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Akai Pro’s New MPC Series

The Akai Pro Music Production Controller gets a new face, brains and teeth with the introduction of the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, and MPC Fly.  Three brand new and exciting  products coming in 2013!

 MPC  Renaissance

The Industry standard MPC layout and workflow is now combined with the power of your PC or Mac with the new MPC Renaissance.   The Renaissance is an unmatched instrument for music production, and is now the new flagship of a new line of fully integrated hardware/software MPC systems.   MPC Renaissance enables you to use the classic hardware controls, with the exclusive MPC Software empowering you with unbelievable, expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC.

The MPC Software give you the ability to sequence up to 128 tracks as well as a massive 9GB sound library including all of the classic sounds of the MPC3000.  You can use the MPC Software as a standalone program or You can bring the MPC into tracks of your favorite DAW as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin

In addition to the MPC Software the MPC Renaissance now ships with Avid® Pro Tools® Express, a lite edition of the industry standard professional audio production software.

 MPC  Studio


MPC Studio is a compact streamlined ultra-portable  MPC . The Studio is less than an inch thick enclosed in a beautiful sturdy brushed aluminum chassis.  MPC Studio features MPC pads, the same familiar MPC  workflow, and the exclusive MPC Software used by MPC Renaissance when combined with a laptop gives you a fully portable production center.

MPC  Fly

MPC Fly takes advantage of the power of your iPad, featuring real MPC pads that have made the MPC an industry standard as well as, MPC Note Repeat, and MPC Swing.  The double-hinged design gives you the ability to produce beats anywhere, while acting as a protective iPad.   The MPC Fly works with the iMPC app Retronyms which uses all the functionality of a classic Akai Pro MPC sampler like time correction, and note repeat to create new sequences.



PreSonus Audio Box Studio Comes With A Lot For A Little

PreSonus Audio Box Studio

If you’ve ever wanted to get into audio recording, but were intimidated by the vast variety (not to mention the often high cost) of gear and software, your solution has arrived! With the Audio Box Studio by PreSonus, you get a high-quality selection of gear and software from a brand that’s trusted by audio professionals around the globe that doesn’t weigh too heavily on your wallet.

The Interface:

AudioBox USB

First up is the AudioBox USB interface. This impressive little guy has two XLR/TRS combo jack inputs for both microphones and guitars and MIDI I/O for, well, any instrument that utilizes MIDI. MIDI‘s not just for keyboards, you know! Anyway, its Main and Headphone outputs are 1/4″ TRS, and it hooks up to your computer via USB. Honestly, with this interface, you’re pretty well set in just about any recording situation.

The Microphone:

M7 High Definition Condenser Microphone

It also has +48V phantom power for use with condenser microphones, which is certainly good news considering that the included M7 high-definition, large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone requires it! This package includes a 9 foot cable, and a protective cloth carry bag for the microphone, making it nicely portable and perfect for recording on the road. To read more on condenser microphones and the cardioid polar pattern, check out these two previous blogs of ours: Demystifying Microphones & Polar Patterns (Demystifying Microphones, Part 2).

The Headphones:

HD 7 Headphones

Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with a quality set of headphones like these. With high-resolution neodymium drivers, precision-tuned acoustic chambers and an extended bass response, you’ll hear everything you need to hear with the clarity that professionals require. These babies are lightweight, comfortable and have a single-sided 8 foot cable, giving you plenty of room to move around if necessary.

The Software:

HD 7 Headphones

Finally, we come to the software; which, in my opinion, is the highlight of this package. Many other DAWs have finite amounts of tracks you can make, but not Studio One Artist! You can have unlimited audio, MIDI, virtual instruments, buses and FX channel tracks. Studio One Artist boasts the “most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available,” real-time audio timestretching and resampling, not to mention automatic delay compensation which is fantastic for sessions that have a lot of effects in them. If all that wasn’t enough, the Studio One Artist DVD-ROM comes with 4+ GB of third-party software, loops and virtual instruments. How’s that for value, hmm?! So, what are you waiting for? A top secret jambalaya recipe or something?!

The Jambalaya:


Well, hilariously enough, PreSonus actually does include a jambalaya recipe on page 81 (all the way at the bottom) of their quickstart guide for the AudioBox Studio. I think they’ve become my new favorite manufacturer. Frankly, I’ll be picking one of these AudioBox Studio packages up myself soon, because bundles as great and affordable as this one don’t come around very often. Hurry before they’re all gone! What are you doing wasting time still reading these last sentences?! Go! Go! Go! And make jambalaya!