Swar Systems

iShala (iOS, Android)

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 72 melodic tunes in 10 different ragas (All, Asavari, Chandrakauns, Durga, Gunkari, Jaijaivanti, Lalit, Sohini, Todi and Yaman) and 7 different tempos: possible combinations are thus nothing short of infinite!

Now Audiobus-compatible!

iShala on iOS is now Audiobus-compatible, which means that you can route its live audio output to other Audiobus-compatible apps. For instance you chain audio effects to transform the sound, or mix your voice and iShala into a Garageband recording. See http://audiob.us for more information.

Download iShala

You can download iShala directly on your handheld by going into the App Store/Android Market and searching for "ishala".

You should then see the icon below

iShala is priced the equivalent of 17 CHF and about 16 MB to download.

Updates will be free.

Raga & Tala / Ragam & Talam (Android)

We have now ported both our Indian classical music multimedia tutorials ( Swar Tutorial ) onto the mobile devices.

These new apps have been named as "Raga & Tala" for the North Indian classical music (Hindusthani) and "Ragam & Talam" for the South Indian tradition (Carnatic). They will give you a guided tour round the beauties and intricacies of these marvellous art forms, in both their melodical and rhythmic aspects.

Both apps can be downloaded directly from the Play Store for less than $2 each. These are aimed primarily at tablets, but you can also use them on mobiles with good resolution, if small fonts don't frighten you.

Tanpura Droid (Android)

Tanpura Droid is the software version of a Tanpura, this sitar-like instrument used in Indian classical music to play a drone sound throughout a musical performance.

Whether you practice Indian music or just want a meditative background sound for relaxing, we hope you'll enjoy this little free app!

You can download Tanpura Droid from your Android mobile, by going into the Market icon and searching for Tanpura.