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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
    Synthesis: 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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