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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Pimp Master Tommy B a part-time user from USA writes:
Okay..I have now had my box for like 3 years now and it's safe to say that I have pretty much tweaked the hell out of it. It wasn't my first drum machine and it probably won't be my last. Here is a quick list of pro's and cons to ponder...

PRO: Cheap CON: Pretty dry and generic drum sounds PRO: Simple interface CON: Very minimal perameter editing PRO: Velocity sensitive pads CON: No back-lit display PRO: Four audio outputs CON: (Sorta) The sounds are geared more for rock or jazz musicians (not that that's a bad thing)

I currently use my SR16 to trigger drum sounds from my grrlfriend's Roland D5 (which is a whole other story in and of itself).

If you plan to get one...they can easily be picked up for less than $150 (used of course).Well, I gotta go....my woman is standing here naked !!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-30-2000 at 23:46
_ writes:
in order to use this box you have to:

-want jazzy sounds, (no house) -have a lot of patients (time to program) -like options. (a lot of sounds, hard to prosses) -have the manual.

oh and for all those people that think there is no 808 sound, check out the rap kits, one of those has an identicle kick and snare.

its great for the complicated beats (jungle, db, jazz, experimental) but i would get somthing else if you want a dancefore thump. dont get me wrong im sure you can do it on this thing, it just mite be tedius.

i wish they would come out with an upgraded version. that was like a drum machine that took sampled sounds (of your choice), and synthetic (pre prossesed sounds). that had a matrix display option, and some more ride cybals. and a zip. and a touch sestive screen. and a couple knobs, (we all love them no matter what they do.) that priced about $400 dollars, to blow all the grove box's out the water.

i give it a 5 for its price, strength, given the time it was created, and how its complicated so it doesnt get boring rite away, (tr family)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-21-2000 at 17:40
Scott Bradley a hobbyist user from England writes:
I got mine cheap second hand, I'd used one years ago. They are great for real drum projects.

Such a nice machine to use.

If you want 808 sounds don't buy it. If you want funky jazzy real breaks then this is a great box to start of with. Don't know what anything else is like.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-02-2000 at 05:21
Smurf a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
You CAN delete in step mode. Scroll to the step you want to delete and press and hold "erase" then press "play".

I've owned my SR-16 for about five years now and I still use it for demos and whenever I need to make a quick drum part. I just wish people would consider the fact that this thing came out in 1990. This was before techno and electronica became popular. (Just listen to the techno preset in it.) That's why it doesn't have a good 808/909 sample set and you can't do much editing besides pan and a little bit of pitch. It was designed to provide realistic sounding drums. But today people hear an SR-16 and say, "Gee, those drums sound TOO realistic."

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-10-2000 at 21:24
M. a professional user from Racine, WI USA writes:
Ever since buying the SR-16, I've slowly grown to dislike Alesis instruments... Not just based on this one machine, mind you, but I've had oppurtunities to play w/ other things, and I just don't know what they're thinking. For example, a lot of the samples in this thing sounds exactly alike. Others are the same sample with an effect. The flanger modulates over time, so that leads me to assume there's an actual flanging effect in there, why can't they just have an FX button? I mean, reversing I can see as requiring another sample... The saving grace of this thing is that the samples DO sound real. However, it seems better suited as an expensive metronome for guitarists. Also, the step editing has no way of deleting in step, you have to play the pattern and hold erase AND the drum pad you want to erase. The way the step edit works, I can GUARNTEE you will make a mistake, and if you put, say, 4 16th notes worth of snare drum in, and you decide you'd rather have a 16th/8th/16th there, you WILL inadvertantly erase at least one more note than what you intended, and that's just a pain in the ass.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-12-1999 at 00:07
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