Old skool Alesis SR-16 “1990 early model" drum machine, off the grid

unfortunately too late

Technical specifications

Although the 16-bit stereo drum machine is still being produced as we speak, this 1990 ‘eary version’ unit is almost unfindable on the vintage audio market. This first generation vintage unit comes with its original separate power supply and original Alesis cartboard box.

As one of the most popular drum machines ever made, the SR-16™ has been used by everyone from songwriters to live performers to remix engineers as their drum machine of choice.

The SR-16 was conceived in the late eighties and has gained such a wide market acceptance and commercial success in the 90's that the unit is still being produced after no less than 30 years after its launch in 1990!

The SR-16 has been that popular as it features a great selection of 233 realistic, natural drum sounds, offered both in dry form and sampled with incomparable digital reverbs. The exclusive Dynamic Articulation™ feature enables a drum sound to change its tonal content as it's played harder for truly realistic performances. The SR-16 features 50 preset patterns that were actually played in by top studio drummers, not just programmed and quantized. The SR-16 also provides complete MIDI implementation, a footswitch input, flexible programming and editing features and velocity-sensitive pad buttons.

No doubt the SR-16 is a powerful drum machine, but ultimately it also sounds like a drum machine. If you need some drums to accompany your keyboard or guitar playing, for example, the SR-16 has been the go-to drum machine for many years.

It has been used by Autechre and Vangelis




SR-16 (1990 early model)

Famous Users

Autechre, Vangelis, Monochrome, Billy Corgan, Orbital, Kyle Hall, Mark Bell, ...

The SR-16 was used by belgian dark wave band Monochrome for their debut album 'She Walks On The Ceiling'.


First hard-to-find 'original' units from 1990




Original power supply and original Alesis cartboard box

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