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None of my patterns save when turned off.

When I turn my SR 16 off none of the patterns I made are saved. How do I make my patterns remain on the machine when I turn it back on?

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Likely the memory backup battery is exhausted. Replace it.

The only other options is to dump data to external recorder and reload as needed.

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I have a 1990 Alesis SR16 drum machine which has not been switched on for over 10 years. I now wish to use it again but all data including factory presets have been lost. How do I re instate them


How do I reinitialize SR-16?

Power on while holding: "ERASE" and "PLAY".
Evidence: All User songs and patterns will be empty.
Note: Clears memory
Clears the SR-16's User Songs and Patterns, but leaves the Preset Songs and Patterns intact.

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ALESIS SR-16 won't save patterns


Really Quick.
Two problems are unrelated.
Assume older unit.
Needs memory battery,
and new display.

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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.
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

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How do i ceeate and save a waltz pattern on my sr 16 drum machine ?


go to the ballad #4 setting you will find a 3/4 beat in a 12 beat time.
This is a preset pattern

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I am not getting any sound with my used Alesis SR-16. I am getting display but just no sound. Help!


Many people have had this problem WHEN they substitued a replacement power adapter.

The CORRECT adapter MUST supply 9 volts AC, NOT DC at 830 ma or more.

The AC is converted inside the SR-16 to both + and - power to run the internal circuits. IF you have connected a 9 v DC adapter, it will NOT have damaged anything, just get the CORRECT adapter and all will be well.

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How do i save when i finish a pattern


it should automatically save it, you just need to name it

Aug 02, 2010 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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Drum sound distorted


Try a factory reset:

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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    Get original patterns for Alesis Sr 16 re boot?


    You do a factory reset: Do this:

    Power on while holding: "ERASE" and "PLAY".

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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...


    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.


    Nov 20, 2009 | Alesis Sr 16 Stereo Drum Machine

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    Question on the start /stop feature and saving tempo information


    As I read the manual, the tempo is saved with the SONG.

    Starting and stopping rhythm SHOULD always start at the begining of the song. This is on page 20 of your manual. The manual is available online if you don't have one.

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