Do real tabla libraries exist? I know there are a couple loop oriented libraries for tabla, but I mean ones with lots of different hits, and not loops? If it doesn\'t what do you guys recommend for the most comprehensive sample cd.
I have culture and I think it has a talking wood drum or something which sounds kind of plain. Thanks for any suggestions.
I agree with that recommendation. The tabla in QLRI is nice. It\'s mapped so that your fingers are laid out on the keyboard as they\'d be used in whatever pattern you\'d play on the drums themselves. If you\'re lucky enough to have a Buchla Thunder lying around, it would be the perfect controller for this instrument. It appears the Midiman Surface One will never see the light of day...so there\'s really no other equivalent.
I built an instrument layering up the hits out of the \"finger\" position and instead moving from outer fingers to inner fingers according to velocity. Not a legit mapping according to Tabla technique, but it gives you a nice playable set on two controller pads.
Hi...Voices of Istanbul by Q Up Arts also has a nice darbuka (hand drum) sample. Big Fish Audio also sells several CDs with tabla sounds like Roots of India, Roots of the Middle East & North Africa, and Hadeeth Arabic Rhythms.
I have QLRI and I love those tablas. I use them in this piece.G-Town Has a nice free library of a Darbuka that I used with the tablas that was a nice compliment, though it was sampled in a church and contains the real ambience which is rather large.