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How about an Alesis SR16 app? An app to use your i0S device as an Alesis sr16 drum machine!

Hey folks, what do you guys think of a SR16 app? I mean, the Alesis SR16 is one of the greatest drum machines ever, certainly the longest running, and it's basically the same dimensions as an iPad mini so why not? An app which upon opening will put the top view of an SR16 right onto the screen of a tablet, with all the same usable controls/buttons/knobs as on the face of a SR16, with all of the preset patterns and features accessible and usable just as if it was the actual sr16 machine itself. Perhaps even a full range of 4 fully assignable audio outs similar to what are offered on a standard sr16 could be offered as a usb attachment to be connected through the Lightning port on an iPad, allowing various drums to be sent to its own channel on a mixer (example: snare on one output, kick on another, toms on another, and cymbals/hats on another). Also, an optional start/stop and fill set of foot switches which would connect by Bluetooth would be awesome. What do you think folks? And how about it Alesis? You guys would have a winner here, I betcha
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  • Hello Darcy,

    Thanks for the post! That's a great idea. Great feedback too! The SR16 was one of our premier legacy products back in its time. All of your ideas are great and I'm going to share them with our development team. Thanks again for posting!
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    Thanks for your consideration Chris, it's wonderful to get such a fast positive reply from an actual employee! Just as an added thing, I also own a sr18 which is a wonderful machine with great sounds, however I am accustomed to the preset pattern length on the sr16 which I believe to be 4/4 beats while the patterns on the sr18 feel to be twice as long which means there are moments when hitting the fill switch on the sr18 can cause the fill to play later or longer than the user may intend it to. Whatever causes this, it could be a little quirky for users like me are more accustomed to the feel of the old sr18. Nonetheless, many of the straight ahead rock and acoustic drum sounds of the new sr18 are awesome so if the drum sounds and patterns of the sr18 could be incorporated along with the sounds and patterns of the old sr16, as well as the pattern and fill length and feel could remain the same as the old sr16, this would make for a killer combo. Also, if you could offer the ability to edit the pitch, the effects and other various parameters of the drum sounds as well as the kits themselves, this idea would be further enhanced.

    You guys have got this, I just know it. Remember, if you guys come through with this, it will truly be the only app of its kind out there and no one else could come close to touching you. Sure there's Beatbuddy and they've come up with an amazing product n its own right, but personally I would much prefer an app or even a stand alone table top unit with the same level of sound quality and features to a pedal that sits on the ground. Also, Korg has come out with a modern incarnation of the old KR machine which certainly is neat, and to be frank, as far as a practical layout goes, it is my favourite layout of a machine of this type I've seen so far, even surpassing the Alesis models (I'm sorry guys) but the sound quality just isn't there and it in no way can compete with what you guys have offered the world lo these many years! To make a longer story shorter, you guys can nail this whole app idea so whatever you do don't let anyone else steal your thunder, just jump on it and do it like no one else but you guys can!

    Thanks for your time and I look forward to seeing and hearing what you come up with!
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    I'd pay good money to have an SR16 app or similar, that you could operate as if it were the hardware itself. So far, NO ONE OUT THERE has taken a live musician drum machine and made it into an app. All that exists are DJ/groove/beats apps that have none of the performance modes like fill,break,pattern A/B/C/D etc....

    I can't believe it's not been done yet. Please alesis can you make such an app!??

    Al
    • I agree, this idea could be a winner I'm sure! I can't wait for Alesis to develop this idea, and I'm sure that if we all let them know how interested we are then they will surely do it. What will be awesome is if they actually develop the hardware such as footswitches to be connected via Bluetooth or through a wire that connects via the lightning connector on an iPad or iPhone. Can't wait!
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  • Have been waiting and lookimg for something like this for a long time. Have worn out at least two sr-16's and just bought my third sr-18. Would really love to have any of these as an app!
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