Re: OT: Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine
- From: "Steve Freides" <steve@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 13:20:23 -0500
"TS" <tshaw7427@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On 25 Jan, 10:30, pTooner <geddi...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Steve Freides wrote:
"Steve Freides" <st...@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Thump" <mal.skin...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I've got one of these puppies; I just had a look in the manual.
"To re-initialize, turn off power and wait a few seconds. Press
hold the PLAY and ERASE
buttons while turning on power. Continue holding these buttons
for at least three
seconds after turning on power."
Also, in the upper right of the window, one of the lines on the
display should say "preset". If it says"user", press the
button until it changes to "preset".
Let us know how it goes.
ThumpThe display did say the right things - I noticed that.
I'll try a reset and see if that helps.
OK, a reset did not fix the problem, but pressing one of the buttons
did, something about preset/user - it was on user, and now I can
all the preset patterns. Novice that I still am, I have two
- The output seems to be stereo, e.g., if I plug in the left channel
output instead of the right, it's sounds like, well, like the other
in a two-mike setup. I'm just plugging this thing into my guitar amp
with a regular old 1/4" guitar chord - what's the recommended way to
the two channels down to one for a single amp? (I do have a small
on order, so I guess that's the recommended way, mix the two into
and send the one to the amp, but what about using this without a
My amps are all your basic combo type, and single channel.
- The manual doesn't seem to include a chart or listing of all the
preset patterns - I'm looking for something I can use with students
playing standards, your basic brushes kind of sound playing a swing
rhythm to accompany, e.g, All The Things You Are. I listened to
pattern up to about #40 - anywhere they're all listed with a brief
description of each? (Or does anyone just know the answer to this
Many thanks in advance - again.
I am pretty sure the manual does list the patterns. However, I can
you that none of them do what you want. That's what I have against the
little machine. You have to create your own patterns because the
presets appear to be designed for teenage hip hoppers.
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I am pleased to find out that I am not the only dumb bell around. I
have a BR-600 that probably will do everything but play the zither but
am having a terrible time learning to use it. Big problem, except for
my ignorance about multi channel recording, is that the manual is
written by individual functions. In other words in order to go thru
an operation you have to thumb through the manual to find all the
steps that are required. By the time I find the step I have forgotten
what I was doing. I've thought about trying to take an evening course
in recording music at a college (they seem to have same) but I also
noticed a Craig's list ad for a recorder that somebody had who found
out a course he was taking didn't cover the recorder he bought. So I
wonder if you have to learn each make or style of recorder, i.e. there
is not much similarity from one to the next.
Incidentally a published reviewer stated he made recordings on a
BR-600 with no sweat.
If you'll forgive me for being philosophical, there is often an inverse
relationship between ease of use and power/flexibility, by which I mean
to say that these drum machines can do a ton but their learning curve is
high. That's life - if you want something simpler, and Boss DB-30/60/90
are advertised at metronomes, but the DB-90, when amplified, sounds like
a drum kit, and you get a decent amount of control. Even the DB-30,
which costs all of $40, let's you subdivide a beat into eighths,
triplets, or sixteenths, plus a few more, and lets you create a
measure-long pattern with a different sound on the downbeats - maybe
that's all you want or need?
I'm going to stick it out w/ my SR-16, reading the manual and trying to
give it a few minutes every day or two so that I can gradually build up
what I can do. At the moment, I think documenting the presets will be a
good project so I may undertake that. The manual isn't long, and I
think it will turn out to be worth the investment of time.
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