Vintage Drum Machine
DECiBEL | 24 Nov 2020 | WAV: 285MB
We sampled one of the world’s first drum machines. We tracked down and restored a Wurlitzer Sideman, the first commercially available tube based drum machine. It was an incredibly innovative and unique instrument for the time. It made its debut in 1959 and continued to sell throughout the 1960’s. The Sideman used sound generating circuits that were tube-based. It was driven by an electronic motor that turns a scanning disk with rows of contact points. Each contact point triggers a drum sound, generating a particular rhythm. The faster the disk spins, the faster the pattern plays. Doesn’t get more vintage than that.
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