The Akai MPC range is a household name in the world of music production. Around since the '80s, they've helped define artists, genres and the way we think about creativity.
It's no surprise then that the MPC One acts as the culmination of this incredible legacy. Combining the best bits of the MPC range and expanding on features to meet modern demands, this standalone music production toolkit is in a class of its own.
New in MPC Firmware 2.10 - Incredible new features and Sounds
AKAI just launched version 2.10 of the MPC firmware, their biggest update ever, with loads of new features and improvements! Let’s go through some of the amazing novelties you can enjoy with version 2.10.
USB class audio support
You can connect your standalone MPC with your USB audio interface by navigating through the preferences menu and finding your sound card. You can also up to 32 inputs/outputs (but beware of the CPU usage!)
New plugin Instruments
Version 2.10 includes loads of new instruments that you can easily download by selecting ‘Get Synth Content’ from the MPC Menu/Help Menu. Explore the new AIR collection including AIR Hype, covering everything from hard-hitting plucks to sultry melodic leads, AIR Solina, recreating the classic string machine and AIR Mellotron, a recreation of the famous tape keyboard. You can also experience a faithful reproduction of the WayOutWare Odyssey.
New AIR Vocal Audio Effects
A new suite of AIR vocal effects: Tuner to make your vocals sound perfect, Vocal Harmonizer, a four-part vocal-harmonizer effect and Doubler, to add presence to your vocal line or create realistic double effects.
New AIR insert effects
Enjoy new effects to spice up your tracks! Just to name a few, AIR Half Speed is the ultimate tool to create half-speed versions of any sound source, for supercool transitions: Air Stutter will make your sounds glitch changing in volume, pan and pitch! Discover all of them & get crazy experimenting.
New Akai insert effects
With the 2.10 firmware update, you’ll gain access to new Akai insert effects. Enjoy the power of a granulator to slice and manipulate your tracks and sample delay to add a cool stereo effect.
Drum and Keygroup program improvements
Akai have reworked drums and keygroups to ensure a smoother workflow. Now you can add tail to any audio file to avoid abrupt and unnatural endings. There’s a new randomisation section as well, to add subtle variations to your drum samples. If that wasn’t enough, Version 2.10 adds eight effects slots for your drum pads, including bitcrush, decimator, soft clipper and many more!
Your MPC can now automatically calculate the key of a sample. Add any audio file with melodic content and let it do the work!
These are just some of the amazing new features you can enjoy with Version 2.10. What are you waiting for? Go download it now on AKAI Professional's website!
New in MPC 2.9 - Introducing DrumSynth
MPC’s iconic drum sound can’t be disputed, gracing countless productions with the nefarious snap and punch coveted by countless world-class producers. Now with MPC 2.9, MPC arms the production community with a groundbreaking selection of 8 synth engines powering 9 incredible DrumSynth plugins. Packed with must-have contemporary sounds, and backed by powerful sound generators driven by all-new FM synthesis, analogue & physical modelling and sample based algorithms, every synthesised drum sound the modern producer should have at their disposal is here.
DrumSynth empowers MPC users with powerful synthesis, incredible presets and precise sound design sculpting capabilities to develop their own unique sounds. Like all MPC instruments, DrumSynth plugins harness the refined tactile touch user interface for an inspiring, easy-to-use workspace that accelerates workflow and puts the control you demand only a touch away! The 8 engines include Kick, Snare, Clap, Hi-Hat, Crash, Ride, Tom and Percussion. Additionally, all the engines can be accessed in one multi mode instrument for a powerful combination program. Fuse this with built in sound effects including a transient shaper, tuning, EQ, compression, delay, reverb and more, and DrumSynth is poised to supercharge the MPC workflow and elevate your creative process even higher.
- Standalone MPC – no computer required
- 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
- 4 TRS CV/Gate Jacks, 8 Outputs Total
- USB-A 3.0 Slot for thumb drive or MIDI Controller
- SD card slot
Here's what Akai say about the MPC One:
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 and 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.
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 workflow 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 ¼-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.
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 hardhitting, 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.
- Internal Sound Engine: Multicore System with Sample Playback, Drum Library
- Screen: 7" Multi-touch Display
- Pads: 16 x Velocity-sensitive RGB Pads
- Other Controllers: 4 x Encoder Q-Link Knobs
- Sounds: Drum Sample & Loop Library, Synth & Instrument Plug-ins, AIR FX
- Sequencer: 128-track
- Sampling: Advanced Sampling & Audio Editing/Recording
- Analog Inputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/R)
- Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/R)
- Headphones: 1 x 1/8"
- MIDI I/O: In/Out/USB
- Other I/O: 1 x Ethernet (Link), 4 x 1/8" TRS (CV/Gate 1-8)
- USB: 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
- Storage: 2GB RAM, 4GB Onboard Storage, SD Card Slot
- Format: VST compatible
- Software: MPC 2 Software, Splice Sounds integration (accessed online)
- Power Supply: 19V DC power supply (included)