A software Lehra, Theka and Tampura machine for the student of Hindustani music
TaalPulse is created to run on portable devices (such as Compaq iPaq) but it also runs on desktop computers (Mac OS, Windows, and Linux).
- The Pulse page permits to change the pulse of the lehra, theka and drone. The main pulse control affects the lehra and theka, and is expressed in BPM (Beats Per Minute). The pulse of the drone instrument is independent from the main pulse and is not expressed in any particular unit.
- The Volume page permits to adjust the global volume and the volume of each individual instrument.
- The Score page permits to select the Taal (number of beats per cycle), and the particular Theka and Lehra for this taal, as well as a drone pattern.
- The Pitch page permits to adjust the tuning of the Sa (tonic note). The keyboard permits to select a base note, based on the standard tempered scale. The fine tuning control permits to further adjust the pitch: a full move to the left represents a semitone lower and a full move to the right a semitone higher. The "0" button permits to reset the fine tuning to the center.
- The System page permits to quit TaalPulse and to restart it. Note that restarting TaalPulse is not recommended on PDAs (it takes a long time and might crash).