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Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine  

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Alesis knows drums. The legendary SR-16 ignited the drum-machine market in 1990 and has remained a classic ever since. The SR-18 is designed to meet the demands of today's musicians.

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Overview

Alesis knows drums. The legendary SR-16 ignited the drum-machine market in 1990 and has remained a classic ever since. The SR-18 is designed to meet the demands of today's musicians.

The SR-18 follows in the tradition of its ancestor, as it is loaded with cutting-edge drum kits, electronic drums, hits, and up-to-date percussion sounds for any modern drummer. From hip-hop to country and everything in-between, the SR-18 has you covered. The integrated effects engine includes reverb, EQ and compression for customizing the sounds to your liking.

Since the SR-18 can be powered by AC or batteries, it ensures that whenever you need to lay down a groove, you're fully-equipped.

The new era of drum machines is here, only from Alesis.

Features
  • Large, 32MB sound set with percussion bank and bass synth
  • Over 500 percussion and 50 bass sounds
  • Built-in Effects - Reverb, EQ, and Compression
  • Battery power for max portability
  • Pattern Play Mode enables different patterns to be triggered from the pads directly
Specifications
  • AC adapter included
    Also has battery power capability (6 AA's - not included with product)
    32-voice polyphony
    Backlit LCD
    MIDI In and Out
    TRS 1/4" Aux Output
    Drum Roand footswitch control make it flexible.ll function
    Headphone output
    Instrument Input
    100 Preset Patterns and 100 User Patterns
    Tempo / Value dial
    2 footswitch control jacks- Start/Stop and Count/A/B/fill (footswitch sold separately)
Warranty
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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(No warranties are sent with product.)


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AlesisSR-18 Drum Machine
 
4.2

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (17)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Functional (14)
  • Improves sound (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Back-up (9)
  • Concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Machine for the price

I have been using the SR-16 for live perfomances and recording for over 10 years. This is a timely update for a quite remarkable machine. The preset beats. kits, and samples are...Read complete review

I have been using the SR-16 for live perfomances and recording for over 10 years. This is a timely update for a quite remarkable machine. The preset beats. kits, and samples are a MUST HAVE in creating your own style. Use what's already onboard or create something totally spellbinding in the user setting. The onboard effects are an extra bonus. Another upgrade is the instrument jack lets you play wherever...plug in your guitar or keyboards, put on your headphones and jam on the go, on battery power. Let's not forget the high contrast screen being backlit UPGRADE, so no more external lighting on stage to see what programs you are using. I have had people tell me what a great drummer I had, when it was all machine. Playing live with this tool is a breeze, once you get command of the foot switch fills. Did I say it had built in bass guitar...it's a whole rhythm section by itself. Plug the MIDI out to your keyboard or other drum machines and you're a one man band. So if you are a novice or an professional,Live musician or home studio recorder, this is the machine to have in your arsenal of sound.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tricky

PROS: The sounds are very realistic; the presets are useful; and the variety is good - though more than needed for my applications, and perhaps less as well. The price for features...Read complete review

PROS: The sounds are very realistic; the presets are useful; and the variety is good - though more than needed for my applications, and perhaps less as well. The price for features is great-but everyone will need more of some, and less of others. If you are doing the simple "standards," you can flip through the presets, listen for something familiar, adjust the tempo accordingly, decide whether to start on "A" or "B" and drop about 20 songs onto a recording deck fairly quickly (those "blues in A" songs are a snap). CONS: Tricky for the non-drummer; switching between sounds requires a few extra steps than simplicity suggests, and actually building multi-part songs (appending things together) is more complex than even practical. Also, the "quantize" feature messes me up more than it fixes tempo mis-beats. (When I am having a problem, turning that OFF usually fixes it.)Non-drummers (especially those of us over 40) will find the learning curve a bit frustrating. I'm using it to program backing tracks for a one-man-band situation, and my originals are Rush-esque. Thus far, I have yet to finish even one of these type songs -- and that is with the assistance of a couple of teenagers who understand menu wheels. If the pads were even sorted like a drum kit, it might be more friendly for building the song's parts the hard way.Generally, it is taking far too many hours per song to be as useful as I had hoped. Is the Boss unit any more friendly for more complex songs? Could we get a "bios flash" to give us "A, B, C, D & E" pattern potential?Wouldn't it be nice if downloadable expansion programs were available, or if they had an "SR-18-R" model that skipped the Latino patterns and added a bunch more "Rock" modules? We need more preset patterns programmers -- listen to Ratt, Crue & Dream Theatre, and give us more options with double kick that are set in off-time (non-4/4) progressions.The unit works perfectly, I guess -- but owning it for a year now, I am still not proficient with it. Being a few years beyond 8th grade before ever touching one of these hasn't helped. That's my fault, not the machine's -- but that reality would influence my recomendation to other former hair-banders looking for an out-of-retirement party.

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5.0

Drum Patterns

By Foosh

from LA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Functional

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

      Very intuitive and fun to use. Owned the original HR-16. Is it possible to get the MIDI drum patterns from the early days loaded in there?

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      SR18 Dynamic Articulation is BAD

      By Alex

      from Rancho Cucamonga

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

        I just bought a new SR-18 machine, started prepare it for my applications and found that dynamic range of pads is very limited! I would say it is semi-dynamic pads. I mean Sensitivity level - NOT Volume control!
        Sensitivity has 3 levels ONLY!
        SOFT (which is no way you will get from Pad it's full volume, no matter how hard you will tap.. if you can call it tapping - it's already more like killing Pad)
        MEDIUM (winch is NO WAY to get low volume no matter how gently you will try to tap)
        LOUD (it will allow you to reach 100% of volume with super hard tapping, but forget about soft low sensitivity of pad)

        I think it is on of a SERIOUS big minuses of Alesis SR-18 machine.
        Another BIG minus - there is NO USB. It means if you want to make a backups of your grooves/songs you've recorded you need to break your head HOW and WHERE to save your SysEx information. And ALL software that can do this being designed for Win 98 or maximum Win XP.

        Now I will try to add keyboard and use MIDI connection for recording on SR-18. But if it will not improve sensitivity levels and I will still need to kill keyboard for to get "Dynamic Articulation" - I will sell this machine.
        It might be good for individual drummer's practicing in garage, or maybe for to play music without any dynamic (like hardcore rock and so on.. ). This is my personal opinion.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I LOVE this thing

        By shrubble

        from Catonsville, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Cool
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

          This thing is really cool. I picked up the Alesis SR-18 on sale from Musician's Friend a month ago or so, I have to admit it delivers a lot more that I expected, especially at this price.

          My background first: I am for the most part a guitarist, although I play other instruments. I'm not the type of person that cares for boxes with zillions of esoteric features, regardless of how good they sound. I generally want to plug in and play music.

          So with that being said, as I was reading the docs that came with this drum machine I began to get a little freaked out with the level of effort I was going to have to put in just to get some good backup beats for practice mostly, maybe some light gigging.

          Once I started playing with it though, it became clear quite quickly that I can pretty much get any bass/drum sounds I want out of this device with very little effort. I'm not going to say it's completely intuitive, but I will say it's whatever is just beyond that. It took me a bit to figure out how to get the drums and bass I wanted associated with the particular loop that I was saving to, but once it clicked (maybe an hour or two), I found myself stringing together entire songs, well, pretty darn easily.

          And the sounds is really good as well. The are oodles of drum kits, percussion instruments, and bass sounds to choose from, and with a little bit of practice mixing and matching them is a simple affair, as is editing out mistakes.

          There are also tons a good canned beats already in the device, although I like to program my own.

          I also like the broad range of 1/4" jack connections available on the device, honestly when I when learning the functions of the device I was sitting on my couch with my earbud headphones in the headphone jack using an adapter, and it sounded phenomenal!

          The display is meaningful and easy to understand, and the whole unit is set-up to quickly move from one task to another in real-time, for those that choose to do so.

          I dunno, to me it does a great job of giving me good beats (custom or canned) to practice with when I can't get a drummer to haul his/her stuff over, and it also provides a good option for a drummer if would prefer to play in a smaller band.

          Nice all around, especially for the price!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This Drum Machine is the Joint!!!

          By Experienced Level User

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

            I have had this device for about a month now, and every time I get into it, it's even more worth the investment. I wrote an earlier review and gave it good marks, but this device is definitely worth every penny. I am a keyboardist, not a pianist and this thing really fills in the gaps. Of course you definitely need to read the manual to get a feel for the deep stuff, but if you are a jump in and play with it kind of person, it works great right out of the box. You will find new things about it every time you pick it up. At first I thought that it was just a "basic" unit. I was wrong, the only thing that was basic about this unit was "me". This thing is loaded. I have not been so impressed with a piece of equipment since the first time, I hooked up a pair of Monitor Ones, when you use to have to have them hooked up to an amplifier, pre built in amp speaker days. I really could go on and on, but you should definitely have gotten my point by now. Enjoy.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Product

            By Experienced Level User

            from Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

              I picked this up from Guitar Center after checking it out on MF. It actually was a little cheaper at the store. The product sounds great and has a ton of features. It didn't take long at all to get a handle on it, once you read the online manual. I tried to check it out on youtube, but none of them helped. Just download the online manual and you will be good to go. I highly recommend this product. I was trying to compare it to an old Dr. Rhythm I use to use, but this product is definitely a major improvement. Ease of use is well worth it. This takes me back to the ease of "splice tape" but with the digital benefits of today. Again, Great Product!

               
              4.0

              Very Nice Machine

              By Steve

              from Port Townsend, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

                This is a great little machine. I found it easy to use right out of the box. I had a couple of questions on it, and support via email was fast and thorough. I have found one small thing I don't like. When you use the presets there is a bass line as part of it. You can change the key of the bass line which is of course good. The only problem, is that the machine doesn't identify the key the bass is in and you have to figure that out if you want it to match what you are playing. Seems like they could have picked a single key to start all of the bass lines in so you would have a starting point for your changes. That's what kept me from giving it five stars.

                 
                5.0

                Great tool for the practice studio.

                By Doogie

                from Hampton VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

                    Great tool for practice play. Multi faceted uses makes it versatile for switch up playing.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great drum machine

                    By Gator

                    from South Louisiana Swamp

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

                        This SR-18 replaces a Boss DR-110 (Dr. Rythym)that I've used for several years. The SR-18 produces realistic sound, and far surpases anything the DR-110 can do. In addition, it's easy to understand and use, and an AC power cord is provided with the unit. I'm happy with its peformance and its price.

                         
                        5.0

                        get's the job done.

                        By RICARDO B

                        from PHOENIX AZ.

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

                          I was not sure at first but glad I took the chance and at a great price.

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome machine for the price

                          By puz11

                          from Las Vegas

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Great For Practice
                          • Improves Sound
                          • Perfect Home Studio Tool

                          Cons

                          • Have None

                          Best Uses

                          • Practice
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

                          I think it's perfect for the home studio users. Also doubles as an excellent practice tool.

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