Now up to $300 less, MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio now feature updated MPC Software with standalone functionality and new MIDI Control Mode for mapping to other DAWs.

Cumberland, RI (October 2, 2013) – Coinciding with the announcement and release of MPC Element, the most affordable MPC ever at just $149, Akai Professional has now reduced the prices of the flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers by $300 and $200, respectively.

Formerly with an estimated street price of $1299, MPC Renaissance will now sell for an estimated street price of $999, and MPC Studio, formerly $599, will now sell for an estimated street price of $399. In addition, Akai Professional has released Version 1.5 of MPC Software, the powerful and evolving production software at the heart of MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio. Packing more than 100 improvements, Version 1.5 offers a few key features that users have been asking for. While the previous versions of MPC Software required the controller to be connected to the computer at all times, Version 1.5 has the ability to run standalone without the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio needing to be attached to the computer, for situations where it would be impractical to have the MPC hardware connected.

“As with previous updates, MPC Software has always been about supporting the producer’s workflow and creative process,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager, Akai Professional. “This update brings even more of the flexibility that our MPC users have been asking for.”


In addition to the new standalone capability, MPC Software Version 1.5 now has MIDI Control Mode, which allows MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio to become the hands-on controller for any software that allows MIDI control.

“It lets you remap the entire control surface to whatever you want,” said Gill. “With the press of a button, you can switch back and forth between MPC Software and your favorite DAW.”

MPC Software Version 1.5 can be downloaded from

Version 1.5 (September 2013)

New features

  • MIDI control mode: use your MPC hardware as a configurable MIDI control surface.
  • MPC software runs without hardware present; use MPC on the road without plugging in hardware.
  • Configurable pulse display resolution (set this in Preferences>Sequencer).


  • 16-levels now works instantly. 16-level engages as soon as you hit the button. Press and hold 16 LEVEL, then tap a pad to change pad assignment on the fly.
  • MPC Release Notes 1
  • Improved project information display, including a tree-view of project contents,
  • improved icons displaying program and sample types, and built-in sample auditioning. The sample list is context sensitive, and shows only the samples used by the current selection (i.e. the selected sequence/track/program).
  • Many UI and workflow improvements.
  • Purge samples workflow improvement.
  • Next sequence mode and song mode show sequence loop points in the timeline.
  • Improved timeline editing. You can now extend a sequence and set loop points directly in the timeline.
  • Improved stability hosting various third party plugins.
  • Improved drag and drop capabilities.
  • Plugin editor window position made persistent.
  • Improved behavior when an audio interface is removed.
  • MPC saves the master level and submix levels in project files.
  • Support for MPC Element hardware.
  • Compatibility with MPC Essentials projects.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • Many bug fixes and stability enhancements.


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