Needle In The Hay

Dive deep into NITH’s coveted prize, the AKAI MPC One+

With its unmatched capabilities and features, AKAI’s MPC One+ sits atop an already stellar prize basket for this year’s NITH entrants. 

It’s officially Needle In The Hay season, which not only means there’s been an influx of some truly memorable artists, but a sizable growth in the gift baskets they could potentially receive.

In between a swathe of sweet vinyl pressings, top-tier recording gear and premium plug-in packages, one prize for this year’s NITH entrants is standing just a little taller.


Introducing the MPC One+, AKAI Audio’s crowning jewel brought to you with the help of ELFA — the wizards who’ve championed AKAI synths among a suite of other music products.

The MPC One+ might already be considered a must-have item for musicians, but for those who need a refresher, we’re sifting through all the capabilities and features it boasts, and one lucky NITH entrant might just be lucky enough to get their hands on. 

Whether it’s enabling supercharged beat-making or offering an unmatched workflow, the MPC One+ is the envy of musicians the world over.

Below, we’re listing all the reasons why. For anyone keen to nab it for themselves, you can enter Happy Mag’s Needle In The Hay competition here. Meanwhile, find all the ELFA AKAI goodness here.    


Supercharged Beat-Making

Now debuting with Wi-Fi capability, MPC One+ allows musicians to download software updates or the latest plugin instruments and authorizations wirelessly right on the hardware for fresh inspiration delivered right to your fingertips.

With Wi-Fi, MPC One+ becomes the perfect companion to your Ableton workflow. With Ableton Link 3, you can create and jam in perfect step with your Ableton DAW and all other Ableton Link enabled devices without any wired connections.

Use your MPC One+ for dynamic clip launching and macro control with Ableton Control functionality.

The Definitive Standalone Experience

MPC One+ features the MPC standard 128 MIDI tracks and 8 stereo tracks to seamlessly capture jams, songs, and complete compositions. Access samples, loops, multi-sampled instruments, vocals cuts, and more from the internal 16GB storage.

The updated storage comes in handy for your own sample recordings via the stereo 1/4” inputs for instruments, line-level turntables, and beyond. Export your projects as WAV or MP3 to share your music on any popular platform.

With its functional I/O, MPC One+ is the bridge for your studio, connecting MIDI, CV/Gate, USB, and line-level sources with ease. 

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Trusted MPC Workflow

Under the hood, MPC One+ is very much the MPC you would expect featuring the signature functions like Note Repeat and 16 Levels. Sample, chop, trim, and store your own personalised collection of unique sounds by the powerful Sampler engine.

For original melodic and harmonic approaches, dive into the pre-installed MPC plugin collection featuring innovative engines like Hype, Odyssey, Tubesynth.

The MPC plugin library features dozens of instruments and insert effect plugins that cover the standalone creative process from start to finish.

With new content added to the MPC store regularly, MPC One+ will keep up with every need of your musical journey.

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