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Akai Pro's MPC Element and MPC Essentials stretch the boundaries of how MPC users will integrate classic MPC workflow with their computers. The MPC Element's slim design, pad play integration, and ease of use with many of today's modern music applications provides the feature set to help users produce in a portable way. The MPC Element is also bundled with MPC Essentials Software, which combines to make a dedicated hardware and software experience. This article will help answer user's questions about the MPC Element and MPC Essentials Software, how they integrate, and how they add to the modern MPC experience with the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, and MPC Software.
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.
Akai Pro's MPC Element driver software is compatible with Mac OS 10.7 and higher, and Windows 7 and higher. 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 in low power mode it is a plug-and-play MIDI device.
Yes. Each of the 16 drum pads is velocity sensitive.
No. Shift functions are available on MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.
Yes. The MPC Element can be used in place of the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio with an unlocked copy of MPC Software.
Yes. The MPC Element includes a low power mode, which allows users to trigger samples, or use transport controls in virtually any digital audio software that includes a MIDI mapping mode. Additionally, when in low power mode, the Element's pad arrangement will work perfectly with the iMPC application for iOS.
No. MPC Element will unlock MPC Essentials only, but can be used with an MPC Renaissance or Studio unlocked copy of the MPC Software.
Yes. MPC Essentials Standalone, VST and AU plugin formats are compatible in 32 and 64-bit environments. MPC Essentials' RTAS plugin is only 32-bit compatible.
MPC Essentials is available in VST, AU, and RTAS plugin formats. VST and AU plugins can be loaded in the Essentials software.
MPC Essentials can be unlocked by connecting an MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, or MPC Element. A onetime connection of any of these devices will permanently unlock the software.
8 Pad Banks, 16 sample pads per bank.
4 samples can be layered per sample pad. A total of 512 samples can be loaded in each program.
As many instances as your host and computer resources will allow!
Most features are the same with the exception of the following:
Yes! MPC Essentials can be run without any hardware connected. The only connection required with your hardware is when the software is unlocked. Otherwise, running, composing, saving and exporting will all function the same as when you have a controller attached.
Yes. MPC Essentials is available, free of charge, to all MPC Renaissance, and MPC Studio owners. Visit www.akaiprompc.com/essentials to download.
MPC Element owners also receive the following three expansion packs with their MPC Essentials installation:
Yes. The MPC Renaissance and Studio will work with MPC Essentials just as they work with the MPC Software, with the following exceptions: MPC Essentials features 1 track, no track mix, no track sends, and can be run in multiple instances in a plugin host.
Yes. When loading an MPC Software Project in Essentials that contains more than one track a prompt will appear asking which track you want to load.
Yes. Both MPC Software, and MPC Essentials will save and load .xpj master project files.
No. MPC Software and MPC Essentials cannot be run at the same time. However, multiple instances of the MPC Essentials plugin can be run in a host, once for each track.