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32MB sound set gives you near limitless expressive possibilities.

The Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine has all of the effects and potential that todays musicians desire. Alesis launched the popular SR-16 Drum Machine in 1990 and the SR-18 builds on this powerful technology. The SR-18 Drum Machine is loaded with 500 percussion and 50 bass sounds. With this kind of variety, you can play everything from classic rock to country to hip-hop. The SR-18 has features like reverb, compression, and EQ. It contains a Mute/Solo function for parts and its Pattern Play Mode allows for patterns to be generated directly from the pads. The Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine can be powered by AC or batteries so that you have maximum portability along with its infinite capabilities.

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

SR-18 Drum Machine

  • 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)
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AlesisSR-18 Drum Machine
 
4.2

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (18)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Functional (15)
  • Improves sound (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Back-up (8)
  • Concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I LOVE this thing

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...Read complete review

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!

VS

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?

       
      5.0

      SR-18

      By Con Queso

      from Franklin , TN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

        Great for creating loops to be used for recording and live work.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I LOVE this thing

        By Shrubble

        from Baltimore

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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 Neither Yea nor Nea on Product

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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 Neither Yea nor Nea on Product

            from Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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 Guitar Guy

              from Port Townsend, WA.

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              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

                        Ask me a question

                        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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