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
MPC Essentials Software
Pricing and Availability:
MPC Element will be available from musical instrument retailers in October for $149.99 USD.
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