Wednesday 22nd March 2017,

Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance: My Advice To You…

Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance: My Advice To You…

So, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding the Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance “duel to the death” sort of debate.  From the “Native Instruments just bodied AKAI” sort of discussions to countless rants and comparisons across the Internets. Personally, I am more partial to hardware but I touch just about everything, thanks to my killer curiosity when it comes to all things music tech and beat making. Still, I’ve gotten enough questions about it that I thought it would be appropriate and timely to give my take on the endless debate, “Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance.”

Short answer to the question “Which should I buy, Maschine Studio or MPC Renaissance?” would be “I don’t know!” End of discussion. Thanks for coming. Because ultimately only you can decide what suits your needs. It ultimately comes down to your individual preference, what you already have in your rig and what you are looking to accomplish.

Let’s keep it 100. If you make beats and you have a passion for it, you can make bangers with a damn garbage can lid, a field recorder and a DAW or just about anything. options are virtually unlimited now a days. But I understand the lure to the latest greatest and best in class. So, lets figure this out.

Both Maschine Studio & MPC Renaissance share the commonality that they are both controllers for tightly integrated computer software. They are not stand alone boxes and I suspect this is common knowledge so there is no need to go into detail here.


MPC Ren’s big marketing tagline is “Fusing Akai Professional’s legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer.” Well, that’s worth considering when you are in the market for a beat making solution. If you’ve been an MPC user or if you’ve ever been enamored by the MPC mystique my first inclination is to advise you to look into Akai’s stand alone MPC. If you are really feeling funky about it, “go vintage!” You’ll have rock solid sequencer and an ill vintage sound (MPC 60 thru MPC 2000XL – give or take). But on the flip side of that same coin, you’ll have much fewer features and no computer integration.


Maschine Studio is described by Native Instruments as ” Designed for producers who want unprecedented physical control and visual feedback without ever needing a mouse or computer screen.” Among its greatest assets is the fact that Native Instruments is a power house in software design and sound design. Aside from Maschine Studio’s slick look and inviting color screens the mere mention of its tight integration with Native Instruments Komplete 9 / Komplete Ultimate 9 sets it off into a realm of its own.

All in all, both Maschine and MPC software are adequate for making beats. Depending on who you discuss this with and depending on your workflow, the idea of bugs in MPC software will inevitably come up. To that I’d say, it’s a young software yet that is still maturing. Maschine 2.0 software on the other had is mature and benefits from having drawn first blood in this segment of music equipment where 16 pad sampling drum machine controllers are tethered to a computer and tightly integrated with a software solution. Akai may have arrived a little late to the party but they’ve made decent efforts. Now if they could ever get past the bad stigma…

Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance: Hardware


As for hardware, you have to consider what you have already and what you don’t have. If you have a sound card / audio interface already maybe NI Maschine Studio is a better choice because it does not have an audio interface built-in. AKAI MPC Renaissance, on the other hand, has a built-in sound card / audio interface with a gaggle of connection options and  I/O with the 4 ins and outs, 2 x XLR combo (mic/line), 1 x stereo RCA, 2 digital inputs, coaxial S/PDIF in and a coaxial S/PDIF out, 2 port usb hub, and my personal favorite, the built-in phono amp which allows you to directly connect your turntable for sampling. It’s even been said that the circuitry of the MPC Renaissance is the same as the classic MPC 3000’s so it gives you that classic MPC 3000 sound in use (dig deeper on for details on this one).


They each have classic 5 pin midi ports but  NI Maschine Studio has 1 in and 3 out whereas Akai MPC Renaissance has 2  in and 4 out. This basically means that you can control / integrate external hardware musical gear into your Maschine or MPC rigs. For example Maschine Studio will allow for the control of 3 external synths while MPC Ren allows for the control of 4 external synths. I’d have to say either product is well equipped in that area but it helps to know what will best accommodate your rig.

Also, bear in mind about the size of these units. The Ren is bigger but not by much. Both have a rather large footprint in contrast to something like the MPC 1000 or the Maschine Mikro.


As for how they each look? Ren = classic & vintage while Maschine Studio = futuristic & fly. The Ren is a bit knobby with the Q-Link farm to the left, which makes it easy to control soft synths, various parameters and even chop samples. Although the REN has an adjustable backlit LCD screen, Maschine Studio kills everything with the 2 “Big, high-res color screens  [that] show waveforms, patterns, scenes, NI product visuals, and mixer and meter levels.”

If pads are a concerns, MPC Ren boasts classic MPC pads which is the golden standard by which most of us judge other pads. Native Instruments have not changed their pads much. In my opinion they are “ok” but not the best. That said, I wouldn’t bet the farm based on Native Instruments’ pads. BTW, both MPC Ren & Maschine Studio pads light up for all the same reasons if I’m not mistaken. (Can I mention here that MPC Ren started that trend? I think…)

Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance: Software

Maschine software is currently at version 2.0 while MPC software is currently at version 1.5.


Maschine 2.0 delivers an 8gb sound library and a slew of fresh new features including “tag-based visual browser, unlimited groups and insert effects, sidechaining, and a sleek, intuitive mixer.” Perhaps most intriguing for the sound designer in you Maschine 2.0 has “Drum Synth” where you can design and tweak nearly every aspect of your drums. For those of us that are into the classic 12bit sound, Maschine 2.0 allows you to use its emulations of the classic SP1200 and MPC60 etc.


MPC software 1.5 delivers a 9gb sound library and while it fixes a gang of bugs and vastly improves stability, new features included gives you the ability to use MPC software without the hardware, MIDI control mode (use MPC hardware as a configurable MIDI control surface) & configurable pulse display resolution. Then there is “Vintage Mode” which although there is a little vintage mode button on the Ren hardware  “Vintage Mode” is actually a software emulation.  “Vintage Mode” allows you to emulate the sounds of  classic 12 bit killers like SP1200 (ring mode), MPC 60 or MPC 3000 with more classic emulations on the way.

Plug-ins and soft synths, well this goes back to idea that Native Instruments has a strong and solid foothold on the plug-ins software market. Let’s face it, they are market leaders. Beat makers and musicians have been known to sell hardware classic gear after getting their hands on Native Instruments’ Komplete and Komplete Ultimate. It’s also worth noting that you get a good grip of soft synths and effects when you buy Maschine Studio with Maschine 2.0 software including “full versions of MASSIVE, PRISM, SCARBEE MARK I, and the SOLID BUS COMP.”

I can say from experience that Akai’s software has never seen the likes of something like MASSIVE in their line up. That’s not to say they never will, but compared to their current soft synth line up, NI kills. Sadly, Akai’s “The Bank”, “The Wub” and “The Noise” expansions have never tickled my fancy. So, if I’m advising based on Akai’s soft synths, “forgetaboutit!” it’s not going to be pretty. If you have soft synths in your rig already that you love, great! You can make this work. Otherwise, NI is gonna get you the most bang for your buck.

As for effects both run a pretty good shop in that regard as far as I am concerned. Keep in mind though, both MPC Software and Maschine 2.0 works with mostly any soft synth or plugin. Still, how seamless the integration and ease of use is may be up to your personal tastes.

Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance: Expert Opinions

Ok, so I could go on and on and on about my thoughts on this little Maschine Studio & MPC Renaissance debate but I thought it would be a good idea to call in the experts. I reached out to Saint Joe of and Andy Avghosti of for their bit of advice from their own unique perspectives.

Saint Joe’s ( perspective on the Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance Debate


“Color screens…really, them screens are gorgeous man, you don’t know until you use them how much they have an impact, they are larger than most gear screens too, which means more data directly in front of you.

I feel like aesthetically the Maschine Studio has a more contemporary look, it looks like something new, and we all know how new things can spark new creativity. It reminds me more of an audio-visual type of controller for video editing than a beat machine, but I’m cool with that actually.

It’s made by NI, so the integration with Komplete/NI products is very fluid, which lets you get to work instead of wondering what software will work with it. Plus NI is a software powerhouse so continual improvements, updates, and feature additions are pretty common. Also integration with third-party plugins and multicore support allow you to get a lot more done directly in Maschine itself.

I’m not really a “this is better than that” person, I feel any tool is good if it sparks creativity in a person. I know each will have their own, and some will even have both, I just don’t know how long Akai will stay dedicated to a software based product seeing as how that’s not really, nor has it ever been, their strong point.

But for me at the end of the day, I say use what you enjoy and make music, period!” ~Saint Joe of 

Andy Avgousti’s ( perspective on the Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance Debate

andy“I think generally speaking the Ren/MPC Software is a decent enough beat making solution, especially with the new price drop; and with the move to a computer environment there’s potentially plenty of advantages over the legacy MPCs, especially with the ability to continually add new software features, VST support, more processing power etc. However, I feel that ‘potential’ is definitely the operative word, as over a year after release it’s still very much a work in progress. I think it’s fair to say that the first few releases of the MPC Software really lacked any major ‘wow’ factor, people were simply expecting a lot more, even at 1.0.

I am also disappointed that some of the core ‘legacy’ features haven’t been improved. For example, I would now expect ‘Sample Edit’ mode to be more akin to professional audio editor, but basically the core features are pretty much the same as the TRIM screen in the MPC5000 – editing is basic and clunky and we’ve still not got crossfade looping or even vertical waveform zooming. Equally sample program spec has barely progressed from what we had on a 5000, yet the potential for improvement in this area is huge.

Finally does the Ren capture the ‘legendary MPC workflow’ as the marketing claims? Well quite simply I find the Ren’s workflow to be completely different to that of legacy MPCs – in some ways it’s better, in other’s its worse, but ultimately it’s just a different approach which some people will love, some will hate and some will simply adapt to.” ~Andy Avghosti of

Maschine Studio vs. MPC Renaissance: Conclusion

So, in conclusion, my advise is really based on your needs. If you have a sound card maybe you don’t need the Akai MPC REN because it has loads of I/O in its in-built audio interface. On the other hand if you have a lot of hardware that you’d like to integrate, the Akai MPC REN may be a good choice. Then bear in mind that if you have no existing soft synth or plug-ins library and you have no plans to get into hardware gear anytime soon, maybe Maschine Studio is for you with its killer software, unlimited software add-ins/updates/expansions and slightly limited midi I/O.

Confused yet?

I’m hopeful that this Maschine Studio & MPC Renaissance article is helpful to those of us that are unsure, on the fence or just curious as to what the real differences are with these two power houses. My best advise it try before you buy. I used to set up camp in Guitar Center just to try out whatever I could for as long as they’d allow it. You should get your hands on both and consider what you’ve read in this article, then make a decision.

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About The Author

The BBoy Tech (Corry Banks) is a writer, emcee, producer, hip hop artist (google Phashara) and IT Pro. Hip-Hop culture, beat making, gear and technology have always been his passions. In these pages, Banks explores and reviews all things beat making & hip-hop related in a techy sort of geeky but bboy cool way.


  1. BLak Mac GuyVaH November 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    buy them both you can’t go wrong!!!!! that’s what I say

    • Corry Banks November 17, 2013 at 8:55 am

      word! if money is no object… go for it with both. But if there are budget concerns, I think either will suit anyones needs. it helps to know the differences though so you can make an informed choice outside of the various biased marketing hype.

  2. saintjoe November 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Dope article fam, well written. Definitely is a personal choice at the end of the day, hopefully Akai stays with it, but…as a former 4k user (aksys) I’m a little hesitant to put full trust there. But as a gear head I would love to see them deliver on the concept and deliver a very capable alternative

    • Corry Banks November 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thanks bruh. I hear you. Akai is certainly fighting an uphill battle up against NI and all of their years and years of software musical instrument development. Its like Tyson and Holyfield. I wanna see the fight but I hate the desperation of the former champ biting ears off. lol. ok…ok… such a random analogy but apropos i think.

      • saintjoe November 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

        Very appropriate sir LOL

  3. Pdolo November 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I have both and have been a big fan of the mpc and user for years, but (as much as I hate to say it) the maschine studio is dominates the ren when it comes to sounds and what comes with it… But if your an mpc head then you know you never bought an mpc for the sounds that came with it, though you would think since they crossed over they would have some great sounds. I still make beats on the mpc ren, but the maschine is just has that wow factor.. It’s like I Miss the feel and comfort of my old car, but this new car is more gas efficient and just looks better… But like they say it’s how you use what you have…

    • Corry Banks November 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Cool you have both? if you could only choose one. which would it be.

  4. RQTEK November 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Best article on this subject I’ve seen thus far

    • Corry Banks November 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      word, thanks. I hope it was helpful

  5. Rob November 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for this write-up, been researching what would work best for me and this helped me decide on the Maschine.

    • Corry Banks November 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      oh cool. im glad it helped.

  6. Greg Savage November 19, 2013 at 5:24 am

    This is a great post my friend. Good comparison, I life that you touched on both, the software and the hardware.

    I agree with Polo, it (maschine) does have the “wow” factor. They’re knocking it out the park man

    • Corry Banks November 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      thanks Greg. yeah man battle is on. there is rumor of an Akai MPC Ren mk2 next year. I personally think their efforts would be better spent on hiring some kick ass programmer or buying a smaller music software development firm and getting their weight up on the software side.

  7. Shark November 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I have been a long time user and collector of vintage synths and I’m terribly Intrigued over this debate. Forever, I’ve always just used Ableton when producing, but for the first time, I’m branching out into groove boxes and finding myself a proper one to integrate with my collection of hardware. And while the Akai does boast the huge advantage of a proper audio interface on the Ren, I think I’m still going to go with maschine based solely on its ease of use when it comes to the software.. However, I’m still curious to know how well it will integrate with the hardware synths I have. All my midi singles are routed through an AMT8 midi interface, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to access the power of these dusty vintage beasts without the need to use Maschines Midi bus. I’ll keep everyone posted as to how well it all works out.

    • Corry Banks December 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

      Thanks for stopping by Shark. Im interested to see how things tur out for you. keep us posted.

  8. t-tRAKZ December 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    this was some awesome info fam…but I have to say i’m goin with the MPC Ren…glamour n glitz is not for me…that’s new school producers thing from some of the comments I hear, some veterans too…some of the new school beat makers don’t have that old soul for that grit that comes from the MPC veteran producer (my opinion), but i’m not frontin on them or their beats…I make my on lights flash with hot tRAKZ…I like the work of the MPC family…just seems like I am truly creating…that feel of makin a trak from scratch…no disrespect to no one…I love the music I here from Maschine producers and other beat devices/software users as well even though the Maschine software is off da chain it Akai for me…I guess i’m just a MPC fiend…I love that pad feel and 12bit MPC sound/mentioned in article (I played with Maschine in Guitar Center)…but this info really help me decide…thanks fam…the other vids on this speak a little one sided…this article tops them all…

    • Corry Banks December 28, 2013 at 7:29 am

      Thanks t-tRAKZ. I’m glad you dig the article. I get questions all the time about it so i figured a good summary was in order. nothing wrong with loving MPC. I do too. But thanks for stopping by. holla

  9. MalMoe January 6, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Whoa……. And I mean Whoa. This is the dopest article I’ve ever seen on this subject. I’ve actually come to the conclusion that I will just keep my mpc4000 and Roland Fantom and get rid of my mv8000 and mpc1000. From there I will slowly get both the mpc ren and maschine. Most likely I will get the Maschine 1st because I keep hearing about how user friendly it is. But maaaaaan…….. For real. Thank you so much for this in depth subject. This is gonna cost me some stackola but in the end I will have less gear and finally be in the software age with the option to keep banging out joints with my hard ware. I’m in love right now. Hahaha. Thanks. Hopefully by the time I get any of these joints the software will have been upgraded on both, but you know what I learned fam? No matter how much software updates and new machines come out, people out there are still banging classic hiphop with equipment that’s considered dinosaur machines. I see it all the time on youtube and with even with ppl I know that only use the simplest gear. But for me personally, I just wanna finally upgrade to some software and have the option of using hardware with it. Thanks mill y’all.

  10. Brian Zerbel January 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    cool article. Personally, I really want to see either akai or ni make something that can be used with or without being connected to a computer. Was truly disappointed that the MPC Ren. didn’t have this capability. I really don’t like the idea of bringing a laptop to play shows. I hear akai is about to annouce a new product soon, fingers crossed.

  11. qwackers February 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I got the Ren & Maschine Mk2 but won’t be upgrading to the Maschine Studio because everything I currently have now works fine as doing so will mean I will also have to upgrade to Komplete 9 ultimate which could potentially cause issues with other existing hardware I already have

  12. Charles February 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Was messing round with Mpc studio and maschine studio, and Mpc definitely had that feel that it’s sequencer was tighter, so If you only sample, than Mpc studio or ren is my whip of choice, but if you looking to get your Amadeus on then maschine studio might be better suited for you. Peace!

  13. DonJay March 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I started out making beats with a MPC 2000XL, and had a 4000 as well. I currently have Machien 2.0. I would say the sounds it comes with are great. I just like the MPC’s better. My question is, since MPC uses vst software, could it use the vst software from the Machien? I want to get a MPC Ren, but I would like to control the sound of Machien, or to use Masive with the MPC.

    • Corry Banks March 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Of course you can use massive and all of NIs VSTs in the moc software. That’s part of the suggestion I usually make to those that want the classic moc workflow (give or take) but also want to incorporate NIs plugs. I think that’s a great way to get the best of both worlds

      • Madhouse November 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

        This reply really helps! such informative article^ thanks fam!

        • Corry Banks November 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm

          no doubt. I’m glad it was helpful

  14. David March 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Anyone like any software-based drum samplers that AREN’T the MPC Ren/Studio or Maschine? Is it really a massive deal for everyone to use this quite expensive ‘hybrid’ stuff? What about other plugins?

    I love using FXpansion’s Geist and as I picked it up on offer cheap a few years back these options just look like a lot of money. Fully mapped to an MPD32, Geist can be pretty light on mouse-use although nowhere obviously near as much as the Maschine.

    I also use an MPC2500 (which I still favour for a lot of beatmaking) and Geist+MPD, for me, feels really good.

  15. JusKolMeaL March 31, 2014 at 4:10 am

    As an owner of both, I must say that they are 2 monsters on opposite sides of the same prizm. I have owned or used just about every beat machine worth owning and I put these 2 at the top of today’s chart. If you used and/or mastered the MPC 2000xl and have become accustomed to its workflow, you will see that the Ren has emulated that feeling quite well into the digital relm. I find the Ren’s sequencer much more accurate than the Masstu. That old hip hop groove is alive and well in the Ren and like me, I still find myself looking the Ren’s screen moreso than the computer monitor. The bland colors remind me of the Hercules Monochrome programs of old and give things a very generic look. The Masstu excels when it comes down to making more complex R and B tracks and I still love the piano roll function that’s intergrated into the Masstu’s software. You can literally sample a belch and play it through the midi keyboard and make a new sound with the Masstu’s editing capabilities. Both machines are great. To think that either machine has a clear cut advantage would very difficult to argue. I feel that preference and experience will play a big role. If you are like me and went from loading beats from a 5 1/2 inch floppy and having to cheat sample from a vinyl record with the pitch at 45 turned up to gain extra seconds, you will certainly see that the technology we are seeing today really bridges the gap between creativity and ease of use. I am sure that some of the younger, newer producers my find the Ren a little shallow as far as options, but I can certainly appreciate their “if it ain’t broke, reinforce it so it stays fixed” approach of the Ren. I can also appreciate the Masstu’s “if it takes 6 seconds to do, lets cut that in half” approach. Both excellent choices in my honest opinion. I can afford both therefore I own both. With a gun to my head and forced to choose, I would lean toward the Masstu due to the fact that I own a MPC 2000XL with 15 Zip disks of beats that I can’t read on the Ren because I saved in partitions and although they advertise to ability to read XL files, there is no surefire method that I know of to do so.

    • Corry Banks March 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Great additional info JusKolMeaL. thanks for the add on.

  16. Neko Aires April 29, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I have to disagree with one thing. I can use my mpc as a stand alone

    • Corry Banks April 29, 2014 at 3:50 am

      Do tell? Then you can’t be speaking of an MPC Ren or MPC Studio.

  17. Mike May 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Akai would kill it if they made a standalone box that was able to communicate with the computer via USB. End of story. Will they? Well only time will tell on that. Hopefully this will be something they seriously considering.

  18. Corey July 5, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Hi everybody, ok so I just recently started doing my research into beat making equipment and the three names that have come up the most have been Akia MPC, Albeton Live and Push, and of course NI Maschine MK2. I’ve seriously looked at each and found the obvious pore and cons for all. Cost is still an issue as well.

    Now, I’ve been using Logic Pro 9 for about a year, I used Acid on a PC before that, and I do want something that will complement that. I believe anyone of these three will. So here’s my problem. What I’m most interested in is something that I can easily import samples into (original guitar and piano ideas or just different sounds) and manipulate to my heart’s content. To me this comes down to the audio interface (or lack thereof) and the sample editing capabilities. Each seems to have some capacity for this but, being pretty new to this, which is probably the best for my DAW. I originally intended to make beats in the machine and then export them to Logic Pro.

    Also, pitch bending, time stretching, and reversing a track on Logic have been surprisingly difficult for me to figure out. I still struggle with them. If I had a machine that did that easily I would be pleased.

    As for portability, I would love something that is portable so that I can makes beats and songs anywhere I go. However, I’m not looking to become a DJ or anything like that.

    From what I’ve seen, each box has it’s strengths and weaknesses and the only way to know is to sit with each and try it out. However, money being an issue, this would take some time. Anyway, I know I am the new guy to the party. So please forgive the book I’ve written here. I’m just trying to figure this and and start making some music! After all, that’s what it’s all about. If it helps, I want to make music that would combine elements of Nine Inch Nails, N.E.R.D, Bjork, Dr. Dre, RZA, dark ambient (Grey Forge looks interesting), and trip-hop with blues and classical guitar. So basically pretty common I think. Thanks!

  19. Studio4942 July 30, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I’m still rocking the 2000xl with my synths and synth racks. Like most musicians preparing to jump into the computer world for making music I’ve been heavily doing research as well. But ironically I’ve hardly looked at the MPC Ren lately. It’s been mostly Maschine and Logic Pro X. The Ren moved to the bottom of the list mainly because of its seemingly poor offering of sounds and soft synths, but also because of all of the bugs I’ve read about and how others coming from the traditional MPC to the Ren were not pleased. I’m a pianist as well so synth sounds and acoustic instrument sound offerings is a huge selling point. My local GC only has the Maschine MK2 available to demo so I’ve been able to get a taste of what it has to offer. And despite my previous statement regarding synth sounds and acoustic instruments being huge, I’d probably by the Maschine based on the drum kits alone. Monstrous selection and there are beefy. As of now I’m leaning towards the Maschine MK2 as I’m looking to add a new MIDI keyboard controller and maybe Omnisphere or Komplete 9.

  20. Lee October 24, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Currently a 4000 user, I’m having real trouble deciding between the two. I really appreciate the article and feedback here! I guess I still feel a little sour at Akai for the lack of a Windows 8/Osx driver or Aksys for my 4k, which I’d happily pay for just to clean up the 80th hd. Obsolescence seems to be against the NI ethos, which I gotta respect.

    Anyone have experience interfacing the 4000 with the Renn/Studio? For those who have switched, how has the Maschine Studio increased your wrkflow or creativ

  21. Albee February 25, 2015 at 1:43 am
  22. Cutwiz February 25, 2015 at 1:49 am

    MPC software v1.8 new features

  23. Zander March 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I bought the MPC REN, when I bought it I had no idea Maschine existed. I am quite a bit disappointed with the MPC REN. Its software can be buggy and its got a big learning curve that I had to overcome, where as my friends who bought the Maschine seemed to find it quite a bit more intuitive. Also, a lot of the features on the MPC REN seem kind of stupid and pointless. The Pads are not as sensitive as the Maschine’s pads either. I wouldn’t really care about all that if the MPC had some kind of internal hard drive. The fact that for me to play it, it has to be connected to my computer at all times is irritating. I don’t know if the Maschine Studio is the same, but it if is not, then I can confidently say that I would enjoy much more than the MPC REN. The sound delay from not having its own built in software and hard drive is ridiculous. I will be selling my MPC REN in attempt to buy a Maschine Studio soon.

    • Corry Banks March 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      MPC REN and MAschine both depend on the computer. Neither can be used without the computer. If you want a “stand alone” MPC look more towards MPC 1000, MPC 2500, MPC 5000 or older classics. FYI… there is no “stand alone” (works without computer) version of Maschine. I would advise a bit more research on your part before spending any loot on anything. It will def serve you well.

  24. greg March 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    hi, i’m a total beginner to beat making, i have the mpc studio but i’m finding the learning curve really difficult no matter how many tutorials i watch, i was wondering if maschine learning curve is easier, any feedback would be much appreciated.

  25. DJDOPE April 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I was just curious… I’ve been kicking around Maschine or Ren here last week or so and I have to say the Maschine seems pretty solid… I currently use mod studio and it seem to do the job I’m just loving the Maschine software layout so much more… I def want the sounds the Maschine provides but still want to keep it real with MPC i guess just because I’ve had many hardware models… What’s my option to get all the sounds of the Maschine and keep the Mpc studio or get the Ren… Btw dope ass article bro best one with best insight even in 2016

    • Corry Banks April 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Oh bruh its simple. I found myself in the same boat. I just traded up the studio for the Ren (not particularly relevant in the decision process here lol) but I just stayed rocking with MPC software , Ren and copped Native INStruments Komplete. there is the answer. only thing that give me problems was Reaktor Blocks., it would crash in MPC software every time.

  26. Heru October 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Based on this article (and other articles, forums, videos, etc), it seems to me that NI Studio is currently deserving of the championship belt…BUT I have come to this conclusion only by own inferring because with all the great things that are highlighted in NI Studio there are only a very small minority of people that actually say that NI Studio is better and most of them come across like NI cult members that believe NI Studio is and always will be the end all be all. On the flip side there is only a small minority of people that say the MPC Ren is better…BUT most of them come across like they are just stuck in their comfort zone with MPC products and/or their loyalty to Akai doesn’t allow them to even consider the possibility that MPC could ever have a worthy challenger. And then there is the commentary that leans more towards being unbiased. Often the conclusion is they both are great and ultimately whichever fits you and your preferences better is the best… True; I agree with that but…when you tally up the pluses and minuses NI seems to have much more pluses and that makes it the winner in my book.

    What I get from my research of both products is that NI has an abundance of great sounds, loads of great features, great workflow, innovative capabilities, great products in the NI line that integrate well and add significantly to the whole creative experience, etc. NI seems to be improving on the past while at the same time blazing new and exciting trails. MPC Ren on the other hand does what MPCs have always done and continues to do it very well and in some respects better than before. Feature wise though, the MPC Ren hasn’t brought much newness and excitement to game. It hasn’t brought any significant amount of innovation to the game.

    The commonly stated pluses that Ren has over the studio are “it built like a tank, it has a built in audio interface, it has better pads, etc” but these things don’t make it the better overall performer or the most feature rich or the best software. Right now MPC Ren is a solid product; a great product; but it’s not the best at the moment. Yeah, yeah the commonly stated short comings of the NI Studio are that it doesn’t have built in interface (but that is an easy issue to resolve even if it may take a little more of your savings to do so), it isn’t a tank like the Ren is (but it is still well constructed), the quality and feel of the pads aren’t on par with the Ren (but they are still great), etc.

    At their core, both products virtually do the same thing even if a little differently but beyond their core the NI Studio is the better performer and has more to offer in terms of value to the creative process.

    If I had to choose between the two no I would definitely choose the NI Studio but I’m waiting for Akai’s next MPC flagship that is expected to be released early 2017 and when I compare that to the NI Studio I then will decide what I will be spending my money on. I’m rooting for Akai 2017 but I wont hesitate to give them the peace sign for NI if they don’t come correct…

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