Bug reports & end-user tech support for Akai's generation of MPC Software 'controllers' - MPC Touch, MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio.
By dutterback707 Sat May 01, 2021 6:31 pm
I used to use my MPC Renaissance with an older MacBook (2011 era). However, that computer died and I decided to get a new MacBook that came with macOS Catalina. The problem is that there are no Renaissance drivers for Catalina. This means i can't use the Renaissance as an interface and can't be selected as as the computer's input/output. The biggest drawback is that I can't hook up a record player and sample vinyl.

I've called Akai support and they told me to check this link for driver updates:

https://inmusicbrands.force.com/akaipro ... r-Akai-Pro

It's been months and they haven't made the Renaissance compatible with Catalina. The person I talked on the phone said Akai was working very hard to get this issue fixed. I didn't believe that when I heard it and I especially don't believe that now.

It's obvious what Akai is doing. Why make the older MPC Renaissance compatible with Catalina, if there is a newer MPC on the market that is compatible? They're simply ignoring the issue so I am left with no choice but to purchase a new MPC with Catalina support. My Renaissance still works. It seems silly to go buy a new MPC, when all I need is Akai to stop being shady and update the damn drivers. Catalina's been out since 2019, so how can support tell me they're "working hard" to get it resolved? I've heard something about booting an older OS from a flash drive or something, but why should I have to do that? I bought this MPC for $700 and I just want it to work on this operating system. Is that too much to ask?
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By J.D. Sun Jul 04, 2021 2:05 pm
Sadly it seems to be true, even when it‘s literally not hard to compile new drivers, if you have the sourcecode to them and the technical documentation of the device…
Why they don‘t just opensource the drives is beyond me. Akai is a f‘ed up company with cool decices… The policy to throw old things in the trash and buy new ones is so messed up, especially today…

You can still install Windows 10 on your Mac (if it‘s still an intel-Mac) and use the ren with that.
I use an old MacBook for the ren, or just use it as a controller.
Also, a cheap Windows Notebook does the trick, even though the MPC Software doesn‘t work very well with 10 inch-Laptops).