By Swar Systems
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iShala is an Indian music software that combines a tabla machine, a lehra player and an electronic tanpura. It provides rhythmic and melodic accompaniment for music practice or just to jam along virtual musicians.
Featured instruments are Tabla, Harmonium, Swarmandal and Tanpura. You can select to play one or all of them, and they will automatically synchronize together.
Includes 32 rhythmic cycles and 77 melodic tunes in 11 different ragas (All, Asavari, Bhairavi, Chandrakauns, Durga, Gunkari, Jaijaivanti, Lalit, Sohini, Todi and Yaman) and 7 different tempos: possible combinations are thus nothing short of infinite!..
What's New in Version 1.7
- Introducing Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information.
- Playback was stopping below 22 BPM
- Volume change was not effective on mid-range Tanpura
Great ideas also need great execution
This app has a great mix of features. You can use it as a tanpura, to play a lehera so you can practice tabla along with it as well as an electronic tabla so you can sing or play your own instrument. Or all of it together... Why not? :-)
You can obviously change pitch and tempo. And what is cool is also the raga of the lehera nagma.
However I ran out of anything good to say beyond this. The sound of the tanpura is probably the best thing in the app. The harmonium sounds terrible, the various ragas are a joke. And the tabla sound too is ok.
The interface has not been updated in the last couple of years so it really feels dated and not very iOS friendly. And it crashes consistently unless you fiddle around with the app before starting the lehera or tanpura.
I am probably going to have to buy iTabla Pro as people are saying that sounds amazing. The interface for that too is quite terrible from what I can make out from screenshots.
God, why can't developers take a clue from all the amazing apps out there and make a beautiful app?