Early Drum Machine (Jun, 1960)
You Play it Sweet, Side Man Gives the Beat
SOME oscillating tubes, housed in a cabinet sitting next to your piano, guitar or flooglehorn, can turn you into a one-man orchestra.
The cabinet, actually a new electronic instrument called Side Man, produces a variety of instrumental soundsâ€”from bass drum, torn torn and wood block to maracas, brush and cymbal.
The instrument will play in such rhythms as a waltz, cha cha, beguine, tango, march, rumba or 72 variations of a fox trot. Any of the rhythms can be varied from a slow 30 to a fast 195 beats per minute. Side Man (named after the members of a band who accompany the soloist) plugs into any a-c outlet, has three speakers and an 11-watt amplifier. Cost of the unit in a mahogany cabinet is $395. Manufacturer is the Wurlitzer Co., De Kalb, Ill.