AKAI MPC Renaissance
New gear! Shiny buttons!
New business from akai right here, this is the same piece of hardware we saw in my recently in the AraabMUZIK live dubstep routine. It looks like a properly made piece of kit, most things I’ve played with from AKAI (LPD8 aside) are pretty much bomb proof.
It seems this is aimed at the same market as maschine although im unclear if this is meant to be a stand alone unit that holds all its own samples or needs a PC with the bundled software to work. Personally I hope its the latter. That way all the expensive hardware used for a fully dedicated MPC can make way for a reasonable price tag, then it really will be biting the heels of NI.
More info after the jump: http://www.akaiprompc.com/mpcrenaissance.php