As a lover of the infamous MPC range of drum machines I was eager to find out more about Akai’s new product launch. So, I’m pleased to announce that the brand-spanking-new Akai MPC Renaissance is finally here, and it’s a beauty!
Who Doesn’t Love A Good Drum Machine?
If you’re anything like me and you need a more hands-on approach to making music then you’ll welcome the idea of a drum machine. Akai have for years been at the forefront of drum machine manufacturing and they have failed to impress me over the years. The MPC Renaissance is yet another masterpiece to add to their collection and something that I did not expect – how could they have made it any better without turning it into a computer with touch screens?
What Makes The MPC Renaissance Different?
Well, for starters it has some slightly different and much improved features, such as the ability to connect the unit to your Mac or PC for full integration and control, enhancing the user-experience with the MPC Renaissance software.
The Akai MPC range has become famous for many reasons, but the main reasons are because of the units’ great layouts (making beat-making so much easier and more enjoyable) and their incredible touch pads, allowing for perfect drum-loop-creation. The MPC Renaissance not only has these features as expected, but it also has sixteen touch-sensitive knobs for even more control of certain parameters – a welcome addition to the already perfect drum machine.
The MPC Renaissance also includes a ‘Vintage Mode’ allowing the user to switch to the sound output to the character of the MPC3000 and the MPC60 (and more…), which would be fantastic for particular genres of music – or for simply trying something a little different.
To Buy or Not To Buy?
Well, it all comes down to two things: personal preference and money!
Most producers I have ever met at least like to have some hands-on useability in their studio, whether it be a midi keyboard or a small controller so a drum machine would be a handy addition to most peoples studio’s. However the MPC range are notoriously expensive and at £650 it isn’t cheap, however it’s but a touch on the price of the older units (some of which sell at thousands of pounds on eBay!!). For most £650 is an affordable price and something one can save up for fairly quickly, even with a part-time pocket-money job (for all you students out there).
At that sort of price range it’s in direct competition with the Native Instruments Maschine, but with the added bonus of the Akai MPC name and reputation, for some, it will be no competition and the MPC Renaissance will win hands down.
I love this new drum machine and cannot wait to try it out. We’ll be sure to update the blog with our very own experience as and when we’ve saved up for it!
The BeatElite Team