Akai Pro MPC Renaissance

Flagship Music Production Controller w/ MPC Software For Mac Or PC

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Legendary MPC Production With The Processing Power Of Your Computer:

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.

MPC Renaissance Features:

  • Flagship Music Production Controller
  • 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 128-track sequencing capability
  • Two XLR-1/4" combo inputs and dedicated turntable input
  • Four-channel USB 2.0 audio interface and two-port USB 2.0 hub built in
  • Up to eight pad banks―more than any other MPC ever
  • Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
  • Stereo 1/4" out, stereo assignable mix 1/4" out & S/PDIF I/O
  • Also found as: MPC/Renaissance, MPC-Renaissance, MPCRenaissance
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

MPC Software:

  • 128-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST/AU plugin
  • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST or AU plugin
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible


  • General:

    • Display: 360 x 96 dot graphic LCD w/back light
    • Dimensions: 19.75" x 12.9" x 2.75"
    • (4.9" at max display angle)
    • Weight: 10.5 lbs
    • Power Supply: External, 12V, 2A
    • Power Requirement: 24W Max
    • Footswitches: 2
    • USB Hub: 2 Port
    • MIDI I/O interface: 2 In / 4 Out
  • Sequencer:

    • 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: 64
    • 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.
    • 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
    • Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
    • Plugin 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 effect: 4 Master Effect Slots
    • Over 50 high-quality effects Included
    • Instrument Plugin Formats supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
    • Audio files supported: WAV, MP3, REX, AIFF, SND
  • Audio And MIDI I/O:

    • Sample Rates: Up to 24 bit / 96 kHz
    • Zero-latency hardware monitoring via adjustment knob
    • Record input (L and R): XLR/ 1/4-inch Combo x 2 balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms; RCA with PHONO preamp
    • Max. Input level: +10dBu
    • Digital Input: 24-bit RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
    • 4 Audio Outputs: 1/4-inch phone x 4 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms
    • Max. output level: +18dBu
    • Phones output: 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms; 1/8-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms
    • Digital output: 24-bit RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
    • MIDI inputs: 5-pin DIN x 2
    • MIDI outputs: 5-pin DIN x 4
    • Footswitches: 1/4-inch x 2
    • Standard accessories: Power cable, Operator's manual

Sampler Specifications

Maximum Polyphony
Polyphony is the property of musical instruments that details how many notes can be played simultaneously.
64 voices
Sampling Frequency
Sampling frequency is a number of miniscule snapshots (samples) taken of a continuous analog signal per second in order to make an accurate representation of the actual signal upon playback.
96 kHz
Power Supply
The power source for the controller.
AC Adapter
Data Format
Data format refers to the type of file that the unit saves onto the internal or external memory. In the case of samplers, you're likely to see file formats such as WAV, AIFF, MP3, etc.
Patterns are sequences of samples that can be looped and recorded onto internal or external memory.
Effects are digital algorithms that affect audio in a vast variety of ways. Some very common effects are Equalization, Compression, Filters (High-Pass, Low-Pass, Band-Pass, Notch, etc.), Reverb & Delay. You'll often find the initialism "DSP," in conjunction with the Effects specification. DSP stands for Digital Signal Processing.

There are several different, but similar types of effects such as dynamic, time-based, modulation and filters. Dynamic effects are for altering the amplitude (the volume of the sound) of audio fed through them. Time-based effects are, well, just that. They alter audio in the time domain by splitting and capturing a selected piece of audio in a buffer and then replaying it slightly out of time with the original to create natural reverberation and/or echoing effects.

Modulation effects combine multiple audio signals to create new sounds with sometimes rather unusual tonal properties, as is the case with Flangers, Tremolo and Phasers. Filters alter the frequency content of any audio going through them by boosting or cutting specific frequencies or frequency regions. In the case of equalizers, you may boost or cut anywhere within the audible frequency spectrum of 20Hz to 20kHz and will notice the difference almost immediately.
Band-Pass Filter
High-Pass Filter
Low-Pass Filter
Pads refers to the number of tangible pads that the unit has on it through which users can play samples and patterns.
Display: the screen through which the unit transmits information to you, the user.
Onboard Mic
A microphone that's built-in to the unit that may eliminate the need for an external microphone and/or mic preamp.
Details about the quantity and type of inputs and outputs (I/O) on the unit. With samplers and most pro audio gear, for that matter, you'll find initialisms and measurements like XLR, 1/4", 1/8", 3.5mm, TRS, TS, MIDI, RCA and USB among others. Knowing exactly what each of those are isn't terribly important; at least, not as important as making sure your gear matches up with each other.
1/4" (6.5 mm) Phone Type Headphone Jack
MIDI Input
MIDI Output
Stereo 1/4" Phone Type Line Output
XLR Input
Current Draw
Current, which is measured in units called "amps," or "amperes," is the volume of electrons flowing through at the operating voltage. Voltage and current do, in fact, differ in that voltage refers to the pressure at which electrons flow, whereas current is the volume.

Anyone who's taken a physics class at some point can most likely tell you that electrical specifications such as these are inter-related more often than not, and there are formulas one can use to determine the relationships such as P=IE. Power (P) is measured in watts, current (I) is measured in amperes and voltage (E) is measured in volts.
2 amps

Number of Inputs & Outputs

Composite (RCA) Stereo Outputs
This is the number of composite stereo, also known as RCA, outputs.
Number of USB Connections
This is the number of USB ports that connect the unit to another source.
Number of XLR Inputs
This is the number of XLR inputs that the unit has.
Number of Stereo 1/4" Phone Outputs
This is the number of 1/4" Phone outputs that are compatible for stereo playback.
Number of Mono 1/4" Phone Outputs
Number of Headphone Jacks

Size & Weight

Weight (Pounds)
This is the weight of the item in pounds (lbs).
10.5 lbs
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance

Flagship Music Production Controller w/ MPC Software For Mac Or PC


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