Wurlitzer SideMan drum machine (electromechanical)

The Wurlitzer Company1959

National Music Centre

National Music Centre

The first drum machine to be made available on the commercial market, the SideMan was initially devised to provide percussive accompaniment for an organist or pianist. The name even refers to the old term for studio musicians, brought in to deliver a particular musical specialty during a recording session. An analog, tube-based, electro-mechanical drum machine—the instrument produced its sound entirely via electronic means rather than pre-recorded samples. Capable of producing twelve distinct rhythmic patterns, each preset corresponds to a popular dance step of the era, from the waltz to the fox trot.


  • Title: Wurlitzer SideMan drum machine (electromechanical)
  • Creator: The Wurlitzer Company
  • Date Created: 1959
  • Location Created: United States of America
  • Type: Model SideMan, View 5/6

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