Tabla Machine

Tabla Machine - student project

I wanted to build an iPhone/iPad version of an electronic tabla machine. If you don't know what a tabla is, from Wikipedia:

The tabla (or tabl, tabla) is a membranophone percussion instrument (similar to bongos), used in Hindustani classical music and in popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means "drum."

Here is what a tabla pair looks like: 

Tabla Machine - image 1 - student project

An electronic version of the instrument can be seen in the project cover photo and below:

Tabla Machine - image 2 - student project

Basically I want to build an iPhone/iPad emulation of what you see above (obviously with some funcionaltiy and user interface/design changes). I could go on and on about how the functionality would work but I'd rather try and keep up with this course since it's rather daunting for a non-programmer like myself. In terms of GUI I wanted it to look like the Propellerheads Figure app which I think is one of the best audio apps out there right now:

Tabla Machine - image 3 - student project

If anyone would like to collaborate on this or any other project I would love to exchange ideas and talk. I'm here to learn. I have over 20 years of experience in audio engineering, mixing and sound design as well as quite a bit of experience in graphic and GUI design, so I'll gladly share my expertise and knowledge in exchange for yours if you are interested.

Thanks for reading. Good luck!

Saurabh Bose

producer/audio engineer/remixer/sound designer