Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine


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Alesis SR-16
Alesis SR-16

Gearank Recommendation

The SR-16 appeared on our now defunct recommended list for Drum Machines in September 2016.


Alesis' founder and MXR co-founder Keith Barr entered into the realm of drum machines with the help of Marcus Ryle, who later founded his own company called Line 6. And decades after, the brand is still sought after when it comes to drum machines, with the SR-16 being one of their most popular.

This compact and affordable drum machine was first released in the early '90s, and as a testament to its quality, it is still in production today, with only minor updates to its features and sounds!

It has 233 drum samples to choose from, 100 preset patterns and another has extra space for another 100 for your own drum patterns and fills.

It will also let you edit the sound, voice, panning and tuning of each sample in detail, including changing the tonality of the sound when played at different volumes.

These features add up to give this humble drum machine incredibly realistic sounding percussion sounds, especially when considering the price.

With its longevity, legacy and affordability, the Alesis SR-16 is highly recommended, especially for those who want to test the waters so to speak.


  • 233 sound samples
  • Digital Effects
  • Customizable song patterns
  • 12 velocity sensitive pads
  • 16 voice polyphony
  • Tempo range: 20 to 255 BPM
  • 200 User / 200 factory presets
  • Kits: 50 user / 50 preset
  • 2 Stereo pair outputs
  • 2 Footswitch Jacks