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The Best Akai MPC For Your Studio?

Published: Thu September 19, 2013  News Feed

The Best Akai MPC For Your Studio?

By Hugh McKenna

Which Is The Best MPC?

With the introduction of the MPC Element the modern MPC family now has something to suit producers at every budget. They all feature legendary MPC pads, with superb touch sensitivity and tactile control.

Akai MPC 500
Akai MPC 500

Of course if you really want an all hardware sampler there is still the MPC 500, portable and powerful.
The Classic MPC Sampler

Traditionally the MPC was a self contained unit with the software, hardware and storage all in one unit. These days even the most humble laptop has more than enough memory and processing power for sampling, sequencing and effects. So it made sense for Akai to tap into that potential and for the software to be hosted on a computer. Offering virtually unlimited creative options and lightning fast workflow the MPC Software carries several distinct advantages:

Using your computers monitor means you get full screen sequencing and sample editing

Advanced synthesis & sampling options from MPC Expansions

Frequent software updates that can make massive additions and changes to the software. No firmware updating or processing limitations.

So which exactly is the best MPC for your studio? Well we've created a handy feature comparison chart so you can see at a glance what the differences are between the flagship Renaissance, Studio and Element MPCs. They've all got 16 pads, operate as a plugin or standalone and support MIDI In/Out but things will vary whether you're after something portable for live performance or a studio powerhouse.

The Best MPC For Your Studio
Features Akai MPC Element
MPC Element
Akai MPC Studio
MPC Studio
Akai MPC Renaissance
MPC Renaissance
LCD Screen Size N/A Backlit 360 x 96 Dot Graphic LCD Backlit 360 x 96 Dot Graphic LCD
MPC Expansions None 2 4
Sample Library 1GB 9GB 9GB
Number Of Tracks
1 128 128
Audio MIDI I/O No Audio, 1 x In, 1 x Out on 1/8" To DIN On Breakout Cables No Audio, 1 x In, 1 x Out on 1/4" To DIN On Breakout Cables 2 x Combo XLR In, Turntable In, SPDIF I/O, 4 x 1/4" Out MIDI 2 x In, 4 x Out
Plugin Formats For Other Hosts
No. Of Controls None 4 Knobs 16 Knobs
MPC Expansions 0 2 4
Ideal For... If you've already got a setup you're happy with but fancy adding unique MPC pads, swing and sequencing. Each instance of MPC Elements software only supports one track but you can run unlimited instances of the software. You want some tactile control and MPC sequencing at the heart of your setup but already have a soundcard you're happy with. You can get away from the mouse and monitor easily as the LCD screen is the same size as that on the Renaissance. You want to marry classic MPC sampler workflow to massive computer processing power. With a built in audio interface all you need is the MPC Renaissance for a complete sequencing solution. Also comes with Pro Tools Express so you've got platform for mixing and extensive audio editing.
Extras Super portable and USB bus powered. Highly portable and USB bus powered. Comes with Pro Tools Express
USB Hub Built In With Connections For 2 More USB Devices
Vintage Mode Emulates The Sound Of Classic MPCs

Of course once you've got an MPC at the heart of your studio you'll want gear produced at the same standard and maybe with a similar funky look. Well Akai produce a huge range of pro audio gear, specialising in the gear that home producers really want. Click below to take a look.

Akai Professional Audio

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