I’ve been playing about with this app for a little while and can always find something new with it. Let me say to start off with that I love percussion and good percussion apps, and there aren’t a huge number of them.
If tabla is your thing then you should check out this app. iTabla Pro is great for creating very realistic rhythms and if you’re studying tabla then I’m sure it would be immensely useful.
If you’re looking for an app to create very realistic sounding Indian rhythms it’s also going to fit the bill for you. But it doesn’t stop there. It also has Tanpuras, a Sur-Peti (Shruti-Box), plus a Swar Mandal all controlled by a single set of pitch controls. This means that you can create loads of variations in the music you get out of it.
However, this isn’t a sequencer app. This is quite different. So if you’re looking for a sequencer for world rhythms you might be disappointed with iTabla Pro and you might be better off with something like InstantDrummer Oasis. iTablaPro is quite unique and specific in what it does and what it doesn’t do.
At this point you might be wondering where it fits into your workflow of apps. Good question. Largely this app is aimed at musicians and students of Indian music and so has quite a niche appeal.
Personally I’ve loved using this app and found it great to discover an amazing collection of rhythms and sounds.
But this is no cheap app in any way. The sounds it produces are excellent, and you can make some great rhythms and music, but that all comes at a cost. The app costs $24.99.