Tag: Drum Machine

Roland Pro Audio Gear – Coming Soon to Sonic Electronix!


Roland is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary and Sonic Electronix couldn’t be happier for them! To help celebrate, we will soon be carrying a comprehensive line of Roland, Boss and Cakewalk pro audio gear. Roland was founded by Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi in Osaka, Japan in April of 1972. Today, Roland has factories in the U.S., Italy, Japan and Taiwan. For any out there who might have just recently emerged from under a rock, Roland is one of the most ubiquitous and reputable names in professional audio equipment. From instruments like synthesizers, electronic drum sets and dance/DJ gear to amplifiers, guitar pedals and recording products, Roland will no doubt continue to expand its catalog throughout the professional audio world.

Where It All Began

Roland’s first product was the Roland Rhythm 77 (TR-77), a drum machine housed in a flat wooden case that had a stand for holding scorebooks. It was designed for rhythm accompaniment to organs, pianos, synths and such. It was one of a trio of drum machines (TR-33 & TR-55) with slightly different features between them. In 2011, Roland has unveiled products such as the BC-2 Combo Drive guitar pedal, a complete DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) known as Sonar X1, and the globally unique SPD-SX sampling pad among several others. Truly, each of these products could warrant a blog of their own, and maybe we’ll see one or some of those here someday as Sonic Electronix continues to grow.

Where It’s Going

We at Sonic Electronix are clearly taking our expansion into the professional audio realm very seriously with the addition of the Roland product line. We’re tirelessly working to get these products up and available on our site so that you can take advantage of Sonic’s great deals and integrate the Roland name into your life. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Life is what you make it.” With nary a shred of doubt, I think just about anyone reading this would agree that music can make life pretty spectacular. Between your enthusiasm for music and the legendary quality of the Roland name, the possibilities are infinite. Keep your eyes and ears open for more news on this topic, as we will soon be shouting it from the rooftops… and blogging about it from our cubicles, of course.


Alesis SR18 Drum Machine

Alesis SR18 Drum Machine

By David D. – Product Specialist

Alesis has been a very popular name in the drum machine market since their introduction of the SR16 in the early 90’s. The SR18 is the next generation of drum machine produced by Alesis and is equipped with electronic drums, cutting-edge drumsets, one shot hits, and modern percussion sounds. Being that is the next generation model from Alesis, the traditional square look that most equipment shares has been replaced with rounded side edges that give it that contemporary look.

The top panel is outfitted with a large blue backlit screen that provides you with an easy to read view at your settings including tempo, patch and other important information. During any editing process, the screen will also give you visual feedback to make the process even easier. The large top panel scroll wheel allows you to instantly perform quick edits of parameters and browse through parameters. The scroll wheel is also supplied with a convenient finger indent that provides it with simple and comfortable operation. Record and Tempo indicators are also equipped on the top part of the SR18.

The control panel is located below the screen and scroll wheel and contains all the necessary commands to make the functionality of the Alesis SR-18 perform. From setting up to record, setting tempo, choosing effects, playing your creations, and much more, this is where most of the work will take place. The mute button on the control panel allows you to mute the drums, bass, percussion, and individual pads. Other cool commands include save/copy, pattern/song, erase, drum set, and many more.

The bottom panel consists of 12 large pressure sensitive pads. These pads work as triggers for percussion and drum sounds; you can use these sounds for recording your own rhythm patterns and creations. Each percussion pad is labeled with easy to read white font and numbered 1-12, making it even easier to create some awesome sounds.

The back panel of the Alesis SR18 Drum Machine is supplied with all the necessary connections you will ever need. There are 4 outputs which consist of AUX L/R, Main Right, Main Left, and Phones. There is also one MIDI output, one MIDI input, two footswitches, power connection for 12 volt, on/off switch, and a fully adjustable volume knob. One more cool feature is the instrument input, just plug your instrument in and its signal is added to the output.

This drum machine has over 500 drum and percussion sounds along with 50 bass sounds. This should be plenty to have your musical imagination flowing for a long time.