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 ALESIS HR16, HR16B Drummachine/Module + real time sequencer

Alesis HR16, HR16B synthesizer
HR16 (A) in grey/grau
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Built 1987
Type: drum
Hybrid: no
16 Voice / Stimmen
16x Multitimbral
small Memory / Speicher
Value / Wert in 2017 ca. 130 (-)
Synthesis: rompler

OSC Features 49 rom samples
Wave Shapes samples
16 OSCs
0 Filter
0 LFOs
0 Envelope Generators

MIDI Control / Triggering
0 Keys with no

Arpeggiator no
Sequencer real time sequencer
(ID 429)
  deutsch - german
ABOUT the era of 16bit drum machines brought us this one in MMT8 design. Alesis DrumMachine from the mid 80ies with 16bit Drum Samples (a bit more than 40 Samples, the HR16B (black) Version was even more powerful "rockier" (if I can say this? ..and means: more powerful) and used by the first us bands on the industrial side of life like mentallo and the fixer etc..
ABOUT die Ära der 16bit Maschinen brachte dieses Powerpaket im grauen MMT8-Design, die Sounds der HR16B (schwarz) fand ich allerdings kraftvoller und besser.. bei einigen US acts damals gern verwendet.. habe sie in einem meiner ersten Tracks eingesetzt (save)..
DETAILS midi, 16bit drum sounds, 49 sounds
DETAILS midi, 16bit drum sounds, 49 sounds
SOUND the b sounds cool, can be used for stuff like mentallo & the fixer etc. A version more standard..
SOUND hammer und baller sounds in der B (cool für us electro wie mentallo + the fixer), neutraler in A version..


strange, they always had real usable things, they invented the ADAT recorders and a series of well known FX boxes. the best known one and now discontinued is the 16 voiced real analogue Andromeda, which drew much more attention to Alesis as a synth manufacturer who instroduced VA synths later. today they changed more to the DAW kind of products which are still interesting like more affordable CC boxes for DAW and Mixing. after the release of Andromeda they went into insolvency and where bought by Numark, the DJ mixer company and the A6 dropped the price but the Andro team was fired. anyway it was the most remarkable product of Alesis ever made. there's no other 16 voice poly synth of that complexity around and will sooner or later be mentioned along with the Jupiter 8, the Matrx 12 or the Prophet 5. So thanks to Dave Bryce and Mike Peake (and others) for struggeling to make it real and hope there will be a second generation "Andromeda" incl. 3 Octave, Desktop and Rack Verison with faster LFO as they all wish.

Alesis now belongs to the inMusic group (along with Akai, Numark and ion)

Official Intl. Site :

Alesis gehört wie Akai und Numark zur inMusic Group.

Die Ur-Firma war vor Allem durch das ADAT Format 8Spur Recorder bekannt und die gleichnamige digitale Schnittstelle mit Lichtleitern für bis zu 8 Kanäle. Sie ist auch 2014 noch ein Standard in Audio-Interfaces.

Nach dem Alesis Andromeda - oder genauer während er in den Markt ging, ging die Firma insolvent und wurde von Numark gekauft.

heute gehören Numark, Alesis und Akai zur in Music Group (USA).



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