The Alesis SR18 drum machine is really simple to understand and to use.
I'm the kind of person who thinks "Hey, I'm a musician not a programmer"
If you are like me then probably you feel extremely irritated when using an instrument in which one whatever you need to do you have to access a menu and "program" something.
Well good news! that's not the case with the Alesis SR18!
This drum machine is intuitive and easy to use, man I can compare this with the Boss Dr.880 which I ended up selling because you need more time understanding it than playing.
The Alesis SR18 offers a variety of rhythms, rock, funk, latin, it is actually missing metal, I was surprised, but ok, it offers you the possibility to play your own rhythms and save them.
A cool feature in the SR18 that some other drum machines are not offering, is that it has as well bass and percussions, which you can mute at your own taste.
Example, wanna play drums? then mute the drums on the SR18 and play along with the SR18 bass and percussions.
Wanna play bass? no problem, mute the bass in the SR18 and so you play the bass yourself while jamming with the SR18 drums and percussion.
The SR18 comes with a variety of basses, drum kits, from acoustic to electronic, there will be something to fit your needs. Drums are sounding powerful and realistic, electronic drum sounds are also high quality.
I'm using the SR18 in a wide variety, to practice bass, and as well I use it with my Roland FA08, or to play along with my Meinl Congas. It is a very versatile drum machine that allows you to create and have fun without breaking your head.
Another good reason why I chose the SR18 is because of portability, it can be used with AA batteries.
I recently bought a Yamaha Reface DX (you know, those mini pianos) and so I thought that it would make a great duo with the Alesis SR18, especially when going outdoors or to countryside house. All this and a little speaker can easily fit into a backpack.
UPDATE = You can connect via midi cable your SR18 to some other keyboard or pad, I connected my SR18 to my Roland Octapad, and so practically my Octapad got an expansion pack, now I can enjoy my Alesis SR18 drum kits on my Octapad.
As usual from Thomann fast dispatch, fast delivery, around 10 days to Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Danke Thomann team!