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Welcome to Soundiron’s Complete Tabla library, the most comprehensively sampled Tabla in the history of sampling. This library contains both looped phrases as well as deeply multi-sampled tablas. The tabla is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. To call tabla a mere percussion instrument would be a vast understatement of its musical depth, as one of the most revered of all classical Indian musical instruments. We worked with tabla master and jazz percussionist Sameer Gupta to capture a range of tabla rhythm, melody and soul. Sameer has been a student and practitioner in the art of percussion for nearly 25 years, traveling the world to study and perform in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and venues.
This library was recorded close and dry, in a medium wood and masonry studio. We covered every classical tabla articulation and a variety of variants and creative alternatives for maximum flexibility. We’ve also developed custom performance control and pitch stepping functionality, further expanding the musical potential of this library. You’ll also find a broad set of special effect and tuned melodic programs and mutations, as well as a mighty set of brand new morphable ambient drone instruments, crafted and sculpted from the heavily manipulated raw source recordings.
*This library was originally published as “Tablas Vol. 1 / Loops” and “Tablas Vol. 2 / Multi” by Tonehammer.
The multi-sampled portion of the library contains a staggering 2,333 individual samples. Included are master patches, which incorporate all of the tabla, bāyāñ and combo articulations into a single playable instrument. We’ve also included separate patches that are specific to each set: tabla, bāyāñ and combo. “Wet” versions for a few of the instruments are also included which incorporate a few of our custom-captured convolution reverb impulses to provide a more lush, ambient feel.
The looped phrases portion of the library contains over 1300 unique phrases. This spans over 2 hours of live tabla phrases exploring traditional and contemporary poly-rhythms and grooves. We recorded close and dry, in wide-stereo and covered a wide range of tempos. The instruments are tuned to Middle C, with key-switch pitch control to allow shifting by up to +/- 7 semitones.
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or later (Kontakt 4 is also supported). We’ve included 73 Kontakt 3.5/4-compatible nki programs, featuring custom front panel controls and effects.
- 14 unique tabla articulations
- 20 unique bayan articulations and bend variation types
- 10 unique tabla-bayan combo articulations
- Deep programming and scripting features providing unparalleled realism and playability
- Custom re-tuning UI control, with instant automation support
- Custom playability UI control , with instant automation support
- Tunable traditional and realistic performance modes
- Large collection of bonus ambient droning instruments, with multi-layer mod-wheel morphing
- Bonus special effects & tuned melodic patches, opening up new musical possibilities for the tablas.
- True deep sampling, with up to 10 velocity layers per note, with 10 round-robin variations per layer.
- Key-switch pitch control allow shifting up to +/- 7 semitones.
- 13 uniquely recorded tabla rhythms speeds from 70bpm – 200bpm
- Key-switch pitch control allow shifting up to +/- 7 semitones
- Additional tuning and vocalized patches
- Over 1300 unique tabla phrases
3,688 Samples (standard pcm wav)
73 .nki files (unlocked format)
3.0 GB installed
24 bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format(s): Kontakt 3.5 .nki and pcm .wav
Includes a free bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambiences.
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Important Note: Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5 or 4 full retail version of Kontakt required to use all .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” does not support this library.
System Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7. Intelmac and Mac OS 10.5 or higher. Runs stand-alone or as plug-in via VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8). Dual Core PCU, 2 GB System Ram, 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer SATA II hard drive recommended.