MPC Ren 1.8 Software Feature and Fix Suggestions

Akai MPC Renaissance Feature Request

1.8 Suggestions and Request

FIXES
1. Firmware Installation for Mac 10.8.5 and up is not simple enough, it would be great for it to work without the many steps it takes to see if it worked. I have tried almost 20 Times before I learned from the forums to install it on a windows machine.

2. Connection from hardware to the software is too fragile. Sometimes it loses connection mid session. Please improve the connection stability.

3. More Plug In Compatibility, many of the plug-ins I have do not work with the MPC REN so it forces me to change my workflow to ableton live while creating a beat. I would rather stay entirely inside the MPC REN.

4. Accurate AUTO SAVE FUNCTION - it should remember every step back to the time the session was last opened. Back and forth should only erase or add the next step. Sometimes this wipes out everything on that track.

5. Copy Bars can sometimes be really buggy - (Number of bars when deleting is inaccurate at
times.)

Requested Features
1. LAST UNSAVED SESSION - THE REN SHOULD HAVE AN AUTO SAVE BACKUP SYSTEM THAT SAVES UP TO THE LAST MOVE THAT THE USER MADE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH. AFTER A CRASH A SOFTWARE PROMPT SHOULD APPEAR ON SCREEN ALLOWING THE OPTION TO OPEN THE LAST UNSAVED SESSION. (ABLETON LIVE DOES THIS WELL).

2.Track Explode Function - Takes multiple sounds programmed and assigns each to its own new track.

3. Sample Audition Volume control.

4. Real Time Pitch Shift & Time Stretch - (keygroup) with very little artifacting.

5. Freeze To Pad - Freeze a sound or phrase to a pad. Freeze with or without effects options.

6. One touch Automation (ala Maschine).

7. Vintage Mode to individual tracks.

8. SYNCH ON - OFF Function - The ability to disengage the synch in plug-in mode to allow quick workflow offline mode.
then flow quickly back to the plug in mode by hitting a sync button.

9. Effect Gesture Plug IN - (applied globally & individually) like on the Akai’s INPC FLUX PRO reminds me of Stutter Edit. (Tape Stop, Beat Repeat, Filters Turntable, Effects and Gestures).

10. Song Mode Scroll Position - Scroll to song position with jog shuttle and double click on location to play from that position.

11. Save Used Function - Save only sounds used in the sequence or song.

12. Browser Assignment Improvements - Custom Options on how the browser behaves, example:
Last Folder Positions - all folder locations stay on the last sessions positions.
Project Folder Positions - all folder locations are saved within the project.
Favorite Folder Positions - all folder locations can be set to be pulled up on start-up as a default.

13. Pad Swap Function - Swapping sounds from one pad to another.

14. REX FILES - Reading of REX files and apple loops.

15. Patch Phrase Folder Function - Samples can be dropped into a folder and the system will automatically begin to analyze in succession each sample only prompting the user to set the bar length.

16. A-Z Sample Listing within a program.

17. Mixer Channel Size Options - Thin, Med & Large. Selectable Channel Width Sizes the track width should be adjustable to fit more tracks in view (a minimum of 24 - 32 viewable tracks).

18. Mixer Channel Order Option- Drag a Mixer Channel to any location to reorder the channels as desired.

19. Buss Channels - to save on processing power summing mixing using busses would be a great addition to the MPC software.

20. Sample Edit Double Click Function - Double clicking on a sample in the loaded project takes us to the sample edit screen.

21. Select Mode or Draw Mode Default Option- Allows the user to choose select mode as a default.

22. UNLIMITED UNDO - The user should be able to undo every previous move from the last time the session was opened.

23. 16 TUNINGS Default Option: Option to set the 16 Tunings to be the first option instead of velocity.

24. AUDIO TRACKS

25. VISUAL TIME STRETCH (Drag the sample end to to time stretch or time compress) - IMO Nuendo has the simplest way of time stretching with an on screen view of the sample that the user can click on select time stretch and drag the sample end to a longer or shorter position on a grid. This should be visible while playing the sequence versus typing in numbers speed and tempo.

26. Drag and Drop Midi Files Into The Ren

27. SAMPLE FILE ORDER - Ability to sort samples alpha-numerically

28. NON-DESTRUCTIVE SAMPLE CHOPPING

29. LOCK SLICES ( see RECYCLE)

30. DRAG & Drop A SAMPLE CHOP- In sample edit mode develop a method of showing the target program on the same screen and allowing the user to drag to the preferred pad.

31. SAMPLE BPM INDICATOR - Shows the BPM of each sample

32. MIDI CHANNEL INSERTS - for midi fx such as stutter edit etc..

33. 32- 48 Virtual Outputs to a DAW.

34. PLUG-IN COPY FUNCTION - the ability to copy plugins from one track insert to the next.

Thanks for all the hard work Dan, Pete and all others involved in the development of this product. Keep the updates coming please!!
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