Reviews and Problems with Alesis Sr18 Drum Machine
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4 August 2009
Summary: As solid a performer as you'd expect given the heritage, but with much more sonic scope than its forebear, the SR18 should certainly be on the shortlist of anyone in the market for a hardware drum machine.
Pros: A wide-ranging collection of solid drum one‑shots and bass multisamples that should cater for most styles of music., More sounds, editability and polyphony than the SR16., Added instrument input., The ability to trigger sequencer patterns from the pads for live performance.
Cons: In an age of multi-gigabyte virtual instruments, ROM-based sample-playback units such as this face much tougher competition in the studio, particularly where realistic-sounding acoustic drums are required.