Akai add another “element” to their MPC range with the MPC Element, billed “the most affordable MPC ever”.
The competition rages on as Akai have introduced a brand new animal into the wild that is the pad controller jungle. The MPC Element comes as part of their new MPC Essentials software and costs just $150 in the US making it cheaper than its cousins, the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio. But the price difference doesn’t compromise on features as the MPC Element carries the same multicoloured design, velocity-sensitive pads, swing, tap tempo, note repeat (for you trap producers out there) and plenty more. As for the MPC Essentials software, that can be used by itself or as a plugin for your DAW. You get a 1GB sound library with it and it works in the same way as the Maschine where you can drag samples to each pad.