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Akai adds new MPC to range

Say hello to the ultra-portable MPC One

2020 Jan 15     
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The new unit has a feature set derived from the MPC X, and goes on sale in February

Akai Professional has announced a new addition to its legendary MPC range of sampling workstations, the MPC One.

With the MPC X the current flagship in the MPC range, the One follows in the footsteps of the MPC Live, which launched in 2017 and was designed as a portable, standalone machine. The MPC One has, in Akai Pro product manager Dan Gill's words, "that same exact power," but in a much smaller body.

Like the Live there's a 7-inch multi-touch display, 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, MIDI in/out, 4x TRS CV/gate jacks and a total of eight outputs. However, there's just 2GB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage, and unlike the Live sounds can only be stored on USB or SD Cards, because there's no SATA drive slot for adding your own had disk.

The One does, however, have 2GB's worth of drum samples and loops preloaded, as well as Akai's Electric, Tubesynth and Bassline synth engines. In fact it packs everything you need, says Akai, "to deliver impressive, professional productions and streaming-ready records" – all out of the one box.

The MPC One goes on sale next month, priced $699 (UK and European pricing TBA). For more information, see Akai Pro's own website.





Tags: Akai, Akai Professional, MPC, MPC One, MPC Live, MPC X