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Samvada creates sympathetic strings that resonate when you sing or play into the microphone. Ideal for practising and performing Indian music. Samvada tunefully accompanies you in any scale or raga you choose. Like the taraf (sympathetic) strings of a sitar, only the notes you play in tune will ring out - helping you improve your ear and providing a harmonious accompaniment.

A number of presets come with Samvada, or you can make and share your own. The thirteen strings can be fine-tuned to the notes of a recording, or you can tune them to what sounds best to you or your teacher. The default presets are based on tunings from maestro recordings, plus some additional settings for Western-style scale tunings.

Samvada is also useful for:

• Tuning stringed instruments
• Helping with making and tuning instruments - e.g. flutes
• Providing a pleasant sonic mask for background sounds and voices
• Playing, like a swar mandal or harp
• Using as an Aeolian harp, in windy conditions

Samvada can be used at the same time as a drone recording, or other apps designed for music, such as the excellent iTabla Pro app by Prasad Upasani.

For a similar effect as a plug-in for desktop and laptop machines, try DroneBox by Oli Larkin (New version coming September 2012).

Samvada is a Sanskrit word meaning harmonious dialogue or communication. The word relates to the musical concept of samvadi, and the instrument the samvadini.

Samvada could not have been made without the generous help of:

Ustad Wajahat Khan —
Oli Larkin —
Martin Roth —
Mohan Chandola —
Prasad Upasani —
David Ronan —
Craig Grindley —
Chris McGrail —
Peter Davidson —

Samvada uses the following libraries:

libpd — Library version of Pure Data by Miller Puckette
pd-for-ios — iOS wrapper for libpd
ActionSheetPicker — for UI elements — Copyright (c) 2011, Tim Cinel
JSONKit — for presets — Copyright (c) 2011, John Engelhart

What's New in Version 1.2.5

Fixed for iOS 8


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Customer Reviews

Fantastic, fun app, useful for pro musicians

I was looking for an app that would allow my bass to act as though it had the sympathetic strings of a sitar. This app does that perfectly! It used my Apogee guitar interface without issues, just plug and play. It is not an attempt to emulate a sitar. Instead, it simulates the sympathetic strings of a sitar or similar instrument and emphasizes and sustains certain notes through simulated sympathetic vibration. The sympathetic strings can be individually tuned, and presets of these tunings can be saved. It works great with audiobus. It has many real time adjustments that can be made to the sound. Wonderful stuff; I could jam with this for hours.

Fantastic drone generator! Must use with Dedalus.

This app has been fantastic for converting live sounds to drones. I still use it today and am glad it's still on the App Store. Seven reviews though? Come on people! I'm just going to have to review this somewhere to get the word out.

Awesome practice app

Sounds majestic when using headphones while playing Dilruba or Rabab. Gives perfect reverberated space for reference when performing on a microphones. Excellent app for giving a dull voice lots of prestige. Free app that brings your instrument to life and fair amount of Sikh raag for scale practice!

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 1.2.5
  • Size: 31.7 MB
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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