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Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine  

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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...Read More

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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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SPECIFICATIONS

SR-16 Drum Machine

  • 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

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Good quality (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Inspires practice and great for timing

    Unless you're into all the new electronic sounds, this machine is perfect and sounds like a real set of drums.
    This is a great little box. The main thing is NOT to get...Read complete review

    Unless you're into all the new electronic sounds, this machine is perfect and sounds like a real set of drums.
    This is a great little box. The main thing is NOT to get overwhelmed by all the buttons. Look on the bottom of the machine for a quick start. Don't try to master everything at once. Decide on a Preset you like and stick with it through whatever songs you play that it fits until you get sick of hearing the same ole same ole. Then try something else. Go to Alesis support and ask for the FREE DVD (not advertised). Take your time and have fun. This machine has much to offer! If you order it, get 2 universal footswitches, you'll need them. Enjoy!
    Nice size and feel.
    Great device for the price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Defective Unit

    I turned on the unit and played the first preset pattern and it played just fine. Then, when I tried to adjust the tempo, the thing froze up on me and hasn't played...Read complete review

    I turned on the unit and played the first preset pattern and it played just fine. Then, when I tried to adjust the tempo, the thing froze up on me and hasn't played since. I tried consulting the "troubleshooting" section of the manual ... no dice. I will be returning this unit for a replacement. Hopefully I'll get one that works for more the two and a half minutes this time.

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    5.0

    Great drum machine

    By Steve

    from Naples, Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Need More Latin Beats

    Best Uses

    • Solo Act

    Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

    Tried the SR-18 didn't like, went back the SR-16, I have two more as back up, wouldn't use any other drum machine.

    Comment on this review

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dependable, easy to use with useable bea

    By deberney

    from texas city, tx

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Useable Drum Beats

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      I owned a boss 670 and hated it. I am a rock/country/pop entertainer and needed simple drum patterns. This machine has it. I was a bit apprehensive about getting this because of the reviews criticizing the sound and limited drum beats. While the sound may be slightly less crisp then the boss, the ease of use and amount of useable patterns more than make up for it. My earlier songs, prior to 2011, were recorded with the boss. Anything after that is recorded with the Alesis. You can hear this at www.youtube.com/user/daerney.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Upgrade

      By Biker Bob

      from Little Rock, AR.

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Battery Or Line Powered
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improved Drum Sounds

      Cons

      • User Patterns Are Used

      Best Uses

      • Live shows
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      This is a good upgrade from the SR 16. The drum sounds are much improved. I like the fact that they have included battery power as I do a lot of street gigs where power is an issue. If you can program the SR 16 this is a breeze. I like the fact that you can mute the bass and percussion parts on the fly. The bass parts are not the greatest, but useable. The presets have some good working patterns that you can really use live and with a little tweaking they can be made into good live songs with the use of foot switches. You really don't get 100 user patterns unless you delete some of the presets as only 24 User pattern spots are not used, but that's not too much of a deal breaker for me. I just wish that was stated in the ads. Overall this is a worthy successor to the SR 16. I marked off 1 star for the so-so bass and the misleading ad about the 100 user pattern spots.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best drum machine for live performance

      By Drummer girl

      from Lakeview Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Also Needs A Lit Screen
      • Does Not Have Waltz Time

      Best Uses

      • I Use This For Live

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      This is a great machine. I have had the SR-16 for about 15 years. The only things I would change is by adding waltz time to the program, lighting up and raising the screen so it can be seen in the dark. These changes would be more user friendly for live performances. This is a great drum machine for the price.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply the best for live performance

      By Creative Jedi

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Versechorus Footswitch

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live Performance

        Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

        I have been using an SR-16 onstage for many years. I'm just glad they are still making this drum machine, which is so perfect for live performances. You can program entire songs quite intuitively, or use a double footswitch that lets you add fills and then switch to a different pattern while playing. Perfect for verse/chorus arrangements. The sounds are quite adequate, but the functionality of this machine is where it really shines, and nothing else will do what the SR-16 does, not even the newer SR-18. Caution with the SR-18: it is tied to longer patterns, ruining the effect of fills for live performance, even if you create shorter versions of patterns. Read more about this problem on the Alesis forums, and stick with the SR-16 as I have done for over 15 years. And you can't beat the crazy low price, either!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best ,simple, effective drum machine

        By T-Bear & Co.

        from Houghton Lake Michigan

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

          I have been a professional musician, songwriter for over 40 years. In the last 20 years or more I have been doing a single since I retired from the road and the Alesis SR-18 has been my accompaniment all those years. I have 2 of them, one for stage and one for studio and both have never let me down, including the foot switches that are recommended for those units.Yes I would re- purchase them if it ever becomes necessary. I'm getting older, bot the SR-18s are staying young and intact. Thank you Alesis. Frank T.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Best bang for your buck

          By Jonesy

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Writingcomposing

          Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

          What can I say. Its just so user friendly. This is my second unit the first one got used to death. Lcd was damaged but the machine still work. I dont think theres a better machine for the money!

          Comment on this review

          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ballroom Rhythms

          By ahyong8

          from Malaysia

          Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

          It is unfortunate that the Alesis SR 16 does not incorporate ballroom rhythms such as waltz, rumba, cha-cha etc. I believe it is aimed at the youth market. Perhaps Alesis could come out with a new model with these rhythms.

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          (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good for accompaniment, not for midi

          By Uncle Willie

          from Rural Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

                Not recommended for use as a midi drum module. The architecture is oriented around the 12 key pads and their midi note assignments are not sequential by default. Note numbers 000-119 are pre-arranged as a series of 12-note drumsets 00-09 which only partially align with general midi note assignments. To reassign them so that your sequencer plays the expected drums is a awkward process, and apparently circumvents the SR-16's usefulness as a drum machine.

                As a drum machine the SR-16 is a good economical choice. The A and B main and Fill patterns when operated by footswitches, make for a natural sounding, varied background. The 50 preset patterns are missing waltz and 6:8 patterns, but these can be programmed into the user section. Each pattern has a drumset assigned so there is a wide variety of sounds available just from the presets. Despite the quirky midi architecture, I find it to be quite usable as a practice machine, or for solo or small group accompaniment.

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                (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Inspires practice and great for timing

                By Tim Frock

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

                Unless you're into all the new electronic sounds, this machine is perfect and sounds like a real set of drums.
                This is a great little box. The main thing is NOT to get overwhelmed by all the buttons. Look on the bottom of the machine for a quick start. Don't try to master everything at once. Decide on a Preset you like and stick with it through whatever songs you play that it fits until you get sick of hearing the same ole same ole. Then try something else. Go to Alesis support and ask for the FREE DVD (not advertised). Take your time and have fun. This machine has much to offer! If you order it, get 2 universal footswitches, you'll need them. Enjoy!
                Nice size and feel.
                Great device for the price.

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