High Sample Rate/16 bit Drum Machine

This drum machine was the predecessor to the venerable SR-16 (which is still being manufactured after more than 10 years from its release.. an eternity in the world of musical technology..), and was marketed together with the MMT-8 sequencer.


Alesis HR-16 audio demos:

Here are three Factory Songs, that showcase well various patterns achievable on this machine:


Song with audio demo My comments
Factory Song 04 Powerful examples.
Factory Song 05 Lots of great ethnic example patterns.
Factory Song 06 Jazz and rock/pop patterns.


Alesis HR-16 Drum Samples (44.1MHz, stereo, .wav files)

  • light and portable;
  • deep editing and programming;
  • easy to interface with other drum machines and sequencers;
  • Logically laid out - easy to learn.
Features at a glance
Year of release: 198_
Polyphony: __
Display: yes, LCD, black characters on orange backlit background.
Preset Patterns: 100
Pads: yes, 16
Pads respond to velocity: yes
Pads respond to aftertouch  
Sound generation method: PCM
MIDI: in, out
Sound expansion capabilities: no
Outputs: Two stereo pairs
Effects: no
Controls: 2 sliders; buttons; drum pads
Pedal controls: Start/Stop foot switch
Tape Sync: yes: in, out

Alesis HR-16 INITIALIZATION (clearing memory)

To initialize the Alesis HR-16 to factory settings:

Turn power OFF.  Press and hold ERASE, DELETE and RECORD, ant turn on the power while holding these buttons down for 3 seconds.

Alesis HR-16 pictures (click on thumbnails to enlarge)


Alesis HR-16 Manual

Available at

Alesis HR-16 Factory preset patterns in .sysex:

Available at


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