Akai Professional MPC One Standalone Music Production Centre
Akai MPC One Standalone Music Production Centre Overview by GAK
Step Up to Standalone
Experience the same standalone performance power of the legendary MPC in a smaller footprint.
From rich melodics and hard-hitting drums to the most infectious grooves, if you expect to get real professional production results you need next-generation tools that act as a natural extension of your creativity. Enter the MPC One, a Music Production Centre engineered to enrich your workflow and create the ultimate standalone production experience. Spend less time hitting roadblocks and take command of your production with our latest addition to the MPC family.
Full MPC Experience
Don’t let the size fool you. The MPC One packs a lot of features and workflow tools into ONE powerful punch, like beat programming, editing, mixing FX, instruments and so much more. This is truly an uncompromised creative experience.
The heart and soul of the MPC One is the same multi-core processor as the MPC X, skillfully combined into a compact standalone desktop unit that easily handles the most demanding tasks. MPC One delivers a truly empowering hands-on experience, ready for any music production task. Edit and chop samples with hand gestures on the bright 7-inch touch screen colour display. Express your ideas effortlessly and directly with the dedicated knobs and touch keys that eliminate cumbersome drop-down menus.
Everything you expect from a Standalone MPC is here, without compromise
With the MPC One, all MPC functionality you expect is here, perfectly positioned with two goals clearly in mind – ease of use and no-nonsense work ow enhancement. Four touch-sensitive controls and a large data encoder seamlessly map to critical parameters. Sixteen velocity- and pressure-sensitive RBG pads deliver perfect response for full expressive range. MPC mainstays including Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Levels and dedicated Transport Controls complete the MPC One’s arsenal of control options, providing complete production capability.
MPC One integrates into your creative space with all the connectivity you demand.
The MPC One is ready to work with your current studio environment and will grow with you as your needs expand. Connect your USB controller or line-level 1⁄4-inch instruments. Control your MIDI devices and your CV/Gate modules & racks. And there’s no need to worry about interconnectivity, since MPC One is ready to work right alongside professional music production gear.
MPC Software 2.8
Discover your creative workspace with our ground-breaking MPC Software.
Akai Professional’s reimagined MPC 2.8 Software drives MPC One in both standalone and controller modes. This is a cutting-edge production suite combining 128-track sequencing capability, real-time time stretching, clip-launch functionality, advanced MIDI editing capability, VST compatibility in controller mode, operation as a standalone application on Mac & PC, advanced sampling & audio editing/recording functionality, seamless DAW integration, a redesigned GUI and much more. Whether you’re seeking freedom from computer-based music production or searching for the perfect controller for DAW-centric creative exploration, MPC 2.8 Software delivers the ultimate in adaptive creative versatility.
The future of on-demand content is here, all accessible in MPC One’s standalone environment.
implify your sample browsing and auditioning with on-board Splice integration in MPC One. Splice Sounds fuels the creativity of producers around the world with millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets and loops, covering every musical style. With Splice natively embedded in MPC One, you will experience immediate network access to your own Splice library directly from the touch user interface.
Storage & Connectivity
Take the hassle out of importing our own samples with MPC One’s content driven connectivity and on- board storage.
As standard, MPC One ships with 4GB of internal Micro SD storage. Looking to add your own sounds? MPC One features a built-in SD Card slot and USB thumb input for immediate access to your own sample libraries.
Packed with Content
From critically-acclaimed synth engines and mixing tools to in-demand sample and loop content, everything you need for immediate creativity is here.
MPC One comes with its own new drum sample & loop library that continues the MPC tradition of hard- hitting, industry-renowned drum sounds from leading sound designers including RawCutz, Sample Tools by CR2, F9, Decap, MSX Sound Design and MVP Loops. MPC One also features our signature synth engines, Electric, Tubesynth and Bassline, as well as our premium AIR FX for mixing & mastering. With MPC One, you have everything you need to produce hard-hitting, unforgettable music — music that is uniquely yours.
- (16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
- (8) banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons
- (4) 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link Knobs
- (4) Q-Link Knob columns accessible via Q-Link button
- (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
- (31) dedicated function buttons; red-, amber-, or green-backlit
- 7.0” / 177mm (diagonal)
- 5.9” x 3.7” / 151 x 94mm (width x height)
- Full-colour LED-backlit display with touch interface
- Processor: Quad-core ARM® processor
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 2GB user storage, 2GB pre-installed content
- (2) 1⁄4” (6.35mm) TRS inputs (1 stereo pair)
- (2) 1⁄4” (6.35mm) TRS outputs (1 stereo pair)
- (1) 1⁄8” (3.5mm) stereo headphone output
- (1) 5-pin MIDI inputs
- (1) 5-pin MIDI outputs
- (4) CV/Gate outputs
- (1) USB Type-A port
- (1) USB Type-B port
- (1) SD card slot
- (1) power adapter input
- via power adapter: 19V, 3.42A, centre-positive, included
- 10.7” x 10.7” x 2.1”
- 272 x 272 x 53mm
- 4.7 lbs.
No upgrades available
Probably the best Daw in a box so far, excellent midi sequencer and control center for the money. Only 8 audio tracks focuses your attention but sampling capabilities make up for this. Perfect as a live control hub.
Specialized computer with a daw in a box, which will not require windows updates. What else can one wish for?
Exactly what I was looking for - compact, self-contained production centre. Learning curve is not too steep if you have at least some experience with producing music. Even if you don't - with a few hours on youtube you will be making your first noises at the end of the evening. The build quality is very high. Knobs feel very solid, especially the Q-Link controls - absolute pleasure twiddling them around. The touchscreen is a game changer - I got used to it very fast and now wouldn't consider a similar device without the touchscreen. A stylus can be used for more precision if you have huge hands. The pads feel nice and soft with decent sensitivity. Overall - I am very happy with my device and am having tonnes of fun figuring it out and making beats. For all its features, I reckon this is the best price for value for a completely standalone production centre compared to the alternatives.
An interesting alternative way to make music
Essentially a clip launcher with good percussion sounds on board. Rhythm patches are easy to create and sound clear and punchy. Other sounds are lacking out of the box so producing more complex, original, good sounding melodies etc is not as easy although still possible. Sonic library can be increased by sampling and expansion packs however using other equipment/synths is better than sampling for a richer sound in this area imo. Akai have always done sampling well and this is no exception with a lot to tinker with to get what you want out of your samples. The manual is not very comprehensive so if your new to this kind of gear then you will be online a lot for help and guidance. Maybe not the best stand alone kit for producing electronic music as it feels to be aimed more at rhythm but as part of an ensemble its good. Overall a good piece of kit for the price.