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Akai MPC One Music Production Workstation
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Akai MPC One Music Production Workstation

Akai packed the legendary MPC workflow and hard-hitting sound into a compact footprint with the MPC One, a standalone groovebox with a 7" color touchscreen.

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Submitted April 2, 2020 by Marques S in Ravenna, OH
"Iove this machine"
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I was the envy of many since I got my mom one weeks before others could get their hands on it.I've seen people complain about the size of the pads but they're perfect to me.I wanted something standalone and was planning on buying something else until I seen that this was coming out.I've added so many sound collections and expansions.I'm making beats and learning daily.I highly recommend getting this box.you can pick. Between different legacy modes( sp1200 mpc 60 mpc 3000) so many sounds in this box to get you started banging out beats.editing using the touch screen is amazing.there's also great videos to learn on akai's site covering the features.it's a must have.
Musical Background:
Been making beats since before I had grey hairs.
Musical Style:
Boom bap 90's R&b with a taste of trap.
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Submitted September 19, 2020 by Christian T in TALLAHASSEE, FL
"It's Perfect For My Needs - MPC One"
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I have owned both an MPC 3000 and MPC 1000 in the past, sold them both back in about 2009 once I got into full-fledged DAW production (Reason and Logic Pro), I felt as if I didn't really need them anymore. I now feel as if I shot myself in the foot, given how much they're now worth today. Fast -forward to 2020, and enter the MPC One. All I can say is that it's awesome! I know that some people complain about the small pads, they aren't that small, but they are smaller than the MPC X's pads. The pads are responsive. I don't have fat fingers so it's not an issue.This MPC is everything that MPC's of MPC past wish that they could be. People who want those old units simply want them for nostalgia sake, you cannot justify using those outdated machines over something that is modern and compatible with your DAW. The MPC 2 software is really good too, I have bought a few expansions and I have a large sample library from Splice which syncs with this machine. It's perfect for my needs, I still use Reason and Logic which are both fully capable and can do everything an MPC can do, but sometimes you just want a new toy and beating on pads to make beats is second to nothing. The sequencer and sampler are perfect, making your own kits is easy. Buy yourself a USB thumb drive and a SD Card and you'll be straight. My one single complaint is the small headphone jack on the front. It feels flimsy, but not a deal breaker for me since I don't use it anyway. It should be a 1/4 inch for a professional piece of gear. Period.If you're on the fence about buying one, do it. It's perfect, fun, nice to travel with, and it doesn't take up too much space on my desk. It feels good to get back to the sampling vinyl workflow. The drum sounds and one shots that come with it are very good, I don't care for the 3 plugins(Tube Synth, Electric, and Bassline) but all of the effects are very good also. You can even mix and master on this thing if you want! Since I use it with Reason Suite, I'm not short on sounds and I mix there.This is the machine to buy. Cheaper than the Maschine Plus for a true standalone machine, however, Maschine Plus costs almost twice as much. If you use NI Komplete you don't need Maschine Plus if you're going to get this. If you want a mega blaster, get the MPC X. Most of us long time producers have sample libraries, and if you have a Splice account you'll be good to go on sounds. You can't lose.
Musical Background:
R&B/Pop/Hip-Hop
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Submitted February 17, 2020 by Robert Garcia in Chicago, IL
"Hits All The Boxes"
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MPC One is a spiritual successor to the MPC legacy’s of the past. While keeping a small and compact foot print makes this MPC feel so portable. While the MPC Live has a battery for true portability this can easily be taken to a gig for live use or to use with cv gear. Great for beginners, if you out grow it’s potential you can always move up to the MPC X/Live which share the same OS. No need to learn anything new! Plus all your projects work between the different MPCs. The build quality is great I actually like the feel of the smoother plastic compared to the Lives rubberized plastic. X on the other hand is on another level and price. Pads are a bit smaller but something you don’t even notice if your new to a MPC, if you used the original pads before these will take 10 minutes to get use to.The I/O Isn’t as robust as the Live/X but it has a enough for sampling or controlling external gear.There might not be enough outs to track to out gear but you can always bounce the tracks individually and port them over to your DAW.I love the fact you can use usb midi keyboards with out having to install any software, it even found my launchkey mini mk3 which is a recent controller.You will need a SD card or usb stick as the storage is only couple of gigs, which is great for starting out but I suggest get the latter instead. Overall this is a great piece of kit for the price, if your new to the mpc workflow or need something small to travel with. For people with a Live I would say pass unless you really need a portable with CV functionality.Also if your reading this order from zZounds, these guys are really helpful and great to work with, they help you if you have a issue with your order. I’ve ordered from many place that hassle you for about anything but these guys are straight.
Musical Background:
Been DJing for 25 years and making Hip Hop and Chicago House music for the last 10 years as a hobby
Musical Style:
Hip Hop and Chicago House
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Submitted March 11, 2020 by Jay H in USA, DE
"Falls Short of Expectations"
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I have a used a 2000XL for almost 2 decades now. I brought an MPC-X and while pricey it was a dream machine. It came loaded with pretty much any sound you wanted in the world. The MPC One I thought would be a nice addition since it's an MPC and runs the same software of course with less storage space.So finally I get my hands on one of these units and it just didn't have the same wow factor for me. It did however have a large disappointment factor. The unit is compact but more compact than it should be. The main focal point of the unit is the 7" screen and everything else revolves around it. The main feature of an MPC should always be on the "Pads" but it seems like they were a secondary thought on this. The pads DO NOT feel fluent at all. Compared to the MPC-X pads I truly wish Akai kept these fullsized. The pads are the same super sensitive lighted touch pads like on the Live and X. It however doesn't work as well when you shrink down those hard little pads to the size of a quarter. If your playing a beat on them it's hard to gauge how hard or soft to tap a pad because they seem more sensitive than they should be. It's also easier to trigger a pad unintentionally because of it.The pads however aren't the deal breaker on this unit. There are such things as the "headphone jack". The tiny 3.5 mm headphone jack that feels very flimsy because it is. I use AKG's and the plug kept slipping out the jack at the slightest touch of the headphone cable. Right in the middle of a jam session my audio would cut in and out like it was a short but it was the jack. I don't know why Akai decided to go that route when before they offered a nice well built 1/4 jack on the rear of their units. The 3.5mm jack doesn't seem like it will last over time.The other deal breaker and of course this is the only true deal breaker is how limited storage is on the unit as well as what the MPC One comes shipped to you with. You are going to need to spend money to get this up to standard. Buying a large SD card and download MPC expansions with aren't cheap to be on the same level as the Live,Force or even the X. Out the box it comes with a modern sounding library of sounds all gravitating around Trap and Urban music. The Instrument sounds aren't all that plentiful a lot of stuff is missing compared to the Live and X libraries those ship with. The MPC One is very very basic and would cost you another $200 - 300 just to get the same degree of sounds and storage space of the Live or Force. This is good as a travel unit,gigging unit, or a unit you'll use if you plan on sampling and making your own kits.
Musical Background:
Music Maker
Musical Style:
I do it all
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Submitted April 2, 2020 by Isaac Garmon in BUFFALO, NY
"New to AKAI"
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I've never owned an MPC before... I had an sr20 back in the day but always wanted an MPC... I finally got my money and credit right so I went ahead and sent $2k total... I have this MPC ONE, the MPC Studio Black and the MPK249 on a Windows 10 laptop with an cheap M-Audio premobile amp and some Mackie 5's... So the software came with these purchases... the MPC 2.7.2 and Ableton Live combo saves light-years... I used to work on FL Studio and Reason but this is a much better "WORKFLOW".Now since I have both I can say... The MPC Studio is not as loaded with features but the pc connection makes up for it BIG TIME. I will say most expansion packs are dually compatible but VIP is only for the pc... TWIST (pc only) LOOM (pc only) HYBRID (pc only) I hope u catch my drift. So I will start my projects here (save it) pull my 64g sd from the MPC ONE put it in my pc and I complete it with VIP on the MPC software, or I might dump it in Ableton depending on the vibe.Over all it's good but it's LITERALLY standing alone. Maybe I was too early in getting it.I've also noticed it gets pretty hot after about 30-40 minutes of productive use. It shows no sign of slowing down or deteriorating but the heat does make me worry.
Musical Background:
All of my life. I generally play keys and mostly at home
Musical Style:
Hop hop. Rnb.
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