always had the knack of bringing out the kind of products most people
needed at the kind of price most people could afford. The HR16 was
A handy, inexpensive
little drum machine, it had (at the time) an astonishing number
of sampled drum and percussion sounds and as such, found favour
with many musicians across the world. It would almost have been
the perfect drum machine had it not been let down by its flimsy,
plastic construction and unreliable rubber pads and buttons.
Styled to match
their accompanying MMT8 multi-track MIDI sequencer (complete with
a flip-top lid that was a mini manual in itself), the HR16 was a
runaway success for Alesis.
It was superceded
by the HR16B which had a different sound set (and which was black
rather than grey).