INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Tamboura sounds

 

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Rufis.Joey
Tamboura sounds Mar 03, 2003 10:30 p.m.


Hey does anyone know where i could find a tamboura sound that is somewhat realistic? ive played to a drone i have on my keyboard but it doesnt sound much like a real one.

I was wondering if perhaps somewhere there is an mp3 or cd or tape floating around of a good sounding tamboura to practice with. I think i've maybe read somewhere you can buy a cd of it but i would prefer to download it and loop it or something before i shell out cash.

any ideas on where i could buy such a tape i would really appriciate tho. I had the privilage to play with a real tamboura a month ago and it is so much fun.

Peace and love

Joey Novak

Lars
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 03, 2003 11:37 p.m.


Hey Joey,
The only place online I know of is:
http://www.swarsystems.com/SwarPlug/index.htm
They have a short sample of a male tanpura but it's cut off too soon at the end however you could clean it up and loop it......they also have demos of their software which would give you the basics including tanpura.......hope this helps..

Lars

Remco
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 04, 2003 09:37 a.m.


Visit:
http://www.soundofindia.com/
and look at the productspage

What I've done: I've downloaded one of their samples, put it in my Akai sampler, tuned it to C#, and made a 30 minute track and burned that on a CD. When practising I'll play this. I've also programed teental tracks in combination with this file at various speeds. These days I've recorded all this on a MD-disk. I connect my MD-player to a set of computer-speakers: very easy way of practising.

Peace,

Remco

Russ
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 04, 2003 11:40 a.m.


I think batish.com still sells a tape of a 4-note tamboura drone in C or C#. As I recall, its pretty cheap.
Rufis.Joey
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 10, 2003 07:05 p.m.


Thank you all so much for your help. I have been making recordings lately, I play the drums as well, so I can play the tabla a little bit, but my keyboard tanpoura drone sounded really out of place.

I really appriciate your help, thank you

Joe Novak

Rufis.Joey
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 10, 2003 07:05 p.m.


Thank you all so much for your help. I have been making recordings lately, I play the drums as well, so I can play the tabla a little bit, but my keyboard tanpoura drone sounded really out of place.

I really appriciate your help, thank you

Joe Novak

jan
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 15, 2003 05:51 a.m.


Hello There!

https://chandrakantha.com/articles/indian_music/tanpura.html

on this link you`ll get a tanpura playing. i downloaded the link its a .ram file so you have to use real player. Then i used an app called Audio Hijack (im on a mac) this app takes whatever soundsource played on your computer and turns it into an audio file that you can playback in your desired sound app. Then i just edited the soundfile and looped it. All done in quicktime player (the pro version) just copy and paste...

Now i have a tempura loop, its not perfect but it works.
Im not quite sure what tune its in and i need to retune my sitar to use it. (i dont like that : )

i will be happy to share this file.

If anyone allready has a loop that works and are in c / #C i guess many players would love to get a copy of thatone in .mp3 format...


Jan

Dan
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 16, 2003 10:47 p.m.


Hi, sitar friends,

The Tamboura jan talked about is tuned in D.

I don't have time for now to do the following myself but I will later on: is to record a Tamboura drone by using my own sitar. The way I figured it is to use a software package that has at least 4 audio channels and a mixer with some effects.

The basic idea is to record one sitar string per channel at a time. So if the Tamboura simulation has 4 strings, than 4 recording sessions are needed. Then, mixing it all together with some effects (if needed) like a bit of reverb, echo, chorus.. before making a loop.

If someone wanna post a Tamboura drone simulated this way or any other method, make sure you are tuned internationnaly (A = 440 hz) so I and many others won't have to retune our sitars.

Dan
K.K.
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 17, 2003 01:03 p.m.


Hi All: There is someone who regularly advertises tanpura CDs on ebay. Don't know if they're any good....
peter
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 31, 2003 02:28 a.m.


Hi,|I make tampura from my sitar and after recording what I need I turn it back to sitar. Only think you need is one piece of thred and few minutes of work. If you have no other solution by now, let me know, I'll explain it to you in details.
Peter
Bob
Re:Tamboura sounds Mar 31, 2003 01:11 p.m.


Peter -- That sounds interesting. How does it work?
peter
Re:Tamboura sounds Apr 02, 2003 02:47 a.m.


Well, it's actually simple, so this is my tampura - made in Slovakia . It's not the best solution, but much better than all these synth sounds or nothing.
You konw, that Tampura is almost like sitar, so I use thin but strong thread placed between the strings and bridge, as tampura have (try more of them to find the best sound). If you find the right place, you can get pretty long sutain with this specific buzzing. If you want more tampuralike sound, you can change for recording some strings too. Especially No 5 and 1, to get a rich long lasting tampura sound. If I record it with a good mike (I have AKG C1000) and I use reverb and equalizer too, the final sound is perfekt.
This way I recorded many kinds of "tampura" backgrouds enough for whole life ))
Good thing is to record on computer each string separately on different tracks in diferent tunning (I use cakewalk). This way I got database of many tampura-like sounds and tones, so I can simply create what I need by combining needed tracks in required order and tempo. Copy-paste will make the rest of job and in a few minutes I can have hours of tampura playing.
Good luck
K.K.
Re:Tamboura sounds Apr 02, 2003 12:41 p.m.


Cool Peter: I've been recording my wife's tanpura in the same way. By using seperate tracks for each string, you get the overlapping sustain that is important for a realistic overall sound.
jan
Re:Tamboura sounds Apr 02, 2003 06:45 p.m.


Am i allowed on behalf of myself and others on this list to ask if its possible to obtain some short loopable .mp3 files of those sounds of milk and honey?

Jan

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