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Alesis SR-16 Stereo Drum Machine
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Submitted: February 21st, 2005
by Anonymous Reviewer
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Sound Quality
The sounds are pretty darned good, especially considering they're samples from 15 years ago. I've been quite pleased with the punchiness of the snares, toms and hand drums. The cymbals are good, but some of the kicks are kind of weak. Nothing a little EQ can't fix, though. Most of the sounds are very realistic. However, the reverb on half the samples sucks. No need to beat a dead horse. Get over it or find a better drum machine for $150 (good luck and happy hunting). I'm quite pleased with this machine. The touch-sensitivity is very handy and lends dynamics to your sound. It reacts well to your playing, and it feels quite like an instrument rather than a programmable computer. That makes it quite fun, and an invaluable studio tool.
I've owned two of these units, both of which are still alive and kicking.
General Comments
This device is the definition of "drum machine". If you looked up "drum machine" in the dicitonary, you should see a picture of Alesis SR-16. Anyway, this thing is the king of its price range. Nothing Boss makes can touch it. It's been around for 15 years, becoming a prime musical example of the old adage "If it aint broke, don't fix it." If you don't have one of these and you have a home studio, your studio is incomplete, plain and simple. It's a fine sound source, easy to program, fun and useable, and indespensable for the studio musician.
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