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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Rob Tucker a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I love my HR16 even tho its outdated. Need help finding an editor librarian for it. Please email me. What i dislike most about the machine is that when u load new data into the machine from tape, it resets all the variables to their default values. Then u have to back and reset all your MIDI variables

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Lennart a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
Got problems with the rubber buttons on it, then do like this:

take it apart, the back side of the buttons are made from an carbon liked material. this material leads electricity very badly, glue on small chips of aluminiun

folie on it, and the problem is solwed, the buttons works without problems again.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
BNBaker a part time user from USA writes:
I had one of these a while ago and it seemed to be fine. The sounds were good at the time but much less quality than the newer machines (D4, DM5). The pads are very tiny and tedious to use, but the same can be said for other machines of this style. They are pretty inexpensive used these days, so if you don't have a drum machine and just need a decent inexpensive drummer for some demo tracks or practicing this could be just the ticket. Used prices seem to run from about $100 to $150.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Ajay Segal a part time user from United States writes:
I have both an HR-16 and an the identically constructed HR-16B, which differs from the HR-16 in that it contains a variety of similar but different drum samples. I got each of them for around $65, which seems to me to be a reasonable price. The samples are extremely clean, and many of them, esp. the cymblas, and percussion can sound quite realistic if the sequencing is done correctly (i.e.try adding some "swing" to your sequences). The HR-16B's seem to be less widely known on the used market than the 16's and therefore tend to be more abundant and cheaper. If you have a choice between the two get the 16B. It has more sounds, and the sounds are a bit better and more varied. Both of these machines are begining to become increasingly sought after, esp. for use in techno of the Detroit sort. If you want to know what one can do at its best, check out Carl Craig's new album "More Food For Revolutionary Thought"; the HR-16 is all over it, esp. on the excellent track "At Les". Perhaps the most recognizable sounds from the HR 16 are the Hi-Hats and Ride. If you hear them on some record, and like them be advised that these same samples are on BOTH of these machines. Another nice feature of both machines are the 4 individual assignable outputs, divided into stereo pairs for extra mixability. The bottom line: The HR-16's, though they do sound a bit 80's if used in a standard way, are well worth the money if you can get one for below $75.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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