I have started work on converting the SR-16 to series of BB songs and BB drum kits. It will take a minimum of two months, and, when completed will be available as a paid download, containing all 50 SR-16 kits, in a couple different configurations, and all 50 SR-16 pattern sets as BB files. Interestingly, though, if I made just that, you would not get a full SR-16. Of the 233 sounds built into the SR-16, 110 of them do not appear in any SR-16 preset kit! Many of these are alternate kick and snare tones, that, for some reason, Alesis decided to include but not showcase. There are also a couple very nice sets of toms that never get used, a few cymbals, and a few miscellaneous percussion pieces. I was able to make a couple more kits out of some of these, but was still left with many kick and snare drums. For now, I have grouped those into “kits” that would best be described as kick or snare rooms, where you can try out a punch of kicks and snares, and then pick what you want to use in a kit.
A few of the names Alesis assigned are quite odd. A “fish” is apparently a guiro. I kinda recall seeing some fish shaped guiros at some point, so maybe that’s where that comes from. There is also one called Sample&Hold, that I have not quite figured out.
The kits will be multi-sampled with 12 samples per drum. As there are only 12 drums in an SR-16 kit, space should not be a problem. But, I am also going to provide a set of single-sample drum kits, which can be used as very compact kits for kit builders to expand upon.
I will be providing some samples as teasers, as I go along.