The foundation of hip-hop was built with sampling through drum machines, like Akai’s MPC. Yet, stiff competition from combination software /hardware pad based controllers like Native Instruments’ Maschine, have removed Akai’s products from being the first choice for many newer producers. As a result, Akai has recently announced three new products to bring people back to the machine that helped start it all. Introducing the MPC Fly, MPC Studio, and the MPC Renaissance.

The MPC Fly is a controller designed specifically for the iPad 2 in unison with the MPC app. Built for travel, the dock is similar to many keyboards for the iPad 2 being able to double as a clamshell case, and then open up when ready for use. Providing sixteen velocity-sensitive pads including producer favorite features like after touch, note repeat, swing, and several other functions, the MPC Fly allows an iPad 2 to function almost as well as any of their stand alone machines.

MPC Studio

Next up, the MPC Studio is Akai’s answer to competition from Native Instruments Maschine. The Studio goes beyond being just a simple controller like Akai’s MPK and MPD lines, but also includes custom built software to use with the device which can function as it’s own DAW with VST support, or be used as a VST-plugin within another DAW. The software also includes over 6 GB of samples from the fan favorite to provide that rough crunch, and grit. The unit itself includes an LCD screen, 4 touch sensitive knobs, and the signature 16 pads but remaining less than an inch thick and is compatible with both PC and MAC.

MPC Renaissance

Last but certainly not least, we have the MPC Renaissance which Akai’s new flagship workstation. Poised to be the perfect blend of everything MPC purist love along with those who cannot work without their Computer. The Renaissance is fully functional stand-alone machine with a built in audio interface to connect to a computer with plenty of additional I/O like USB, MIDI, XLR ¼ inch stereo, and of course a turntable input. This is of course just in addition to the other features you would expect, like the 16 pads, various control, and an adjustable LCD screen in case you don’t want to work off the Computer monitor. There’s a vintage mode for those coming from an older MPC that emulates the MPC60 and 3000, and like the MPC Studio, included software custom built and DAW ready. Check out more info on all three products at

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