Alesis SR-18 - 24 Bit Stereo Drum Machine

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Alesis knows drums. Our SR16 has dominated the drum machine market since 1990 and continues to be in demand today. The next-generation SR18 is loaded with cutting-edge drumsets, electronic drums, one-shot hits, and modern percussion sounds for any cutting-edge musicians performances and compositions.

From hip-hop to country and everything in between, SR18 nails it on the first take. SR18 has an effects engine with Alesis reverb, EQ, and compression so you can output recording or performance-ready sounds.

Alesis' exclusive Dynamic Articulation technology modifies sample sounds so they change as you play them. This results in sounds that respond accurately not only to dynamic changes, but also with the appropriate timbral and color changes you'd expect from their acoustic counterparts.

You can plug in an instrument, such as a guitar, and play along for setup simplicity. You can play in bass parts using the pads on SR18 or connect a MIDI keyboard for fast, musical low end.

SR18 can be powered by AC or batteries, so whenever or wherever you need to lay down a groove, youre ready to roll. Its time for you to step up to the next Alesis drum machine.

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
Has lots of great sounds but the pads are crappy. It also does not have a very intuitive UI. Lots of cool samples though and it does have lots of functionality if you have the patience for that. I would recommend getting something else.
Posted by Martin on Mar 13, 2021
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Closest StoreCalgary Chinook, Alberta
I'm not sure you could do much better for a hardware drum machine. First impressions are disappointing of course, with the pre-programmed beats and sounds being severely out of date, like the "hip-hop" sounds, "yeah" and "ugh" voices that pre-date Salt 'n Peppa, and some of the "techno" hits that are outright embarrassing. However, delve into the flexible parameters of the sampled sounds and you can create VERY good drum kits, and with up to 100 steps per beat you can program very realistic flams, rolls, off-beat hits, and humanize to your heart's content. The SR-18 makes the old SR-16 look like a child's toy. I don't consider the bass sounds to have any real value aside from supporting writing creativity, but using the MIDI option with a good sound generator expands this function considerably. The MIDI clock out is a more useful tool, when used with a synth arpeggiator for example. Most people will be using computer DAWs at this point though, and the SR-18 sounds are available as a download, but if you are into peripheral hardware this is a great piece of kit, and personally I like dedicated "instruments" vs. clicking a mouse. Perhaps it's greatest use is still as a basic beat machine supporting, for example, a live piano bar artist.
Posted by Dean on Dec 21, 2020
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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
Excellent product, really allows mini production in one module - drums and bass include and you can plug in your guitar and jam along!
Posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2020
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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
Outstanding selection of drum and percussion sounds. Easy to get started straight out of the box. I was looking for a standalone unit that can be used to back guitar when practicing, as well as to plug in to the home studio for recording. Perfect for both. On the downside, the pads are not very sensitive. You have to adjust the setting to soft, and even then you have to pound the pad to have any volume sensitivity. Better off running midi and using a touch sensitive keyboard. Same goes for the bass sounds. Use midi and it's much easier to lay down backing tracks, and gives you a wider range as well (the pads give you less than an octave). Once you get into it, this thing has all the sounds I'll need, and a pretty sweet fun factor.
Posted by savvy on Mar 28, 2018
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Closest StoreSurrey, British Columbia
For what it's worth this unit is bass packed and ready to go it's great for practicing live performance of a track on a fly ...and has sound features from above and beyond ?many years I spent with my friend making track and practicing genres....you truly save my life Sr 18 I'll never forget my trusty sidekick surgery downtime was not as down with you around I love you ......till we meet again.I WANT MY DRUM MACHINE BACK!!
Posted by Kriztelz on Feb 21, 2018
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Closest StoreNorth Vancouver, British Columbia
I spent several days online researching drum machines, seeing that Alesis has been around since the 90's and decided on the SR-18. One of the coolest toys I have ever owned. Countless hours of fun. Great sounds with so many possibilities. I stocked up on batteries so I can take it anywhere. At under $300, you cannot go wrong. Outstanding! Thank you, James and L&M.
Posted by Colin on Dec 30, 2017
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Closest StoreCalgary Chinook, Alberta
What a blast learning how to drum away and play simultaneously with this Drum Machine from Alesis. Can't go wrong with the brand name for its great quality and workmanship when it comes to drum machines.
Posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013
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