Akai’s MPC One is a cheaper and smaller music-making machine

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Akai has announced a new entry to its iconic MPC (Music Production Center) line called the MPC One. The standalone music-making workstation has a more compact form factor and borrows bits from other Akai products to offer an MPC at a more affordable price point.

There are a lot of similarities between the MPC One and its recent(ish) predecessors, the MPC Live and MPC X. They all have the signature square of 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads, a multitouch display, network connectivity, MIDI input and output, and are integrated with sample platform Splice, among other things.

When it comes to what sets the MPC One apart, it’s impossible to ignore the price. The MPC One is $699, which is a bargain when you consider the MPC Live is…

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