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233 drum and rhythm samples and ready for MIDI!

Make the Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine your new songwriting partner. With its selection of 233 realistic drum and rhythm samples, it offers a plentitude of options to spawn your creativity. Use the Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine and see why it is a trusted tool for so many music engineers and performers. The Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine has 50 preset patterns played by studio drummers instead of merely programmed. With Alesis exclusive Dynamic Articulation system, the drum sounds change tonally when played harder instead of just increasing in volume. Play the drum and rhythm samples in dry form or with digital reverb. This system also features footswitch input, velocity sensitive pad buttons, and MIDI implementation. Increase your capabilities with one of the most reliable music partners around, the Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine.

FEATURES
  • 16-voice polyphony
  • 12 velocity-sensitive pads
  • Over 200 drum and rhythm samples
  • Dynamic Articulation is velocity-sensitive
  • 50 preset rhythm patterns with A and B variations plus A and B fills
  • 4 different rhythms in each pattern
  • 24-bit sample/DAC resolution
  • 20-255BPM tempo range
  • 4 outputs

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SPECIFICATIONS

SR-16 Drum Machine

  • Audio Outputs: 4 (2 stereo pairs)
    Pads: 12 velocity sensitive (w/Dynamic Articulation)
    Sample/DAC Bit Resolution: 24
    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: VAC External Transformer, UL and CSA Approved
    Dimensions: (WxHxD) 9.25"x1.5"x6.5"
    Weight: 2.5 lbs
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AlesisSR-16 Drum Machine
 
4.4

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Functional (17)
  • Good quality (17)
  • Improves sound (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Back-up (10)
  • Concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5)

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

 

Somewhat disappointing

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...Read complete review

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old Faithful

By Bruce Kerr

from Vandalia, Illinois

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • drummer in a box
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • slight learning curve

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing
  • recording

Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

I have owned the Alesis SR16 since 1995 and it's still going strong! I just purchased a new one knowing that I'd be very sorry if it ever stops working. I play guitar and sing doing a seated solo act and while it's true that it won't do certain songs, it does most of what I need. I have at least three binders full of songs with the beats written down for live performance. I have my acoustic rig upstairs and my electric setup in my livingroom, so now I won't have to move my machine when I want to play. I've gigged extensively with it. It takes a couple of seconds between songs to change your setting, so I get around this often by listing my songs in a certain order where I don't have to scroll too far up or down to save time. Very dependable unit! I considered the SR18 but didn't feel like I needed bass acompanyment, and it probably wouldn't fit what I'm doing. I consider the SR16 to be a crucial part of my act! I have become very proficient at figuring out the best beats for my songs, and have several binders full of my songs with my settings written down. Way too much to try and remember, lol..! Have fun, and remember, everything in moderation. Keep on rockin' in the free world! It's good for ya!

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5.0

Paid 4 itself numerous times.

By Smitty

from Detroit Mi.

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live & Practicing

    Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

    My partner & I have been together now for 5 yrs. We play @ a little bar on the water weekly N the summer & have some established gigs we play every winter, so we've played out 23X a yr since we've been together.
    We both play numerous instruments (banjo, violin, mandolin piano etc.) We added this drum machine N2 our act about 2 months after we got together, it has changed are hole show! We basically turned into a 2 man band. This drum machine is always in time, is never late for a gig & i only had to pay it once! Easy to use, the pre-programed rhythms are fine (i've never used the record your own track option). Worth every penny!

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    5.0

    Awesome mochine

    By Cowboy

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

      I use the SR16 I. My home studio it's functionality is with out flaw

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I was looking for!!!

      By JLPGuitarz

      from Bloomington, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

        This drum machine is great! Exactly what I was looking for. I play guitar and bass and this machine has a great variety of preset beats to help with the writing process, and you can create your own! I also bought the Boss FS-7 to use as a foot switch with the drum machine and they work perfect together. I went with this foot switch because I wanted one that could run on an AC adapter and not be limited to using a battery to power it. Absolutely love them both.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Make sure to check your order

        By Ramblin Mike

        from Clearwater FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

            I have an old Alesis SR-16 drum machine and wanted to get a back up.
            First one shipped did not work. Waiting on the second one . Hope it is functional.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice machine for the money

            By Paulie

            from NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

              Overall a nice machine for the money. You have to spend time to get used to how to use it; I'm still figuring it out. I'm a little disappointed at how hard it seems you have to tap the buttons when you just want to get the drum sounds..the kick, the snare, etc., you really have to tap hard to get it at a higher volume.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              This product has "rounded out" my performance.

              By Sonny

              from Little River

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine:

                I am getting more tempo discipline, I plan to use it for performances, and I like having the ability to use fills where I want them.
                (negatives) It may be that I still have to learn how, but I want to be able to save each set by number or name, to save time between songs. I can punch in the style #, but have to hurry with getting to the right tempo between songs. I have to settle for the same tempo in a medley or stop to punch the arrow key. Nothing serious - I like the system very much.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Lots of fun !

                By slo-blu

                from VA

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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:

                  Lots of features for the price.

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                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

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

                  By BAD HABIT

                  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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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Realistic sound; really good price!

                  By Flash

                  from Southern Texas

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                  Verified Buyer

                  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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