Element combines with the all-new MPC Essentials software at a
groundbreaking price to make the iconic MPC music-making experience
Cumberland, R.I. (September 13, 2013)
– Adding to their industry-leading 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.
“This is professional music-making capability for the everyone,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager, Akai Professional (@Akai_Pro).
An MPC for Everyone
MPC Element includes
classic MPC Note Repeat, Swing, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo
technologies and, like MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio, MPC Element’s
pads are multicolor as well as pressure- and velocity-sensitive.
“It’s versatile. We’ve designed MPC Element to be as powerful as you
need it to be. You can easily load your own samples, quickly make beats,
or dive deep into the included sound library and get down into the
details,” said Gill.
MPC Essentials Software Included
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
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.
The MPC Element will be available from musical instrument retailers in October for $149.99 USD. For more information, visit