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!
Audiobus and IAA compatible
- new/updated Tilwada, Ghazal and Jhaptal (plain) rhythmic cycles
- fixes bug where tanpura speed was not saved across sessions
- fixes bug where tanpura octave was not saved across sessions
- BPM list now highlights current BPM
Ratings and Reviews
It seems too much sound problem. Sound doesn't come regularly. It solved only after reinstalling. Pls solve the problem ASAP. really feel bad by downloading this app.
Developer Response ,
I see you still have version 2.2. Please update to version 3.0. It has lots of improvements.
Great ideas also need great execution
This app has a great mix of features. You can use it as a tanpura, to play a lehera so you can practice tabla along with it as well as an electronic tabla so you can sing or play your own instrument. Or all of it together... Why not? :-)
You can obviously change pitch and tempo. And what is cool is also the raga of the lehera nagma.
However I ran out of anything good to say beyond this. The sound of the tanpura is probably the best thing in the app. The harmonium sounds terrible, the various ragas are a joke. And the tabla sound too is ok.
The interface has not been updated in the last couple of years so it really feels dated and not very iOS friendly. And it crashes consistently unless you fiddle around with the app before starting the lehera or tanpura.
I am probably going to have to buy iTabla Pro as people are saying that sounds amazing. The interface for that too is quite terrible from what I can make out from screenshots.
God, why can't developers take a clue from all the amazing apps out there and make a beautiful app?
the other reviewers have all compared this to itabla. Ok, I too have itabla. And while yes that app is absolutely great for tabla options, this app however has by far the better tanpura sound quality, and the tabla is really not bad either.
So yes I will use itabla when I want to emphasize tabla, and I use this app when I want a tanpura. So really I don't know why the other 2 or 3 reviewers have given this app a bad comparison with itabla. They are two different apps altogether.
Only thing I would add would be to replace that aggravating harmonium with a nicer-on-the-ears sound, say an actual traditional Indian instrument like a sarangi or something. So at this time I have to say i just never use the harmonium part at all.
Otherwise though, Very deep and rich tanpura sounds!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.