SR18 Pattern or song change via midi would make this instrument perfect and give it years of sales both Computer music and stomp box users

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Pattern and song change is the one thing this unit lacks and it means you can not use it in combination with a looper or a sequencer or computer when all you can do is change the drum sounds and play the notes good that, that is. But being able to change the patterns or song would make this unit perfect you could sync up to the looper songs or sequencer songs and still use the excellent drum patterns in this machine

This is not uncommon in drum machines to not be able to do this, but as the SR18 can have firmware updates and it does have the midi in and out and through and a collection of 24 bit samples that have been programmed to perfection. Then please please please consider adding this feature that would make it better than all the others.

I hope you will really consider a firmware update to do this, it is worth the effort in future sales.

And by the way do not expect the DR-880 to do this either.

And the RT-223 funnily enough will change songs but the drum samples are so inferior it just does not compare just for other people who are looking for drum machines.

Keith Slarke
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Chris D, Employee

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Thanks for the great feedback and requests. I'll forward this over to my Alesis team to look over. We appreciate your input Keith!
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Louis-Robert Bouchard

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Yes, If you do this I will certainly buy one! This is the only reason why I'm going for software drum. I need to change pattern via midi foot switch while performing guitar / bass and the others hardware drum machine are too expensive for me...


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Carlo Enrique Guzmán

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Its 2019 and still not possible to change patterns via MIDI on the SR18?
No firmware update available to do this?
I wonder if there is another drum machine in the market which allows this? Would be great to combine with my 12 step MIDI foot controller.
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Louis Desmurs

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I work in a music shop, I recommand SR16/18 however people are always disapoint to hear they can't switch pattern via a Week, 3 people ask me that ;
I know you can switch A/B and fillA fillB with the foot pedal but people want a proper midi implementation of the pattern change/song mode
You are the only one in the market, do an update or make the SR20 !!!
Cheers and love from france :)