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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.

Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine 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
    Comes with power supply


Alesis 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.


Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

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  • Wonderful Buy!

    As reviewed by Mike on 6/24/2008

    If you're looking for a drum machine for the purpose of replacing a drummer, spend the extra hundred dollars on the next step up Alesis, this machine won't help you unless you only want eighties tones for acoustic drums. but if you want extra textures for your music, this machine is INCREDIBLE. The tones go from explosive and reverbed to crunchy and bright and the ease of use makes this controller a HUGE win. When it comes down to it, this is the most simple, keep it basic drum machine on the market, but with 16 voice polyphony and a seemingly endless amount of capabilities, it's the only one you need.

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  • Excellent Little Drum Machine!

    As reviewed by Chas Tye on 10/31/2010

    I?ve been writing songs for a while, and creating good beats has been the most challenging part. I needed a drum machine that was easy to use and intuitive with a collection of nice sounds. This ALESIS-SR16 fits the bill perfectly. The preset beats are really nice, but what is most impressive is how easy and fast it is to create your own beats. It only took a few days to get a handle on how this machine operates. The manual that comes with the SR-16 makes it very to easy understand the functions of the machine right away. Now I?m ready to integrate the SR-16 with my keyboards, and I?m looking forward to creating hot tunes. Now that creating beats is much easier, I can concentrate more on melodies, bass lines, string parts, etc.. This machine is a great tool for anyone who needs a solid small and inexpensive drum machine. Because of that I HIGHLY recommend the ALESIS-SR16

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

    As reviewed by Operationanti on 10/4/2006

    For my first and only drum machine, the Sr-16 is extremely user friendly. After looking through the owner's manual for a few short minutes, I was creating and storing my own patterns. The SR-16 has twelve pads, each of which can be assigned a different tone from it's internal library. You can choose between using the touch sensitive pads or setting the kit to a fixed volume. The huge dynamic range of the SR-16's pads was a bit too much for me to manage, so it's easier for me to layer the beats one tone at a time and select the appropriate fixed volume for each piece as I lay it down. Technology moves fast, but the SR-16 has been around for a long time and still stands up in terms of sound quality. Since they've sort of become "yesterday's" model, you can usually pick one up pretty cheap. With today's technology, you can find pretty good prices on lower-end units packed with features, but even though the SR-16 is fairly basic, the things it does are done very well. The SR-16 might not be the first choice for a high-tech MIDI studio, but the sound quality is great for working out song ideas. I mainly use mine for home demo recordings on my digital 8-track, and with well programmed beats mixed with a little EQ tweaking, things can end up sounding fairly polished.

    132 of 140 people found this review helpful.
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