Featuring a higher bitrate than most other hardware drum machines back in the day, the HR-16 quickly gained popularity. Soon after its release, Alesis created an updated version of the instrument called HR-16B. It featured the same sound engine while boasting modern drum sounds designed for use in techno and other genres of electronic music.
If you’d like to take the HR-16B for a spin, you can now do that completely free of charge when you download Cluster Sound’s latest release. And if your DAW of choice is Ableton Live, you’re in for a treat because the soundbank is fully compatible with Live’s drum rack format. Other users will have to use the included WAV files in a sampler VST plugin or paste them manually in the sequencer’s timeline. Speaking of samplers, Grace is a great freeware one, as is Sitala.
To download your copy of the HR-16B sound pack, head to the Cluster Sounds website and complete the free checkout process. You will be asked to enter your email address but creating a user account is not obligatory. The samples come packed in a ZIP archive. The full version of Ableton Live is required to use the included drum rack.
More info: HR-16B for Ableton Live (4.78 MB download size, ZIP archive, contains 47 audio samples in WAV format, free drum rack for Ableton Live)