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Mixing modern capabilities with retro cool, Akai’s MPC One Retro is a powerful all-in-one music production box.

Akai have announced a new limited edition MPC unit, and the result is a classy mashup of ‘80s style and powerful modern features.

The MPC One Retro Edition is a standalone music production workstation – you can make all the beats you want, without the need for a computer. It takes the design of the iconic MPC 60, MPC 3000 and MPC 2000 drum machines, famed for shaping the history of hip-hop, dance, pop and R&B music.

What can you do on the MPC One Retro? The multi-touch screen means you can edit MIDI on the piano roll, utilise effects and automation parameters and sample audio instantly. It contains a built-in library of plugins including a polyphonic synthesizer, vintage keyboard instrument and DrumSynth with hundreds of presets.

The simple workflow makes it easy to get to grips with the interface. MPC One Retro can also be used as a controller for the MPC2 desktop software for those who prefer to work in a DAW.

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  • Powerful multicore system from the MPC Live and MPC X
  • 16 velocity sensitive RGB pads
  • Brilliant 7” Multi-Touch full-colour LED-backlit display with touch interface  
  • 2 GB RAM, 2GB Onboard Storage, 2GB pre-installed content
  • Mac & PC controller for MPC Software (included)
  • Stereo line level inputs
  • MIDI n & MIDI Out
  • 4 TRS CV/Gate jacks, 8 outputs
  • USB 2.0 slot for storage drives or MIDI controllers
  • SD card slot

The Special Retro Edition will set you back £640. Discover more about the MPC One Retro Edition from Akai here.