The successor to Alesis's popular SR16 drum machine from the '90s, the SR18 is defiantly digital. It comes with a wide range of both acoustic-emulating and electronic kits and, unlike its forebear, also deals in percussion and bass tones.
If you've ever used a drum machine before, most of the controls here will be familiar: Step Edit, Roll, Fill, Tap Tempo, etc. Creating, editing and arranging patterns is simple, though step editing can be a little long-winded.
The sounds are generally of good quality, and free from any nasty digital noise artefacts. Sound processing, beyond the pitch, filter and envelope controls for each hit, comes in the form of 22 reverb presets (with a global send level) and 14 EQ/compression presets. Alongside the audio outputs you'll find MIDI I/O and footswitch inputs.
The SR18 is a simple and effective tool. It does look and feel very '90s, but it's a robust and portable package (you can power it from batteries or the mains) that fans of the SR16 will definitely enjoy.35 Stars
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