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 ALESIS SR16 Drummachine/Module + real time sequencer

Alesis SR16 synthesizer
Rex Athey (link)
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Built 1990
Type: drum
Hybrid: no
16 Voice / Stimmen
16x Multitimbral
standard Memory / Speicher
Value / Wert in 2017 ca. 100 (-)
Synthesis: rompler

OSC Features 233 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 693)
  deutsch - german
ABOUT the era of 16bit drum machines - theee standard of the 90s but nothing special, it was used on a lot of EBM tracks those days and distorted now, they all wanted that 90s Frontline Assembly kind of sound.
ABOUT Der typische Proberaumdrummer, wurde auch gern für EBM benutzt, weil die Sounds damals erstmals "16 Bit Kraft" hatte, was natürlich heute anders gesehen werden kann - Dennoch findet man sie in verzerrter Form heute noch in vielen Futurepop Tracks (EBM/Trance beeinflusste Tracks aka Weiberelectro der späteren 90er bis 200X).

Realtime und Stepeingabe gibt es und die Klänge lassen sich "etwas" regeln (wie zB auch Maschinen wie die Boss DR550).
DETAILS midi, 16bit drum sounds, 233 sounds
DETAILS midi, 16bit drum sounds, 233 sounds
SOUND can be used for stuff like mentallo & the fixer etc. very often used distorted in 2000s kind of EBM / future pop tracks.
SOUND hammer und baller sounds (cool für us-ebm oldschool-electro wie mentallo + the fixer). verzerrt noch in den 2000ern viel verwendet.


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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