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Overview

  • Large, 32MB sound set with percussion bank and bass synth
  • Over 500 percussion and 50 bass sounds
  • Built-in Effects - Reverb, EQ, and Compression
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      32MB sound set gives you near limitless expressive possibilities.

      Alesis knows drums. The legendary SR-16 ignited the drum-machine market in 1990 and has remained a classic ever since. The SR-18 is designed to meet the demands of today's musicians.

      The SR-18 follows in the tradition of its ancestor, as it is loaded with cutting-edge drum kits, electronic drums, hits, and up-to-date percussion sounds for any modern drummer. From hip-hop to country and everything in-between, the SR-18 has you covered. The integrated effects engine includes reverb, EQ and compression for customizing the sounds to your liking.

      Since the SR-18 can be powered by AC or batteries, it ensures that whenever you need to lay down a groove, you're fully-equipped.

      The new era of drum machines is here, only from Alesis.

      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
       

      SR-18 Drum Machine Specifications:

      • 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
       
      4.0

      (based on 35 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (3)

      80%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (10)
      • Easy to use (8)
      • Improves sound (8)
      • Functional (7)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (9)
        • Concerts (4)
        • Back-up (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine

        I was looking for a simple to use drum machine that I could play along with when no drummer was available. This product definately didn't disappoint. After reading other reviews I decided to by...Read complete review

        I was looking for a simple to use drum machine that I could play along with when no drummer was available. This product definately didn't disappoint. After reading other reviews I decided to by this particular model mainly because for an extra $100 it had bass rhythms as well.Out of the box, the unit is simple to operate and I've never owned a drum machine before and didn't read the manual yet. I'm sure once I read the manual I'll be able to navigate more efficiently. The unit has about 100 preset beats with A+B, so I guess there's about 200? Someone posted that there wasn't enough rock rhythms on the machine. Well between the rock, hard rock and blues rhythms thats about 60% of the beats. And you dont have to use a rock beat necessarilly for a rock song. I found that the hard rock sounds were simplier and could be used easily on various song by changing the tempo. But the machine has somthing for everyone. With rock/blues/hardrock/alt/country/tecno/hiphop to name a few. But even if you're into somthing else still has the classis mamba and a few other generic beatsAs for the bass sounds - I must admit there fun to play along with but sometimes they get in the way due to the song being played. But genetically some thought must have gone into them because I think they're quite useable depending on the song. Remember - you have 200 odd patterns to play with and if you can't find a beat and rhythm that suits - well the song probably isn't worth playing. As yes a few of the bass sounds are a bit ordinary - mainly because it sounds like fretless electric bass (think claptons here in heaven). When I think rock bass I think JPJ, entwhisle, geezer etc which ranges between clean natural sound bass to bass thats a bit dirty and growly. These bass sounds are more modern sounding.Changing tempo is pretty easy with the tempo button, although it wold be good to have a simple speed up, slow down to get it there. I'm sure thats what the round button does but have to read the manual.Overall - the unit is easy to pick up and use. You can get rhythms going in seconds and be playing along within minutes of taking it out of the box. Only with time does the units full potential shine though

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        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

        Awesome machine for the price

        By puz11

        from Las Vegas

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        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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        4.0

        Nice machine

        By Ron Poole

        from Bridgeport West Virginia

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Demo Recording
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

          Nice little machine - good for demo recording and practice sessions - easy to use - pretty good bank of sounds and patterns.

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          5.0

          Fantastic drum machine

          By JoeBass

          from Europe

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

          This is a fantastic drum machine, right out of the box you get 200 preset drum loops (A & B Pattern), very easy to use for practice, recording etc. I have not used any of the programming (setting up complete songs etc.) yet but have read the manual and the instructions are intuitive and easy to understand. The sound is excellent in my opinion.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          not very funtional for country music

          By lclarko

          from kingston, oklahoma

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Not Functional

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

          too many rythm patterns and song patterns i'll never use and can,t change. i play country music and there are
          not many options, so far i have made 2 patterns i can use in the user pattern mode. but lots of wasted space otherwise.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sounds Completely Amazing

          By GERBERT

          from Pa, USA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Able To Tweak Sounds
          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • More Sound Choices
          • Realistic Sounds
          • Sounds Better Than Sr-16

          Cons

          • None That I Know

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Home Recording
          • Live Playing
          • Practicing
          • Studio

          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

          My experience with and review of this machine as drum machine will be different than many other peoples. I do not program drum machines, I literally sit down and play them like an instrument for home recording. It's a skill I've picked up since getting my SR-16 back in 1996.
          Now, I truly hate the sound of drum machines on recordings (I do a lot of black metal, grindcore, death metal) I hate the sound of fake drums, and sure the SR-16 was great but the sounds on the SR-18 are far SUPERIOR to the SR-16. So many realistic drum sounds on this, and the cymbal sounds (high hats, crashes, rides) have so many realistic sounding ones too...not to mention how much you can tweak with each sound on this machine to further enhance them. You can choose how long you want a cymbal crash to resonate, instead of the crash quick dying out and sounding like a sample on the SR-16. Plus, you get many more choices for cymbals, snares, toms, and sound effect instruments than the SR-16. Also, you can add effects like reverb onto each individual instrument button, such as adding some reverb to a snare but not the rest of the set...and the reverb sounds good! Did I mention they even have cymbal catch samples! The buttons are still heavy duty rubber like the SR-16 also. The weird techno and electronic sound effect instruments they have are actually really awesome, it makes me hope I have a reason to use them someday. The only downside for me was the pad velocity that they talk about. You cannot get different sound velocity just from pressing the pads normally, it only works for programming (which is good for 99% of anyone else besides me).
          Now, as far as programming and making beats or programming basslines...I have no idea, I do not do any of that. It seems it would be the same as programming the Sr-16, since most of the interface all seems the same.
          But, if sound is what matters to you, and that meaning realistic sounds, then BUY THIS!! If you have any skill at all with recording you'll be sure to make people think you used a real drum kit (if that's what you are going for).

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great machine

          By Dave

          from Monroe NY

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Great Sounds Innovative
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Takes Time To Learn

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • For Recording And Gigs
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

          I have over 10 years experience with the former SR16 so I was looking for improvements in sound quality, ability to change tempo within a song, and a greater mix of sounds. There are plenty of rock, blues and latin rhythms to choose from or design. I use a drum box at gigs and for home recordings. I am extremely pleased with the SR18 and have programed over 40 songs within a week of purchase. Some of the technology was cumbersome but rewarding when I heard the finished product. I look forward to using it at our next gig and future recording. To sum it up, this is an improvement over the SR16 and I would highly recommend it.

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          5.0

          Keeps the best features of the SR-16 +

          By BHpsych

          from Eldora, IA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

            Backlit display great. Sounds are better than the previous model. I like the data wheel, with volume moved to back.

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            3.0

            Not user friendly Great Soundng Machine

            By Joseph

            from Rochester, NY

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            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Not Functional

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

            The SR-18 in some ways in an incredble sounding machine with next to a real sounding drummer and bass player using presets. There is a fill button going from A to B with the bass and drummer giving you the impression that its following a chord progression. However, that is the limit on the preset.

            A basic chord progression in rocknroll or bluses is 1-4-1-4-1-5-5 or 1-6-4-5 or 1-5-1-4 etc. The presets are prgrammed for 1-4. The preset drums beats and bass are incredible but you are limited. If you mute the bass and play left hand keyboard bass and chords with right hand you can play live with most tunes.

            In terms of "song" or other programming features, its written in "techie" language and difficult to comprehend for an old guy like me doing 50's and 60's some 70's and 80's.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            like it

            By Blue Moon band

            from Bozeman, MT

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

              it came soon and we were very glad to get it

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              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Follow Up post

              By Stephen Dawson

              from Tennessee

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine:

                  More info, after a year of working with it.

                  In my humble opinion, this is a great box. The drums are digital samples, as are most of the percussions. The bass guitar samples synthesis. This is not so bad, if one can work the voice of the instrument as it is intended.

                  I can do the 50's through 80's stuff just fine. I am sure it will serve well with big band sound and the other historical styles such as bossa nova, but I have not explored them enough to give first hand experience. I do not care for these styles, so I will not explorer them.

                  I work different sounds when I play, going from plucked to slap by going to a different pre-set of the bass guitar. I prefer a MIDI controller to get more velocity sensitivity than the 7 velocity options from each pad.

                  MIDI is all backup or all overwrite. I have abandoned all GUI related efforts for personal computer related applications and have gone with the following approach:

                  -amidi for backup and restore. (Please see below as to why.)

                  -There is no need for me to stay on Mac or PC. I went Linux, I am very happy.

                  -Developed a workbook that gives me what I need to see. It also helps me develop new patches of sounds by focusing on more logic than getting caught up in button and sounds that only serve for the moment. I need the computer for powering my MIDI controller anyway, so I use the workbook in performance. The workbook also allows me to review and think about things, then share that info with others to see the patches I have setup to decide about sounds, much easier than dealing with D-A-W app's to review the same info. Productivity, big time.

                  -I have decided to not record MID files. MID files are a lot of fun, and all that mumbo-jumbo. I, frankly, love them. However, it is not me to spend hours generating them. It is great to record myself and see how my playing sounds upon consideration of playback. It is great for me to listen to the work of others by playing their MID files through my sound module(s). MIDI is a *priceless* technology. I would not have bought this SR-18 if it did not do MIDI. Sending MID files into an external sequencer is the only real option with the SR-18.

                  -The on-board sequencer, I abandoned fooling with it. Alesis did a *very* nice job with it, but I am not going to use it. Contact me if you really want to know why, or try it yourself to see why.

                  -I am not a drum pattern guy, over and over and over with the same pattern of sounds. But, that is me.....absolutely nothing wrong with drum patters. I made good money with them on the HR-16 while in college doing gig's and expanding my music understanding while majoring in music.

                  -Alesis does not need to change anything. Buy the SR-18, as is. Use it, as is. No need to chase new functionality. It is not even worth adding a USB jack to this box.

                  -Make music, not massage technology.

                  SHD

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