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Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

Stock code: 42236
Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

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  • Excellent value drum machine
  • 4 audio outputs
  • 12 velocity sensitive pads
  • 233 Sounds
  • 16 note polyphony

Hugely popular, portable drum machine

The Alesis SR16 Drum Machine has been used by everyone from songwriters to live performers to remix engineers as their drum machine of choice. The reason is simple: it features a great selection of 233 realistic, natural drum sounds, offered both in dry form and sampled reverbs. The exclusive Dynamic Articulation feature enables a drum sound to change its tonal content as it's played harder for truly realistic performances.

Many variables

The SR16 Drum Machine features 50 preset patterns that were actually played in by top studio drummers, not just programmed and quantized. You'll find enough built-in rhythmic variations (with A, B and two Fill sections) for composing complete arrangements, and you can create and save your own customised patterns and songs. Plus, the Alesis SR16 also provides complete MIDI implementation, a footswitch input for additional triggering, flexible programming and editing features and velocity-sensitive pad buttons. Plus, it's so easy to use that you'll be up-and-running and composing new music in minutes.

Whether you need a songwriting partner or an accompanist for live performance, turn to the all-time world standard in drum machines: the Alesis SR-16 and see what rhythmical creations you can come up with.

Audio Outputs4 (2 stereo pairs)
Pads12 velocity sensitive (w/Dynamic Articulation)
Sample/DAC Bit Resolution16/18
Sounds Accessible via Pads12
Sounds Accessible via MIDI120
Polyphony16 voice
Panning7-position user programmable
Velocity Response8 loudness levels via pads, 127 via MIDI
Timing Resolution96 ppq
Time Signature Range1-128 beats per pattern
Tempo Range20-255 bpm
Notes/Patterns/Songs12,000/400 (200 user, 200 preset)/100
Kits50 user, 50 preset
MIDI Program Change ResponseKit
SyncMIDI Clock/Song Position Pointer
Footswitch Jacks/Functions2; start/stop, count/A/B/fill
Other FeaturesSound stacking, step editing, stereo samples with reverb and ambience
Dynamic ArticulationModulates tone
Power9 VAC External Transformer, UL and CSA Approved
Dimensions(WxHxD) 9.25"x1.5"x6.5"
Weight2.5 lbs

  • Great for both drum programming and with a midi kit

    Overall Rating
    Posted on 11/09/2012 by

    I have used this as both a standalone drum machine, and as part of a midi-triggered kit. The drum sounds are varied and mainly authentic 'acoustic' drums. It is reasonably easy creating your own kits and drum patterns, but I found you need the manual to hand unless you are doing this regularly as it isn't that intuitive. I also found it difficult to achieve adequate velocity with my fingers, but fortunately this is adjustable on each individual 'drum'. I also use this with a midi kit, and it performs very well with the velocity-sensitive pads. I also found no velocity adjustment is needed on the Alesis when using it with a midi kit.

    Overall, the sounds produced are very authentic and blend very well, while the interface could be a bit user-friendlier. I can't imagine a drum machine sounding much better than this.

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