This just in from Akai:
The MPC Renaissance is the latest in Akai’s iconic line of sampler workstations and from the looks of the video, this one is going to be a game changer!
Akai’s new flagship model is a fully integrated hardware/software system that allows you to produce using classic hardware controls and an integrated pop-up display, and exclusive MPC Software that empowers you with unprecedented, expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC. It’s loaded with tons of features like 16 backlit(!) MPC pads, 16 rotary Q-Link controls, adjustable backlit LCD screen, a unique Vintage Mode that changes sound character to MPC3000, MPC60, lots of MIDI I/O options, dedicated turntable input, and much more. No pricing and release date info yet, get more details at the official Akai site for now.