AKAI Professional MPC One


Music Production Center

  • Operates in standalone (without computer) and with computer as a controller for MPC software (included)
  • Full-colour 7-inch multi-touch display
  • 16 Touch-sensitive RGB pads
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4 GB onboard storage space (expandable via SD card)
  • 5 Encoders for data input
  • Classic MPC functions such as note repeat, 16 levels and full level
  • Integrated synth engines: Electric, Tubesynth and Bassline
  • Integrated AIR FX for mixing & mastering
  • 8 CV/Gate outputs for 3.5 mm TRS cables (compatible with Mono TS cables)
  • 2 USB 3.0 inputs for USB sticks or MIDI controllers (1x type A, 1x type B)
  • MIDI In/Out
  • 2 Inputs: 6.35 mm TRS
  • 2 Outputs: 6.35 mm TRS
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 272 x 272 x 53 mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg
  • Includes power supply unit (19 V DC, 3.42 A), MPC software (download) for Mac & PC, 2 GB sample content
  • Matching optional cases: Art.494121 and Art.491799 (not included in delivery)
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Further Information

Display Yes
Pads 16
Fader(s) 0
Effects Yes
Sampling Function Yes
Storage Medium Internal
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Number of analog outputs 2
Headphone Output Yes

Modern and versatile groovebox

The MPC One is the compact version of Akai’s MPC Live. It is a powerful and flexible sampler which can operate in stand-alone mode. The MPC One features sixteen illuminated and velocity-sensitive drum pads, four 360° touch-sensitive knobs, a large rotary encoder and a full-colour 7" multi-touch display. The included MPC software allows you to record audio tracks, sequence notes or chords - and also provides three integrated synth engines: Electric, Tubesynth and Bassline. Furthermore, mixing and mastering functions are available via the AIR FX section. In short, the MPC Live is the perfect toolbox for any DJ or music producer who favours a computer-free workflow when programming his or her beats.

Flexible sampling and sequencing

The MPC One has 64 stereo voices. A project consists of several sequences, here called scenes. Each sequence consists of a collection of different tracks (and therefore different instruments) such as synthesizers, drum kits, bass and vocals. There are six different types of MIDI tracks. Drum tracks allow different samples to be triggered via the pads. Plug-in tracks can be used to load one of the three internal instruments. Instrument tracks can play back samples melodically and have a multi-sample function. Clip tracks allow samples to be assigned to pads and triggered in this way. They can be looped and synchronized to the tempo via the time-stretching function. Another MIDI track type is available for programming ‘pure’ midi, i.e. control change values (96 virtual and assignable knobs can be automated in this way) as well as note sequences and other commands which can pilot external modules, or even your DAW, via midi. The CV track allows control voltages to be sent to external modular synthesizers.

Smooth workflow for music production

Operation via the touch-screen greatly simplifies the beat-making process - whether during home studio sessions or live performances. Thanks to the included MPC software, the MPC One can be integrated into a computer-based setup and used as a controller. This is especially handy for producers who want to control their favourite plugins via the MPC One. Stand-alone mode is also impressive. With 2 GB of RAM and 4 GB of onboard storage space (which can be expanded via an SD card), the MPC One comes well equipped for music production. In addition to the included 10 GB of free samples, users can also access their Splice account plugins and libraries via the Ethernet connection (LAN). Ableton Link is also accessible via this connection.

About Akai Professional

Akai Professional has its origins in the traditional Japanese company Akai, founded in 1929, which initially manufactured electric motors, soon to be followed by high quality tape recorders and hi-fi products. Since 1988, Akai has also become a household name like no other on the hip hop scene. With the development of its first MIDI Production Centre, or MPC for short, created in collaboration with Roger Linn, Akai wrote history by decisively influencing the sound of hip hop and electronic music to this very day. Famous exponents of the MPC include DJ Shadow, Eminem and Kanye West. Today, Akai is also well known for its robust and versatile USB Midi controllers, not least of which is the bulletproof APC range of Ableton controllers.

Straight to the point

The MPC One is designed to enable you to express your musical ideas as quickly as possible. Using Tap Tempo, the speed of a sequence can be set manually. The Q-Link function in the top right-hand corner allows you to assign individual parameters to the rotary encoders – which also enable automation via a read-write mode. If at any point the sequence isn’t to your taste, up to 512 steps can be ‘undone’. The phono inputs on the back of the MPC will allow you to record samples via your turntable if you so wish. The MPC One can also receive incoming MIDI data via its MIDI input. For extra flexibility, an additional USB-A port has been included to connect external MIDI controllers (for playing melodies for example) or accessing external storage with additional sound content.

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MPC ONE : how its like to use a 2020 made MPC
dudefromthe90s, 05.04.2021
I spent many many hours on the MPC 2000 and 2000 XL. It was a solid sequencer/drum machine/midi spaghetti master. Simple to use, It had only one lowpass filter which was very acid but somehow unique. Great memories. Probably the hardware i spent the most time on back in the days. Good old MPCs with zip drives.

SO after using pc DAWS and trackers for years, i decided to go back to hardware and grabbed that MPC ONE.

-Ok, the beast is powerful.
-It has so much more feature than oldschool MPC. You can route whatever you can think of whether its layer,pad,program, midi command, velocity, filters, adsr, sample, fx, cv.. Routing possibilities are endless.
-it has some synth, which will probably come handy there and there.
-It has so much effects. 4 fx per sample, 4fx per master track. thats clearly an evolution from the original MPC and its only lowpass filter.
-that chord generator !!
-it has touchscreen live performance mode for live filtering/looping.
-basically, if you come from the 90's, the audio treatment capabilites feel like a Yamaha A5000 sampler on steroïds, tons of filters and chainable FX, not even mentionning the sequencing part.

-Theres that one pad in that one bank which will always magically trigger an endless sound. Why Akai?
-As i said earlier, the sound design possibilities are endless, Thats 100% granted. But everything is so routable you lose yourself in menus, and submenus, and sub-submenus.

Most basic stuff is always hidden under 5 submenus and therefore overcomplicated. Remember the 90s where you turned on the MPC, loaded some samples and made a vibe under one minute? Well, i do. . It is much more complex than any DAW, until you are really, really used to it.

This represents only my user experience. Its clearly not a bad machine but the learning curve is gozilla. User manual is 400 pages, assuming you already understood modern MPC concepts.

Final rating:
As standalone MPC:
Sound design: 10/10
Routing: 10/10
Ways of tweaking samples you would never have thought of: 10/10
Almost unlimited FX chaining: 10/10
Interface: 6/10
User experience : 2/10
i'm always like "that feature is awesome! heeeh why did it route like this? am i tweakin a layer, a pad, a program,a bank, the original sample or its clone ??? damn where is that one menu screen that was just there 30 seconds ago? oh nice i broke everything, well done"

As controler for MPC software:
Has an online token auth for private use : 0/10
Needs WIN10: 0/10
will never use it.

I love this machine as much as i dislike it in some ways.
It has the downsides of its top-notch features. You can do whatever tweak you can think, and the price for this is submenus.

EDIT : i updated the system. no more crashes.
+ advice that will save you hours of head scratching : when you dont know what to do on the MPC, whatever menu you are in, press SHIFT !!!!
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Hard to work with, but extremely useful
NameOfNick, 08.12.2020
First off: I'm not yet that experienced with the MPC One, as find little free time to actually sit down and work with it. That being said, I have spent some weekends completely enveloped in it.
It's a great drum machine. Playing a set of drums or samples is as easy and intuitive as it can get. I don't have any previous experience with velocity and aftertouch sensitive pads, so I needed some time to "get" them, but once you're over that phase, it feels just like tapping on your table with your finger (which I like to do, play drums sometimes also).
If melodic instruments are more your thing, you probably don't want to use just the pads, even though the MPC has quite a few different note/cord/etc. presets for many many different genres of music, so sometimes you can get a great idea by just slamming random pads. Pair up a MIDI keyboard and you're done. If the "sample your own instruments" vibe doesn't suit you, that's not a problem. You can sample them, but when you're recording your finished project, you can just *boop* change the track from sample-based to MIDI and record the live instrument (if it connects to MIDI anyway). It has millions of features, truly making it a hardware DAW.
There are a lot more good things to say, but you've probably noticed I gave handling a 3/5. The entire workflow is pretty damn weird and unintuitive. Most functions cannot be found where you would expect them to be. Some functions you would expect would be accessible on buttons are hidden in menus. Speaking of menus, every menu where you have to choose between a lot of options opens on only a third of the screen. This makes working with a lot of samples almost impossible, as you can only see the first like 10 characters of the filename (this can be worked around by using certain filenaming conventions). They could just extend the menu to the entire screen, the extra space helps no one (they even blur it out). Akai is pumping out features lately, so maybe they could polish the existing features sometime, which they probably will.
Tl;dr: Feature packed, can do absolutely anything you want it to, but can be finnicky and unintuitive.
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Jaydee Hollywood, 15.07.2021
My full opinion:
I think MPC One (and series) is the greatest ting into sampler’s world. It’s not the all-time classic hardware that may record, upload and reproduce sounds, the central and great difference is THE SOFTWARE into the unit.

The physical part of this Akai artifact: The touchscreen, knobs, pads and buttons are the controls to act over samples with your hands. The software onboard acts like a multitrack “DAW”. In the close form like Cubase, Ableton, Logic, Nuendo and etc may do it.

You can configure knobs to act over filter, modulation, mix, panning, volume and all possible options. Is possible too create and modify easily automation in all controls.

MPC ONE is like a fusion between a laptop, DAW software and factory samples onboard ready to start a song. That´s the reason why is too great. Other samplers series in the market don´t come with own advanced software.

If your are an experienced user of Romplers like Nexus, Avenger, and many more, you´ll be positive surprised with this unit… because with dedicated work and detailed order you may build into this device your own rompler style sounds collections, self expansion packs if you wish. And using that stuff, produce your amazing hits.

A non common use:
Beyond to make music or noise with this unit, It will be a helpful machine to be a mobile recording studio in a box. You can load background music, record your voice, other speeches, Sfx and create a Radio show or any commercial recording. This ting records more than just samples or rap lines.

An experimental use:
One of the functions for samples is “match to tempo” it means, a process into the software may adjust all the samples in a song to the same BPM. Well I started to use it like a DJ station, and It works, but not like a typical controller, It was just an experiment.

A tip for users:
Into software functions and controls, is not present a SideChain Compressor. But it can be easily done with modulation, notch- filter, eq or volume automation … or that four process together.

How easy is work with MPC ONE???

After unpack it, 15 minutes later sure you are doing the basics for a cool song, really it happens. BUT advanced functions needs attention, read the manual, practice. Controls are not complicated, but some of the software functions are into menus you need to know step by step. One month with this piece of technology in one hand and the manual in the other hand and you going to love this unit. I’m sure. Just be patient.

MPC ONE works with VST Instruments???
NO, but into the factory software this unit has on board two synthesizers (part of the software), this plug-ins and internal presets may be activated with just one click. AND many other similar plug-ins may be downloaded. This instrument expansions are Akai exclusive format. Maybe in the future we can download more synths and presents like samples libraries.

Video Demo:
You may follow this link in order to see how this powerful unit can works for your next great production. Its done by Akai… is clearly explained.
Final words:
I’m really happy working with this unit, it's really a great and a wonderful hybrid workstation. It combines the well done fame from AKAI samplers hardware and the future workstations with on board software to make All-in-one devices. You going to love it, I’m sure.

What about THOMANN?
Thomann was my best option to buy after compare other services and an extra advantage is: 3 YEARS OF WARRANTY… If your MPC ONE explode like a bomb in that time, don’t worry. They fix it :)

Thanks for read it… thanks a lot.
Jesus Arze a.k.a. Jaydee Hollywood.
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Great standalone music workstation
Host101, 06.07.2021
Excellent device. It is a very powerful and entertaining machine at the same time. You can make music just with this device without the help of anything else, but it is more convenient to connect a MIDI controller to it via USB. Its large touch screen is very useful and best of all is the grid in its sequencer. This far outperforms any other workstation sequencer, for example (it's much friendlier than the Korg Kronos' sequencer). Its operating system is quite stable and it has not given me any problems. I just wish they had included more VST synths for standalone mode. In short, it is a very entertaining machine, easy to learn to use, with many possibilities and promises hours and hours of entertainment.
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