With a slim profile and surface dimensions similar to many tablet computers, the new MPC Element is the most portable MPC to date, and is being touted as the “most affordable” with a suggested retail price of $149.99 USD.
Akai Pro MPC Element Features:
The new MPC Element includes, um, popular elements from previous MPC models, including “classic” MPC Note Repeat, Swing, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo technologies. In addition, like its predecessors MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio, MPC Element pads are multicolored as well as pressure- and velocity-sensitive.
MPC Element Hardware
- 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 – 14mm thick – fits easily into a laptop bag
- Brushed aluminum control surface with bright back-lit buttons
- Standard MIDI for use with most popular software
- 1/8-inch (3.5mm) MIDI input, 1/8-inch MIDI output, cables included
- 32- and 64-bit music production capability
- Works as a stand-alone device, no DAW required, with MPC Element for seamless music creation
- Also 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. Akai Pro’s MPC Element will be commercially available beginning in October for $149.99 USD. For more information and technical specifications for the MPC Element, check out the Akai Pro website.