Adding to their MPC line, which includes the flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers, Akai Professional has now introduced MPC Element along with its new software platform, MPC Essentials. With dimensions similar to popular tablet computers, MPC Element is Akai Professional's most portable MPC yet, and it's also the most affordable with a price of just $149.99 USD.
Dan Gill, Product Manager, Akai Professional, told us, "This is professional music-making capability for everyone."
The included 64-bit MPC Essentials software can import WAV and AIFF samples and comes with more than 1GB of essential sounds. Up to eight pad banks can be created for instant access to a total of 128 samples. Up to four insert effects can be added per pad. "The flexibility of the MPC Essentials software is key. We've made it so users can make music standalone--using MPC Element, MPC Essentials, and their laptop--or by bringing MPC Essentials into their current workflow, using it as a plugin in their current music software of choice," said Gill.
MPC Element operates via standard MIDI, so it can be used to control any MIDI music software. An 1/8-inch MIDI input and output are onboard and 1/8-inch to 5-pin MIDI cables (the same that come with MPC Studio) are included. MPC Element is bus-powered, no power adapter required.
MPC Element Hardware
Fuses legendary MPC beat and song creation capability with the power of your computer
16 backlit, multicolor pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
MPC Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo
Includes MPC Essentials software (download), 1GB sound library, up to 8 pad banks
Slim low-profile design with integrated cover to protect control surface
USB-powered, no power adapter required, USB cable included
Compact design just 14mm thin fits easily into a laptop bag
Brushed aluminum control surface with bright backlit buttons
Standard MIDI for use with most popular software
1/8-inch (3.5mm) MIDI input, 1/8-inch MIDI output, cables included
MPC Essentials Software
32- and 64-bit music production capability
Works standalone, no DAW required, with MPC Element for seamless music creation
Works with your current music software (DAW) as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin
Run virtually unlimited instances in your DAW simultaneously
1GB sound library with all the essential sounds of modern music production
Import your WAV and AIFF sound samples and assign them to any pad
Up to 8 pad banks (assign up to 128 pads), 4 samples and 4 insert effects per pad
Hosts VST plugins and automatically maps controls
Export to WAV and AIFF
Pricing and Availability:
MPC Element will be available from musical instrument retailers in October for $149.99 USD.