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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 110 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (10)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), 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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3.0

WORKS AS ADVERTISED. OVERLY COMPLICATED, BUT IT MAY BE ME.

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from MT. JULIET, TN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

USE AS A SONGWRITING AID.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Realistic sound; really good price!

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from Texas south coast

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

    I purchased the SR 16 to add some backbone for our Duo gigs because my partner is only a fair guitar player, and the drums help her stay in the groove. I really liked the foot pedals because we can stop without being locked to a drum pattern ending. I wish the thing had a greater variety of simpler drum patterns because so many of them are too busy and modern-sounding for our style. I'm an older garage rocker from the 60's (not born with an I-Pad in my mouth), and It was dang difficult for me to get semi-proficient with the bells and whistles of the machine, but I'm getting better. Like so many electronic devices today, the manufacturers really could use better Tech-Writers. It does have a really realistic drum sound compared to some I've used before. It has added a good feel to our sound.

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    3.0

    Somewhat disappointing

    By 

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Electronic Drum Sound

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

    Easy to use, but do not expect "real" drum sounds. The unit has that 1980s electronic drum sound quality. All the different beats add these funky little fills. It does not have a straight ahead Ringo Starr style backbeat. I was hoping for some plain and simple rock beats for recording purposes. Basically, the unit is a fancy metronome.

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    5.0

    Rugged and Functional

    By 

    from Saint Cloud MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

    Great for bass practice.

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    5.0

    Wow !

    By 

    from Virginia

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      Wow ! Alot in a small package wih a small price.
      Make sure you have a good amp for it.

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      5.0

      I think it's great , money well spent

      By 

      from Fort Myers Fl.

      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 have only used the pattern sounds , but to me it sonds just like a set of drums, keeping rythme with you. I read all the reviews and this one I thought was the best for the money,

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great drum machine

        By 

        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.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dependable, easy to use with useable bea

        By 

        from texas city, tx

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        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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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Upgrade

          By 

          from Sherwood, AR.

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          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.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best drum machine for live performance

          By 

          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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