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Akai's 'new' MPC One Retro Edition

It’s a new device in an old skin from Akai and its latest MPC sampler.

Hey, it’s Akai! You remember them from hardware such as the MPC 1000, the MPC 3000, and the MPC Touch. But today, we’re looking at their latest rendition of a classic: the MPC One Retro.

It’s a hybrid of sorts: you get the latest functionality of the MPC One with the design of the MPC 60 which started it all.

Tech specs

  • 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads (also RGB-backlit)
  • 8 pad banks
  • Four 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link Knobs
  • One 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
  • 31 function buttons (also traffic light colour backlit)
  • 7.0in LED-backlit colour display with touch interface
  • Quad-core ARM® processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB user storage and 2GB pre-installed content
  • Two 1/4in (6.35mm) TRS inputs (1 stereo pair)
  • Two 1/4in (6.35mm) TRS outputs (1 stereo pair)
  • One 1/8in (3.175mm) stereo headphone output
  • Two 5-pin MIDI inputs and outputs (1 each)
  • 2 USB ports (Type A and Type B)
  • 1 SD Card slot
  • Dimensions: 10.7in x 10.7in x 2.1in (272mm x 272mm x 53 mm)
  • Weight: 4.7lbs (2.1kg)

As you can see from the specs, you get some unimaginable features given the chosen style for this device. A lot of the tech wasn’t even around when the MPC-60 was king!

The MPC One Retro comes preloaded with instruments such as Drum Synth and TubeSynth and that SD card slot alongside 2GB of user storage will come in handy for projects.

You can stay informed of when it drops with vendors like Juno and Andertons (UK), zZounds and Guitar Center (US), and Music Store (EU)

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