In the years to come when the old heads talk about the sampling drum machine(s) that defined beatmaking we will inevitably mention the MPC, Akai & Roger Lynn’s collabo blockbuster game changer. I’m certain we will speak about the masters like Premo, Pete Rock, J Dilla & others with gleaming joy as we find new and more colorfully slick ways to describe that ole boom bap that blasted from boom boxes far and wide creating the sound track to our beloved golden era.

We’ll surely boast and gush over the long lineage of the MPC history with newer more fresh features from model to model from the MPC60, on to thru all of the subsequent models… MPC3000, MPC2000, MPC2000XL (my first and second model), MPC4000, MPC2500, MPC1000, MPC500, MPC5000 (my 3rd and current model). Then we’ll surely discuss the change that computer aided music technology presented and how making music was forever augmented at which point the NI Maschine will likely get honorable mention but then we’ll come to 2012 when AKAI Pro refashioned (rebranded) the MPC acronym from MIDI Production Center to Music Production Center to now the Music Production Controller. How appropos in 2012?! Could this be the best of both worlds for producers looking to wield the power of software and hardware into #beatmaking bliss? We shall see…

… and here it is MPC Renaissance Music Production Controller

Also, on deck are MPC STUDIO Music Production Controller Slimline & MPC FLY Music Production Controller for iPad 2. I’m interested to see what these MPC’s have to offer. See more about the features below…

Product Features

MPC Renaissance Hardware

  • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer
  • 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 64-track sequencing capability
  • Two XLR-1/4” combo inputs and dedicated turntable input
  • Four-channel US B 2.0 audio interface and two-port US B 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

MPC Software

  • 64-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 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

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