Looks like an MPC. Should sound like an MPC. But for the first time, something called “MPC” that relies on your computer. Good news or bad news? We’ll know soon enough.

The MPC name and MPC legend are as big as ever. But the current products? Not so much. Let’s face it: Akai could use a bit of a renaissance. Users these days put just as much stock in the MPC as a concept, and the MPC hardware still attracts users, but other products are stealing Akai’s thunder (Ableton Live, Native Instruments Maschine), and the human faces beloved by users aren’t at Akai (from the hacked JJOS firmware to Roger Linn off working on the Dave Smith-released Tempest). And while it doesn’t have the same mass appeal, hardware from other makers – the Tempest or the Machinedrum and Octatrack – have more street cred these days. That isn’t to say Akai isn’t doing well, but ironically, most of the Akai users I run into these days are using the APC with Ableton, or a treasured MPC from some years back.

This week, we get a glimpse of Akai’s strategy for changing that. The surprise: all three products are controllers for software, not the all-in-one, integrated hardware that made the MPC famous.

To many, it may be more the sad end of an era than the beginning of a new one. With plenty of software tools on the market, Akai was in the eyes of a loyal user base the go-to name for integrated hardware. But we’ll see if the MPC can win over those same folks with greater flexibility, as an apparent concession to the reduced development cost and expanded capabilities of relying on a computer for horsepower.

The MPC Renaissance is a larger controller with integrated audio and MIDI interface. It has a “Vintage Mode” said to emulate the sound “character” of the MPC3000, MPC60, and other units. And it comes with a fold-up LED screen and backlit pads. But the actual sound generation relies on the computer; it’s an interactive controller. We’ve, of course, seen this notion before, in Native Instruments’ Maschine. Whether that direct comparison is ultimately fair or not, the popularity of Maschine and the fact that it came first will make such comparisons inevitable. The major difference in Akai’s approach is that this is a big controller, complete with vintage-style palm rests and loads of I/O. It’s a Cadillac Escalade to NI’s Volkswagen Jetta. And with that extra space, you get more controls, like a stunning 4×4 array of encoders with LEDs, as popularized on Akai’s APC.

And the hardware looks far more elaborate than what we’ve tended to see, even from Akai. It’s the first controller that seems like it’d look at home next to an original MPC.

I like that the controller won’t be mistaken for anything but an MPC. The big question is, is Akai any good at making software? The first screenshot isn’t exactly pulse-quickening, though it does have plug-in support out of the gate. I wouldn’t judge on a preview, but I’ll say this: I think the software will make or break this product, and that’s what I’ll be asking about when I visit Akai at NAMM in Anaheim.

The other two products are teased now and coming soon:
MPC Studio is a “slimline” controller. (Well, almost anything would be more slimline than the massive, wide-load Renaissance, so we’ll see what that means.)

MPC Fly is a controller for iPad 2. If you can get over the name and the latest leap on the iPad bandwagon, consider this – there’s some seriously major consumer appeal here, and of the three, the Fly is the one where Akai is first to market. That makes a big difference. I can see why they kept it for last, even if it may be the least appealing to MPC loyalists.

A first glimpse of the big unknown here. Sure, the hardware looks cool – but what will Akai desktop software be like, especially as it goes toe to toe with established tools like Maschine, Ableton, and a host of software drum machines?

I’ll reserve judgment on any of this, as I have no idea who worked on these products at Akai, or what the quality will be. My concern is that the appeal of the MPC is really integrated hardware, and mixing the computer into the equation is something other products already do reasonably well – ironically, including Akai’s own APC coupled with Ableton. It seems a huge test for Akai going into this generation of music production.

Now, I’m willing to accept the possibility that this will be a flexible, functional approach. But first, I’ll just wait through what I imagine will be a hailstorm of angry MPC purists. After that settles down, we’ll finally see if Akai is, as they’re putting it, “changing the game” – or if they’re in the same league. What determines that may be just how much the game has changed already. (And from the Ableton side, it’ll be a big test of the partnership with Akai for integrating hardware and software.)

Video below, with some artists onboard already – AraabMUZIK, Sean C, and LV.

Product specs and full info will be available week after next, coinciding with the massive NAMM trade show in California. We’ll be there with Akai.

Early spec highlights – basically, think MPC-style sound samples and features, and lots of audio I/O, as the two things missing from most rivals:

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 USB 2.0 audio interface and two-port US B 2.0 hub built in
Up to eight pad banks
Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
Stereo 1/4” out, stereo assignable mix 1/4” out & S/PDIF I/O
MPC SOFTWARE
64-track sequencing capability
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
Runs standalone and as VST, AU or RTAS plug-in
Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
Mac and PC-compatible

http://www.akaiprompc.com/
http://www.akaiprompc.com/mpcrenaissance.php

  • http://cmatts.com Christian Matts

    just skimming the artical, looks like a response to Maschine

  • Mutis Mayfield

    Receipt to success:
    Keep the ADCDAC of the original (12bit)
    Build it with durability in mind.
    Remove the lcd screen and put a iphone with good software (or add memory stick/smartmedia reader or even bluetooth!)
    Make it portable.

    Add some fire (on the pads) and that's it! Your cooked myth is already!

    I like the concept but I will love one with iphone support (not like icdx, support like algorithym for the idj)

  • Brendan

    I noticed the website launch for this thing this morning, and I think my gut reaction is as follows:
    1) I'm disappointed it's not an fully integrated solution that also interfaces with a computer.  It seems like if Akai wanted to really capitalize on their advantage over a product like Maschine they would have created an next-generation MPC that could be hooked up to a computer for tweaking.
    2) If it were between this and a Maschine, I'd take the Maschine, though mostly because NI has had more time with their software in the field.

    Of course as an owner of neither an MPC nor a Maschine, this opinion isn't worth much I suppose.

  • charly

    "I think the software will make or break this product". Well said.

  • Guest

    I'm sure the software screenshot is from a beta or dev version…but having "Debug" in the black menu bar up top doesn't exactly instill confidence in the software being rock-solid on its initial release. :)

    • peterkirn

      Heh, good catch. Uh, I'm okay with them having a debug menu option in testing software; that's pretty normal. Actually, this makes me want to release music software that has a debug menu item. ;)

    • Guest

      Hehe yeah I was mostly joking. I've certainy deployed my share of web apps with dev notes left over in the headers. ;)

  • silas

    My only experience with akai's software was editing my old s2000 with MESA – not a great experience but that was the win95 dark ages.

  • sampl

    I wonder what Roger Linn's opinion is. He'll probably get asked a lot at NAMM.

  • teej

    To see a company with as much history and impact on the music world use the word "Renaissance" to describe an incremental update comprised of surplus parts, dated technology and horribly ugly software design is really quite sad.

    Absolutely nothing new here, and certainly nothing that "will change the way you make music forever". 

  • http://www.cooloutmusic.com COOLOUT

    I was seriously considering buying Maschine for xmas. Thank god I waited or I'd be so pissed right now.

    I've always thought that Maschine was a little overpriced and needed a built-in audio interface in order to be a complete out-the-box solution. Having the control surface, audio/midi interface, and software as standard on the same product means that all the setup kinks with audio latency, mapping assignments, midi, etc should be completely worked out. I'm acurious as to what the system requirements are and if they off-loaded any of the audio stuff to internal DSP like a MOTU audio interface.

    Overall Akai has gone for the gold. Personally, I think that the price will really make or break this. Word on the street is that the MPC Ren will be under $1000. I suspect that the MPC Studio will be a direct competitor to Maschine and fall somewhere between that and the Mikro in price.

  • http://www.twitter.com/filiphnizdo Filip

    I've got a Roland MV8800 which is probably the last machine of this type to aim to replace a computer rather than act alongside one. It even has a VGA monitor input and a USB port.  It's got a stunning array of features and I think it's changed my musical life more than anything else but I'm sadly slowly moving away from it as most of those features are getting better software equivalents.  I've used its MIDI features a lot and have for a long time used it as my main sequencer and drum machine triggering my VSTs and syncing into Plogue Bidule.  The limits of these MIDI features have however left me wanting something that keeps the same workflow and buttons but integrates more with a computer.
    I thought this type of unit was pretty much dead but I see what AKAI are doing here and I wonder if Roland will do the same with a new MV unit.   I had actually hoped for a bit more computer integration but this seems like a good step along the way.  I hope they do carry on trying.  I personally still think I'll go for a NI Maschine because of the size and because I think the NI software looks better (and I trust them more on that end) but I'll certainly keep hold of my MV as nothing can match the feel and look of a full size hardware sampler/workstation.  For that reason I think this unit could do well.
    It's nice to see this type of product isn't dead anyway.  Hopefully Roland will go down this route too and update the MV.

    Anyone who hasn't tried an MPC or MV unit like this really should as I guarantee it will change the way you make music even when you step away from it.

  • J mac

    At face value, it so big even though it may be lighter in weight. So am I going to lug around this controller as well as my laptop? Defeats the purpose somewhat

  • Luom

    I don't know. I can't believe they'd go the "just a controller" way. Standalone +interfacing would have been a lot sexier.

    And: How do you know what those encoders are for? Don't tell me they do all one thing at the same time?  As much as I'd love 16 encoders, NI did a lot better job with putting them directly below the screen and using them for all kind of things.

  • Rymf

    I've written much more about this elsewhere, here's the abridged version of my initial reactions:

    1. My experience with Akai hardware/service in the Jack O'Donnell era has left a lot to be desired. The APCs weren't too bad. Ultimately I'm less concerned about that than I am about the software. I have no reason to believe that Akai will produce a piece of software superior to what's already on the market, and it could be significantly worse. In short, I completely agree with Peter; The quality of the software will make or break this product line. I have high hopes but low expectations, frankly.

    2. It does have a built-in audio interface, so maybe they're doing something interesting with hardware, but if those MPC3000/60/etc modes are software emulations I could give a shit less about them. That feature exists in Maschine too, and I never use it because it sounds awful. I'd much prefer comparable software effects from a developer who actually cares about what they're producing if for no other reason than they need it to make money as a standalone product to an afterthought/additional box ticked on the marketing checklist. On a related note, with a 4 channel interface, if their software can't handle external audio effects I'm going to be incredibly disappointed (see #1).

    3. If these three MPCs are designed to be the optimal controllers for their respective use cases (stage/studio/mobile, as I understand it) Akai's product design team should be commended. If, however, they are equipped and positioned in the traditional good/better/best arrangement, as the marketing team will insist they should be, it could ruin all three of them. I'm reserving judgement here. (But if—for instance—only the MPC Fly is iOS compatible when an iPad could clearly make great use of the Audio Interface and controls on the Renaissance I'll be disappointed, if unsurprised.

    4. From the information available at this point, all my fears about this product line are sufficiently manifested in a single hardware feature: the data knob. What the fuck is a data knob doing on a product released in 2012? Why not fill that spot with a dock for an iDevice which can certainly handle scrolling duties, plus so much more? Why not develop a system for navigation that draws on the hundreds of DAW controllers released since Akai first implemented that data knob 25 years ago? The answer is that without the data knob and flip up screen, the Renaissance wouldn't _look_ as much like an MPC. Which is to say, Akai would have more trouble selling it to die-hard MPC users who were unimpressed by previous alternatives like Live/Reason/FLStudio/Guru/Geist/whatever+"pad controller X" and later Maschine. When marketing concerns determine product design in a way that affects the core functionality of the product like this, my bullshit senses start tingling _hard_.

    • http://zeroreference.blogspot.com zeroreference

      Damn good point about that data knob.

      Also, as someone who's started to get interested in MPC-type hardware for live performance, this holds little interest for me. W/a computer I'd roll with Ableton.

  • Thomas Piper

    I don't get it People still use MPC's ? LOL

    • dready murphy

      real hip hop producers do

  • Legsmechanical

    @rymf

    Funny. The one thing that got me excited about the renaissance was the data wheel. I jumped ship to maschine just after its release and was shocked to find how much the data wheel on my mpc1k and mv8k was integrated into my my muscel memory and workflow.  I think people who spent a lot of time on an mpc/mv get to be ninjas with the wheel/cursor combination to the point where anything else seems foreign. Without a single parameter wheel on maschine, i feel lost in a sea of knobs.

    To that point, im disappointed that there are no qlink faders on the ren, just as i was with the maschines lack of the same. For me performance tweaking was always much more comfortable with faders than encoders – especially endless encoders.

    Anyway… Old habits die hard.  Im happy to see developers indulge my anachronistic workflow (any renoise users listening?) well into the future.

  • Adam

    I like the look of this. It is like Maschine, but with better i/o options and a more complete 1.0 release feature set. And let us not forget who NI borrowed the maschine controller concept from.

    RE: software. The maschine software was the bastard child of Kore and Kontakt, which are both old engines. I think Akai's fresh start in the game could actually be an advantage.

    Looking at them now, with no preconceptions, I think I would pick the MPC simply because its integrated audio interface means less hardware on the table and the tilted screen means no more back-ache.

    • salamanderanagram

      "The maschine software was the bastard child of Kore and Kontakt,"

      source? they just killed kore for being too complex and expensive to maintain, so i doubt that right before they did they decided to build the engine into a new project.

    • KarlPopper

      ""The maschine software was the bastard child of Kore and Kontakt,"

      source? they just killed kore for being too complex and expensive to maintain, so i doubt that right before they did they decided to build the engine into a new project. "

      Agreed. The Maschine software feels unlike any software I've used, NI or otherwise. The software integration with the hardware controls is a work of genius and it deserves more credit than it is given. Good luck Akai. I hope you guys spend ALOT of time figuring out how to use knobs and buttons together.

  • Gio

    Are we sure this can't run standalone and needs a computer at all times? I would be VERY surprised if Akai went that direction. Then they would put themselves in the same league as Maschine, except for the extra I/Os. That would be suicidal, IMHO. Also, if the Vintage Mode are simulations, then it's far right ridiculous. I want to hope they are better than that.

  • nitch

    damn! i was totally jazzed until i realized it wasn't a stand alone solution. been trying to ditch the compy and get back to just makin'/bakin' MUSIC…curse you akai.

  • vaikl

    Does it really make any noticeable difference if you now have to take a laptop with you and all the other audio gear can be now connected to the Ren?

  • MoreBuck$

    This thing blows

  • http://www.quikphix.org xonox

    I always thought Akai didn't provide proper software support for its MPC lineup. I mean whenever i read forums about MPCs, people complained of show stopping bugs.

    A reason why i would have no fear buying Elektron, DSI or some other boutique company's gear is that they are known to provide support. You can still install the latest OS on a 1st gen machinedrum.

    Let's see how Akai supports the software for these units this time.

  • http://tarekith.com Tarekith

    Reminds me a lot of when Technics came out with their CD turntable after already having lost the market share soundly to Pioneer. It was huge, and looked more like a vinyl turntable, and they thought that the old-school look and feel along with their name would be all that was needed to win people back. It wasn't, it failed miserably.
    I'm hardly the biggest NI fan, and I didn't really click with Maschine and sold it after a few weeks as well. But NI already have a huge 2 year jump start in this type of thing, not to mention a long history of designing effects and sample libraries. Add to that the ability to host 3d party plug ins now, and I really don't see anything that the new Akai brings to the table based on what we know so far. 
    I think if they HAD made it standalone that could also be used with the computer if you wanted, then at least it would have something to differentiate it more from Maschine. 

  • Monstadot

    How much!!! will it cost me?

  • someonee

    how mucch ???

  • BlindEnergy L.L.C.

    MPC has always been the leader in Hip-Hop music, it's about knowing how to use the machine properly. Now to the good stuff. If this mpc has the capability and software to change the game it's a winner. But the sounds have to be winners as well. Anybody can EMULATE sounds, but mpc's have created some signature sounds. To be able to take the sounds from previous versions of the older mpc's is a definite plus. So to deviate from those to emulated sounds I think is a big mistake. Adding software to this machine will have to be tested and put through the vigor's to see if it can produce quality tracks. Me myself I can't wait to see the price point of this product. I'm a proud owner of the MPC 2500 and I love my product. Just can't wait to see what it can do? 

  • http://sumsun.tumblr.com Sumsun

    I wish it was for iPad software. That would be the only way I would consider it really at this point. I have owned a MPC2000XL and 4000 in the past and have been thinking about going back for the 2500. I have other samplers and sequencers that I prefer to the MPC but I do enjoy working with them very much and its a good thing to have around (I would be buying a new one for live use mostly). I just dont need another controller for my PC. 

    • Sumsun

      I want the Renaissance for my iPad. I like the robustness for live use, I have to wait and see the FLY

    • Rymf

      With you on this. iPad + audio interface/pads/encoders of Ren + additional USB ports for keyboard etc would be amazing. Obviously Fly is geared towards iOS, though I'd be surprised if it had a built-in audio interface like Ren.

      BTW, loved Samo Milagro, man. I had "Wind Stone" on repeat all summer. When are you coming to LA?

  • KarlPopper

    1) Remember, the hip hop community isn't loyal to Akai; they're loyal to certain iconic instruments of the past. Now might be the time to invest in an MPC4000, before disappointment boosts their ebay prices.

    2) Maschine is an absolute beast. Akai really have their work cut out for them. I don't think there is any other instrument that makes such short work of complex programming operations (except maybe the monomachine/machinedrum). Maschine has reached a certain level of maturity as well. NI has responded to the demands of its user base. For the most part, the continued development of the Maschine software portends good things for the future.

    3) Lackluster products wont cut it in a crowded, diverse market. To Akai engineers: keep thinking about that user interface. It's really, really important. Oh, and a dedicated button on the front panel which switch's 'vintage mpc' emulation mode looks ridiculous. How about putting something useful there, like a button that works in conjunction with the knobs below to affect synthesis parameters in an alternate way?

  • KarlPopper

    …and that data wheel. I hear data wheel work better with tiny LCD's. Factor that in, Akai. :)

  • Brian Tuley

    It's just a controller.  The analog filter at the DAC stage determines a hell of a lot of the sound texture.  And that depends a on the soundcard interface.  A standalone device is a standalone device, and I've yet to see a controller that truly behaves as if it's independent of the computer it's attached to.  Nice controller, but not the original by any means.  There are pro's and cons to using either or.

  • 4DaSoul

    The MPC OS needed a 21 century update. It would have been cool if there was a high res, iPhone, iPad like multi touch screen so u can run the updated multitouch OS directly on the MPC or control it through the matching software.

    I would have also liked to have seen VST/AU/rats support built into the hardware so u can run effects and without a computer.

    Add some multi touch Pads like that new controller from keith McMillan has and u got a winner.

    I would have also like to seen a max4live interface. 

    They got 3 more product announcements. I hope this is their low end solution.

  • were you there

    @Filip I have the 8800 as well. They've actually stopped production. But I also have the Maschine, and I find myself using that alot more than the 8800. What's sweet about the maschine is portability. I was in Mississippi waiting for my flight back to NY. While doing all of that waiting, I was able to pull my Maschine out and make a beat. It fits right into my laptop bag. Can't beat that.  I gotta  say that this Akai Renaissance looks cool, but for the most part, if I can get my hands on the sound library and the vst, I would be fine too.

  • were you there

    Yea I forgot, the only thing I'm excited about is the fact, that the Renaissance can use a REX file.. I think that's badass, first time I've ever seen a third party product  use a Propellerhead format.

  • http://plurgid.bandcamp.com plurgid

    The software is gonna suck the paint right off your house. I'll be awful, I can almost guarantee it.
    However, this will still be successful, because Akai makes *nice* hardware, and I'm guessing you can use it with whatever better software you already have.

    If Akai cheaps out and starts skimping on build quality they are done.
    But in the prosumer market, you really can't beat their build quality in my opinion. What I'm talking about is ruggedness, and feel. I really like the feel of Akai's rotary encoders and pads. Though this doesn't have them, their keys feel pretty good too.

    I've got a couple controllers, that have been toted around quite a bit. The m-audio stuff was the first to start loosing knob caps and chipping plastic (awful build quality), buy my Akai stuff … like a tank.

  • MPCster #1

    As the guy who owned the first MPC (which actually had ADR15 on it instead of MPC60) and the guy who carted the MPC60 around the country showing it to everyone, I'll just say: If it doesn't have Roger Linn's name on it, it ain't an MPC.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dirtRAID Brand B

    When I first heard of this new MPC.. I was excited assuming it would still operate as a stand alone unit. It turns out this is really just a new version of the MPD. I have been waiting at least for an MPD 32 with a built in audio interface. Table space is a premium when performing in DJ booths geared towards Serato. This does not seem to solve that problem. It is interesting to note that Roland released the SP-606 many years ago. The SP-606 and SP-555 for that matter operate as audio and midi interfaces(with midi feedback!!!) over usb, and also as stand alone sampler/sequencers/fx units. It is nice to have the standalone functionality in this type of device as a backup when USB cables come out of the computer! Also.. where are the faders!!!

  • jojojo

    #teammaschine

  • John

    Please ask them if
    1. we are able to save “songs” with the software. I have never been able to save songs in song mode.
    2. will all old mpc programs work and verify that we can load them into the computer
    3. What’s the max number of programs we can load?
    4. What’s the max number of sequences, this should no longer be 99 because it’s computer based

  • ryan

    RIP TO MUSIC PRODUCTION CENTER,,, THE REAL HARDWARE… 

    now the mpc means MUSIC PRODUCTION CONTROLLER ,,, FUCK THAT
    they should have made it part of the mpd or apc line

    i hope they make another real mpc,, or just update software on the 2500

  • Jordaan

    We all bemoan the declining stock of hardware options but honestly it wasn't always a great relationship we had going on. You're production center wasn't very cooperative when you wanted to get samples to an from a computer. The cumbersome SCSI chains the bound us to our computer desks – e-waste that is now difficult to locate even in the most well stocked pawn shops and thrift stores. Many of us bought multichannel sound cards and maxxed out our computers just to be able to take advantage of the advanced editing features of DAWs to complete our arrangements. For those with a post-JJ device, do you remember salivating at the idea of a step sequencer or FX that were actually useable? Do you remember the agonizing boot/load times you needed to endure in order to find out that the project you loaded wasn't the one you wanted? Do you guys remember any of that sh*t? I sure as hell do! But I am with you too… the work flow of an MPC was so much easier and straight forward and while it lack some modest modern updates it more than made up for in performance (timing) and character (sonic quality). Fast-forward to today.. there are lots of other options available and approaches that you might not necessarily agree with but what I haven't seen is that same MPC work flow. I don't care if the GUI makes me gage in my mouth… ewww… just as long as it can deliver. Peter is right, software will make or break this product. But even if we take it at face value as a midi controller/audio interface it is already superior to anything out there on the market (their MPD line or the NI Maschine) if the build quality is at par with the APC series. The device as a controller option is an accomplishment worth noting but let's wait to see what they are going to let out of the bag before we announce the winner/loser on the software side.

    Just my two cents.

  • http://audioabundance123.blogspot.com/ ImagineerMusic

    I just saaw MPC playe & Producer Araabmuzik playing this machine. Dope, though I wonder how well this competes with NI maschine. An interesting feature is that it comes with MPC software and I wonder how well that will function.

  • bliss

    Promo vid is weak. Ugh.

  • substrain

    “even if we take it at face value as a midi controller/audio interface it is already superior to anything out there on the market (their MPD line or the NI Maschine) if the build quality is at par with the APC series.”

    Rather premature don’t you think since it hasn’t even been released yet? And even just looking at it as a controller based on the little we’ve seen so far, it doesn’t touch Maschine IMO especially with it’s deep integration with all of Komplete and the functional aspect of having the displays on the hardware directly above and below the knobs and buttons showing the names and values of devices and parameters you’re controlling, instead of having knobs bunched together with just LED rigs around them like this new “MPC”.

  • jasonmd2020

    Here's the big questions for me. How much will it cost, and are you completely tied to Akai's software, ore can you just use it as a controller/audio interface for other software like say Renoise?

  • substrain

    Leaked photo of the MPC Studio: http://picupload.org/images/hWnzK.jpg

  • gLOW-x

    Just remember what happened to Kore 1 and Kore 2.
    Just trash the product…and buy the new one (Maschine is this case).

    Some ppl are still using MPCs older than 10 years.
    I don't think any hybrid soft/hard solution will last more than 5 years, being Kore,Maschine,Spark or MPC Ren.

    When a there is a soft/hard solution, the hard death is related to soft death.
    And computer soft death is very fast.And so the full product is.

    Obsolescence is the word.
    Frankly, paying several hundreds bucks for Maschine or this MPC just to trash it like Kore is not my way of looking at a musical product.
    May be because i'm used to play on 20 years old guitars and amps, like some ppl on vintage synths ;)

  • bliss

    Good comment, gLOW-x.

  • http://audiostateofmind.com mindstate

    Hmmm… I wonder if they saw my design:&nbsp http://audiostateofmind.com/2011/mpc-v

    Akai seems to be a little late to the game.  As others have mentioned, I think the success of this product will depend on the software inside it and the workflow.  

  • SMASH

    To all of you who are actually "Fans" Of the MPC line, this is the best thing since sliced bread!! To those of you who are not, or who have all these opinions on the software and hardware capabilities. This product was made by "Akai" and don't ever forget that this is a company that has specialized in this particular area of production for almost 30 years. I have personally owned every "MPC" since the beginning and they only get better. I can only imagine the capabilities and ease of use now that it has been integrated with your PC/Mac. So do not think for one second that they would release something that would not get the job done. One last thing, I love 'NI" But there are innovators and perpetrators! Also, do your homework before buying. That is what the specs are for. Peace and love!!!

  • http://www.chokingsun.com dj_mosquito

    i'm still using my akai s6000 and have absolutely no issues with it. hands down the best hardware sampler i've used in regards to features, detachable control face, etc. i can use it without a computer. i can take it to shows and NEVER fear a crash.

    from my point of view, this is unfortunately the final nail in the coffin for what was a great hardware company. i've seen it coming for awhile (the writing has been on the wall for at least the last two years), i just had hoped that it would never happen.

  • Douglas Dubose

    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.

  • MiDo v

    Nice I can wait to get one 

  • Miracleboy

    Kanye west, Q Tip and Dj Quik worked on designing these new Akai MPC’s.

    • mpc guy

      true

  • Surealproductions147

    Will the mpc renasance work as a programable controller in ableton independent
    From the included software?

  • laube.hans

    Maschine uses rex2! since version 1.0

  • hope it's good

    MPC are great build quality, but mpk/mpd series are horrible quality.  The faders are cheap, the pads are probably the worst out their.  If these things are similar to the plastic crappy mpd then this will be a fail.

    The nice thing is that the knobs on the new mpc will be much better than the cheap knobs on machine.

    Hopefully akai really does well on this, and hopefully in the near future they will make a product that is a standalone solution/computer integrated

  • Armin De Ghetto

    Agreed.

    Roger Linn is the heart and soul of the MPC and was treated badly by Akai hence the split.