Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Creating Custom Samples

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akai mpcren mainHave a keyboard, vocal, or instrument that you want to sample?  With the MPC Renaissance/MPC Software it has never been easier.  You can even quantize the sample with legendary MPC swing!  The following article will show you how to record a sample, assign it to a pad, and chop it up.


  1. Connecting the Sound Source
  2. Setting Up MPC Software Preferences
  3. Sample track configuration
  4. Recording a sample
  5. Additional Resources
  6. Further Technical Support


Connecting a microphone/instrument

What you will need:

  • A microphone (synth, drum machine, etc.)
  • XLR cable (for microphone)
  • 1/4in instrument cable (for instruments)

Note: When using XLR cables from a microphone, make sure Input 1 + 2 are set to MIC and not LINE on the back panel of the Renaissance. Also if it is a condenser mic, turn PHANTOM switch to ON.


Setting Up MPC Software Preferences

  1. In the MPC application, go to yourPreferenceswindow:
    • On Windows, chooseEdit > Preferences.
    • On a Mac, chooseMPC > Preferences.


  2. Select the AUDIO tab and make your OUTPUT the MPC RENAISSANCE, and then choose your INPUT as the MPC Renaissance (or whatever Renaissance port you are connected to) from the drop down menu. This will activate the port for AUDIO routing.

    akai mpc ren preference audio

  3. By default, the Renaissance should be your input device with Input 1 + 2 selected as the Active Input Channels.  Make sure you are configured like the image below or you will not be able to hear the audio.


Sample track configuration

  1. You are now ready to route an audio track into the MPC Software.  Choose the SAMPLE RECORD icon from the TOP ROW icon bar. It is a small ICON that is a MICROPHONE. Or you can push the SHIFT BUTTON and the SAMPLE EDIT/SAMPLE REC button on the MPC hardware to enter this screen.

    akai mpc ren toolbar mic

  2. Make sure your INPUT SOURCE is EXTERNAL.  Click on INPUT MONITOR to hear your audio source. Then adjust the THRESHOLD MARKER to wear you want the audio to be recognized. Audio will only be recorded if it goes above the THRESHOLD MARKER.

    akai mpc ren sound module 8

  3. Make sure the GAIN is turned up so you get a sufficient audio signal to record.

    akai mpc ren sound module gain

Recording a sample

  1. To RECORD your audio source you can CLICK on F6 on the MPC hardware, or you can click on the REC in the software SAMPLE section.

    akai mpc ren clicking f6   akai mpc ren sample click

  2. Now you will only be able to see and name your sample AFTER you hit STOP.

    akai mpc ren sound module 10

  3. You can preview the sample by HOLDING DOWN the mouse button on PLAY in the small box where you can name the sample. 

  4. After you name the sample you can click on KEEP in the small box and then it is saved to your sample list on the right side panel in the MPC software.

  5. Now your performance is ready to use as a sample and is listed in your sample list (to the right).  You can assign the performance to a pad a play it into your song as desired, or you can select the sample and use the CHOP feature to divide the performance into multiple phrases.  Since the sample was recorded at the tempo of your sequence, you never have to worry about timing as long as the sample starts immediately when pressing a pad.  To edit when the sample starts, use Q-Link 1, 5, 9, and 13.   Enjoy!

    akai mpc ren sound module 11last


Additional Resources



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