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233 drum and rhythm samples and ready for MIDI!

The SR-16 drum machine has been used by plethora of songwriters, live performers, and remix engineers, making it one of the most popular drum machine on the market. The reason is simple: it features a great selection of 233 realistic, natural drum sounds, offered both in dry form and sampled with Alesis' incomparable digital reverbs. Alesis' exclusive Dynamic Articulation feature enables a drum sound to change its tonal content as it's played harder for truly realistic performances. The SR-16 also features 50 preset patterns that were actually played in by top studio drummers, not just programmed and quantized.

With the SR-16, you'll find enough built-in rhythmic variations (with A, B, and two Fill sections) for composing complete arrangements, and you can create and save your own customized patterns and songs. Plus, the SR-16 also provides complete MIDI implementation, a footswitch input, flexible programming, and editing features and velocity-sensitive pad buttons. Plus, it's so easy to use that you'll be up-and-running and composing new music in minutes. Whether you need a songwriting partner or an accompanyist for live performance, you can find it in the SR-16.

Features

  • Complete MIDI support for use with keyboards, computers and electronic drum kits
  • 233 professional sounds included
  • Built-in digital effects for added realism
  • Create and save your own customized patterns and songs

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SR-16 Drum Machine Specifications:

  • Audio Outputs: 4 (2 stereo pairs)
  • Pads: 12 velocity sensitive (with Dynamic Articulation)
  • Sample/DAC Bit Resolution: 16/18
  • Sounds: 233
  • Sounds Accessible via Pads: 12
  • Sounds Accessible via MIDI: 120
  • Polyphony: 16 voice
  • Panning: 7-position user programmable
  • Velocity Response: 8 loudness levels via pads, 127 via MIDI
  • Timing Resolution: 96 ppq
  • Time Signature Range: 1-128 beats per pattern
  • Tempo Range: 20-255 BPM
  • Notes/Patterns/Songs: 12,000/400 (200 user, 200 preset)/100
  • Kits: 50 user, 50 preset
  • MIDI Program Change Response: Kit
  • Sync: MIDI Clock/Song Position Pointer
  • Footswitch Jacks/Functions: 2; start/stop, count/A/B/fill
  • Other Features: Sound stacking, step editing, stereo samples with reverb and ambience
  • Dynamic Articulation: Modulates tone
  • Power: 9 VAC External Transformer, UL, and CSA Approved
  • Dimensions: (WxHxD) 9.25"x 1.5" x 6.5"
  • Weight: 2.5 lb.
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AlesisSR-16 Drum Machine
 
4.4

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Somewhat intimidating (and expensive) at first.

The Alesis SR16, while easy to use after you READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL, offers an extremely long list of different sounds (233 to be exact), each with its own set of mechanics to...Read complete review

The Alesis SR16, while easy to use after you READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL, offers an extremely long list of different sounds (233 to be exact), each with its own set of mechanics to change or tweak. The SR16 allows you to actually record yourself while you hit the keys, manual put in the different sounds where you want, or do both, all while you listen and edit as you go along. An excellent piece of studio technology, it has been on the market since 1990.

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Love Hate

I've traveled with the SR16 for 4 years now. I'll give you my pros and cons. Pros: fantastic control live, best I've ever seen. You can count in a tempo on one pedal...Read complete review

I've traveled with the SR16 for 4 years now. I'll give you my pros and cons. Pros: fantastic control live, best I've ever seen. You can count in a tempo on one pedal, and start/end the song with the other. The tempo pedal also lets you mark fill ins and change beats all on the fly. You can also pre record entire songs and play start/stop them with the pedal. Very easy to start and at the same time, more than capable of being a great tool for advanced users.Cons: Few of the kick sounds are good. The beats are outdated and all sound like early 90's rejects. The unit is a pain to back up and crashes every couple months so that the memory is wiped. A buddy of mine bought the zoom unit. The live control isn't as good but the samples on it are fantastic. In short: Live, a dream machine (advances users consider and outside module for better drum sounds) In recording, worthless. (buy the zoom, it's not as user friendly, but it sounds good on a CD)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

End of Life Cycle?

By Denny-GCBdz

from Waianae, HI

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

The Alesis is a good stereo drum machine for the price. It has, however, been around for many years and may be seeing it's last days in light of a backdrop of newer technologies and available features. PROS: - Compact/ very portable size, - Excellent sounding stereo samples, - Good set of preset patterns, - Very flexible programming capability for complex user patterns and songs, - Good MIDI features, - Excellent live performance features (such as footswitch control of multiple patterns, stop, start, etc), CONS: - Programming is tedious, especially with the very small LCD display and long sequence of little button strokes that are required. I have gotten spoiled using a very user-friendly software-based drum machine where I can see the entire song as I am building it, etc. - Some of the preset patterns are getting a little "dated".

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hated Presets

By Robert Balopole

from San Mateo, CA

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

I had hoped to use the preset sounds in the SR-16 for live performance, but they sound nothing like real drums. Cymbals are pretty good, but the snare in most of the presets has a very techno electronic sound. And the actual beats are laughable and sound like they were programmed by an engineer rather than a drummer. I have a cheap portable keyboard with better preset drumbeats. Maybe I can get what I want by doing programming, but I wanted something I could use right out of the box and this is not it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A step down "upgrade" for the HR-16

By Nick St.John

from Madison, Ct.

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

I bought this to replace my HR-16 and I find it lacking in several places. First, and foremost, is the fact that there are 4 less pads available, so you have less voices to work with (16 to 12 is NOT an upgrade. Sorry.). The sounds ARE an improvement, but I've noticed that there's a lot less output in the volume than there was from the HR, and I have to crank the SR-16 and lower the volume on the rest of the gear (a LOT) to match it out. Also, even with the volume cranked on the SR-16, when triggering sounds like ride and hi-hat cymbals, the sound phases and some times gets lost, no matter how hard I'm playing the key. I was fortunate enough to find another HR-16 to use with my sequencing and I'm sorry I didn't try to do that before "upgrading". The SR may be good for programming rhythms, but as an outboard piece for sequencing, it's a major step down from the HR.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Drum Machine

By Keith-dfph1

from Northwest of Pittsburgh (PA)

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

This unit is very well organized. The manual in detail-oriented. This is a fun machine. I got it to practice along with my bass and lead guitar, so my sounds will sound fuller. You can control your beats via 1 or 2 footswitches. There are 50 programmed presets and 50 user presets. Everywhere I checked, the Alesis SR-16 has received great reviews. I must go now; I am going to practice with it. Oh by the way....get one!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Drum Machine

By Keith-dfph1

from Northwest of Pittsburgh (PA)

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

This unit is very well organized. The manual in detail-oriented. This is a fun machine. I got it to practice along with my bass and lead guitar, so my sounds will sound fuller. You can control your beats via 1 or 2 footswitches. There are 50 programmed presets and 50 user presets, offering plenty of control and flexibility. Everywhere I checked, the Alesis SR-16 has received great reviews. Oh by the way....get one!

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(16 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A personally recall to myself.

By Conor Oberst

from Omaha,Nebraska

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

This drum machine is tangable to work with. buy it if you must.

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(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I RELLY LIKE THIS PRDUCT CAUSE I CAN MAKE DRM NOISES WIT IT!

By Jesus

from Zion

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

DIS Iz ThE BeSt DruM MaChIne Of aLl TiMe I WOulD kNow I'M JesUs

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(75 of 150 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Understand, It's A Machine

By Kondor

from Los Angeles, Ca

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

I'm a guitar player and for technology and the fact that it has been around since 1990, the sounds from the kick, the snare, the Hi-Hat, Crash cymbals, Ride Cymbals are pretty darn good. I bought this unit, used, from a guitar buddy and this unit has more than paid for itself. It is programmed with numerous beats and styles but I probably only use 5 basic styles and use the rest for experimentation. I have used it to write my new songs since I've had it. To me, it is an invaluable songwriting tool. That's the good, here's the bad. It seems to drop it's programs maybe once a month but with a manual I get it back up to speed within a few minutes. If you understand that this is not a real live human being, I believe you'll find it will more than meet your expectations. If I expect more I will and have hired professional drummers. From reading some of these previous reviews you'd think they expect a machine to capture an exact replica of a live drummer on a $10,000 drumkit. Please!! Understand, it's a machine.

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(46 of 110 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The solution to Spinal Tap's problem

By Five Thumbs

from Nigeria

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

I'll bet there are lots of out-of-work drummers who really hate this thing, but until audiences start clamoring for Gene Krupa or Ginger Barker drum solos, this is all most bands will ever need. I'm playing mine through a Marshall tube amp, miked through my PA system, and the sound is fantastic, even the kicks. It certainly beats the blips and beeps I was getting from my previous unit, and now we don't need to hire that extra van to move our equipment around town.

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(138 of 255 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Love Hate

By Matthew-UtcDQ

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

I've traveled with the SR16 for 4 years now. I'll give you my pros and cons. Pros: fantastic control live, best I've ever seen. You can count in a tempo on one pedal, and start/end the song with the other. The tempo pedal also lets you mark fill ins and change beats all on the fly. You can also pre record entire songs and play start/stop them with the pedal. Very easy to start and at the same time, more than capable of being a great tool for advanced users.Cons: Few of the kick sounds are good. The beats are outdated and all sound like early 90's rejects. The unit is a pain to back up and crashes every couple months so that the memory is wiped. A buddy of mine bought the zoom unit. The live control isn't as good but the samples on it are fantastic. In short: Live, a dream machine (advances users consider and outside module for better drum sounds) In recording, worthless. (buy the zoom, it's not as user friendly, but it sounds good on a CD)

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