How to Use the Sr 16 As a MIDI Controller

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How to Use the Sr 16 As a MIDI Controller
Use your Alesis SR-16 drum machine as a MIDI controller. (Sound image by Alexander Sabilin from

The SR-16 is a drum machine manufactured by Alesis. The drum machine includes 233 preloaded drum sounds alongside 50 preset drum patterns. The SR-16 also comes fully equipped with complete MIDI implementation, which allows people to use the machine as MIDI controller. With the aid of any sound card with MIDI and a basic Digital Audio Workstation, the SR-16 can trigger sounds directly from your PC.

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Things you need

  • Midi cable

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  1. 1

    Plug your MIDI cable into the "MIDI Out/Thru" on the back panel of the SR-16. Connect it to the "MIDI In" port on your sound card.

  2. 2

    Launch your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and create a new MIDI track by clicking "File" or "Edit," depending on your DAW, then selecting "Add new Midi Track."

  3. 3

    Go to the "System Setup" on your SR-16. Ensure that the "MIDITHRU," "CLOCK OUT" and "CLOCK IN" setting are set to "Off." Turn "DRUM OUT" to "On" and "DRUM IN" to "ONV1." Set "MIDI Channel" to 10.

  4. 4

    Set the MIDI channel you created in Step 2 in your DAW to 10. You can now use your SR-16 as a MIDI controller.

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