Alesis HR-16

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One of Alesis's first drum machines. With 49 sounds including 10 kicks, 7 snares and a complete ethnic set all of which are 16 bit samples this drum machine is a great bargain! Its partner in crime is the MMT-8 sequencer. But the HR-16 has its own sequencer with 100 patterns and 100 songs available. The drum tones can be tuned, have individual level controls for mixing, and there is 16 voice polyphony which means up to 16 drum tones can be used within a pattern. Patterns are programmed in either step or real-time. With external click inputs and Midi, the HR-16 is capable of integrating your older drum machines or sequencers with Midi systems! The drum sounds, however, are pretty cheesy.

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Alesis HR-16B

The updated HR-16B model had lots of new sounds cool for enough techno and electronic music. And it still costs about the same price. It is possible that some HR-16's may have been modified to use the HR-16B's ROM chip to get those sounds. The HR-16 is gray and the HR-16B is black. Either one makes a handy little drum machine that's so cheap these days that it is more than worth adding to your studio - it just might come in handy one day. It is used by Orbital, The Grid, Autechre, Sub Dub and the Stereo MC's.

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Arthur
May 5, 2011 @ 10:40 am
Add Godflesh to the list. Please ! :o)
relic
April 25, 2011 @ 3:36 pm
by now the battery may be dead on your HR-16 or HR-16 B. or going to die very soon? found them for $5 at MOUSER ELECTRONICS. Part # 667-TL5101P
TL5101/P COMP-4-5
1/2AA .95Ah AXIAL
hope this helps. keep yourt HR-16 and 16B alive and kicking!
relic
April 24, 2011 @ 10:09 pm
HR-16 B only-
$79...:) ebay. got to love it!
tune it down and get DARK!
aber
December 2, 2010 @ 11:40 am
excellent little drum machine for cheap cheap cheap! love layering the tom sounds, and not a bad snare collection. de-tuning the samples makes for some better sounds. if you suddenly lose a sample or a whole row check the pan settings. sometimes a sample will end up panned far to left or right and will seem lost until brought back to middle
cheers
max
November 9, 2010 @ 10:37 am
i just bought one on ebay...everything was fine...no scatches at all...and the faders move like new....but suddenly the first row of the pads (tom1-perc2) doesnt react at all....somebody now this problem...? if anybody can give some help i would be happy...

cheers
 
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Samples of some Drum tones from the HR-16.

    Manual - Alesis have made manuals and program charts for many of their products available on-line, for free download as .PDF files!

  • Specifications
  • Drum Sounds - 49: 10 bass drums, 7 snares, 5 toms, 2 open hihats, 1 closed hat, 3 cymbals, Hi/Low congas, 2 woodblocks, 2 maracas, 2 cowbells, claves, cabasa, shaker, agogo, triangle, tambourine, handclaps, finger snap, side stick
  • Samples - 16 bit samples
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 100
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - 16 pads
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987/88
    HR-16B - 1989
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