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iShala is an Indian music mobile app that effectively replaces a tabla machine, a lehra player and an electronic tanpura. It is an ideal tool for anyone practicing Indian classical music, or just wishing to jam along virtual Indian musicians on any other musical style.

Featured instruments are Tabla, Harmonium, Swarmandal and Tanpura. You can select to play one or all of them at wish, with Tabla and Harmonium always in sync. You can also play Swarmandal manually, by plucking its strings at wish.

iShala includes over 50 rhythmic cycles, melodies in more than 110 ragas and 7 different tempos. You can now also create your own ragas and fine-tune each of their notes at microtones (shruti) level. Possible combinations are thus nothing short of endless!

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Version History

Launched Jul 10, 2014 (over 5 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 8 months, on average.

Sep 24
2019
(Current)
Version 3.2.1

- fixes a loading issue in the latest Android version (Android Q or 10)

Jul 24
2019
Version Varies with device

- fixed an issue that was distorting Tanpura and Swarmandal sound under certain conditions
- added Jhumra and Pancham Sawari "plain" varieties
- slight increase in overall volume

Feb 10
2018
Version v.2018.02.11

V 2.2
- about 30 new ragas with corresponding lehras
- optional Manjeera (bell) stroke on Sam (first beat of the cycle)
- improved Swarmandal strings (lower range less overwhelming)
- pitch now allows for few notes below C
- added plain Tintal and Ektaal cycles (without any extra strokes)

Feb 02
2017
Version 2.1

V 2.1
- new Swarmandal manual plucking screen (click on image)
- changing tanpura first string(s) was stopping playback
- bugs fixed
V 2.0
- 80+ most used ragas
- resampled, softer Swarmandal
- custom tuning screen for Swarmandal
- playback continues when changing settings
- tabla strokes/harmonium notes appear on beat count
- instruments fade out when stopping
- adjusts to orientation
- improved 5/6 strings tanpura
- improved look&feel
- added Dhamar & Jat cycles
- sessions/settings auto-saved

Dec 23
2016
Version 2.0

V 2.0
- 80+ most used ragas
- resampled, softer Swarmandal, automatically adjusted to raga
- custom tuning screen for Swarmandal
- playback continues when changing settings
- tabla strokes/harmonium notes appear on beat count
- instruments fade out when stopping
- adjusts to orientation
- improved 5/6 strings tanpuras
- improved look&feel
- added Dhamar & Jat cycles
- sessions and settings saved in real time

Nov 02
2015
Version 1.13

V 1.10
- added a few missing cycles (Dadra, Bhajani, ...)
V 1.11
- improved beat count (also moved to Options menu)
- info icon to display Options menu
- improved look & feel of some screens
V 1.12
- fixed beat count desynchronization
- improved Swarmandal
- fixed pitch problem on German language
V 1.13
- now stops when receiving call
- options menu (info button) was not working on larger devices
- corrected latency problem in beat count

Aug 06
2015
Version 1.12

iShala is an Android/iPhone/iPad app that can be used as a tabla machine, a lehra player and/or an electronic tanpura. These are small machines that provide rhythmic/melodic accompaniment to people practicing Indian music, or just jamming on any other musical style. Featured instruments are Tabla, Harmonium and Tanpura. You can select to play one or all of them, and they will automatically synchronize together (apart from Tanpura that is meant to follow its own cycle).

Nov 14
2014
Version 1.11

iShala is an Android/iPhone/iPad app that can be used as a tabla machine, a lehra player and/or an electronic tanpura. These are small machines that provide rhythmic/melodic accompaniment to people practicing Indian music, or just jamming on any other musical style. Featured instruments are Tabla, Harmonium and Tanpura. You can select to play one or all of them, and they will automatically synchronize together (apart from Tanpura that is meant to follow its own cycle).

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