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Can you extend the MPC Renaissance pad range by plugging in an MPC Element?

I have an MPC Ren and an MPC Element. T'would be dope if I could extend the Ren's 16 pads to 32 by plugging in my Element..

Is this possible? If so, how would I go about locking the Ren's and Element's pads to behave as a combined 32?

Cheers dawgs ^____^
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  • Hey Aleks,

    Thanks for posting!

    No need to add an Element to your hardware configuration, your MPC Renaissance has seven other pad banks for you to use! Forget about 32 pads, the Renaissance has 8 total pad banks (Banks A-H) with 16 pads per bank - that makes for a total of 128 unique pads! :)

    Use the Pad Bank buttons at the upper left corner of the Ren to select the bank you want to use. Each bank selection button corresponds to two banks - hold the Shift button and press the bank button to enable its alternate bank (Bank A shares the same button as Bank E and so on).

    I hope that helps - enjoy!
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  • Hey Nick

    Thanks for the reply.

    I understand that there are 8 pad banks, but when using say, a synth plugin, I only have 16 pads available to me at any one time. If I want to play in a different octave I have to change banks. What I'm asking is whether I can use the Ren's 16 and the Element's 16 as a 'combined' keyboard; so that I can trigger B1 - B16 on the Ren and simultaneously C1 - C16 on the Element, for example..

    Cheers
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  • Oh I see!

    In that case, you would not be able to use a second MPC unit (regardless of what model MPC). The software will only communicate with one MPC at a time - MPC hardware uses a unique communication protocol with the software that differs from other MIDI pad controllers.

    With that in mind, you could certainly connect a different pad controller to expand the amount of pads at your disposal. For this purpose, I would recommend looking into an MPD218. This controller has a similar form factor to the Element and you will also benefit from its editor software as that will add a level of pad note customization that you would not get with the Element.

    I hope that's helpful!
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