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The Alesis SR-16 drum machine delivers comprehensive MIDI programming and and use as a sound module for serious music programmers. The drum machine's samples can be tweaked with Dynamic Articulation ... Read More

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Overview

The Alesis SR-16 drum machine delivers comprehensive MIDI programming and and use as a sound module for serious music programmers. The drum machine's samples can be tweaked with Dynamic Articulation which alters the drum tone depending on how hard it's hit.

Alesis includes 50 preset rhythm patterns, each with an A and B variation plus A and B fill, for a total of 4 different rhythms in each pattern. The SR-16 drum machine's 50 user drum kits give you plenty of versatility.

The Alesis SR-16 is also equipped with 2 stereo outputs, headphone out, 2 footswitch jacks, 12 velocity-sensitive pads, 16-voice polyphony, 24-bit resolution, and 20-255BPM tempo range.

Features
  • 16-voice polyphony
  • 12 velocity-sensitive pads
  • Over 200 drum and rhythm samples
  • Dynamic Articulation is velocity-sensitive
  • 50 preset rhythm patterns with A and B variations plus A and B fills
  • 4 different rhythms in each pattern
  • 24-bit sample/DAC resolution
  • 20-255BPM tempo range
  • 4 outputs
Specifications
  • Audio Outputs: 4 (2 stereo pairs)
    Pads: 12 velocity sensitive (w/Dynamic Articulation)
    Sample/DAC Bit Resolution: 24
    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: VAC External Transformer, UL and CSA Approved
    Dimensions: (WxHxD) 9.25"x1.5"x6.5"
    Weight: 2.5 lbs
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
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AlesisSR-16 Drum Machine
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

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Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

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....Read complete review

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.

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No waltz beat

Its is tough to find out after you buy something like this that it does not have one single Waltz beat programmed into it. Come on guys it seems to me that there are...Read complete review

Its is tough to find out after you buy something like this that it does not have one single Waltz beat programmed into it. Come on guys it seems to me that there are more to music than just Rap or Raggae out here in the real world! If you are using this for Country Music there are so many songs that are waltzes but yet not a single one on the country settings. I see for me to get waltzes into the machine I have to spend at least another $40 to purchase a connector to download it into it. And probably have to purchase the download from Alesis to download it!

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Don't think I would buy this again.

By jr

from san deiego

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

    I don't really care for this product, I find it a little difficult to use. I t may just be me though.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Consdier this - Alesis making this for 20+ years !

    By Sarge

    from Dallas Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      I got mine in the early 90s and used it a lot. No PC, just turn this on and play. Great for practicing and trying ideas out - and the sound is solid. Sadly I no longer have it, but to see that Alesis is still producing this says something! What other musical electronic gear is still in production after 20+ years.

      Now mine had the 5 pin midi interface and it might be more modern to be USB Midi and powered. The spec doesn't really what type of Midi it is. That is my only negative comment.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Lotta bang for the buck

      By Tampa Norm

      from Tampa, FL

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Programming takes a while to learn

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording demos

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      I use this for demo recordings. 30-some years ago I bought a used HR16B and used it with great success. This unit has all of the functionality at half the size. My only complaint is that it uses smaller pads which is not a good thing for a clumsy oaf.

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      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Worth the $

      By Paul smith

      from Luna Pier Mich.

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      I work with another guitar player in an acoustic act. We have played out weekly for over a year now, I bought the Alesis SR 16 a couple of months after we started playing together to add sum fill & depth to our sound. I'll never play without one again unless I have a live drummer! Is it complicated? Only as complicated as you want to make it! I pulled it outta the box & found enuff presets that fit the majority of our songs (classic rock) & we were using it 4 our live show within a week. Only reason I dent give it a 5? there's no battrey backup. It comes with an adapter but if the cord breaks (like mine did) U can't just shove battries in it till U can get another power cord. Other than that, buy it!

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      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      No waltz beat

      By Billy Sims

      from Grandview Tennessee

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      Its is tough to find out after you buy something like this that it does not have one single Waltz beat programmed into it. Come on guys it seems to me that there are more to music than just Rap or Raggae out here in the real world! If you are using this for Country Music there are so many songs that are waltzes but yet not a single one on the country settings. I see for me to get waltzes into the machine I have to spend at least another $40 to purchase a connector to download it into it. And probably have to purchase the download from Alesis to download it!

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best tool for a drummer

      By Brent

      from Parma, Ohio

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      I got this drum machine because my drum teacher has one and every lesson we use it. He created a 3 & 1 beat. There is three measures of clicks and one bar silent. This helped me keep time and learn to stay on the beat. If i were you, I would get this because it will improve your drumming.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Little Drum Machine!

      By Chas Tye

      from Arlington VA

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      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

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      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      inspiring

      By Ryan schuetze

      from ozark mo

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      the simple things reign forever; acoustic instruments, banging on things with sticks, singing in the shower. its few flaws make it "perfect" it plays like an instrument, without every user friendly detail being handed to you. with practice this one is exceptional ignore the voice in your head saying more, bigger, faster, just shut up and play

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      (46 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The de-facto drum machine?

      By Ramzey

      from Houston, TX

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      Originally released in 1990 and only seeing slight upgrades since (1/4" headphone jack on back and twice the memory of the original model are the only changes... oh, and the price) the SR-16 was an amazing machine when it was released and today continues to remain the preferred choice of many professional songwriters and solo artist. How has it stood the test of time? A few reasons: It's built well, has plenty of options, sounds good and its user interface is very easy and it doesn't expect you to be a drummer to program the thing... If you're a guitarist who hates to 'program' anything, but want a drum machine this is your best bet.

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      (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Buy!

      By Mike

      from Oregon

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      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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