Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine

24-bit Digital Drum Machine
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Sweetwater offers the highest quality electronic percussion machines on the planet, including Alesis SR-16. The SR-16 is an "old-fashioned" drum machine with cutting edge new features and a versatility that was unimaginable in electronic percussion a few years ago. Very high-quality and affordably priced, the SR-16 delivers 233 realistic drum sounds, including some great stereo ambience and reverberaton processing. There are 100 great presets, or you can program 100 patterns of your own with Fill variations. Each pattern can have an 8-character name. Sounds are organized into 100 drum sets that let you edit sound, tuning, panning and voice assignment in extreme detail. And with the exclusive "Sound Stacking" feature, you can create your own composite drum sounds! You can even control the tonal changes of the drums as they are played at different volumes, making it sound more like a real drum set!

Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine Features:
  • Easy-to-use programmable drum machine
  • Complete MIDI support for use with keyboards, computers and electronic drum kits
  • 233 professional sounds included
  • Built-in digital effects for added realism
  • Create and save your own customized patterns and songs
  • Audio Outputs: 4 (2 stereo pairs)
  • 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:(WxHxD) 9.25" x 1.5" x 6.5"
  • Weight:2.5 lbs.

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Tech Specs

Sounds 233
Kits 50
Patterns 200
Pads 12, velocity sensitive
Inputs 1 x 1/8" stereo
Outputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" stereo, 1 x 1/4" headphone out
MIDI I/O In, Out/Thru
Power Power supply included
Height 1.5"
Depth 6.5"
Width 9.25"
Weight 2.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SR16

Customer Reviews

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Great Drum Machine & OUTSTANDING Customer Service

The Alesis SR-16 is a great drum machine easy to use comes set up and ready to use right out of the box. I play keyboards, sax, accordion and steel drums. Worked for many years in the Philadelphia/New Jersey markets. Had one of these units years ago liked it then not let down now. Shoot out to Sam for his OUTSTANDING customer service and fast FREE shipping! I'll be back!
Music background: Retired Semi Pro Player

Great replacement!!

The SR-16 remains the best rhythm machine on the market! One of the features is it quantizes the beat when in compose mode and the reproduction of drums and cymbals are very authentic fantastic machine!
Music background: Pro Musician Recording Engineer and Composer

Great drum machine - great value

This is a simple, easy-to-use and power drum machine. Large selection of quality sounds, ability to select individual drums, etc. and save as a custom kit. Easy to save patterns and songs. Best part is the touch sensitive pads combined with the ability to slow down the recording of a pattern. You can really do some cool, realistic stuff.

Old Faithful

I perform solo and have used the Alesis SR-16 since 1995 with no problems. I use the Yamaha FC5 fs with it to stop and start it. For ease of use and true drum sounds it's perfect! In fact I've just ordered another one so I'll always have one. It's a crucial part of my act, and I have put in many hours searching for the right beats for my songs. I play guitar and sing along with the Alesis. I use a small Peavey bass amp and also run it stereo into a Peavey Pa system. While it's true that there are some beats not available to fit certain songs I stick with songs that it will do, and it will do most. I have become a pro at picking out the best beats from using it. I wouldn't want to be without it. I bought the first one from a friend and it's still going strong. I felt that if for some reason it wouldn't be available anymore I'd be real sorry. I'm sure the 18 is great, but I'm used to this one. I have my acoustic rig upastairs and my electic setup in my living room. Anyway, it makes me happy! I don't like having to move stuff any more than I have to. Long story short, I'm making sure I'll always have one and will gig with the new one. Have fun and remember, everything in moderation!

Alesis SR-16: you know when you've found the best!

A simple, yet thorough ccombination of fx and options that is beyond expectation in this affordable price range! The 60+ page reference manual alone is a strong indication of the abilities of this instrument. Your imagination and creativity (or lack thereof) is the main limitation of this really cool machine.
Music background: life-long hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The SR-16 takes an "old-fashioned" drum machine approach, but with cutting-edge new features. Plus, it has a versatility that was unimaginable in electronic percussion a few years ago!

Paul Baker

Being a guitar player and having a home studio is a lot of fun. When it comes to adding drum parts to my recordings, there are a lot of choices available. Software plug-ins have their place, but nothing beats the "feel" of having a piece of "hardware" to get your hands on! Enter the Alesis SR-16. Simply put, this is an easy to use product. Many options are available to use, but you can also keep things "moving" in your recording process by using the variety of drumkits, styles, and A/B fills. If you want to "tweak" things, you can. I found it very easy to use which increased my creative "drive". If you are looking for inexpensive and easy way to lay down some beats, this is it!
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