Transferring from a very old SR16 to a new SR16.

I own a very old SR16 unit that has been very faithful. Alas, the buttons are starting to fail. I am wondering if my individual song settings (49 of them) can be transferred to a new SR16?. If so, will the song names, tempos, and all other patterns be transferred? Thanks in advance for any help
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  • Hi Scott,

    Thanks for posting. 

    Yes, you can transfer the content to your new SR16. In order to do so, you will need to first transfer the sysex data to your computer, then from your computer to your SR16. Follow these steps below:

    1. First, you’ll need a MIDI interface for your computer. Alesis offers the following affordable solutions:
    1. Next, you’ll need a program to send and receive your SysEx data. We suggest the following two free utility programs:
    Setting up MID-OX to send and receive your patterns and songs

    Sending SysEx from the SR-16 to your computer  

    1. From the main screen in MIDI-OX, chose the MIDI port icon to Select MIDI input devices to open.
    2. Highlight your MIDI input and output ports and click OK.
    3. Next, choose View/SysEx/SysEx/Receive Manual Dump. You should see a small screen indicating MIDI-OX is waiting for incoming data.
    4. From the SR-16, Press BACKUP, then press PLAY to send the SysEx data. You should see it being transferred on your computer screen. After the transfer, click DONE.
    5. Now, you can save your data. Select DISPLAY WINDOW\Save As... from the scratchpad window.
    6. Choose a location (perhaps My Documents), name your file and click Save. That’s it.
    Sending a SysEx file from your computer to the SR-16  

    1. From the main screen in MIDI-OX, choose the MIDI port icon to Select MIDI input devices to open.
    2. Highlight your MIDI input and output ports and click OK.
    3. Next, choose Actions/Send SysEx file. Locate the SysEx file you wish transfer and click OPEN.
      MIDI-OX will immediately send the SysEx file to your SR-16.
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Transferring All Pattern and Song Data from One SR-16 Drum Machine to Another..

    I have 2 SR-16 drum machines and would like to copy all contents from one to the other ..I have a mini to mini stereo cable and was wondering how to set up each SR-16 for transmitting and receiving Data?

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    • Hi. I have filled up one of my SR-16's, but I don't want to transfer ALL of the songs to my new one, I just want to transfer one or two because I need to add some new & improved patterns. Will I be able to select only the songs I want tor transfer as opposed to just dumping everything on my new one? Frankly, that would defeat my purpose. Been stuck on this problem for weeks now and really need to move things along. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
      Thanks! Sharon
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  • Scott, I just figured this out. The (partial) answer is on page 21 of the Alesis SR-16 Quick Operations Guide by Bobby Maestas. GREAT manual. Unfortunately, it's out of print. If you don't have one, here's the scoop.
    ALL YOU NEED IS A MIDI CABLE. Turn both machines on.

    1.) Connect the Midi Out from the old machine to Midi In of the new one.
    2.) Place the old SR-16 in Song Play Mode.
    3.) Call up the Song to be transferred. If it is playing press STOP. Press and HOLD the COPY button. The screens reads COPY TO SONG. Do not enter a Song number.
    4.) Press and hold PLAY to send the Song over MIDI. The screen reads SONG OUT MIDI... Release the buttons.
    The data is is recorded into a Song location.

    Now, all this does is transfer the STEPS (structure) of your Song. You will have to repeat the same steps by calling up and sending out each PATTERN in your Song. For example, say you have six different PATTERNS in your Song, you will have to call each one up on the old SR-16 and SEND them out over MIDI to the new one, just as you did with the Song. This is not made clear in the manual. Had to deduce this myself. Worked beautifully! Did not have to go through a computer or do any system-dump/MIDI-OX acrobatics.
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  • This thread is old, but I’m going to comment In case new people are looking. You simply connect your midi cable - old out, new in. Make sure channels are the same And press the backup button. EVERYTHING including custom drums, songs, pattern and song names. I’ve done this several times. It works.
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  • Yes, that's just perfect for when you want to transfer EVERYTHING. But, if you just want to move particular songs and/or patterns (like I needed to do), it's also easily done with the steps posted. Custom drum sets are transferred along with the patterns. The SR-16 is an incredible piece of equipment with amazing possibilities.
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  • Hi Sharon. I’m not custom to these kind of threads and maybe I responded to the wrong one. The original guy Scott Fels and then later Rt5films we’re wanting a complete transfer and they are who I meant to reply to. But no matter my answer is here even if it’s in response to the wrong one. If someone else comes along and needs help they now have 2 options to explore.

    You are so correct in that these machines are beasts. My model was from 1990 and I recently tried to upgrade to SR 18 but didn’t like it as well so I just bought a newer 16 , lol. I really didn’t have to but why push my luck. Lol
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  • Hi Paula. Your answer was very valuable. Thanks! Between the two of our posts it should cover anything anyone needs to know about (easily) transferring data. Like you, my first SR-16 was in the early 90's. Prior to that I had an HR-16, but it was not nearly as evolved as the SR-16. I've filled up three of them here in my home studio, and just bought another to carry on with my work. In an age when companies sell us electronic equipment then discontinue or stop manufacturing parts, Alesis struck gold with this beauty! It's still going strong, and is hands down the best drum machine ever made. Thanks for sharing, and good luck!
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  • I have several old HR-16s with hundreds of drum songs I wrote from scratch ... took hundreds of hours.
    Need to upgrade but don't want to lose all that work.
    Does anyone know if all the drum data and songs can be transferred directly into either the SR-16 or SR-18?
    I also have the data backed up to cassette tape which is a function the HR-16 provides (tape storage, page 23 of manual).

    Thanks in advance for any insight to solve this problem.
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