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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... Read More

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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
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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One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
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4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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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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4.0

Worth the $

By Paul smith

from Luna Pier Mich.

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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2.0

No waltz beat

By Billy Sims

from Grandview Tennessee

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 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best tool for a drummer

By Brent

from Parma, Ohio

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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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Little Drum Machine!

By Chas Tye

from Arlington VA

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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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

inspiring

By Ryan schuetze

from ozark mo

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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5.0

The de-facto drum machine?

By Ramzey

from Houston, TX

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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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Buy!

By Mike

from Oregon

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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(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still great after all these years

By Dogstarr1

from Atlanta, GA

The Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine was the first really pro qulaity drum machine and amaizngly after over 15 years still can hold it's own against the competition. I think the best features of the SR-16 are 3 fold, it's sounds are very good samples of natural drums, you can layer sounds to give it a flexibility in tone shaping that's really unexpected in such a small (and inexpensive) box, and the simple sequencers both easy and fun to use. A great songwriting, practice and demo beat box that will likely remain with you far longer than you'd expect, the SR-16 really is still great after all these years.

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(134 of 142 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

By Operationanti

from Spokane, WA

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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(51 of 54 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The SR-16

By CDOG

from bolinas, CA

I've had my SR-16 for over a decade now and I 'm glad I own it. I record with it, practice with it and jam with my friends with it. Good real sounds, a lot of them. I used the presets a bunch before writing with it.Good connectivity in back, I like the overall layout.Its definatly a timex as far as durability in concerned.I can see why alesis is still selling them!!

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