On Friday April 2nd, I hosted the Red Bull Music Academy x Akai MPC workshop to showcase the new Akai Pro MPC Renaissance. This also served as an opportunity for Atlanta artists to turn in their applications for the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy. It all took place at Tree Sounds Studios with special guest Dan Gill (Akai), Sean C (Producer, Hitmen), and some of ATL’s emerging producers including: DJ Burn One, DJ Pocket, Salem Psalms, Herobust, Groove Chambers, Morgan The Mexican, etc.
The MPC Renaissance is Akai’s new drum machine / work station that has NOT been released for public purchase yet. This event served as a great opportunity for music gear heads to check out the latest and greatest. Even those not into making beats such as myself could learn a new trick or two.
The next day there was a private session held at Patchwerk Studios with the Big Boy producers: Don Cannon, Brian Michael Cox, Jazze Pha, Etc. Producers seem to be pretty excited about the MPC Renaissance. Akai has officially changed the way users will connect with the MPC, now lets see if producers use this device to create a new musical landscape that we can connect with. The future awaits.
My guess is you’ll see the Renaissance make an appearance at the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy sessions in New York City this fall as well.
Check out some pics as well as some video from the 3 Little Digs.
3 Little Digs “First Look” at the Akai Pro MPC Renaissance: Video
Watch as Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Pro and legendary producer Sean C visit 3 Little Digs Headquarters to showcase the much anticipated Akai Pro MPC Renaissance as part of the Red Bull Music Academy music workshop series.
Shouts to Mali at Tree Sounds for having us.