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  • 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—decades of music production expertise calibrated so you can make music that rises to the top.

    Pure MPC

    Load your samples into the included MPC Essentials software and start making music. MPC Element comes equipped with the Akai Pro feel, design, and workflow that professional producers have trusted from decades: 16 backlit, multicolor pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity along with MPC Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo.

    Less than 14mm Thin

    Harness the power to produce anywhere. MPC Element's low-profile design is just 14mm thin and includes an integrated cover to protect the brushed aluminum control surface when you're on the move. The included USB cable connects to your computer and provides all the power you need, illuminating MPC Element's multi-color pads and buttons.

    Flexible MIDI Control

    Control your favorite music software. MPC Elements 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 any MIDI music software you already have. An 1/8-inch MIDI input and an 1/8-inch MIDI output are both onboard and special 1/8-inch to 5-pin MIDI cables are included.

    MPC Essentials Software Included

    MPC Element combines with the included MPC Essentials software to give you a portable and powerful 64-bit music production production studio. 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 WAV and AIFF sound samples as well and assign them to any pad.

    Standalone Beat Creation

    With the ability to operate standalone, MPC Essentials software gives you immediate creative capability with MPC Element. Create up to eight pad banks for a total of 128 sounds and samples are your fingertips. Plus, you can add up to four insert effects per pad for even more dynamic expression.

    Seamless DAW Integration

    MPC Essentials also works seamlessly with your current music software (DAW) as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin. Whether you're working in Ableton Live, Pro Tools®, Logic® Pro, Studio One, Cubase, and more, MPC Essentials empowers you with cutting-edge modern production capabilities.

    • MPC Element Hardware Features:

      • 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
      • Also works with the iMPC app and other Core MIDI apps for creating music on an iPad or iPhone*
        • *requires Apple Camera Connection Kit
    • MPC Essentials Software Features:

      • 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
    • General

      • 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)
    • Sequencer

      • 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
    • MPC Essentials Software

      • Polyphony: 128
      • 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), RTAS
      • Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only), RTAS
      • Audio files supported: WAV, REX, AIFF, SND
      • Word lengths supported: 32 and 64-bit
    • Effects

      • Program Effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per pads
      • Plugin Formats Supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
    • MIDI I/O

      • 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 10.7 - 10.8 with 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 and Windows 8 (32 or 64-bit) with DVD-ROM drive
    • Is the MPC Element an audio interface?

      No. The MPC Element is not an audio interface. MPC Essentials, and MPC Software are compatible with any ASIO audio interface, like an Akai Professional MPC Renaissance, or Akai Professional EIE.

    • What operating systems is the MPC Element compatible with?

      Akai Pro's MPC Element driver software is compatible with Mac OS 10.6 and higher, and Windows 7. However, the MPC Element also includes a low power mode. When the MPC Element is in low power mode the device uses class-compliant MIDI drivers pre-installed in all modern Microsoft and Apple supported, Windows, Mac, and iOS operating systems. Simply put, if the MPC Element is in low power mode, it is a plug-and-play MIDI device.

    • Are the MPC Element's pads velocity sensitive?

      Yes. Each of the 16 drum pads is velocity sensitive.

    • Does the MPC Element include MPC Shift functions?

      No. Shift functions are available on MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.

    • Can the MPC Element be used with the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio's software?

      Yes. The MPC Element can be used in place of the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio with an unlocked copy of MPC Software.

    • Can the MPC Element unlock the MPC Software?

      No. MPC Element will unlock MPC Essentials only, but can be used with an MPC Renaissance or Studio unlocked copy of the MPC Software.

  • Documents
    User Guide v1.0 MPC Essentials User Guide [v1.0] MPC Essentials Release Notes [v1.7.1]
    Links
    MPC Essentials Software MPC Element Knowledgebase Articles

MPC Element

Music Production Controller - Essential

Overview

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—decades of music production expertise calibrated so you can make music that rises to the top.

Pure MPC

Load your samples into the included MPC Essentials software and start making music. MPC Element comes equipped with the Akai Pro feel, design, and workflow that professional producers have trusted from decades: 16 backlit, multicolor pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity along with MPC Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo.

Less than 14mm Thin

Harness the power to produce anywhere. MPC Element's low-profile design is just 14mm thin and includes an integrated cover to protect the brushed aluminum control surface when you're on the move. The included USB cable connects to your computer and provides all the power you need, illuminating MPC Element's multi-color pads and buttons.

Flexible MIDI Control

Control your favorite music software. MPC Elements 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 any MIDI music software you already have. An 1/8-inch MIDI input and an 1/8-inch MIDI output are both onboard and special 1/8-inch to 5-pin MIDI cables are included.

MPC Essentials Software Included

MPC Element combines with the included MPC Essentials software to give you a portable and powerful 64-bit music production production studio. 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 WAV and AIFF sound samples as well and assign them to any pad.

Standalone Beat Creation

With the ability to operate standalone, MPC Essentials software gives you immediate creative capability with MPC Element. Create up to eight pad banks for a total of 128 sounds and samples are your fingertips. Plus, you can add up to four insert effects per pad for even more dynamic expression.

Seamless DAW Integration

MPC Essentials also works seamlessly with your current music software (DAW) as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin. Whether you're working in Ableton Live, Pro Tools®, Logic® Pro, Studio One, Cubase, and more, MPC Essentials empowers you with cutting-edge modern production capabilities.

Features

  • MPC Element Hardware Features:

    • 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
    • Also works with the iMPC app and other Core MIDI apps for creating music on an iPad or iPhone*
      • *requires Apple Camera Connection Kit
  • MPC Essentials Software Features:

    • 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

Tech Specs

  • General

    • 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)
  • Sequencer

    • 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
  • MPC Essentials Software

    • Polyphony: 128
    • 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), RTAS
    • Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only), RTAS
    • Audio files supported: WAV, REX, AIFF, SND
    • Word lengths supported: 32 and 64-bit
  • Effects

    • Program Effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per pads
    • Plugin Formats Supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
  • MIDI I/O

    • 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)

System Requirements

  • Mac: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.8 with 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 and Windows 8 (32 or 64-bit) with DVD-ROM drive

FAQs

  • Is the MPC Element an audio interface?

    No. The MPC Element is not an audio interface. MPC Essentials, and MPC Software are compatible with any ASIO audio interface, like an Akai Professional MPC Renaissance, or Akai Professional EIE.

  • What operating systems is the MPC Element compatible with?

    Akai Pro's MPC Element driver software is compatible with Mac OS 10.6 and higher, and Windows 7. However, the MPC Element also includes a low power mode. When the MPC Element is in low power mode the device uses class-compliant MIDI drivers pre-installed in all modern Microsoft and Apple supported, Windows, Mac, and iOS operating systems. Simply put, if the MPC Element is in low power mode, it is a plug-and-play MIDI device.

  • Are the MPC Element's pads velocity sensitive?

    Yes. Each of the 16 drum pads is velocity sensitive.

  • Does the MPC Element include MPC Shift functions?

    No. Shift functions are available on MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.

  • Can the MPC Element be used with the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio's software?

    Yes. The MPC Element can be used in place of the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio with an unlocked copy of MPC Software.

  • Can the MPC Element unlock the MPC Software?

    No. MPC Element will unlock MPC Essentials only, but can be used with an MPC Renaissance or Studio unlocked copy of the MPC Software.

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