RiyazStudio combines tanpura, tabla and lehra machines in a
responsive and easy-to-use computer based (Windows and now
IntelMac and Linux via CrossOver) practice environment for North
Indian classical music.
RiyazStudio simply replays real tabla performances (now with Pakhawaj and Lehra too) in contrast to mechanical sounding software or tabla machines that set individual
tabla bols at rigidly set intervals.
Fine tune the tabla and tanpura exactly to your preferred pitch. Select different tabla styles - or switch automatically between them in our Semi-Classical version.
Adjust the tempo on-the-fly by tapping the B (for beat) key.
RiyazStudio Lehra At last! A musical accompaniment to your Tabla and Kathak practice.
Practising with RiyazStudio is
the ideal preparation to performing with live tabla accompaniment - first
because it gives the aural cues that real tabla players provide - but even
more because the organic feel of the tabla loops encourages rhythmic play
and helps develop your improvisational skills.
The tanpura plays standard Sa, SaPa, SaMa tunings - plus special tunings
for raags Pooriya, Gujari Todi and Marwa
The tabla plays taals Teental, Ektal, Rupaktal, Jhaptal, Addhatal/Sitarkhani/Punjabi, Keherwa, Dadra, Deepchandi, Jhoomra, Ada Chautal, Mattatal, Tilwada and Soolfakta - using
samples recorded at speeds ranging from vilambit (slow) to ati drut (very
fast) - with the Pakhawaj adding Chautal and Dhammar.
Tanpura with Tabla playing 200+ light music taal variations.
Add it to your Standard installation or - if you don't use classical taals - install it on its own. (Doesn't include the Standard version taals Teental, Ektal and Jhaptal...)
Same tanpura as Standard version
Over 200 specially recorded variations of Kerherwa (encompassing Bhajani,
Qawwali and Ghazal theka) Dadra, Rupak, Addhatal, Deepchandi and Jat.
Covers a wide range of styles. Groups together similar variations to provide
subtle rhythmic modulation.
Select from our existing User Settings, and create and save your own. Variation Programming
Throw out that ear-jarring robotic sounding synthesized lehra!
Bring on our live musicians playing 40 different melody/instrument/taal combinations to inspire your Tabla and Kathak practice; with over 450 melodic samples played on Harmonium, Sarangi, Sitar and Bansuri. Watch this demo at full size on YouTube
'Bell on Sum' and Metronome (to add this, just download and install a latest version of RiyazStudio - even the Tanpura upgrade)
If you'd like an additional aural cue to your place in the taal (maybe your sound system is short on bass) try activating our new
'bell on sum'. You can also use it to 'keep you honest' as to whether your tihai landed on sum.
Our optional metronome can be used to give extra emphasis to the beat (of say a slow lehra), or to split a slow tempo into sub-beats, or
even to support your playing of cross-rhythms.
How can I get RiyazStudio?
The easiest way to get RiyazStudio is to
download it from this website
and buy a registration key. If you prefer (say
if your internet connection is slow) you can buy
RiyazStudio on CD-ROM together with your registration key.
Once RiyazStudio is installed on your computer you'll need to connect to
the web - just the once - to complete the computer licencing. And then you
can concentrate on your riyaz.