Akai Announces the MPC Element

MPC Element

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Akai is getting ready to release a striped down version of the MPC Ren and Studio called MPC Element. So far I think the software is the same but I won’t know until further investigation. Read more below.

The essential instrument for computer-based music production, MPC Element brings powerful music-making capability to your computer in a slimline design that’s made to produce. You get cutting-edge features, including MPC Note Repeat and Swing, along with the all-new MPC Essentials software. With the included 1GB sound library, MPC Essentials empowers you with the essential sounds of modern music production, and you can easily import your own sound samples. MPC Essentials can operate standalone and can also work seamlessly with your current DAW as a plugin. MPC Element comes with everything you need to make music right away, and, because it operates via standard MIDI, you can also use MPC Element to control MIDI music software you already have. An 1/8-inch MIDI input and an 1/8-inch MIDI output are both onboard and 1/8-inch to 5-pin MIDI cables are included.


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


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



Height: 0.66 inches (16.89mm)
Width: 11.2 inches (284mm)
Depth: 8.1 inches (205 mm)
Weight: 1.85 pounds (0.86kg)
Power: USB
MIDI I/O interface: 1 In / 1 Out via TRS to MIDI breakout cables (Included)


Maximum events: unlimited (based on CPU)
Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note
Sequences: 128
Tracks per instance: 1 (user may run unlimited instances)
Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
Drum pad banks: 8
Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control


Polyphony: 64
Dynamic filtering: 1 State Variable Filter per voice (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
Filter types: Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass, Band Boost, Band Stop, Analog Modeling, Vocal Formant
Number of programs: 128
Memory capacity: System Dependent. 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only)
Audio files supported: WAV, REX, AIFF, SND
Word lengths supported: 32 and 64-bit


Program Effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per pads
Plugin Formats supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
MIDI inputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
MIDI outputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
Standard accessories: Operator’s manual
TRS to MIDI breakout cable x2 (Included)
Mac: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Mac OS X 10.6 or later DVD-ROM drive
Windows: 2 GHz Pentium® 4 or Celeron® compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended) 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit) DVD-ROM drive

Price $149


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2 Responses

  1. Hey. Yeah, the MPC Fly is a joke. As far as hardware goes, Akai still supports the MPC 5000 but that’s it. With the MPC Element I think Akai is trying to provide a cheaper way to use the MPC Software. Many people wanted to use the MPC Software without the controller but I think it’s easier for Akai to use the drum pad controller as a dongle to combat piracy. At this present moment I reserve judgement until further notice.

  2. See this is what pisses me off about Akai. They realized they dropped the ball on that whackass Mpc Fly and Studio. Maschine is killin them in the portable department so now they wanna come out with something comparable yet they stopped shopping the Mpc1000 and 500. I hate when they do that. Akai your strong suit is your Mpc hardware and thats where you should stay. The only leg you have to stand on is the Renaissance and last time i checked you werent doing ballpark numbers with it. People are still buying your hardware including me. Only thing is now i have to scrounge around on ebay for a 1000 now. Thanks alot Akai.

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