“I’m using hardware. I don’t use software to make beats,” who listed the Akai MPC Renaissance, 2500 and 2000XL as some of the machines he uses. “I’ve been doing it like this for years. Regardless of what’s out there right now, Pro-Tools, Fruity Loops and stuff like that, I don’t do those programs. Something about the drum machine…I love tapping.” - See more at: http://hiphopwired.com/2013/10/25/pete-rock-doesnt-use-software-make-beats-respects-kanye-wests-direction-video/#sthash.jqPEjGoG.dpufmore
I am really impressed with the Renaissance. I'm not a native MPC user; so, being able to host everything with Pro Tools or Vienna Ensemble Pro is great. I never have to physically use the MPC if it's not desired. The functionality is extremely versatile!
From the day i received this, i've been in love with it. The fact that it's a controller, doesn't change how old school you can get with this. Packed with a ton of CLASSIC MPC drum sounds (MPC 2000xl, MPC 5000, Etc.), along with percussive files and FX's make this machine just so much more better. Not only can you use this in the comfort of your own home, but you can also take this with you to shows to wow the crowd. My Ren has seen multiple shows, and each time the crowd ate it up and the excitement of playing live MPC grew. This is what makes me "speak", what makes me get out my beats to the world, and i couldn't ask for anything better.
A tad complex, but the Renaissance is in like 80 per cent of today's music I'd say. I love this thing to pieces, but it is not for beginners. If you want the MPC sound, check out the AKAI MPC STUDIO and work your way up! <3
Its so chucked full of features, and the build quality is great - It FEELS like a MPC. Its nice not having to track my beats to get them in Ableton. But for me its just too big and i miss the ability to work without having it plugged into a computer. Its a lot of wires having to be plugged in for my taste.
If they had added offline-capability and cut away the whole Q-link section on the left, i would be keeping this all the way to the grave.
I waited years to get one of the Akai Products to make music! Always worked with software compared to hardware! I bought mine at Guitar Center and I also purchased 2 Yamaha footswitch to utilize the features with making beats efficiently. The recording through xlr cable to Mic is a nice feature as well as a rca input I link up with mixer from my laptop as well! 5 out of 5! And the Akai Mpkmini is nice to use with plugins. Possibly will upgrade the keyboard!
This controller is great. I never had an older MPC but with the Renaissance I feel like I'm getting the best features from them all. The software has been updated dramatically and is still improving. I would make no sense economically to make another stand alone MPC.
USB hub, Sound card, Outputs and inputs, this thing has a little of everything, but not enough of it all. At some point ill get it just as a station next to a technic turntable. Sample station.