eTabla Taalmala Digi-108

The tabla machine Taalmala Digi-108 offers an enormous range of preset Indian rhythms from classical to folk to devotional, good sound quality, many variations and high technical reliability. Rhytms can be edited and new rhythms can be programmed, too.

EU: 189 €
incl. 19% VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 6.90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 158.82 €
plus 6.90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

108 traditional Indian rhythm cycles (thekas) in 47 different talas from 4 to 48 beats are preset. Thekas can be varied by using fills, laggis, tihais, additional cymbals, random variations or individual editing. Moreover, 5 new rhythm cycles can be programmed and saved according to the ideas of the user.

The Taalmala Digi-108 comes from Radel Electronics, the market leader in the field of electronic Indian instruments. Radel's use of latest sampler technology brings the sound  quite close to that of a real tabla.

Sound sample of Taalmala

Features

The following talas are preset (in brackets the number of beats per cycle and behind that the number of variants):

Tintal (16) 5 - Addha (16) 2 - Punjabi (16) 1 - Jat (16/8) 2 - Ektal (12/48) 2 - Jhoomra (14) 2 - Champak Savari (11) 2 - Pancham Savari (15) 2 - Farodust (13) 2 - Rupak (7) 4 - Tevra (7) 2 - Pashto (7) 1 - Ank (7) 1 - Surfakta (10) 1 - Sadra (10) 1 - Jhaptal (10) 7 - Sool (10) 2 - Ada Chautal (14) 2 - Chautal (12) 1 - Dhamar (14) 1 - Matta (9) 3 - Navtaal (9) 1 - Rudra (11) 2 - Deepchandi (14) 4 - Chachar (16) 1 - Brahma (28) 1 - Keherwa (8) 7 - Thumri (8)1 - Tappa (16) 2 - Lavani (8) 1 - Rupakda (8) 1 - Sashti (6) 1 - Jhampak (5) 1 - Chakra (5) 1 - Leelavati (13) 1 - Dadra (6) 7 - Khemta (6) 2 - Jai (13) 3 - Tilwada (16) 1 - Lok (8) 6 - Shikhir (17) 1 - Bhajan (8) 3 - Qawali (8) 9 - Garba (8) 2 - Bhangra (4) 1 - Dhumali (8) 1 - Gaj Jampa (15) 1

5 thekas with up to 99 strokes can be programmed and stored by the user.

The multifunctional display shows the number of the selected theka, the current beat (matra), the chosen pitch and the tempo.

The pitch can be varied over 1 1/2 octaves from c to f in semitones. Between the semitones there are 30 intermediate micropitch steps, so that the pitch can be adjusted precisely to one's instrument or voice .

The basic tempo (laya) of the theka can be chosen from 4 stages (very slow / ati-vilambit, slow / Vilambit, medium / madhya, drut / fast). The display shows the selected setting in beats per minute. The tempo range is from 10 to 600 beats per minute.
 
The volume is adjustable in 20 steps. The volume of the bass drum baya can be adjusted separately in 20 steps.

4 different articulation settings can be selected for the bass drum baya.

In selected folk and devotional talas, manjiras / cymbals can be added.

By pressing a button, fills are played until the beginning of the next cycle.

The rhythms can either be played in pure form, with automatic fills for slower tempos or with random variations. In natural mode, the Taalmala Digi-108 switches independently between these 3 varieties -just like a real tabla player.

By pressing a button, the variations laggi or tihai can be Iplayed in selected classical rhythms.

Some rhythms can be edited and saved individually.
 
Selected settings can be stored.
 
The Taalmala can be connected to Radel's lahara machine Sunadamala so that rhythm (tala) and basic melody (Lahara) synchronise (e.g. for kathak dance). It is then controlled via the lahara.

The Taalmala can be connect to an external amplifier.
 
It can be operated on batteries.

Incl. carrying bag, power cord and English manual.

General Info

Technical Details
Flexible input voltage from 90 to 260 volts.
Battery operation with 6 x 1.5V AA batteries possible.
MIDI compatible.
Two mini-jack outputs 1/8 inch (Line Out, Speaker).
A mini-jack input 1/8 inch (line-in).
Housing made of durable ABS plastic.

Manufacturer / Supplier

Pioneering company RADEL ELECTRONICS from the Indian high tech stronghold Bangalore was founded in 1971 by engineer cum musician G. Raj Narayan. First product was an electronic drone, followed in 1978 by the first electronic tanpura and in 1988 by the first electronic tabla. Radel was for many years the only supplier of electronic tablas, tanpuras and laharas as technical support for practising Indian musicians. The company has comprehensive know how, disposes of an extensive distribution and service network and its quality management is certified according to norm ISO 9001:2000.

Their range of products is being continuously diversified and improved on. Hallmark is their great manufacturing quality. Their best known products are the e-tanpuras 'Saarang', the e-tablas 'Taalmala', and the e-laharas 'Sunadamala'. Apart from these, Radel also sells fully playable electronic instruments like saraswati-veena and swarmandal. Known Radel users are / were renowned artists like Ravi Shankar, Amjad Ali Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, L Subramaniam, S. Balachander and Shubha Mudgal.

Size

Measure: 23 x 13,5 x 9 cm, weight: 1 kg