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Alesis Sr 16 stopped working altogether

It broke as I was loading midi data from cassette tape (I had to turn the volume up very high as it was finding as the drum machine was not recognising the tape signal). then it just stopped working. I have tried it with a different adapter so thats not the problem. any ideas?


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    exactly the same thing happened to mine!



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I have never experienced this problem, but I know that you can reset the SR-16 to all default settings by doing something like holding down play when powering up. Try that & I'll look into the matter and get back to you with a definite answer. Peace and good luck until then.

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How to program drum beats from one alesis sr16to another alesis sr16 drum machines

5.4J Copy a Song to Another SR-16 Via MIDI
The SR-16 can send Song system exclusive information to another SR-16 via MIDI. If you have only one SR-16, you can skip this section.
1. The source SR-16 should be in Song mode and stopped. Connect the source SR-16 MIDI out to the destination SR-16 MIDI in.
2. Select the Song to be copied.
3. Press and hold the COPY button, and keep holding it down until step (5). The display says COPY TO SONG.
4. Do not enter any destination Song number-just press PLAY to send the data out over MIDI. It will end up in whatever Song number had been selected at the receiver. If the Song was not empty, the new Song steps will be appended to the existing Song steps.
5. Release the COPY and PLAY buttons.
Caution: This does not transfer Pattern information, only the song steps. To transfer Patterns to another SR-16, see section 3.3D and 3.3E.

Hopefully this helps, it comes out of the SR16 Manual, page 40 I think
Cheers Pete

Sep 25, 2014 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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I've initialized it and now have lost the preset patterns, Is there any way I can get them back please? - CHRIS

I assume you held the erase and play and re-initialized the firmware. I assume you failed to generate either a backup MIDI file or an audio tape backup. Now you will need to find another person with an SR16 and copy via MIDI or Audio (really digital) tape to reload your unit. Your user manual will tell you the procedure to do this once you find a host SR16.

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I have used this machine on stage for 20 years and love it!! however i just bought a new one to have for backup, and can't seem to make it dump!! i hook up a pin jack to a recorder just like i always...

There has been a tend to use MIDI sysex files for dumps rather than the unreliable audio recording... The cassette method can be tricky. Setting volume levels for record and playback is tricky.

Also using cassette recorders of newer design often have "compression" that automatically adjusts the volume level on record... these do not work very well... IF you have changed recorders since you had positive results, this might be the problem.

An additional thing can be the recording media as there are differebt coatings for tapes and bias levels.

Save yourself grief and use a MIDI adapter for your PC and record MIDI sysex dumps for these units instead oof cassette audio.

Aug 17, 2010 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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I plugged the USB to MIDI lead input nd output the wrong way around on my Alesis Sr 16 and it stopped working. Have I blown something inside?

You should NOT be able to damage the unit by reversing in and out on MIDI connections.

MIDI connections are fairly safe against damage unless you drive a ground loop into the output ones.

ALWAYS operate any connected equipment from the SAME power source receptacle.

Fopr instance, do NOT have a musical device powered froma wall receptacle across the room and connected to a computer on the other side as an example.

Apr 07, 2010 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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How do i dump midi user patterns from alesis sr 16 to alesis sr18 drum machine thru midi cable

you may well have to go via a third unit, a computer or laptop to store the data then send it back to the other machine.

Dec 27, 2009 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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Cannot transfer beats from alesis sr16 to alesis sr 18 thru midi cable. Please advise.

The sync signal that is sent on the MIDI cable is actually a "clock" of something like 96 ticks per measure. This is the "MIDI sync clock". This is a single byte FF hex.

The beats themselves are not sent. The firing of the individual percussions should be.

Dec 27, 2009 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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I bought an Alesis SR-16 drum machine from an online seller advertised as "new". I plugged it in, and it appears that my "new" machine has had all the factory preset patterns erased! Is there a way to...


The SR-16 has 50 preset patterns that are built in, I do not think they can be deleted, if there are no patterns the unit may be defective, even if patterns can be reinstalled using an rmidi file or re-flashing the unit.

To reset an Alesis drum machine you have to hold down both Play and Erase buttons while you power on the machine at the same time.

If that does not work, the presets are held into an rmidi file , the Rmidi file is not available for download. I think it can be purchased contacting Alesis or Rmidi.

I quote from Alesis Rmidi page:

"A rMidi Import/Export File named 'Sr16PresetKits.xml' containing the Sr16 Preset Kits has been installed within the folder named 'Sr16' within the directory in which you installed the rMidi FrameWork software. You can Import these Kits into the rMidi Drums Control if you wish. "

Check if you have the file in the folder.

If not the Sr16 will allows you to export your User Drum patterns, but I do not think you can export factory patterns.

Nov 20, 2009 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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My Alesis Sr-16 will suddenly start playing without being being commanded and it will also stop playing during a performance.Is this common and can it be fixed?

These will USUALLY stop playing if in a song mode that runs so many cycles and terminates.

The random starts CAN be caused if you have a MIDI input cable connected and ANY device sends a rhythm start command or starts sending rhythm clocks to the unit. You can usually disable receiving commands via MIDI and SHOULD do this unless you are actually using MIDI.

Other things would be electrical transients that could trigger the device. MAKE SURE ALL of your equipment that this is connected to is power from the SAME electrical outlet to avoid ground loops which can also damage your equipment as well as cause intermittent operation.

Nov 09, 2009 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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Need start/stop MIDI CC's for this unit.

This should start and stop on the standard MIDI rhythm on/off codes.

FA = Start
FC= Stop

Oct 10, 2009 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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I need program settings for my sr 16

For most Alesis drum machines the best way to get programming is to find an identical unit and clone/transfer from it. Try a music store that sells Alesis.

A second possibility is to go to website(s) and download a SYSEX file to transfer via MIDI to the unit.

Sep 24, 2009 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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