That ain't red, it's closer to burgundy with strawberry highlights on the menu icon buttons.
Although this forum has a similar color scheme, the reason it works is because the dark grey has a slight blue hue to it, which contrasts with the dark red and the lighter grey is truer to neutral, not having any warm or cool tones, ties it all together.
Where as the MPC software, all the colors used are on the darker side of the light scale, giving it an extremely dark feel and both greys are true to neutral, so when you add any warm or cool color it's gonna pop out.
There's a ton of software, desktop and mobile that suffer from no-design, minimal interfaces that seem to keep overlooking one simple, timeless design rule, the focus of the subject - Where are your eyes drawn to?
I'm trying to make beats down here, but that goddamn red hat keeps distracting me.
If Akai's intent was to have you staring at the menu bar the whole time, then mission accomplished.