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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Joe Taylor a part-time user from USA writes:
I have had it a few months now. I bought it for preset patterns as I'm not into programming and whats there sounds good, but am I missing something, or how can you use it for 3/4 and 6/8 patterns using preset patterns? It's of little use to me without those important patterns. Thanks.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-11-2007 at 21:01
Aaron a hobbyist user from Seattle, USA writes:
I'm a punk flavored experimentalist guitarist normally using junk guitars and scavenged amplification. I also use LOTS of effects. The SR-16 is my first drum machine/piece of non guitar gear. I wanted something simple and the salesman at the store explained that the SR-16 has been around for a decade and a half and it sells well and is easy to use. I played around with the floor model and realized I needed this machine. Yes, the fill buttton is cool. Some sounds and kits seem dated and stuck in the early '90's but overall it's capable of some really good sounds. The velocity sensitive pads are great and the addition of a headphone jack is crucial! On these newer editions you can drop beats by yourself through headphones! This is the white work van of drum machines. It's basic but time proven and well made to last. I own other Alesis gear that's been abused and misused and still works perfectly. The SR-16 is well worth your cash, you can use it as a serious piece of equipment or treat it like a toy, either way you'll have fun.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-11-2007 at 00:59
Colin a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I think this machine is brilliant in some ways but severely lacking in others. The sounds are punchy and often quite realistic, the cost and ease of use are all considerations - but WHERE ARE THE WALTZ PATTERNS??? I find it hard to believe that such an important pattern could be omitted from this unit and yet it seems to be true. Okay I have only had this unit 2 days but I may have to exchange it for a different machine...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-31-2007 at 02:29
Shawn Schuldt a hobbyist user from Detriot MI,USA writes:
For me,it,s Great! I don't have alot of space and being able to add drums to my Guitar and bass riffs,makes the music better.As far as storage,it hooks up to my track machine with ease,and that gives you storage room.A good buy for people just starting out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-01-2006 at 05:45
young'un a hobbyist user from UK writes:
BE WARNED: The claims of its huge memory and flexibility are vastly exaggerated.

I have done a fair bit of research and found that this machine is great for people who either want: 1) to programme and record one song at a time


2) to store lots of songs but only use boring tappy tappy drum patterns with no elaborate fills and no subtle touches.

Bought it to use as a stage drum machine and looked forward to using its huge user pattern memory.

There are 50 user slots but with each having A and B [01A, 01B] etc there are really 100. They also cliam that you can double that because of the fill mode i.e. each pattern can have a fill attached to it [01A, 01A fill, 01B, 01B fill] but this is where the problems began.

Every time I use a fill pattern in a song it either adds a crash cymbal to the start of the next pattern [if there wasn't one already] or deletes it if there was!!!

This basically halves the available memory [unless you grossly over-simplify things] and is the reason why I filled the machine with barely more than 20 different songs - and I work in a country band so that isn't exactly THAT complicated pattern-wise...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-20-2006 at 16:36
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