I have an Alesis SR-16 that I bought years ago, and I've typically just practiced with the preset rhythms (which are pretty lousy overall). I've never felt like I had the hang of programming it, and didn't try hard. Well, I just came across this review of the SR-16 on Harmony Central, and the reviewer described my problem exactly... does anyone have an explanation for why this happens? Any input greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!
>I've had my Alesis SR-16 drum machine a little over two years. Unlike the >Yamaha it replaced, I've used it very little. I've never been able to figure out >why, after programming a number of individual parts, and then editing them >together into a song, the parts are always a split-second off beat each time it >comes 'round to the next programmed piece.
>In other words, it's like - (Part 1) 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and-UH (Part 2) 1 and >2 and 3 and 4 and-UH, etc. instead of seamlessly bringing the two parts >together without the "UH" extra half-beat added. It does this every single >time. I've read and re-read the manual many times trying to figure out what >causes this (quantization?), have turned the quantize function off, have >turned it on full, tried every possible setting on the device, but it always has >the little "and-uh" connector to the next programmed part. Consequently, >the songs never sound natural and flowing, but always have that little >herky-jerky quality to them each 4 or 8 bar transition.