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Backup user patterns for Alesis SR16 drum machine to pc

Is special software required in order to back up Alesis SR16 Drum machine programs on to a pc

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Some harddisk recording/PC based recording programs recognize "Midi Bulk Dump"

I use Alesis Data Disc for all midi backup from synths and drum machine. This is a one unit rack module you can get for som few dollars.. ;)

Alternative check out download.com with "midi" as search word.

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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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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.
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alesissr16logo53x41.jpgrmidialesissr16logo53x41.gif Performing a 'Reset' on your Sr16 will will 'clear' it's memory and re-initialize all of it's parameters to the original factory settings. This implies that:
  • All of your User Patterns will be erased.
  • All Songs will be erased.
  • All drum assignments you have made will be erased.

  • None of the above actions should be an issue to you as:
  • It is assumed that at some point you have Download And Save A Copy Of The Sr16's Current State.
  • It is assumed that at some point you have Export any 'User' Patterns you may have programed into your Sr16 and imported them into your _rMidi installation.
  • It is assumed that at some point you have Export any 'User' Kits you may have programed into your Sr16 and imported them into your _rMidi installation.


  • Perform The Reset
    To perform a 'Reset' on your Sr16:
  • Turn the pwer off and wait a few seconds.
  • Press and hold the PLAY and ERASE buttons while turning in the power.
  • Continue holding down these buttons for at least three seconds after turning on the power.

  • If this doesn't fix it, check power adapter. If that is OK then service is required

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    Hi.

    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.


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