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Connectors include MIDI inputs and outputs, a 1/4" input, two stereo 1/4" outputs, and a 1/4" headphone output. Two footswitch jacks are provided for hands-free control. In addition to being fully-featured, the SR-18 is also highly portable.
Part Numbers: (db) DE6657, SKU212090, SR-18, SR18, SR18X110
UPC: 0 694318 010570, 0694318010570, 694318010570
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Alesis SR18: Make Like Patrick Duffy And Goes Step By Step
User reviews and opinions
|Brasstax||2:37am on Monday, August 16th, 2010|
|Huge Sound - and no drummer or bass player to pay This is just a huge sounding drum machine. Superb sounding drum machine First the good news: The SR18 has 500 excellent drum and percussion sounds covering a wide range of musical genres.|
|ravil||8:15am on Thursday, July 8th, 2010|
|Great Sound, Difficult Interface... There is a reason Alesis has been one of the top drum machine manufacturers for all these years.|
|yangontha||11:03pm on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010|
|The Manual must have been written by a techno- nerd, Not a musician, It took me about an hour to set-up and start recording with the JS-5.|
|colliedug||12:09am on Thursday, March 11th, 2010|
|Have done many song sequences (original and covers) for live performance. At this time.|
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REC LED This LED will light when the SR18 is recording. It will blink when you are required to confirm or cancel an action. A & B Each Pattern consists of two Main sub-patterns A & B. You can select each of the two sub-patterns by pressing its corresponding button. These sub-patterns allow you to program variation in your Patterns (i.e. sub-pattern A is the verse, sub-pattern B is the chorus). FILL Each Pattern also includes two Fills associated with each of the two sub-patterns. The Fills are used to transition from one sub-pattern to another (i.e. transition from verse to chorus). ERASE This button allows you to erase Patterns or Songs. Hold this button down and the screen will prompt you to verify that you want to erase the selected element. To erase the part, press the REC button while the ERASE button is being held down. In addition, ERASE allows you to erase specific events in real-time as you record your patterns. Simply hold down the ERASE button as the Pattern plays and press the pad corresponding to the sound you wish to erase. Any events assigned to the pad will be erased from the moment the pad is pressed until either the pad or the ERASE button is released. SAVE / COPY This button accesses various save / copy / append functions. MUTE This button allows you to mute a selected instrument layer. Hold down the button and press the DRUM, PERC or BASS to mute the corresponding instrument layer. To un-mute the layer, press the corresponding button again while MUTE is being held down.
NAVIGATION BUTTONS 13. 14. 15. 16. INC / DEC These buttons are used to increment and decrement through values and settings on the SR18. VALUE DIAL This dial can also be used to increment and decrement values and settings. NUMBER BUTTONS Alternatively, you may use the number buttons to input values directly. PAGE UP / DOWN These two buttons are used to go between pages of options when browsing menus and settings.
MODE BUTTONS 17. PATTERN / SONG This button toggles between the two different modes on the SR18. In Pattern Mode, you can play, record and edit individual patterns. Patterns are short (i.e. 8-beat, 16beat, etc) rhythm sequences which are assembled together to create Songs. A Song is a sequence of Patterns. In Song Mode, you can perform or program your Patterns to create a Song. The currently-selected mode will be indicated on the display. PRESET / USER This button toggles between Preset and User Patterns. The selected mode will be indicated in the upper right corner of the display. Preset Patterns provide a variety of rock, jazz, pop and other rhythms programmed by professional drummers and cannot be overwritten or edited (the only way a Preset Pattern can be edited is to copy it to a User Pattern). User Patterns are Patterns you can program, edit and save as you wish. 19. STEP EDIT Pressing this button enters Step Edit Mode for Pattern or Song editing, depending on which of the two modes is selected. This mode allows you to step through your Pattern or Song sequence to correct any mistakes. The display will indicate STEP EDIT while in Step Edit Mode, and the current step will be displayed on the top line. To move through the steps of the sequence, use the PAGE UP / DOWN buttons. PTN PLAY This button enables Pattern Play Mode. In this mode, you can play pre-selected Patterns in a sequence, using the pads to trigger the Patterns in real-time. See Playing Patterns With the Pads section.
SETUP BUTTONS 21. SYSTEM SETUP Pressing this button calls up various system settings and preferences, such as MIDI options, note assignments, clocking, as well as display brightness and others. The display will indicate SYSTEM and SETUP when you are in System Setup. You can move between the different pages of settings with the PAGE UP / DOWN buttons and change the settings on the selected page with the VALUE dial or the INC / DEC buttons. To save your settings so they are recalled the next time you boot up the SR18, press the SAVE button while in this menu and then press REC to confirm the save. To exit System Setup, press the SYSTEM SETUP button again. RECORD SETUP Pressing this button calls up various recording settings, such as Quantization, Swing, Pattern Length, Time Signature, etc. The display will indicate RECORD and SETUP while you are in Record Setup Mode. You can move between the different pages of settings with the PAGE UP / DOWN buttons and change the settings on the selected page with the VALUE dial or the INC / DEC buttons. To exit Record Setup, press the Record Setup button again. DRUM SET This button calls up the Drum Set Mode options, where you can select different drum/percussion sounds, bass sounds, change individual pad sounds and modify parameters such as Volume, Tuning, Panning, etc. The display will indicate DRUM SET while you are in Drum Set Mode. You can use the PAGE UP / DOWN buttons to move between the different pages of settings and you can use the VALUE dial or INC / DEC buttons to change the settings on the selected page. When you modify or customize a Drum Set, you will need to make sure that you save it (press the SAVE button, then press REC to confirm) in order to be able to access it later. To exit Drum Set Mode, press the Drum Set button again. EFFECTS This button calls up the Effects menu, where you can select the effects which are stored and recalled with every Drum Set. These effects include Reverb, EQ / Compression and feature ready-to-use presets. To move between the different pages in the Effects Menu, use the PAGE UP / DOWN buttons. You can use the VALUE dial or INC / DEC buttons to enable and disable the selected effect or to change the displayed settings.
HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SR18
The Cursor When the SR18 wants you to enter a number in the "Dialog" box, the display will show the previously-entered number (or the default number), and the first digit will have a small underline called the cursor. If the cursor is not present, the number is there for reference only. You are expected to enter something only if the cursor is present. The INC / DEC Buttons The two small buttons with the up arrow and down arrow symbols (next to the number keys) are called the INC / DEC buttons respectively. Pressing the INC button once increases the value of the entire number indicated by the cursor (not just a single digit) by one. Pressing the DEC button once decreases the value of the entire number indicated by the cursor (not just a single digit) by one. Example: If the display shows 00 and you want to enter 01, tap the INC button once. These buttons, as well as the PAGE buttons, also have a "scroll" feature. If you press and hold a button, after a short pause the display will either increment or decrement at a rapid rate. The VALUE dial In addition to the INC / DEC buttons, you may also use the large VALUE dial to quickly increment and decrement through values and settings. Turn the dial clockwise to increment through the available values, or turn the dial counter-clockwise to decrement. The NUMBER buttons The number buttons (0-9) can also be used to directly input values into the SR18. Please note that when using the number buttons it is important to enter leading zeros, if necessary. If a value to be edited is a two-digit number, you must enter a two-digit number. If the number is a three-digit number, you must enter a three-digit number. If necessary, enter a leading 0 (i.e., a zero at the beginning of the number) to fill out the required number of digits. Example: The beat length is a three-digit number. To enter a beat length of 16, enter 016. Automatic Revert This feature may confuse you at first, but save you from potential problems as you become more familiar with the machine. If all the required digits of a number aren't entered within two seconds, the display will revert back to the previous number, with the cursor under the first digit of the previous number. This is handy because if you start to enter a new number, but then change your mind halfway through, you don't have to key in (or remember) the original number againjust wait two seconds, and the display will revert to the original setting. Buttons that Toggle Some buttons (SYSTEM SETUP, RECORD SETUP, PATTERN/SONG, PRESET/USER, EFFECTS) "toggle" between two states. Each button press sets the switch to its alternate state. Example: Press the PATTERN/SONG button once to change from Pattern to Song; press again to change from Song to Pattern. Example: Press RECORD SETUP to call up the Record Setup menu; press RECORD SETUP again to exit the Record Setup menu.
PLAYBACK / RECORD BASICS Using the Transport Controls To stop playback and go back to the beginning of the current Pattern or Song, press the STOP button. Press PLAY to play the Pattern or Song from the current location. Press PLAY again while a Pattern or Song is playing to pause it. Press PLAY to continue playing the Pattern or Song from the location where it was paused.
Preset and User Patterns There are two types of Patterns in the SR18. Preset Patterns provide a variety of styles, and other rhythms that feature drums, percussion and an accompanying bassline. Note that the only way to modify a Preset Pattern is to copy it to a User Pattern, where it can be edited. User Patterns are Patterns you can program, edit, and save. The PRESET / USER button selects between these two banks of Patterns.
Playing Patterns 1. To play Patterns, the SR18 needs to be in Pattern Mode. To do this press the PATTERN / SONG button, which toggles between the two modes. The display will show PATTERN in the upper right corner when the SR18 is in Pattern Mode. Select a Pattern you wish to play with the INC / DEC buttons or the VALUE dial. To play the selected Pattern, press the PLAY button.
Selecting the Next Pattern to be Played While a Pattern is playing, you can select to go to another pattern in several ways: 1. Use the INC / DEC buttons or VALUE dial to select the next Pattern. The newlyselected Pattern will play back as soon as the current Pattern plays through its entire length. The display shows the Pattern to be played next. Enter the two-digit Pattern number with the number buttons. If an A Pattern is currently playing, the new Pattern number will play the A variation. If a B Pattern is currently playing, the new Pattern number will play the B variation. You can also enter a two-digit Pattern number followed by A or B or PRESET / USER to call up an A or B or Preset or User Pattern, regardless of the Pattern that is currently playing.
Selecting Individual Patterns 1. 2. 3. Make sure the SR18 is in Pattern Mode. Enter a two-digit Pattern number (remember to enter a leading 0 if necessary). Press the A button to select the A Main Pattern, or B to select the B Main Pattern. To select a Fill Pattern, first select the desired Main Pattern (A or B) then press the Fill Button. Press PRESET/USER to select either a Preset or User Pattern. When a Main Pattern reaches its end, it will loop back to the beginning and continue playing from that point unless you select a new Pattern, selected a Fill Pattern initially, or stop the Pattern.
If you select a User Pattern that contains no data, the display says EMPTY PATTERN. If you select a User Pattern that contains data but has not yet been named, the display says NO NAME. Notes If you change your mind or select the wrong Pattern, you can select a new Pattern number at any time before the next Pattern begins. If you press STOP before the next Pattern begins playing, the SR18 will stop and remain on the currently selected Pattern. To immediately jump to the next Pattern in the sequence, press the PAGE UP button. To immediately return and begin playing from the start of the current Pattern, press PAGE DOWN.
COMPRESSION AND EQ TYPES
Off Master 1 Radio 1 Radio 2 SoftHype Bright Country Crunch Dance Hip Hop Jazz Lo Boost Roc1 Roc2 Roc3
SAVING YOUR DRUM SETS
After changing parameter settings it is important to save the Drumset otherwise your settings will not be retained. 1. To save your set, press and hold the SAVE / COPY button. The display shows SAVE SET?, the currently selected Drum Set number (location), and a two-digit number that's the same as the currently selected Drum Set. You will notice the REC LED begin to blink. To save the Drum Set to the current location, press REC. To save the Drum Set to a different location, enter the new Drum Set number with the INC/DEC buttons, number buttons (allowable range is 00-99), or the DATA dial. Finally, press REC to save to the selected location.
If you were editing a Preset Drum Set and want to save it, you will be given the option to save it to a User Drum Set since you cannot overwrite a Preset Drum Set. This technique can also copy one Drum Set to a different Drum Set. Also, remember that if you change Patterns before saving your Drum Set, all of your edits will be lost.
Several parameters, such as quantization, swing, metronome options, Pattern length, are often adjusted prior to recording a Pattern, General instructions are: 1. 2. 3. 4. Press the RECORD SETUP button. Use the PAGE buttons to select different "pages" of functions; the display's lower right window shows the page number. These pages are described below. Adjust values on pages, if necessary, as described for each page. After making all needed changes, press RECORD SETUP again to exit, or choose another page.
PAGE 1: SELECT THE QUANTIZATION VALUE (QUANTIZE SELECT) Background As you record a Pattern, quantization shifts all drum events to the nearest selected rhythmic value to eliminate small timing errors. For example, with a quantization value of 1/16, all drum events you play will be shifted to the nearest 16th note. Quantization shifts your playing to the specified beat while you play, so choose the desired value before playing out your rhythms. Remember that you can also change quantization while recording if, for example, you want to record snare with eighth note quantization but high-hats with 16th note quantization. The note icon displays the quantization value in standard rhythmic notation. See the chart below. Enter the desired quantization value with the INC/DEC buttons, VALUE dial, or number buttons (1 = quarter note, 2 = quarter note triplet, 3 = 8th note, 4 = 8th note triplet, 5 = 16th note, 6 = 16th note triplet, 7 = 32nd note, 8 = 32nd note triplet, 9 and 0 = Off, equivalent to 1/384th note resolution).
PAGE 11: NAME THE PATTERN (NAME)
This page allows you to name the currently selected Pattern. The display shows NAME and the current name (or NO NAME if the Pattern has not yet been named). To name, use the PAGE UP/DOWN buttons to select the character to be changed; select the desired character with the INC/DEC buttons or VALUE dial. Lower case and upper case letters, numbers, punctuation, and various special-purpose characters are available. You can also enter numbers with the number buttons.
EDITING PATTERNS ERASE FUNCTIONS
ERASING DRUM EVENTS WHILE RECORDING
While the SR18 is recording, you can erase any individual drum event or series of events in real time to fix up errors. Erasure occurs only on those beats that coincide with the current quantization and swing values; turn quantization off to erase a drum wherever it occurs.
1. 2. 3. The SR18 should be in Record Mode. Press and hold ERASE. While holding down ERASE, press the pad corresponding to the sound to be erased just before the first event to be erased, and release just after the last event to be erased. To erase a single event, tap the pad on that single event.
ERASING AN ENTIRE PATTERN
If you erase both Main and Fill Patterns associated with a numbered Pattern, or you erase a Main or Fill Pattern and the other is empty, the Drum Set assignment (but not its Drum Set parameters), name, and length will revert to the default settings (i.e., the Drum Set with the same number as the Pattern, EMPTY PATTERN as the name, and a length of 8 beats). However, as long as either a Main or Fill Pattern contains previously-programmed data, the numbered Pattern will remember the Drum Set assignment, name, and length.
1. 2. 3. 4. The SR18 must be in Pattern mode and stopped to allow erasing a Pattern. Enter the two-digit Pattern number to be erased with the number or INC/DEC buttons. Press and hold the ERASE button. The display says PATTERN ERASE?. While continuing to hold the ERASE button, press REC (ENTER). The display says PATTERN ERASED, followed by FILL ERASE?. While continuing to hold the ERASE button, press REC (ENTER) again. The display will read FILL ERASED. Release both buttons.
Tip: To retain the Drum Set assignment, length, and name when you erase a Pattern, hold ERASE and tap each drum pad. This erases the drum events assigned to that pad, but retains all other Pattern parameters.
ERASE ALL EVENTS PLAYED BY A PARTICULAR DRUM PAD
This erases all events in a Pattern played by a specific pad. The Drum Set's parameters will not be affected.
1. 2. 3. The SR18 should be in Pattern mode and stopped. Press and hold ERASE. While holding down ERASE, tap a pad to erase all events played by that pad. The display shows the drum pad number whose events were erased. You can continue to erase more drum sounds while ERASE is held down.
ERASE ALL INSTRUMENT EVENTS IN SUB-PATTERN
This operation allows you to erase all instrument events (for example, all Drum events) in the selected sub-pattern. The Drum Set's parameters will not be affected.
1. 2. 3. The SR18 should be in Pattern mode and stopped. Press and hold ERASE. While holding down ERASE, press and hold the button corresponding to the layer which you would like to erase (DRUMS, BASS, PERC). While holding down the 2 buttons, press REC (ENTER) to erase all instrument events in the selected sub-pattern.
EDITING PATTERNS COPY/SAVE FUNCTIONS
SAVING A PATTERN
The following operation will save the selected Pattern, including all sub-patterns (A, B and FILL) to a specific location, overwriting any data which may already exist. Please note that you need to save your Patterns if you wish to access them after you power-cycle the unit. 1. 2. 3. The SR18 should be in Pattern mode and stopped. Select the Pattern you wish to save. Press and hold the SAVE / COPY button, and keep holding it down until step (6). The display says SAVE TO PATT. Enter the destination Pattern number with the INC / DEC buttons, number buttons or the VALUE dial. Press REC (ENTER). The display says SAVE DONE. Release the SAVE / COPY and REC (ENTER) buttons.
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COPYING A PATTERN
The following operation will copy only the selected sub-pattern (A, B, or FILL) to another destination. If the current Pattern is shorter than the destination, the part will be copied to the beginning, leaving the remainder blank. Copying a sub-pattern longer than the destination Pattern will automatically lengthen the destination Pattern (128 Beat maximum). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The SR18 should be in Pattern mode and stopped. First, select a Pattern. Then select A, B or FILL sub-pattern to be copied by pressing the corresponding button. Press and hold the SAVE / COPY button, and keep holding it down until step (6). While holding the SAVE / COPY button, press PAGE UP. The display says COPY TO PATT. Enter the destination Pattern number into which the current sub-pattern will be copied with the INC / DEC buttons, number buttons or the VALUE dial. Now select which sub-pattern you would like to copy the data into by pressing A, B or FILL. Press REC (ENTER). The display says COPY DONE. Release the SAVE / COPY and REC (ENTER) buttons.
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APPENDING A PATTERN
This operation adds the current Pattern, including all sub-patterns (A, B and FILL) to the end of a selected Pattern. Note that Patterns can only be appended to Patterns of the same time signature (i.e. a 3 / 4 Pattern can only be appended to another 3 / 4 Pattern). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The SR18 should be in Pattern mode and stopped. Select the Pattern you would like to append. Press and hold the SAVE / COPY button, and keep holding it down until step (6). While holding the SAVE / COPY button, press PAGE UP twice. The display should say APPND TO PATT. Enter the destination Pattern number where you would like to append the original Pattern with the INC/DEC buttons, number buttons or the VALUE dial. Press REC (ENTER). The display says APPEND DONE. Release the COPY and REC (ENTER) buttons.
EDITING PATTERNS TRANSPOSITION
Each Pattern on the SR18 has a Pattern Transposition setting (0 by default). This setting allows you to quickly transpose the selected Patterns Bass content. The Pattern Transposition setting will be stored along with all other Pattern parameters once the Pattern is saved into memory (See Editing Patterns Save/Copy Functions section for information on saving Pattern data). To change Pattern Transposition: 1. 2. 3. 4. The SR18 should be in Pattern mode. Press and hold BASS. While holding down BASS, press the PAGE UP button. The screen will display PATTRANS on the top line, along with the current transposition setting on the bottom line. Use the VALUE dial or INC / DEC buttons to select the transposition in semitones (-12 to +12 semitone range).
Please note: Pattern Transposition affects all sub-patterns contained in the selected Pattern. Please note: Pattern data needs to be saved to memory for the Pattern Transposition setting to be recalled the next time you load the Pattern.
PATTERN STEP EDITING (STEP EDIT MODE)
Step editing is an approach of entering notes and other values for a Pattern in a non-realtime method. Step mode provides detailed Pattern editing. (Note that "step" does not refer to Song steps, but to the steps in a Pattern that hold drum events.) You can move through a Pattern one step at a time, stop at each event as desired, and delete the event, add an event, or change an event's volume. While occasionally somewhat tedious, Step Edit mode allows editing drum parts to your exact specifications. Each step (also called a sub-beat) is 1/96th of a beat in duration, so at maximum resolution it takes 96 steps to "move through" a quarter note. To save time, you can step through the Pattern at various note values, as set by the quantization value (which is why it's preferable to select the quantization rate at which the Pattern was recorded). Example: A 16th note consists of 24 sub beats, so setting the quantization value to 1/16 lets you step through the Pattern 24 sub-beats at a time. The following chart relates the number of sub-beats to note/quantization values.
EXIT STEP EDIT MODE To exit step mode, press STOP, RECORD SETUP, or PLAY (the latter will begin playing the Pattern from the beginning).
After creating the Patterns that make up a Song, it's time to string those Patterns together to create a complete Song. You can use Preset Patterns, User Patterns, or a combination of both to create your Song. There are three ways to create Songs: In real time. As the SR18 plays in Song Mode (when the REC button is pushed), you can select the sequences of Patterns and Fills in real time; the SR18 will remember the sequence of Patterns and Fills you select. Manually. Select Song mode and program a list of Patterns and Fills in the order in which the Patterns are to be played. You can specify the beat and sub-beat on which the Fill takes over from the associated main Pattern. A combination of real time and manual recording. Create a Song in real time, then edit it manually to insert extra Song steps, delete Song steps, change tempo, etc. The SR18 holds up to 100 Songs (numbered 00-99), and each Song can contain up to 254 steps. Each step holds either a Pattern number or Fill. Each Song remembers the tempo at which it was last played.
1. 2. 3. To play a Song, press the PATTERN / SONG button. When in Song Mode, the display will indicate SONG in the upper right corner of the screen. Select the Song you wish to play with the number keypad, INC / DEC buttons or the VALUE dial. After you select the Song, press the PLAY button. Note that the SR18 will not attempt to play blank songs (i.e. if the display shows EMPTY SONG). The screen will change as shown to the right: The step number will be displayed on the top line of the display, on the left. The current beat will be displayed on the right. The pattern assigned to the current step will be displayed on the bottom line. A, B or FILL and PRESET / USER will be displayed as well, depending on which subpattern is selected for the step.
RECORDING A SONG IN REAL-TIME To record a sequence of Patterns in real-time, follow the steps below: 1. Switch to Pattern Mode (the display should say PATTERN) and select the first Pattern which you would like to use in your Song. Remember to specify A, B or FILL subpattern as well. Press the PATTERN / SONG button again to switch back to Song Mode (the display should show SONG). Press the REC button to enable Record Mode (the REC LED will illuminate). Now press the PLAY button to begin recording the Song. The Pattern which you selected above will begin to play and you will see the screen shown on the right. To select the Pattern which should be played next, use the INC / DEC buttons. Alternatively, you can use the VALUE dial or you can enter the Pattern number with the number keys. You can also specify which sub-pattern should be played by pressing the A, B or FILL button. The screen will change to display NEXT and the cued Pattern number on the bottom line. The Pattern will begin playing as soon as the current Pattern plays through its end, and will be entered as the next Song step. Continue to select the rest of the Patterns for your Song. When finished, press STOP.
Tip: When using the SR18 as an expander module, set CLOCK IN to OFF so that timing signals don't start playing a Pattern.
Page 6 / SEND CLOCK VALUE TO OTHER DEVICES (CLOCKOUT) The SR18 can generate MIDI Clock timing signals to which other devices can synchronize if: The external device (sequencer, drum machine, etc.) can respond to MIDI timing signals. These signals go from the SR18's MIDI OUT to the external device's MIDI IN. CLOCKOUT is ON. To have the SR18 generate timing data at its MIDI out, use the INC/DEC buttons or the VALUE dial to select ON. Select OFF to inhibit MIDI timing signals from appearing at the MIDI out jack. Tip: When slaving the SR18 to other devices, CLOCKOUT should be OFF and CLOCK IN should be ON.
Page 7 / MERGE MIDI IN WITH MIDI OUT (MIDITHRU) To have the SR18 merge data appearing at the MIDI IN with the timing and/or note data transmitted through the MIDI OUT, you can enable MIDITHRU. Use the INC/DEC buttons or VALUE dial to select ON. Select OFF to have the SR18 MIDI OUT transmit SR18 timing and note data only.
Example: Turning MIDI OUT to MIDI THRU can be handy for some system applications. Assume a MIDI keyboard connects to the MIDI IN on the SR18 and the unit serves as the master clock for a sequencer (the MIDI OUT from the SR18 is connected to the sequencers MIDI IN). With MIDITHRU set to ON, the keyboard note data will be passed through the SR18 and appear at the sequencers MIDI IN. Other SR18 settings should be DRUM IN set to OFF (so the SR18 doesn't respond to your keyboard playing) and CLOCKOUT set to ON so that the SR18 clock drives the sequencer. DRUMOUT should also be OFF so that the sequencer doesn't record the SR18 drum notes. Plugging the sequencer MIDI OUT to the keyboard MIDI IN plays back the sequenced notes through the keyboard. Technically speaking, MIDI timing data (as provided by a master unit such as a sequencer) received at the SR18's MIDI IN is not sent to the MIDI OUT. However, this will appear to be the case since the SR18 will generate its own timing data in response to the timing data received at its MIDI IN, if CLOCK IN and CLOCK OUT are both ON.
Page 8 / SELECT DRUM SETS VIA MIDI PROGRAM CHANGES (PRG CHNG) A Program Change is a message sent to devices which causes them to switch to a new program, or bank of sounds. Drum Set selection on the SR18 can be controlled externally at any time (even during playback) through the use of Program Change messages. To have the SR18 receive Program Change messages, use the INC/DEC buttons or VALUE dial to select ON. Select OFF to have the SR18 ignore Program Change messages. Program Change (PC) 00 selects User Drum Set 00; PC 01 selects User Drum Set 01; PC 02 selects User Drum Set 02; etc. However, be aware that some devices number Program Changes as 1-128, others as 0-127, and some as banks of programs.
Page 12 / LEDs (LEDS OFF) On this page you can specify whether the LEDs on the SR18 will be lit, or turned off to preserve battery life. Use the INC / DEC buttons or the VALUE dial and select OFF to turn off the LEDs. Select ON to turn on the LEDs.
Page 13 / BACKLIGHT BRIGHTNESS (BACKLITE) On this page, you can adjust the brightness of the display. Note that lower brightness settings will help preserve battery life. Use the INC / DEC buttons or the VALUE dial to adjust the brightness setting (OFF, 1-9 or FULL for maximum brightness).
Page 14 / BATTERY LEVEL (BATT LVL) This page indicates the remaining battery charge.
Page 15 / LOW BATTERY WARNING (LO BATT) On this page you can specify the threshold the battery should reach before warning of low battery. This warning will let you know when it is time to replace the batteries or plug in the power adapter. Use the number buttons, INC / DEC buttons or the VALUE dial to select a percentage of the full battery charge.
Page 16 / CHECK AVAILABLE MEMORY (MEM FREE) This page shows the approximate amount of free memory available (expressed as a percentage of the total amount). It is important to check memory from time to time because the SR18 always requires some free memory for proper operation. If the available memory falls below 15% or so, immediately save the SR18's data as described below. Some operations may not be possible even if a small amount of memory is left. This is because the SR18 duplicates a Pattern before it is modified (length change, offset change, etc.). If you try to alter a Pattern that takes up more memory than is available, the display will tell you that there is no more memory left. Immediately save the SR18's data, and determine whether you can erase any unwanted Patterns or Songs to free up some memory. Page 17 / SEND SONG AND PATTERN DATA TO MIDI SYS EX STORAGE DEVICE (SEND OUT MIDI?) This page allows you to convert the SR18's Pattern and Song information into MIDI system exclusive data and send this data through the MIDI out. This data can be transferred to software and hardware devices which support MIDI SysEx storage. There are two main reasons to save your work: Although the SR18 can typically store many events, eventually it will run out of memory. You can save the memory contents, fill up the memory with new Patterns and Songs, and re-load the old data when needed. It is vitally important to back up what's in the SR18's memory! A mechanical problem (surge on the power line, a quick zap of static electricity) or operator error could alter the data in memory. Save your data whenever you've done enough work on something that you wouldn't want to lose that work. If possible, make two backups, and store the second backup in a different physical location from the primary backup. While on this page, press REC (ENTER) to send SR18 Pattern and Song data as SysEx data. The display will say SENDING MIDI to confirm that data is being sent. Note: Typically, the MIDI OUT would connect to another SR18's MIDI IN or a system exclusive data storage device such as MIDI sequencer.
SENDING MIDI SYSEX SONG AND PATTERN DATA TO THE SR18 If you wish to load Pattern and Song data back into the SR18, please follow the instructions below. Please note that this operation will erase any Song and Pattern data which exists on the SR18! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Connect a 5-pin MIDI cable from your MIDI SysEx device to the SR18s MIDI IN. Turn off the SR18. Hold down the SAVE / COPY button. Turn on the SR18 while holding down the SAVE / COPY button. After a few seconds, you should see the screen displayed on the right. The SR18 is ready to receive data. Now transfer the MIDI system exclusive data into the SR18. Refer to your MIDI SysEx devices documentation for information on transferring MIDI SysEx. Once the transfer is complete, turn off the SR18 and then turn it back on.
MIDI SYNC APPLICATIONS SR18 As MIDI Timing Master
The SR18 can control several other slave MIDI drum machines or sequencers by turning on MIDI Clock Out, which sends SR18 timing information down the MIDI line. 1. 2. Turn on MIDI Clock Out (page 6 of the Record Setup menus). Program the slave units to not follow their internal clocks, but to accept external MIDI Clock and Start/Stop data. Refer to each device's manual to find out how to do this. Enable the slave's Song Position Pointer if it is available. Press PLAY on the SR18. The slave units should start at the same time, and progress at the same tempo. If the slaves respond to Song Position Pointer, you can start an SR18 Song at any point, and after a few seconds the slaves will catch up and synchronize from that point on.
The diagram on the right shows a SR18 serving as the MIDI system master clock, with a sampler device set as a slave. To slave the sampler (or any external device accepting MIDI in) use a 5-pin MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of the SR18 to the MIDI IN of the device.
SR18 As MIDI Timing Slave
The SR18 can be controlled by external devices through MIDI Clock. This allows you to sync playback and tempo on the SR18 to your external MIDI device. 1. 2. 3. Turn on MIDI Clock In on the SR18 (page 5 of the Record Setup menus). Program the master unit to send MIDI Clock. Refer to each device's manual to find out how to do this. Press PLAY on the master clock device. The SR18 should start at the same time, and progress at the same tempo.
The diagram on the right shows a SR18 serving as a MIDI system slave, with a synth workstation device set as the master clock source. To slave the SR18, use a 5-pin MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of the master clock device to the MIDI IN of the SR18.
STRATEGIES FOR ASSEMBLING PATTERNS AND SONGS
Ideally, you should be able to translate your inspirations into tangible form with a minimum amount of effort. The following tips and techniques help speed up the process of creating Patterns and Songs.
Create Fills Quickly with the Copy Function
Any momentary non-latching footswitch, also referred to as a keyboard sustain pedal, can be used with your Alesis product. Plug in the footswitch first and then power on your device to have it properly calibrated. Compatible footswitches can also be purchased from our Parts Dept. For pricing and availability please contact 401-658-5760 x1407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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