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Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

With a bevy of built-in and programmable rhythmic patterns and the responsive Dynamic Articulation program, the SR-16 handily proves its versatility. (444) Read 19 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Alesis SR 16 Drum Machine

As one of the most popular drum machines ever made, the SR-16 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 with Alesis's incomparable digital reverbs.

The exclusive Dynamic Articulation feature enables a drum sound to change its tonal content as it's played harder for truly realistic performances. The SR-16 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 2 Fill sections) for composing complete arrangements, and you can create and save your own customized patterns and songs. Plus, the SR-16 also provides complete MIDI implementation, a footswitch input, 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 music in minutes. Whether you need a songwriting partner or an accompanyist for live performance, turn to the all-time world standard in drum machines: the SR-16.

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- Audio Outputs: 4 (2 stereo pairs)
- MIDI: In and Out (Out can be set up as THRU)
- Pads: 12 velocity sensitive (with Dynamic Articulation)
- Sample/DAC Bit Resolution: 16/18
- Sounds: 233
- Sounds Accessible via Pads: 12
- Sounds Accessible via MIDI: 120
- Polyphony: 16-voice
- Panning: 7-position user programmable
- Velocity Response: 8 loudness levels via pads, 127 via MIDI
- Timing Resolution: 96 ppq
- Time Signature Range: 1-128 beats per pattern
- Tempo Range: 20-255 bpm
- Notes/Patterns/Songs: 12,000/400 (200 user, 200 preset)/100
- Kits: 50 user, 50 preset
- MIDI Program Change Response: Kit
- Sync: MIDI Clock/Song Position Pointer
- Footswitch Jacks/Functions: 2; start/stop, count/A/B/fill
- Other Features: Sound stacking, step editing, stereo samples with reverb and ambience
- Dynamic Articulation: Modulates tone
- Power: 9 VAC External Transformer, UL and CSA Approved
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 9.25 x 1.5 x 6.5 in.
- Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SR16
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5760
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Overall: I was seriously surprised at : A) how easy this machine is to use and, B.) the quality of the drum sounds. You can tell that these are REAL drum sounds and not computerized beats. I am blown away by how inexpensive this machine is for the quality and ease that it offers. Alesis really is an awesome company. Would definitely recommend.This was my first purchase with zZounds and I look forward to shopping here again. Easy ordering and fast, free shipping.
Style of Music: Rock, Classic Rock, Country Rock, Progressive Rock, Folk Rock, Acoustic
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Sound: Once I became comfortable tooling around with the panning and velocity, I loved it. A great alternative for someone who can't bang the crap out of drums in the house. Not that spectacular for techno-esque sounds. Feature: No intrinsic accessories, wall wart notwithstanding. The glare on the display can be a hassle. Backlighting would have been great. I probably would have payed thirty dollars more for a backlit display. The MIDI functionality is great but underrated. It does everything and more than my sequencer(on my computer; not built in one) can handle. i.e., my sequencer won't accept MIDI Time messages. boo hoo. Quality: Entirely plastic. I would not recommend dropping it. As if you were going to try that anyway?? While the jog wheel - well, it's just a volume control - works just fine, it feels off; slightly scratchy or something. 'Can't explain, really. Value: Excellent bang(look at that pun go) for buck ratio. Manufacturer Support: 'Haven't had to use Alesis' support but the manual documentation is FANTASTIC. Great attention was made to ensure every little aspect of operation is easy to understand. If you don't know what quantization or panning is, you will shortly after opening the manual. They even explain time signatures!! The Wow Factor: Umm, I bought it. It has no "sex appeal", though. It's just an unassuming black box. Overall: I don't think I'll ever replace it. Yes, there are other, more feature-rich drum machines out there. Those, however, have just added things I can do on my computer's sequencer.
Style of Music: All manner. All types of rock, hip hop(not rap; there is a difference), electronic(d&b, tech)
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