Alesis SR-16

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For serious programmers and those who want to use it as a sound module, the SR-16 provides comprehensive MIDI programming and MIDI implementation. In addition to more than 200 drum and rhythm samples (both in dry form or with reverb), a Dynamic Articulation feature enables a drum's tone to change, depending on how hard it's hit. Comes with fifty preset rhythm patterns (played in by top studio drummers), each with an A and B variation, plus A and B fill, for a total of four different rhythms in each pattern. Of course, you can create and save your own customized patterns and songs. Also includes four outputs, twelve velocity-sensitive pads, 16-voice polyphony, sample/DAC bit resolution 16/18, sound stacking, step editing and a 20-255BPM tempo range.

No doubt the SR-16 is a powerful drum machine, but ultimately it also sounds like a drum machine. If you need some drums to accompany your keyboard or guitar playing, for example, the SR-16 has been the go-to drum machine for many years. But all those bumper stickers about drum machines having no soul just might be directed at the SR-16. It may be a great tool for musicians but in the studio its sound just can't beat the real deal - or loops and more modern drum & percussion instruments and software. It has been used by Autechre and Vangelis.

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25 Visitor comments
Carn Marth
January 21, 2013 @ 8:05 am
Does anyone know which Autechre tracks the SR-16 appears on? If you know of tracks by any other artists that feature this drum machine, please post. Thanks.
the gof
January 27, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
@bryan Fairly sure the 'stop' button doubles as a tap tempo button
December 13, 2011 @ 10:15 am
I love this thing for electronic drums and its not half bad to use as a midi clock either, although tap tempo would make a world of difference. They gotta update the estimated value. The normal price for this thing is $149 brand new.
the gof
November 25, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
I've had 2 of these, and although the sounds aren't awesome, the whole song/composition workflow is awesome.
October 15, 2011 @ 5:50 pm
Throw a little bit of reverb on these sounds and they sound absolutely massive in a mix. A very convincing, powerful and timeless sound. Has some great 80's-y "DOOOOO!" tom sounds (you know, syn-toms). If you can't make a dope beat on this box you should probably just give up.
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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 - Hear the on-board Demo track.

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

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voice
  • Drum Sounds - Sounds: 233; Kits: 50 user, 50 preset
  • Patterns - 400 (200 user, 200 preset) with 12,000 note capacity
  • Songs - 100
  • Effects - Panning & Dynamic Articulation (modulates tone). Some samples have reverb & ambience in them.
  • Keyboard - 12 velocity sensitive Pads (w/Dynamic Articulation)
  • Control - MIDI (Change Kits, Sync: MIDI Clock/Song Position Pointer).
    Foot-switch Jacks/Functions: 2; start/stop, count/A/B/fill
  • Date Produced - 1990-2003
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Alesis Online

    Additional info by John Hilfing.

    Reviewed November 2007.

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