Jackson from the USA got in touch with me 2 days ago through Youtube. He mentioned a software program called RiyazStudio.
What is it ? It’s a software version of the tanpura box and tabla box most people use to practice Indian Classical Music. Having RiyazStudio is like having both the Tanpura and Tabla boxes in one program.
I’ve got to say, the audio samples on their website sound excellent.
The price is also very attractive: you save about US$250 if you buy RiyazStudio instead of the tanpura and tabla boxes separately.
Anyway, here’s what Jackson said to me about it ..
I asked: Do you have it?
Yeah I do have it. It’s really an awesome program. The sound is amazing. The current “semi-classical” version is much improved in functionality over the screenshot on the website.. It’s more than just a few loops now for each taal, it’s all these variations with more or less detail and at different tempos, and it’s programmable. The guy that created it is always updating and always lets you know and emails you a link to download any new versions.
I said: I’m on a Mac at home, and that crossover thing sounds like a headache, does it work well?
I’m actually on a mac too, but I found Crossover … works just fine (as long as you have an Intel mac). It was a little odd to set up but not a challenge. Actually using it is as easy as opening the Riyaz program.
Anyway if you need any help or anything let me know. I highly recommend trying the program.
So there you go, if you’re looking for a Tanpura and/or Tabla box – he’s an interesting solution.
Thank you Jackson.
** Update **
Check out RiyazStudio’s youtube channel.