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Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine  

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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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    $399.00
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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
       
      4.1

      (based on 41 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (23)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (3)

      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (16)
      • Easy to use (13)
      • Functional (12)
      • Improves sound (12)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (13)
        • Back-up (7)
        • Concerts (7)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (13), 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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        4.0

        This Drum Machine is the Joint!!!

        By Experienced Level User

        from Georgia

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        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.

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By Experienced Level User

          from Georgia

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          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!

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            4.0

            Very Nice Machine

            By Steve

            from Port Townsend, WA

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            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.

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              5.0

              Great tool for the practice studio.

              By Doogie

              from Hampton VA

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              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.

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                  5.0

                  Great drum machine

                  By Gator

                  from South Louisiana Swamp

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                  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.

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                      5.0

                      get's the job done.

                      By RICARDO B

                      from PHOENIX AZ.

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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:

                        I was not sure at first but glad I took the chance and at a great price.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome machine for the price

                        By puz11

                        from Las Vegas

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                        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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                        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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                          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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