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Alesis SR-16 Stereo Drum Machine
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Submitted: October 18th, 2008
by Anonymous Reviewer
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Sound Quality
This area is a mixed bag... The sounds are mostly good, but need to be tweaked as the production qualities desired in 1991 (when this thing was produced) have become dated. The same is true of the patterns. The sensitivity on the pads is very good. Quantizing also works well for the most part.
Reliability/Durability
The SR-16 has been around a long time... No plans to pull it from production now.
Price/Value
General Comments
There are more modern rhythm machines, but the Alesis SR-16 has stood the test of time because it's provides everything many musicians would want in a portable rhythm machine. It's easy enough to use, sounds good enough for a live gig (with careful programming :) and it's not too expensive. When will Alesis finally dump the SR-16 for a newer model? Well they have made a few slight upgrades over the years. Not to the sound quality so much, but the newer models have twice as much memory and have 1/4" stereo headphone jack not found on the original models. Alesis will probably keep the SR-16 in production, because it was one of the first rhythm machines to cross a threshold of creating professional studio sound... Point is even almost 20 years after its original release, the SR-16 still has its place.
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