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Radel Systems TAALMALA PT-24 Electronic Tabla Analog Indian Drum Machine

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The Taalmala PT-24 is a vintage electronic tabla machine made in the 80's by Radel System of Bangalore, India. This model was the first electronic tabla machine invented by Raj Narayan in 1987. Unlike Radel's contemporary Tabala machines, this an analog circuit based design that uses synthesizer electronic bleeps, bloops and pings, to emulate the of the two tabla drums. Being analog, the sounds are a rough facsimile (analog) of the real sounds, but have a wonderful vintage electronic sound all their own.

What looks like a table radio, is really a sophisticated pattern generator that can reproduce many Indian traditional tabla rhythms (Taals) and time signatures for musicians to practice along with. The preset beats include two variations for each of the 11 Taals in varying time signatures and 3 presets spaces for the user. Controls for tempo, pitch, drum balance, and volume are available via on-board knobs. There is also a set of two red LEDs. One that blinks in tempo, and another on first beat at tempo.


Type: Analog
Sound Engine: Subtractive
Pattern Engine
Programming: Presets, Step
Pattern Notes:
+ 11 Taals
+ Two variations on each Taal
Sounds Per Pad
Sounds Per Pad: 1
Sources: Synthesizer
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Micro
Modes: Polyphonic
Patterns User: 3
Storage: Internal
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Sequencer
Display Type: LED
MIDI / Sync / Trigger
Audio Outputs: 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
CV Ports: Gate In
List: 120V AC / 220V AC
Used: $50 - $150
Released: 1987
Used By
Jack Hertz
Design Notes:

The first electronic tabla machine. Invented by Raj Narayan and made circa 1987 by his company Radel, which was started in his garage in Bangalore India.
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