Alesis SR-18
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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 7 reviews )
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quantat's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Everything depends on the type of use"

Alesis SR-18
See the user manual (absolutely necessary)


This BAR is superb for a specific job.

If you want to play the pads: drop. They are useful for step input rhythm, but are not playable if you are a novice like me. Someone more comfortable with percussion can successfully make beautiful programming.

If you want to record entire songs: she does well, but not better than others.

HOWEVER: If you want to change from one rhythm at a rate A B via a fill in (and then back to A pace through another fill in) without releasing your hip - ie with a command to foot, it is, after "investigations", the only one to allow (even more expensive BAR do not allow - or perhaps using the MIDI)

This requires BAR FS-6 Boss: thanks to this pedal that allows BAR Use this handy when you want to improvise parts whose rhythm changes (but still with the same tempo in programming can however playing on the length of the notes and the differences and get a rate two times slower for Rhythm B for example).

If you do not need to use this, then maybe others BAR will be better, I know.


The sounds are really not bad at all. Even gig it goes very well with the public.


I use it for 5 years and maybe more.

I've tried others that could match it, but none allowed passage through a pedal: A Drum, Fill in A, Pace B, fill in B;
and ability to pace A, A Girl, A return rate (same for B) if prior to chain fill in A and B Rhythm

The three reviews that precede mine are quite accurate (I have not read the others)
Doctor Feelgood11/08/2012

Doctor Feelgood's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It replaces hands down a battery and a drummer."

Alesis SR-18
Drum machine with drum sounds sampled in high definition 16 bit 44000 hrtz.


very easy to understand and intuitive. Quick. Nothing bad because everything is very well thought out in terms of ergonomics.


What wonders are sampled by multiple batteries in high definition and multiple percussion. Sounds goes beautifully in a mix. For rock and blues (which is the height for a bar) it really does. It really is a bar made for rock.


Alesis has made some very good products, I think the synth micron, and this bar is one of those excellent products which I must say I find it hard to pass me.
I made an entire album using the BAR.

saturax08's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The more realistic."

Alesis SR-18
Connectors on the classic type of instrument. Nothing is missing.
Ditto for programming functions.


Very intuitive there's nothing off-putting kind menu. Everything was easily under the fingers.
Could not be more clear and well thought out given the number of functions it contains.


It is easy to forget that this is a drum machine if you wanted, for example around the absence of a drummer.
There are also many samples of percussion very good and interesting.
There are some purely electronic set but not why I use it.

To simulate a real battery is not any better and all samples are very high quality.


Exactly what I wanted and I would do the same choice.
There are cheaper but with an unusable and I have not heard of more expensive equipment that is best. To me that BAR has become indispensable and bury older models. Given the quality of sample I do not think you can do better one day because in addition to an extremely realistic rendering the BAR has many types of batteries and made different sounds. This instrument is here to stay.

Cortoni's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis SR-18
- Main Output Stereo jack 6.35
- In Stereo output jack 6.35
- Headphone 6.35
- Midi IN and OUT (THROUGH)
- From a single instrument
- 2 tickets pedals: one for the start / stop and one for dclencher transitions (A / B / Fill) and dcompte (tap tempo)
- Transformer power supply (batteries also works)

Its banks:
- 100 percussion kits:
=> Acoustic Drums: Rock (16 kits), jazz (6), blues (4), funk (3), fusion (3), country (3), Latin (3), some as metal, bossa, samba, ambient, brushes
=> Electronic Kits: Techno (15), hip-hop (5), jungle (4), reggaeton (3), dance (2), industrial (2), a kit "808" and "TR909", yet some other trance, "gated", disco
=> 2 ethnic drum kits, 2 sets of beatbox
- 48 polyphonic bass sounds, including bass guitar in: finger, picking, fretless, slapping, harmonics, and synth basses: Minimoog, TB303 (form saw), Silverbox (a kind of square in TB303), Prophet, sine.
The machine has a total of 573 samples (24 bits), which on average by 80 CATEGORY instrument (kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, cymbals, FX, percussion)

- A processor EQ / Compressor (14 duo EQ + Compressor non ditables)
- An effect rverb (22 presets, only the effect send amount is ditable)
The effects are applied to the entire kit (drums, percussions and bass)

External Edition: no

- 30 300 bpm tempo
- Quantification of 1 / 4 (black) 1 / 48 (three quaver triplet), disable this function returns quantify 1 / 384 (Hex triplet eighth note)
- The argument Sets the length of the gate vnements (useful for bass)
- Swing function (62% max)
- Mtronome (adjustable tempo and volume)
- Total memory: 150000 Notes
=> Fashion Pattern
- Length pattern: 1 32 measures
- Each program includes four patterns: section A, section B, fill A-> B, fill B-> A
- 100 factory programs, 100 programs editable (user), or 400 patterns REALLY customizable
- Polyphony 32 voices
=> Fashion Song
- 100 user songs


This is the machine that best dbrouille: trs simple program, we Sets the length of the pattern and quantification, and REC + PLAY mtronome Start, the pattern rotates loop, there's more that play. Quantification acts ds looping, useful when recording in several layers.
At the game, the machine has 12 sensitive pads the VLOC (curve rponse is adjustable, you can also attach one of eight values). The set of 12 pads can be assigned three game modes via buttons on the panel directly situs: DRUM for the battery, PERC for percussion / FX, and BASS.
It also has a ROLL function, which simulates a strafing key (the speed is adjustable).
Ct practice, there are pads on the name of the sound DRUM assign default, and notes for the bass. Nothing better to not be lost when beginners.
With a little skill you can get a full pattern (drums, percussion and bass) without stopping the recording.
To work fine - or in case of error - the STEP mode allows the edition not - no, you can add or delete sounds in places DSIR (as against the key combination to clear could be more convenient) and adjust their VLOC.

Song mode is very simple, we choose a pattern, pattern following ... and so on. (Even if the function "delete" would really MRIT his touch it).
The edition of sounds in a drum set is also relatively simple mode DRUM or PERC each pad can accommodate all of the 573 samples of the machine. For each one can rgler level, pan, tuning (+ / -12), the decay, and the cut-off low-pass filter. On the low there is also a rglage attack and release. We can CRER groups monophonic sounds, useful for securing the hi-hats open / closed avoid a recovery toms.
The sounds of CONTRL is more than comfortable, even if I apprci a high-pass filter, the choice of starting point and the envelope ADR also available on percussive sounds.
The bass can be transposed over three octaves, if like me you love cope in unusual places, you apprcierez that you also used "as it is polyphonic synth. This feature also facilitates the use as MIDI Controller.

Has my instructions correctly translated in French, but I understand that a n'tait not the case for everyone, so mfiance! For the rest I found trs clear, it says MIDI and rhythmic notation for beginners, but between all of the same depth in the functionality of the device.


For sound, all of what dpend research. The kits are relatively correct acoustic, blues, jazz and Latin at the top. For a rock does it well. As against this I feel is more rock pchu, it appears a more ct "gadget", Robotics. Try to get out of his double pedals provides a caricature of hyper mcanique and APRS me.
However, as he said tt t, rock and metal are not prcisment styles o you need a box pace, when I made it my rock is more "volumetric mtronome.
It dbrouille well in the electro, the TR909 kick style is crdible, the claps / snares percuttent properly. For hip-hop/dancehall I find the machine even better. In fact, all the sounds of the machine seem to be shuffled trs well, giving them one can easily stack them for a "big sound". Besides the change in pitch is trs naturally most sounds (if the machine would lose me the intrt).

Finally on the sound there is no real "bad sound". I do not use kits directly, such as kicks do not seem very full (such a lack of heaviness, another punch), but ds that delves a little exploration, it becomes trs stacking fun for them to gain power.
For bass sounds, there is a bit of everything. I find that the low type Electronic Mini-Moog, TB303, sine, trs sound good. Simulations "bass guitar" I was less convinced, a General Midi sounds pretty for some, it is better not to play too high.

The expression of the pads, I will not go, it is not gniale. In VLOC loud, impossible to express any subtlety in VLOC soft, impossible to knock the sound. In VLOC medium, combining the worst of both ... in fact, it may be the problem that occurs when trying rcurrent to rock: we would like at the same time the power and nuances, and even if we can APRS VLOC edit the shot, the act becomes too surgical, spontaneous enough. on the other hand in electro / hip-hop, my work methods are more "cold", I fixed the VLOC pads and then I change edit step, without a detrimental inspiration.

Finally the effects, dj compressor / EQ I disables trs often quite rude because next to the quality gnrale. And rverbs, I use small doses and only on acoustic drums, when I want to flatter a little space to play directly (ds I am home, I disables and j ' those using the TC M350)


I use it for a year and a half, and mobile home components.
When I rock, it's more to cope with guitarist and singer, I use directly presets rock, sometimes I change one or two sounds, but the goal is to go essentially to have that feeling "live" without taking the head.
Overall I use it mostly for electro / trance and hip-hop, where I dig a lot more sound textures. The acoustic drums I use often trs complter large electronic sounds of the machine. In this context, the quality is good for DEFINITIONS made some passes are dj studio and emerged with a good sound trs.

The pros:
+ Sound quality of electronic (drums and bass)
+ Trs simple program, the IDE to complete song you can go faster trs
+ Implementation lgante sounds, which facilitates their combination
+ Warm enough for acoustic drums "calm"
RESOLUTION + 1 / 384 of measurement!
+ Malabilit the bass (3 octaves + envelope ADR), bass synth sound good all heights
+ Works Batteries

The -:
- VLOC it or not, some prs impossible to have both the punch and gently with the pads
- Batteries hard rock / metal sound robotic if trs cheeks too quickly
- The bass guitars sound quite "General Midi kit"
- The envelope of the drums does not attack and release, can not DCAL their starting point (the compensable thanks RESOLUTION prcise but laborious)
- Effects Intgr (almost) useless, the machine often sounds better without them, and they are not parameter. Exceptionally some rverb.
- Key combination "erase" the long agaante

I possdais the Zoom MRT-3, we sound level well above here, plus a bass, and a MIDI output which I used to dj of CONTRL VSTi in d placement. But really the management of VLOC best silent on MRT-3!

I bought 125 friends. I do not know if I would have taken new, knowing that I dj possde the Yamaha MO-6 with good percussion trs, 250 for simply squenceur a practical (and portable) , it may be too much.
However, for those who do not yet have good sound drums, the contents of the bote is really convincing, and styles of music "current" I find it fits well if we take the penalty CRER own kits.
For those who want CRER batteries hard rock / metal, unless a rpter is for a limited level of feeling seems to me, I prfre largely sound plugins like Superior Drummer for the same price, the same MO-6 helps.
Ah, if the batsmen who have a cellar running the streets ...
pear gynt09/03/2011

pear gynt's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis SR-18
see the first reviews for the features.
effects included more embarrassing than anything else, except reverb, but comp + eq are together.
connectivity available is pretty comprehensive and well-adapted (at least in my use)


using fairly intuitive and it's my first bar so I think it's a strength of simplicity.
At the same time I think you can really edit and create your own drum kits at least enough so that its not like the neighbor with the same to make it interesting.
quantize function to wedge the beats on a predefined tempo little help in the creation of pattern as it can be annoying, to be used sparingly.

a black dot the pad sensitivity, even by adjusting the speed they react in three levels: caress, hits normal side kick of Chuck Norris.


I find it sounds more rock direction even if it does not make much sense.


I use it recently. I and my assistant microKORG to MIDI clock sync creating beats and bass line on the keyboard.
use as a repeater with a guitar is useful for beginners like me.
Lord Wan01/18/2011

Lord Wan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good and less good"

Alesis SR-18
- See manual (sissi! I have read it;) )
- No effect ... little or
- No external editing


The screen is very clear and simple editing is relavtivement. We regret sometimes combinations of three hits for work actually quite fluently used ... For example, dust removing the backing track (after you copy a factory preset in a user memory), press the Delete button, keep pressing, pressing Bass, remained supported and press OK


The sounds are very expressive ... but not from the keys that are about 2 sensitivity levels: soft when tapped gently, very soft when you hit and sometimes not so soft when you give a kick!

I use a Korg PadKontrol to trigger the sounds by hand. Otherwise it must be nice for a electronic drum kit.

In the end, the sounds are very Rock / Blues / Metal ... not really a genre where you need a drum machine: o.


I use it for two years. Finally, I use it in two situations:
- Cover as a module using the presets to get ideas for riffs on the guitar and do exercises
- As his palette from Sonar (see "what I like best").


What I love most: the way that affects ten drum kits to ten octaves accessible via MIDI. We then have a module with 120 sounds available simultaneously. It remains to modify the presets to avoid having the same sound cymbal kits on the ten ...

What I like least: ... the list is long!
- Can not tranpose the backing track or just the 'transfer'.
- The beast, while "top marmoset modern" does not support sysex for editing or external backup (confirmed by the support Alesis).

If it all over again, I do not refer this choice. I will take the previous version (SR-16) that supported the SysEx.


nypo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis SR-18

midi in / out / thru
Main Output Left and Right
Stereo Auxiliary Output
Between instrument
2 inputs for connecting pedals start / stop and Fill in
1 headphone

100 + 49 drum kits, bass sounds
100 memory song
100 Factory Pattern memory
User memory 100 Pattern

Effects: 16 + 8 rverb compressor qualiseur

16/24 bit samples
32 voice polyphony
150 000 global memory scores
Maximum length of a pattern 128 times
RESOLUTION 96 VENTS weather is the eighth six-time!
Tempo 30 to 300 BPM


Rather easy to program, one hour of APRS lecturedu manual, I started to work out and I have a Blues 4 minutes with the girls and the final, all in 5-6 minutes.

Everything is ditable, a drum kit also includes the rglages effects, pan, volume (drums, percussions, bass) and a bunch of stuff that I gorge but it does not matter because the r tings default trs suit me well!
It can also control the bte via MIDI but I have not yet tried ds Because it's too complicated, I zap (see my opinion on the software edition music)

Only problem, the manual of references is in English.

There is a rapid manual in the box, in French, but translated by an INTERPRETATION who clearly has never seen since a battery translated by systmatiquement BASS DRUM!!
Should dare!

So every time you play "kick" you need to think a 4 string bass. It's simple right?

on the other hand, if you read English fluently, the record is very well done!

I put 6 because of the poorly translated manual. Na!


Trs sound clean and ralistes, Sampling 24 bit, a means. Compared to my Yamaha synth 12 years means trs well the difference.

The bass sounds are average but the outputs can control a MIDI synthesizer or sound module it to improve.

The 12 pads are sure the sensitive and VLOC VLOC curve is adjustable.

For the price it's all fine.
See the remains solid in the time.


I use it for a week in home studio to accompany the songs on guitar just for rptitions.
I have not tried but seems to live entirely possible thanks Fill in the function that allows you to switch from one pattern to another with a single tap of the foot with some bonus bearings and tchac poum the most beautiful effect!

Before I was using my PC with LIVE but really c'tait gas plant, I had 30 minutes before 15 Russia from a simple bass line + battery measures 16 and then play the scratched with a mouse port labor to drive the PC is not really the top.
I also tried using my old Yamaha synth EX7 but the time to look for the pattern of 23 disks that goes well etc ...

With the SR18 is simple, one IDE and hop straight into the box (I use one as an Jamman recorder) box rhythm guitar + bass line and rhythm There's APRS has more jam on it.

A good point: you can put batteries to power it and go camping with!

I think this is a good choice to make RPET or live at the bottom of a bar.
For 245 euro must not do without.