level+18 dBu
Headphone Output1 x 1/4" stereo
1 x 1/8" stereo
Headphone Output Power1,200 mW
Digital Output1 x RCA coaxial, 24-but S/PDIF
MIDI Inputs2 x 5-pin DIN connector
MIDI Outputs4 x 5-pin DIN connector
Footswitches2 x 1/4"
USB Hub2 port
Display260 x 96 dot graphic LCD with backlight
Power SupplyExternal, 12V, 2A
Power Requirements24W max
Dimensions (W x D x H)19.75 x 12.9 x 2.75" (50.2 x 32.8 x 7 cm)
Weight10.5 lb (4.8 kg)




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