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MPC One: A Complete Review And Guide

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Joelle Banton

13.5.2020

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It’s time to say goodbye to computer-centric music production! Yes, you read that right. Earlier this year, Akai launched an iconic, new standalone MPC (Music Production Centre), the MPC One. Combining the amazing technology seen in other Akai gear, the MPC is a compact, standalone music-making workstation/drum machine at almost half the price of other leading MPC’s.

Akai MPC one

All-In-One MPC Powerhouse

Everything that you need to produce music is all compacted into one tiny piece of equipment. The MPC One gives you the ability to create, programme beats, mix FX instruments and samples and edit.

The MPC Ones’ multi-core processor is powerful in performance allowing for a smooth production when working on even the most complex of projects. Don’t be fooled by its size! The Akai MPC One is a complete studio that can easily fit in one’s backpack or hand luggage. 

Simple And Functional Design 

Akai MPC one

Despite all of the technology that’s been packed into this MPC, the Akai One has a stylish yet simple and tactile design. Beat making and other functions on the Akai One is a great experience, made possible through the MPC’s pads and the use of hand gestures. The bright 7-inch touch screen allows producers to chop, splice and edit songs with just a few swipes. 

A range of dedicated knobs and keys cut out time spent searching through endless menus, so you can immerse yourself in the creative process of making music. 

The MPC One also includes 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive RBG pads that deliver perfect response for full expressive range. The edit section is easy to navigate, with dedicated keys for note repeat, erase, copy and notes. Four touch-sensitive controls located on the top right of the console also enhance the workflow experience. 

Studio Connectivity

music studio with MPC one

Although the MPC One can be used by itself to produce entire albums, it has many connections to integrate seamlessness with other pieces of musical equipment. Even if you simply want to connect to a keyboard and laptop or have a more sophisticated production set up, it works well with just about any setup. 

USB ports and other connections allow you to connect USB controllers or line-level ¼ inch instruments. You can also connect your MIDI devices, and control them through this MPC. 4 TRS CV/Gate JACKS also help it to work alongside other professional music production equipment. 

MPC Software 2

Akai MPC 2 software

Akai Professional’s upgraded MPC 2 Software fuels the Akai MPC One in both standalone and controller modes. This is a superior production suite with the below benefits (and more):

  • Merging 128-track sequencing abilities
  • Easy DAW integration
  • Real-time time-stretching
  • Complex MIDI editing capabilities
  • VST compatibility in controller mode
  • Clip-launch functionality, advanced sampling & audio editing/recording functionality
  • A redesigned GUI 

Whether you are seeking to break away from computer-based music production, or searching for a flawless controller for DAW-centric music production, MPC 2 Software gives producers the ultimate adaptive creative experience. 

Splice Integration

Splice sounds is one of the largest online catalogues for royalty-free music samples and is the go-to source for millions of producers and musicians globally. Luckily, Splice software is embedded into the Akai MPC One. This gives the user complete browsing and sampling freedom in a simple setup. No matter the style of music, we are sure you will find the perfect sounds to use. 

Storage 

MPC One

If you aren’t impressed by the thousands of high-quality samples (or want to add your own), the MPC One has a built-in SD card slot and USB connection. You can load up your own audio files in seconds. The console also comes with a whopping 4GB of internal storage so you can work on and store several samples and tracks at one time. 

Creative Content 

Everything you need for an immediate creative experience has been packed into the MPC One. The highly-praised synth engines, mixing tools and creative elements seen in Akai’s pad controllers, keyboard controllers and other MPC units have also been included. This new addition also comes with its own new drum samples, new loop library and industry-renowned sounds including RawCutz, Sample Tools, F9, Decap, MSXII Sound Design and MVP Loops. 

Other Technical Specifications: 

  • Powerful Multicore System from the MPC Live and MPC X
  • 16 velocity-sensitive RGB Pads
  • 7-inch high-resolution multi-touch display
  • 2GB RAM, 4GB of on-board storage
  • Mac & PC Controller for MPC Software (Included)
  • Stereo Line-Level Inputs
  • MIDI In and MIDI Out
  • (8) CV/Gate Outputs using 1⁄8-inch (3.5mm)
  • TRS cables (mono TS cable compatible)
  • (2) USB-A 3.0 Slots for thumb drives or MIDI Controllers
  • SD Card slot

Pricing

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When it comes to the MPC One price, it will set you back $699 (which we think is worth it for what you receive). This MPC is available to purchase on most music hardware websites such as Gak.co.uk and Thomann, however, you will have to wait or pre-order the Akai MPC one. It Is currently sold out in many shops, and it’s easy to see why.

In the meantime, why not check out some of the other great software programmes Akai have to offer. Apps such as iMPAC for iPhone and Android brings the functionality of right into the palm of your hand.

Conclusion And Advice

With just about everything you need to create hard-hitting, incredible sounding tracks in just one place, if you are looking for a stand-alone MPC, we definitely recommend it. 

Feeling inspired by the MPC One and the amazing sounds that you will hopefully be making with it? Allow us to help you amplify your musiccollaborate with others, and even get your music in TV, film and more. Why not try Music Gateway for free?

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