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  • Welcome to your studio.

    At under one-inch thin, with low-profile controls and a brushed aluminum body, MPC Studio made to move. MPC Studio merges real MPC pads, iconic workflow, and the same MPC Software used by MPC Renaissance to give you a fully integrated portable production solution. Welcome to production anywhere. The world is now your studio.

    Legendary MPC Production on Your PC or Mac

    The MPC Studio Music Production Controller fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer. Its compact design is less than 1" thin and fits easily into a laptop bag or backpack. It's USB-powered with low-profile knobs and brushed aluminum body, and includes MPC Software for Mac and PC with 128-track sequencing capability. With 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, legendary MPC workflow, MPC Swing, plus four touch-sensitive knobs providing enhanced MPC software control, you'll be producing quality music in no time. A large LCD screen (360 x 96 dot graphic LCD) allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer.

    Included MPC Software

    Featuring 128-track sequencing capability and up to eight pad banks--more than any other MPC ever—the included MPC Software delivers a massive 7GB+ sound library, including all the sounds of the classic MPC3000 and including 2 MPC Expansions. Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins lets you record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU plugin. Use MPC Software alone as your main DAW, or use it seamlessly with your current studio as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin.

    MPC Software supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND, as well as samples and sequences from any MPC ever made, and it's compatible with both Mac and PC.

    It's all in The Bank

    7 Gigabytes. 300 Instruments. The Bank is an MPC Expansion workstation exploding with all the essential sounds of modern production including basses, leads, effects, keyboards and much, much more. It's included with MPC Studio. You also get The 809, an MPC Expansion for punchy analog drums—a full collection of classic drum machine sounds, each with its own controls for maximum tweak ability.

    Professional Go-Anywhere Capability 

    Designed in collaboration with dozens of working producers and musicians, MPC Studio maintains the workflow that has made the Akai Pro MPC the industry standard in music production for decades. Its built-in backlit LCD, 16 genuine MPC pads, and other powerful features give you the full MPC experience anywhere. 

    • MPC Studio Hardware

      • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer
      • Compact design is less than 1” thin and fits easily into a laptop bag
      • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac & PC with 128-track sequencing capability
      • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, legendary MPC workflow & MPC Swing
      • USB-powered with low-profile knobs and brushed aluminum body
      • Large LCD screen allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer
      • Four touch-sensitive knobs provide enhanced MPC software control
    • MPC Software

      • 128-track sequencing capability
      • Up to eight pad banks — more than any other MPC ever
      • Massive 7GB+ sound library, including all the sounds of the classic MPC3000
      • Includes 2 MPC Expansions
      • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins
      • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU plugin
      • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin
      • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND
      • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
      • Compatible with Mac and PC
      • Full 64-bit support in all versions; standalone, VST, and AU
      • Auto-save capability
    • General

      • Display: 360 x 96 dot graphic LCD w/back light
      • Height:0.73 -0.89 inches (18.5-22.6mm)
      • Width:11.2 inches (284mm)
      • Depth:10.1 inches (257mm)
      • Weight: 1.96 pounds (0.89kg)
      • Power: USB
      • MIDI I/O interface: 1 In / 1 Out via TRS to MIDI breakout cables (Included)
    • Sequencer

      • Maximum events: unlimited (based on CPU)
      • Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note
      • Sequences: 128
      • Tracks per sequence: 128
      • Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
      • Drum pad banks: 8
      • Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
      • Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control
    • MPC Software

      • Polyphony: 64
      • Dynamic filtering: 1 State Variable Filter per voice (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
      • Filter types: Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass, Band Boost, Band Stop, Analog Modeling, Vocal Formant
      • Number of programs: 128
      • Memory capacity: System Dependent. 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
      • Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
      • Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only)
      • Audio files supported: WAV, MP3, REX, AIFF, SND
      • Word lengths supported: 32 and 64-bit
    • Effects

      • Program Effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per Pad
      • Track Effects: 4 Inserts and 4 stereo Sends per Track
      • Master effect: 4 Master Effect Slots Over 50 high-quality effects Included
      • Plugin Formats supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
    • MIDI I/O

      • MIDI inputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
      • MIDI outputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
      • Standard accessories: Operator's manual TRS to MIDI breakout cable x2 (Included)
    • Mac: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.8 with DVD–ROM drive
    • Windows: 2 GHz Pentium® 4 or Celeron® compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended) 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Windows 7 and Windows 8 (32 or 64-bit) with DVD-ROM drive
    • Does the MPC Renaissance or Studio work as a standalone sequencer?

      No. The MPC Renaissance & Studio are fully integrated USB MIDI controllers for your computer. Both are designed to work seamlessly with the included MPC Software, and MPC Essentials providing all of the major workflow points of the Legacy MPC's, while including lots of new enhancements.

    • How do I turn pad lights off?

      The pads will light up different colors, depending on how hard you play them (ranging from yellow at a low velocity, and red at the highest velocity). To disable (or re-enable) these lights, on the MPC Renaissance or Studio, press PAD ASSIGN then F6 (Velo Col).

    • Will the MPC Renaissance or Studio burn CD’s?

      The MPC Renaissance and Studio does not include a CD disk drive, or option for one. The MPC software will export an Audio Mixdown in WAV, AIFF, and MP3 formats, which can be burned to a CD from your computer’s disk drive.

    • Does the MPC Studio use a power Supply?

      No. Wire free! The MPC Studio is powered from USB connection, and does not include any other connections for power.

    • What Does the Vintage Mode button do on the MPC Renaissance?

      Vintage Modes allow you to choose an emulation of vintage sonic qualities from classic drum machines and samplers, for example, the MPC3000 or MPC60.

    • Is Vintage Mode available with the MPC Studio?

      No. Currently, Vintage Mode is an exclusive feature of the MPC Renaissance.

    • What's different about the MPC Studio, compared to the MPC Renaissance?

      The MPC Studio is designed to be slim, and is easily portable. Adding to this portability, an MPC Studio Neoprene Case is provided in the box to help keep your new controller protected! Smaller in size, the MPC Studio will provide all of the same controls over the MPC Software as the MPC Renaissance. New to the MPC Studio is a Scroll knob, this knob will allow you to select sections of 4 parameters in the MPC Software's interface, which can then be manipulated by the device's 4 Q-Link knobs. Exclusively, the MPC Renaissance includes Vintage Mode, and has an audio interface built in.

    • Can I use the MPC Renaissance and Studio with other programs?

      As of MPC Software version 1.5, and included in MPC Essentials, a MIDI Mapping Mode feature assists with assigning MIDI values for controlling external MIDI gear, and with mapping control inside DAW environments when using the MPC Software plugin. That said, MPC Renaissance & Studio can be used without the MPC Software running, but manually MIDI mapping will generally be a required feature of the DAW's environment. If you do manually MIDI map your MPC hardware without the MPC Software running, a DAW with a MIDI learn feature will be easier to map than one without. You cannot change the MIDI note numbers and CC numbers that your MPC Hardware is assigned to unless you are using the MPC Software's MIDI map mode.

    • Like the MPC Renaissance, is the MPC Studio an audio interface?

      No. The MPC Studio is a fully integrated controller for the MPC Software, and will require audio input and output from your computer's sound card, or external audio interface, like an Akai Pro EIE or EIE Pro. In choosing to use a sound card or audio interface, ASIO driver types are strongly recommended along with the latest updates for your sound card or audio interface's drivers.

    • Does the MPC Studio include MIDI ports for external sequencers and hardware sound modules?

      Yes. The MPC Studio includes MIDI In and Out ports. Included with the MPC Studio are 2, 1/8" to 5-Pin MIDI conversion breakout cables. 1 for the MPC Studio's MIDI Input and Output ports.

    • There are lots of new features in the MPC Hardware & Software, right?

      Definitely! We'll give you details on a few of the new features that will be found in the MPC Hardware & Software. “Half Level” – like “Full Level” with a 127 velocity output. “Half Level” will allow a medium velocity output of 64. “Latch” – when activated this feature will permanently turn on “Note Repeat”, so that the Note Repeat button does not need to be held down. Q-Link Trigger – Holding this button, and touching one of the Q-Link knobs will make the parameter’s value jump to a predetermined value. And, on the MPC Studio, the Scroll knob, which allows the device's 4 Q-Link knobs to access any parameter point in the MPC Software! These are just a few of the new features available. Akai Pro is excited for you to discover all the new features.

  • Documents
    Quickstart Guide [revB] Reference Manual [v1.1] MPC Software [v1.6] Release Notes
    Downloads
    Mac OSX MPC Studio Firmware Update v1.10 Windows MPC Studio Firmware Update v1.10
    Links
    MPC Software [v1.4] Mac MPC Software [v1.4] PC MPC Software [v1.3.1] Mac MPC Software [v1.3.1] PC MPC Software [v1.2] Mac MPC Software [v1.2] PC MPC Software [v1.1] Mac MPC Software [v1.1] PC MPC Software [v1.5] Mac MPC Software [v1.5] PC MPC Studio Knowledgebase Articles MPC Software [v1.6] Mac MPC Software [v1.6] PC

MPC Studio

Music Production Controller - Slimline

An elegant and powerful performance and production tool that manages to be both enormous fun and suitably serious when required. Sets the standard for mobile music-making. 10/10

-MusicTech Magazine

Overview

Welcome to your studio.

At under one-inch thin, with low-profile controls and a brushed aluminum body, MPC Studio made to move. MPC Studio merges real MPC pads, iconic workflow, and the same MPC Software used by MPC Renaissance to give you a fully integrated portable production solution. Welcome to production anywhere. The world is now your studio.

Legendary MPC Production on Your PC or Mac

The MPC Studio Music Production Controller fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer. Its compact design is less than 1" thin and fits easily into a laptop bag or backpack. It's USB-powered with low-profile knobs and brushed aluminum body, and includes MPC Software for Mac and PC with 128-track sequencing capability. With 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, legendary MPC workflow, MPC Swing, plus four touch-sensitive knobs providing enhanced MPC software control, you'll be producing quality music in no time. A large LCD screen (360 x 96 dot graphic LCD) allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer.

Included MPC Software

Featuring 128-track sequencing capability and up to eight pad banks--more than any other MPC ever—the included MPC Software delivers a massive 7GB+ sound library, including all the sounds of the classic MPC3000 and including 2 MPC Expansions. Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins lets you record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU plugin. Use MPC Software alone as your main DAW, or use it seamlessly with your current studio as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin.

MPC Software supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND, as well as samples and sequences from any MPC ever made, and it's compatible with both Mac and PC.

It's all in The Bank

7 Gigabytes. 300 Instruments. The Bank is an MPC Expansion workstation exploding with all the essential sounds of modern production including basses, leads, effects, keyboards and much, much more. It's included with MPC Studio. You also get The 809, an MPC Expansion for punchy analog drums—a full collection of classic drum machine sounds, each with its own controls for maximum tweak ability.

Professional Go-Anywhere Capability 

Designed in collaboration with dozens of working producers and musicians, MPC Studio maintains the workflow that has made the Akai Pro MPC the industry standard in music production for decades. Its built-in backlit LCD, 16 genuine MPC pads, and other powerful features give you the full MPC experience anywhere. 

Features

  • MPC Studio Hardware

    • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer
    • Compact design is less than 1” thin and fits easily into a laptop bag
    • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac & PC with 128-track sequencing capability
    • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, legendary MPC workflow & MPC Swing
    • USB-powered with low-profile knobs and brushed aluminum body
    • Large LCD screen allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer
    • Four touch-sensitive knobs provide enhanced MPC software control
  • MPC Software

    • 128-track sequencing capability
    • Up to eight pad banks — more than any other MPC ever
    • Massive 7GB+ sound library, including all the sounds of the classic MPC3000
    • Includes 2 MPC Expansions
    • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins
    • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU plugin
    • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin
    • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND
    • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
    • Compatible with Mac and PC
    • Full 64-bit support in all versions; standalone, VST, and AU
    • Auto-save capability

Tech Specs

  • General

    • Display: 360 x 96 dot graphic LCD w/back light
    • Height:0.73 -0.89 inches (18.5-22.6mm)
    • Width:11.2 inches (284mm)
    • Depth:10.1 inches (257mm)
    • Weight: 1.96 pounds (0.89kg)
    • Power: USB
    • MIDI I/O interface: 1 In / 1 Out via TRS to MIDI breakout cables (Included)
  • Sequencer

    • Maximum events: unlimited (based on CPU)
    • Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note
    • Sequences: 128
    • Tracks per sequence: 128
    • Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
    • Drum pad banks: 8
    • Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
    • Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control
  • MPC Software

    • Polyphony: 64
    • Dynamic filtering: 1 State Variable Filter per voice (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
    • Filter types: Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass, Band Boost, Band Stop, Analog Modeling, Vocal Formant
    • Number of programs: 128
    • Memory capacity: System Dependent. 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
    • Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
    • Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only)
    • Audio files supported: WAV, MP3, REX, AIFF, SND
    • Word lengths supported: 32 and 64-bit
  • Effects

    • Program Effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per Pad
    • Track Effects: 4 Inserts and 4 stereo Sends per Track
    • Master effect: 4 Master Effect Slots Over 50 high-quality effects Included
    • Plugin Formats supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
  • MIDI I/O

    • MIDI inputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
    • MIDI outputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
    • Standard accessories: Operator's manual TRS to MIDI breakout cable x2 (Included)

System Requirements

  • Mac: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.8 with DVD–ROM drive
  • Windows: 2 GHz Pentium® 4 or Celeron® compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended) 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Windows 7 and Windows 8 (32 or 64-bit) with DVD-ROM drive

FAQs

  • Does the MPC Renaissance or Studio work as a standalone sequencer?

    No. The MPC Renaissance & Studio are fully integrated USB MIDI controllers for your computer. Both are designed to work seamlessly with the included MPC Software, and MPC Essentials providing all of the major workflow points of the Legacy MPC's, while including lots of new enhancements.

  • How do I turn pad lights off?

    The pads will light up different colors, depending on how hard you play them (ranging from yellow at a low velocity, and red at the highest velocity). To disable (or re-enable) these lights, on the MPC Renaissance or Studio, press PAD ASSIGN then F6 (Velo Col).

  • Will the MPC Renaissance or Studio burn CD’s?

    The MPC Renaissance and Studio does not include a CD disk drive, or option for one. The MPC software will export an Audio Mixdown in WAV, AIFF, and MP3 formats, which can be burned to a CD from your computer’s disk drive.

  • Does the MPC Studio use a power Supply?

    No. Wire free! The MPC Studio is powered from USB connection, and does not include any other connections for power.

  • What Does the Vintage Mode button do on the MPC Renaissance?

    Vintage Modes allow you to choose an emulation of vintage sonic qualities from classic drum machines and samplers, for example, the MPC3000 or MPC60.

  • Is Vintage Mode available with the MPC Studio?

    No. Currently, Vintage Mode is an exclusive feature of the MPC Renaissance.

  • What's different about the MPC Studio, compared to the MPC Renaissance?

    The MPC Studio is designed to be slim, and is easily portable. Adding to this portability, an MPC Studio Neoprene Case is provided in the box to help keep your new controller protected! Smaller in size, the MPC Studio will provide all of the same controls over the MPC Software as the MPC Renaissance. New to the MPC Studio is a Scroll knob, this knob will allow you to select sections of 4 parameters in the MPC Software's interface, which can then be manipulated by the device's 4 Q-Link knobs. Exclusively, the MPC Renaissance includes Vintage Mode, and has an audio interface built in.

  • Can I use the MPC Renaissance and Studio with other programs?

    As of MPC Software version 1.5, and included in MPC Essentials, a MIDI Mapping Mode feature assists with assigning MIDI values for controlling external MIDI gear, and with mapping control inside DAW environments when using the MPC Software plugin. That said, MPC Renaissance & Studio can be used without the MPC Software running, but manually MIDI mapping will generally be a required feature of the DAW's environment. If you do manually MIDI map your MPC hardware without the MPC Software running, a DAW with a MIDI learn feature will be easier to map than one without. You cannot change the MIDI note numbers and CC numbers that your MPC Hardware is assigned to unless you are using the MPC Software's MIDI map mode.

  • Like the MPC Renaissance, is the MPC Studio an audio interface?

    No. The MPC Studio is a fully integrated controller for the MPC Software, and will require audio input and output from your computer's sound card, or external audio interface, like an Akai Pro EIE or EIE Pro. In choosing to use a sound card or audio interface, ASIO driver types are strongly recommended along with the latest updates for your sound card or audio interface's drivers.

  • Does the MPC Studio include MIDI ports for external sequencers and hardware sound modules?

    Yes. The MPC Studio includes MIDI In and Out ports. Included with the MPC Studio are 2, 1/8" to 5-Pin MIDI conversion breakout cables. 1 for the MPC Studio's MIDI Input and Output ports.

  • There are lots of new features in the MPC Hardware & Software, right?

    Definitely! We'll give you details on a few of the new features that will be found in the MPC Hardware & Software. “Half Level” – like “Full Level” with a 127 velocity output. “Half Level” will allow a medium velocity output of 64. “Latch” – when activated this feature will permanently turn on “Note Repeat”, so that the Note Repeat button does not need to be held down. Q-Link Trigger – Holding this button, and touching one of the Q-Link knobs will make the parameter’s value jump to a predetermined value. And, on the MPC Studio, the Scroll knob, which allows the device's 4 Q-Link knobs to access any parameter point in the MPC Software! These are just a few of the new features available. Akai Pro is excited for you to discover all the new features.

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