Instruments

We are leaders in virtual instruments from India. Throughout the years, we have managed to sample most of the instruments of the subcontinent, from the most famous to some very unique ones. Our library is the largest and most comprehensive set of virtual Indian instruments in the market today. And we are also committed to improving the quality of these instruments by resampling them in ML (multi-layered) packs, to keep them in line with the highest standards of quality.

Instruments
Photo Instrument name Description Demo Clip
Tabla

Tabla

A pair of 2 drums, the Dayan (the right hand drum) and the Bayan (the left hand drum). It's the most important rhythmic instrument in Hindustani classical music.

Pakhawaj

Pakhawaj

This barrel drum was the traditional classical percussion of North India before Tabla. It has two heads, with the rear coated in bread dough to lower its pitch.

Dholak

Dholak

This round-shaped barrel drum is mostly used for folk music. Unlike Tabla or Pakhawaj, the masala paste is applied inside the low-pitch skin.

Nagara

Nagara

The Nagara, or Nagada, is essentially a kettle drum, and its use is usually to accompany another instrument, most often a reeded wind instrument, the Shehnai.

Sitar

Sitar

The Sitar, perhaps the best known Indian instrument, has usually 4 main strings, 2 chikari strings that are hit to mark the base note (sa), and 13 sympathetics that vibrate along.

Sarod

Sarod

Sarod bears some resemblance with the Sitar, but its head is covered by a thin goat skin that gives it a sweeter sound. It also has a fretless metal neck.

Guitar

Guitar

No need to introduce the Guitar, one of the most popular instruments in the whole world. Indians also use it in both classical and folk music.

Santoor

Santoor

The Santoor is an Indian hammered dulcimer. It is very much used in classical music, but also in folk music, specially in Kashmir.

Sarangi

Sarangi

The Sarangi is an Indian fiddle roughly the size of a viola that is played sitting down like a cello. It was the main accompaniment for vocal and dance performances in the past.

Harmonium

Harmonium

Indian organ, imported by the British. Air is pumped with one hand and played with the other. Has become the main accompaniment instrument for vocal performances, both classical and folkloric.

Bansuri

Bansuri

The Bansuri is a bamboo traverse flute, similar in its design to a modern concert flute. It is one of the oldest music instruments, depicted in ancient scriptures.

Shehnai

Shehnai

The Shehnai is a quadruple reed instrument similar to a classical oboe. It is considered a very auspicious instrument and therefore played on important occasions.

Tabla Bols

Tabla Bols

Bols are rhythmic mnemonics that have been used since ages to transmit rhythmic knowledge from master to student in an oral way.

Sargam

Sargam

In the same way, Sargam, the title given to the collection of notes in India, is the way melodic compositions have been shared from generations until now.

Manjeera

Manjeera

The Manjeera or Manjira, also known as Tala, are a small pair of cymbals that are played with the hands to accompany folk or devotional music.

Tanpura

Tanpura

The Tanpura is a drone stringed instrument, similar in sound to a Sitar being played without fretting any notes. This drone accompanies most classical concerts.

Dhol

Dhol

Dhol is a large barrel-shaped drum that is played with sticks on both sides. It is the main rhythmic instrument used in Bhangra, the folk music on Punjab state.

Naal

Naal

Naal is a hybrid instrument that has a high pitch tabla head on one side, and a dholak low-pitch skin on the other side. It is used mainly in folk music.

Duff

Duff

Originated from Arabia, the Duff is also very popular in Indian folk music, specifically in Kashmir region. It allows for both very low and very sharp sounds.

Dimdi

Dimdi

This one piece drum is very similar to South Indian Kanjeera, except for the bells. Modulations can be achieved by adapting the pressure on the skin.

Tudd

Tudd

This instrument has the shape of Shri Shiva's Damroo drum. Player achieves different modulations by pulling the strings that tie its 2 heads.

Gunghroo

Gunghroo

Gunghroos are bells-covered belts that are tied to the feet of Indian dancers, who play them through intricate steps. It is also an accompaniment instrument in folk music.

Tumbak

Tumbak

This earthern drum bears much resemblance to the Irani Tumakh, except for the shape of its body. It provides a fascinating dimension to Kashmiri folk music.

Duggis

Duggis

This instrument combines 3 Tabla dayans (right drum) that can be tuned at different pitches to achieve a melodic effect in accompaniment. Also called Maadal.

Chimta

Chimta

Chimta is a long instrument featuring 2 metal spades covered with small bells that are tied together at one end along with a metal ring.

Tambourines

Tambourines

Wooden sticks carved and filled with one or more rows of bells. They are played as a rhythmic accompaniment by shaking them or hitting them against the palm.

Israj

Israj

Israj is a bowed instrument with a neck like sitar, though smaller in size. It also has sympathetic strings that vibrate while playing to create harmonics.

Banjo

Banjo

Banjo is a stringed instrument played with a guitar plectrum while pressing keys like on a harmonium. These keys in turn pinch the string, creating a particular sound.

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Tumbi

Tumbi

Tumbi is a one string instrument with a skin-covered body, typical of Bhangra music. It has been popularized world-wide in Punjabi MC's "Mundian to Bach Ke" title.

Mridangam

Mridangam

The Mridangam derives its name from the Sanskrit "Mrid-Ang" ("clay body"). Now made of wood, it is one of the main percussion instruments used in carnatic music.

Kappi Mridangam

Kappi Mridangam

The Mridangam variety shown above is used mainly for instrumental music. We have also included one type called "Kappi Mridangam", which is used for vocal.

Ghatam

Ghatam

The Ghatam is a round shaped earthen pot, very much used in classical performances. It allows both very sharp strokes and very low modulations through its mouth.

Kanjeera

Kanjeera

The Kanjeera is a small round drum covered with goat skin and circled with bells on its wooden body. It is also very much used in classical performances.

Morsing

Morsing

The Morsing is typical of Carnatic music. It is used here as a very interesting rhythmic instrument. It is common for Morsing to be incorporated in classical items.

Tavil

Tavil

The Tavil has a round body with two skins wrapped around two large hemp hoops on both sides. It is played with a stick and metal thimbles over the fingers.

Tamte

Tamte

The Tamte, also called "Tammatai" is a South Indian version of the North Indian Duff. It is a flat circular drum with a skin pulled over, which is played with a stick.

Udukke

Udukke

The Udukke is a sensitive percussion instrument. Made of wood a quarter metre long, the drumheads are held in position by interlacing cotton threads that can be pulled.

Dollu

Dollu

The Dollu is a large barrel drum from Karnataka state, which is the main rhythmic instrument of the Dollu Kunitha folk dance from that same region.

Chende

Chende

The Chende is a hollow cylindrical instrument made from softwood, the ends of which are covered with cowhide. It is the chief accompaniment in Kathakali dance.

Ghat Singhari

Ghat Singhari

The Ghat Singhari is a peculiar folk instrument with the pot's face covered by a skin parchment, producing comical effect.

Veena

Veena

The Veena is the traditional instrument of Shri Saraswati (Goddess of Arts). It has 4 main strings, a few others to mark the rhythm and sympathetics that vibrate along.

Nadaswaram

Nadaswaram

It is believed that the Nadaswaram evolved from the snake charmer's 'Pungi'. It consists of a wooden mouthpiece into which air is blown.

Konnakol

Konnakol

The Konnakol is the art of reciting the stroke names of rhythmic sequences, that can be very intricate. It is the Carnatic equivalent to Hindusthani Bols.

Rabab

Rabab

The Rabab is an Afghani plucked stringed instrument widely used in Kashmir at present. It resembles the human voice with its long-lasting sound.

Mandolin

Mandolin

The Mandolin belongs to the lute family. It has a body with either a teardrop-shaped soundboard or one which is essentially oval in shape with sound holes of varying shapes.

Tenor Banjo

Tenor Banjo

A variant of the Banjo, the Tenor Banjo has either 17 or 19 frets. It is best known for its ability to mark the rhythm.

Ravan Hattha

Ravan Hattha

The Ravan Hattha is a type of fiddle used in singing Rajasthani folk ballads. Its wires are made of horse tail. Its bow, also called the Dani, is carved off the Acacia tree.

Surbahar

Surbahar

Invented in 1825, the Surbahar (also known as bass sitar) is a plucked string instrument. It is related to the better-known sitar but has a lower tone.

Violin

Violin

The Violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest and highest-pitched member of the violin family.

Ektara

Ektara

The Ektara is a simple instrument made of one string, which can be made to give a range of tones by applying pressure at various points along the neck.

Swarmandal

Swarmandal

The Swarmandal is a stringed instrument similar to the Autoharp or Zither in many respects. It measures from 24 to 30 inches in length and 12 to 15 inches in width.

Khuang

Khuang

Originated in 1300 AD, the Khuang is a Mizo indigenous instrument made of hollow tree, wrapped on both sides with animal skin. Supposedly, the Mizo received it from China.

Halgi

Halgi

The Halgi consists of animal skin framed on metal and two wooden sticks. The frame is held in one hand along with one stick while the other is used for striking on the skin.

Pung

Pung

The Pung is a long bodied drum with both ends covered in cow skin. It plays an important role in Manipuri dancing. It is more than 1,000 years old.

Manipuri Dhol

Manipuri Dhol

The Manipuri Dhol is often used to provide beat to Manipuri folk dances. Cow skin is used for making both the sides and the ropes of the dhol.

Nishan

Nishan

The Nishan is a rhythm instrument from Sambalpur (Orissa) and is played with two sticks called Chimta. It is made out of iron sheets with cow skin covering the sides.

Bihu Dhol

Bihu Dhol

The Bihu Dhol is a percussion instrument played in the famous Assamese dance, Bihu.

Daphli

Daphli

Made of a wooden frame and goat skin, the Daphli is another percussion instrument from Rajasthan. When playing, applying pressure on the skin changes the pitch.

Khartaal

Khartaal

The Khartaal comprises two similar shaped wooden pieces and is approximately 8 to 12 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. It is the Rajasthani version of the Spanish Castanets.

Eddaka

Eddaka

The Eddaka is an hourglass-shaped South Indian instrument. Its two sides are made of goat skin loosely tied up by ropes. The ropes are pulled simultaneously while hitting.

Khol

Khol

The Khol is a terracotta drum used in northern & eastern India for accompaniment of devotional music. Both its sides are covered with naturally dead cow/goat skin.

Bells

Bells

These (cow) Bells are a series of copper bells stringed vertically. The sound is produced via hitting the Bells with a wooden stick.

Surnaii

Surnaii

Used by the Pathans, the Surnaii is similar to an oboe. It is a reed instrument with a conical body made of wood or horn, with seven holes above and one below.

Tutari

Tutari

The Tutari is a begul-like instrument from Maharashtra. It is a wind instrument curved like an elephant's trunk, earlier used to alert the entire kingdom of the King's arrival.

Pepa

Pepa

The Pepa is a flute-like musical instrument used in traditional Assamese music. It is usually built of a very short stem made from thin bamboo/cane/reed.

Been

Been

The Been is used by snake charmers and is made of the stone apple fruit. It has two tubes. One of them plays a constant note while the other belts melodies.

Algozay

Algozay

Algozay is a wooden beaked double-flute traditionally played by goat herders in Punjab, India/Pakistan. One flute is kept as the drone, the other creating the melody.

In ML (Multi-Layers) Pack 1, the instruments below have been fully resampled in a way that each stroke can be triggered with more or less force (velocity) and this will trigger different samples, not just a volume difference. This offers a very realistic playback and more dynamism in your compositions.

ML Pack 1 features 8 resampled instruments in 1199 single strokes samples (246 MB) that, combined with the hundreds of MIDI loops included will give you gigabytes of high quality Indian drums playback!

 

Photo Name Description Root note
tabla Tabla High pitch tabla. D
tabla Tabla low Low pitch tabla. D
tabla Tabla mid Mid-range tabla. A
Pakhawaj Pakhawaj (with mic panning) Mid range Pakhawaj. E
Dholak Dholak High pitch Dholak G
Dholak Bass Dholak (with mic panning) Low pitch drum from the Dholak family. C#
Mridangam Mridangam (with mic panning) Regular mridangam. D#
Mridangam Kappi Mridangam (with mic panning) Special mridangam for vocal music. D#

Fully resampled (48kHz, 24 bits) Swarmandal in 3 layers, with very beautiful strokes, soft, normal, and somehow sharper ones. Also includes upwards and downwards scales (aroha & avaroha) of over 110 ragas as MIDI clips that can be dragged directly on your tracks.

 

Photo Name Description Range
tabla Swarmandal Swarmandal C#3 to C#8

Three new professional Tanpuras, fully resampled (48kHz, 24 bits. dual mics) in 3 layers and including ready-made MIDI drones for both Ma and Pa in all possible keys and in 4 different plucking cycles (Pa Sa Sa Sa, Pa - Sa Sa Sa, Pa Sa Sa Sa -, Pa - Sa Sa Sa -) that will make it very easy to add Tanpura tracks to your compositions.

 

Photo Name Description Range
tabla Tanpura High High pitch Tanpura A# to upper A#
tabla Tanpura Low Low pitch Tanpura G to F#
tabla Tanpura Mid Medium pitch Tanpura E to upper E

Fully resampled (48kHz, 24 bits, dual mics) Sitar (2 varieties) and Surbahar. Includes distinct regions (styles) for each separate string: Main String, Second String, Third String, Fourth String, Chikari Ma, Chikari Pa, Sympathethics, Deredere (trill) and Noises, to bring out all the possibilities of these wonderful instruments. Also includes about 40 beautiful MIDI clips of different ragas development that should help you understand the mood and feel of each of them.

 

Photo Name Description Range
tabla Sitar 1 Vilayat Khan-style sitar 3 octaves
tabla Sitar 2 Ravi Shankar-style sitar 4 octaves
tabla Surbahar Low pitch type of sitar 3 octaves

4 fully resampled (48kHz, 24 bits, dual mics) Bansuris (Indian bamboo flutes), from the very low pitch one to the high-pitched "Pahadi" instrument. Different playing styles included (Main, soft attack, Murki, etc...). MLP5 also includes about 50 beautiful MIDI clips of different ragas development that should help you understand the mood and feel of each of them and emulate the modulations on the plugin.

 

Photo Name Description Range
bansuri Bansuri 1 Low pitch (Shankh) Bansuri 5 octaves
bansuri Bansuri 2 Medium range Bansuri 4 octaves
bansuri Bansuri 3 Higher pitch Bansuri 4 octaves
bansuri Bansuri 4 High pitch Bansuri 4 octaves