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AKAI Professional MPC One
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AKAI Pro MPC One
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.
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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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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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Unbeatable for the price
SakisX 05.09.2020
Pros:
Standalone, compact ,many buttons plus touchscreen, responsive pads ,nice synth engine , sampler . superb integration with the software .
Cons:
-Can’t record audio to clip and loop (like force, or push 2). As a workaround you can use the looper ,but can’t “explode” overdubs to separate clips
-No pitch envelope (for real?)
-No loop end point (it’s tied to sample’s end)
-No loop or sample’s start/end point modulation
-No portamento
-No disk streaming (forget long tracks)
-Bugs on current 2.8.1 firmware
-Terrible content browser
-SD card not showing on PC

Overall ,it’s great piece of gear ,already knew the current limitations (you can download the free MPC Beats software to get an idea, or demo the MPC Software but on hardware navigation is way easier) , hopefully the current bugs would be fixed soon.
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Grate box !
zoleeon 21.10.2021
It is a fantastic music-groove-standalone box.
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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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MPC ONE : how its like to use a 2020 made MPC
dudefromthe90s 05.04.2021
totally changed my rating after 1 year of use.

the learning curve is steep. had lots of headaches. but once you feel at home everything is done super fast.

the 2.10 update turned it into a BEAST. the extra stuff is AMAZING. Lots of synths, new fx and additional stuff there and there. Couldnt believe how much things they added.

i love my MPC. i'll probably never use 30% of what it has to offer.

get one now. cant go wrong.
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Enlighttment
dj difficult 07.05.2021
Better than only frickeling with a DAW!!!! million ways more sexy!
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The best but still no xlr input and no battery inside
MrFab__ 15.02.2021
In terms of workflow and size/weight there's nothing on the market like this. And it's still the BEST.

But is crazy that it has no battery inside and still no xlr input for a microphone.
It could also be perfect with the 16 knobs always auto mapped (just like on his big brother mpc X ) so you can mix everything and modify all the parameters in every window of effects, programs settings etc without the useless q-links (that limits to 4 parameters at the same time your setting up).

About the audio recording : just like in the daws , when u record you can choose your best takes. I dont think is a big problem for akai to put this feature on the next firmwares.

when akai will release what i've described, it will be the best groove box ever. (and also the best all-in-one to make music in a funny /fast way in studio/on the go)

But , at now, no comparison with all the other groove boxes. the touch screen and the portability are the main differences.
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Feels like arriving at home
Attila S. 17.05.2021
This is a good instrument. worth every penny.
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Good machine
Bedroom Producer 999 25.04.2020
Pro's
-Great sound
-Good workflow
-Standalone
-Usable included library
-Splice integration
-Form factor/weight

Con's
-Bad browser
-No disk streaming
-Internal storage/SD card doesn't mount when connected to a computer.
-Somewhat laggy interface. Needs a modern touch display.
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AKAI Professional MPC One