Saturday, January 19, 2008

Akai XR-20 and the Alesis SR-18 the same machine?



Forum member Audioelectronic over at the livePA.org boards brought up a very interesting point in one of today's posts. He noticed some very striking similarities between the newly announced Akai XR20 and the Alesis SR18. As you can see in the above picture both machines share the exact same rear panels.

The similarities do not end there however. They both have 32 mb sound sets; have 100 preset/100 user patterns; feature EQ, compression and reverb effects. Those LCD screen layouts look eerily familiar as well. Coincidenc? I don't think so. Both Alesis and Akai are owned by Numark now adays it might not be any surprise that they are sharing resources, but damn, these are the same machines just one has MPC pads and one doesn't. Lets hope they at least have different soundsets.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

the Akai is hip hop/electronica sounds the Alesis is acoustic sounds. The Akai has more synth/bass sounds.

jase said...

Dude i played with the akai Xr 20 at namm and it sucked really bad!!!!

Patrick Rushton said...

If you look at the XR20 reference manual at the bottom of page 18, you'll that the SR-18 is referred to! I guess the search & replace didn't catch that one!

http://www.akaipro.com/documents/XR20/XR20_Reference_Manual_v1_1.pdf

Patrick Rushton said...

i mean page 8

M.A.S. said...

Wow, nice catch.

Anonymous said...

Was horrible machines these are!! Same old recycled junk!!

Anonymous said...

I heard four people playing the XR20 at the NAMM show, it sounded like the real thing. I'm gonna get it just for the sounds. I've got the Streetbox too, and those sound are different.

Anonymous said...

Dont believe the hater on here. It just came out today and I have it. It is NUTS! combination of sound module with HARD hitting drum samples, orchestra hits, voices etc (Basically 720 sounds that are also adjustable to sound different),
synth with 99 sounds and 36 key octave per synth sound(has transpose), sequencer with onboard effects, 100 factory and 100 user programmable/savable kits of favorite sounds on 12 BACKLIT MPC pads. This will become a classic and one of the Baddest drum machines ever. Period

Anonymous said...

I have the akai xr20. and it is worth every last penny. best drum machine I have ever owned! I love it man. perfect sound quality. If the sr18 is the same machine with a different sound bank, then I'll be getting one of those also!

Anonymous said...

Well I must strongly dis agree! I Just got mine and was soooo excited and then....... : (
put on the headphones and started playing with it.....Horrible! I'm going to send mine back if i can. Dont waste your money on the XR20 its not a very good hip hop box! It sounds very out dated

Anonymous said...

dont use headphones - both dr-machines are having bad headphone amps.
try speakers!

Anonymous said...

A shame there isn't any easier transaction from SR-16. (Eg. I will miss loading one Pattern at a time.) Bass in a pattern has limited use for me, but it is cool that you can trigger them with a midi keyboard while muting on SR-18. Cymbal "ring-through" helps the ride sound more realistic. Tighter bass from samples or better chips? Presets were nice programming. User programs that were on the machine,(approx. 50), were even more sophisticated and believable.

Anonymous said...

hurry up!! someone please give me a quick comparison of the alesis and akai..heard both, thought the akai sounded a little more fluid.

unstable said...

I own an XR-20 and it's fair. I'm not overly impressed with the sound-set. The 4x3 pads kind of suck.

On all of my drum machines I usually sit down and build a custom kit or kits of my favorite sounds...shouldn't be too hard with all those sounds and only 12 pads to fill...right? Yeah, I had a tough time. I'm not really digging the soundset on the xr20 too much.

Anonymous said...

will be possible exchanging sysex sounds between akai xr20 and alesis sr18 ?

Ryan Duty, President said...

I'm limited on my knowledge with drum machines. I have had a few boss dr rhythms but was always disappointed with the sounds. Is there any good samplers that can work like a drum machine building it beat by beat. For example an old sp202 on eBay for 100 bucks and assigning a downloaded drum sound per touch pad and then sequencing it on the sampler. Does it work like that?
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