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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 106 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 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 (9)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Back-up (4)
    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), 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

    Wow !

    By slo-blu

    from Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    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 singinman

      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,

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

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        (7 of 7 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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          (6 of 7 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.

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          (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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          (4 of 4 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

              (4 of 5 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!

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              (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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