Re: backup user patterns for Alesis SR16 drum machine to...
All you need is a cable with a mono miniature jack plug at each end. One end goes into the SR16 and the other into a cassette, minidisc recorder, whatever you will record the back/up stream to. A bit like old PCs ... Ataris. Commodores etc., you effectively make an audio recording of stream of data ... it sounds a bit like hearing a fax transmission or modem connection over a phone line.
So first, you make a recording of your existing SR16's patterns, drum kits etc.. Before you change the patterns, check your back up is OK by playing it back into the SR16. In my experience, the SR16 likes a pretty "hot" signal so don't worry if it's a bit "loud". Make a note of the settings that work.
Once you know the back up of your SR16's data is OK and you can return your SR16 to its original state, start messing around or buy patterns online from sites like this www.1borneveryminute.com/AlesisSR16CustomPatternSet1.htm where you'll also find samples of what's possible with the SR16, some free patterns and technical details. There's also loads of other references to the SR16 on the web. I use the above option simply because pretty much everyone has something that records audio which, along with the cable, is all you need.
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There are two ways. 1st way is to use the tape out and a 1/8 to 1/8 cable connected to a tape recorder or computer. And use the send thru tape function. while recording. then on the second one reverse the cable. And use the tape in function. The 2nd way is to copy beat for beat in the quantize mode by hand onto paper, the reprogram each sound(beat) back into it.
There is no way to check the internal battery status, unfortunately. Chapter 7:10 of the manual deals with backups and available memory. :
1. Press the BACKUP button. 2. Use the Page (up and down) buttons to select different "pages" of functions; the display's lower right window shows the page number. These pages are described below. 3. Adjust values on pages, if necessary, as described for each page. 4. After performing the desired backup operation, press BACKUP again to exit, or choose another page.
Finding free drivers is becoming harder and harder. Many so called driver sites are merely fronts for other software you have to buy to get the driver. Even then you don't always get the driver. Give this one a try, it seems genuine.
Cut and pasted info to replace the internal memory battery:
There is a battery inside the unit which is used to retain settings and beats that you program into it. This battery should probably last about ten years or so. If your SR-16 will not remember things anymore, it may need a new battery. Alesis can replace it for you, but this may cost $50.00 or so plus the cost and trouble of shipping. Anyone who can use a soldering iron can replace the battery. To disassemble the SR-16, remove the six screws on the bottom. There is a ribbon cable that connects the top and bottom together. This should be unplugged from the bottom part (main circuit board). The pins on the connector are very fragile, so pry it up carefully with a screwdriver. Also the volume knob has to come off. To remove the circuit board, just unscrew the nuts on the six phone jacks on the back. The battery is a coin-shaped 3-volt lithium battery. The one in mine is a Panasonic BR2325. If you buy a replacment battery, you will need to get one that has PCB terminals on it so it can be soldered. I THINK this is Panasonic part number BR2325-1HB (theres lots of different types of connectors on these). You will not find this at Walmart. It will need to be ordered from an electronics supply place. Digikey has them for $2.00. I think you can get one from Alesis for 15 or 20 dollars.
No the neo does not have the built-in drum patterns/drum machine like the origial grey 2488 did. It was abandoned for the 2488 MkII which was the intermediate model and hasn't reappeared.
I create drum patterns either using an external machine recorded in real time to a track on the my 2488 or create a drum pattern on the PC which I save as a mono wav and import to a track on the 2488.
your right old and new technologies are all the same basic concept, a Piezoelectric transducer converts mechanical energy into an electrical pulse. Adjust/increase the cross talk (x-talk) setting on the module for your specific channel. this settings job is to disregard really small signals (ie. vibrations from the stand, other drums etc...), you may have to play the pad a little bit harder but it should work fine.
From your description it sounds like you recorded the midi drum patterns to a track first and then playback from that track is giving you problems. If this is the case it sounds a lot like a bug that existed in the firmware prior to release 1.02 where edits could cause gaps on tracks. You can check your firmware version on bootup and if you don't have version 1.02 installed you can get the firware and instrustion on how to upgrade it here: