SOUNDIRON Tablas 2.0 Review

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Soundiron is one of the most respected sample library companies in the business right now, especially when it comes to VST instruments and sample libraries integrated with Kontakt. They have conjured up some of the best products on the market with their ability to hyper-sample instruments and bring out the best nuances of each.

Tablas 2.0 is a deeply multi-sampled library with a massive selection of live performance phrases, all of which have been recorded by the great Sameer Gupta – tabla master and jazz percussionist.

There are plenty of excellent customizable features that come with Tablas, which allow you to play with the sounds with your hands and also customize and warp the loops. Whether you are producing soundtracks, classical Indian music, or electronic music, this is an excellent library!

Let’s dig in a bit more and find out just what Tablas 2.0 has to offer users!

Key Features

  • Multi-sampled percussion library with a wide selection of dynamic performance phrases
  • Over 1,350 loops running from 70 BPM to 165 BPM
  • 3.53 GB installed
  • 20 custom sound-designed ambient presets and FX
  • Flexible, easy-to-use multi-layer controls
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb

Audio Examples

The Main NKI

Tablas Main NKI

The Main NKI is the starting point in the Tablas interface. It is the perfect place to begin experimenting with all of the integrated sounds. Plus, the interface is very clean and easy to navigate, which is a huge plus. 

You can begin by tapping out some rhythms in the “All Drums” category and you will instantly notice how dynamic and realistic the samples are. Beyond the “All Drums” category, there are several other categories that you can mess around with as well, including “All Bayan”, “All Tablas”, “Ghen”, “Ka”, “Ne”, and so on.

The cool thing is that there are a ton of different tones and articulations categorized by the different sounds you are using. Let’s say you are using the Ka sound, for example. You can mess around with pitches stretched across the entirety of the keyboard. Essentially, it allows you to get a bit more musical with your playing.

Creating percussion-style melodies is very easy with Tablas 2.0, which we love!

The Advanced Tab

Tablas Advanced Tab

The advanced tab allows you to dig a bit deeper into the different grooves. For percussive libraries, having a feature like this is extremely powerful. Here you can adjust the LFO, the filter, and create arpeggiated grooves with incredible dynamics. With all of these different features, you can create an interesting interplay between the different rhythms. 

The library also comes packed with a variety of 20 sound design ambiances, pads, and drones to mess around with too. These can be loaded up in layers so that you can play these atop your percussion rhythms. The layers can be adjusted as well to create dynamic relationships between the two.

The sub-synth layer will allow you to add some various noises, such as white noise, pink noise, brown noise, etc.

The Rhythmic GUI (Loop Banks)

Tablas Rhythmic GUI loop banks

The GUI is lined up nicely, especially for those who want the ability to go in and adjust loops to their liking without having to hop through a series of channels or tabs to do so. You can play with different loops, load in loops of your choosing or preview them with ease, and more.

Once you are in the loop banks section of the GUI, you can adjust the volume, panning, compression, EQ, distortion, limiting, and time-based sends. The pencil icon will give you the ability to draw in pitch and panning to really get in-depth with your stereo field. Plus, you can create your own melodies without having to worry about creating rhythms as well.

Next to your regular effects, you have some more unique effects, including the Lo-Fi section. The Lo-Fi section is awesome for providing your loops with a bit more grit. Having these onboard effects helps you to work entirely within Kontakt, which can save you a bit of computing power as an alternative to stacking plugins.

The reverb and delay sound great as well! You can even take some of these sounds and play them in reverse, which is pretty sweet, especially if you’re into making psychedelic music!

In terms of chopping and rearranging, you can use the Rhythmic GUI to determine the slice order. You can set it to playback to front or random. Of course, depending on the loop you are using, this particular effect may not present you with a desirable sound, though having the option to do this is very helpful.

The green keys on the Rhythmic GUI allow you to start the loop from different spots within the loop too, which helps a ton with arranging. You have the option to truly make each loop your own.

Of course, as with many percussion VSTs, Tablas allows you to play the loops in half-time or double-time. 

In terms of customization, the Rhythmic GUI is an absolute winner!

Video Walkthrough

Bottom Line

Sameer Gupta and the team at Soundiron have truly put together a fantastic product. Tablas are easily some of the most distinct types of percussion out there. They have been used in Indian music for hundreds of years and now find themselves in a wide range of genres, from electronic music to film music and beyond.

Tablas covers just about every classical tabla articulation that you could think of, as well as a variety of modern variants, which can be used in more creative or experimental settings. 

Of course, it can take someone years to master the tablas and with all of their intricate nuances, they can be fairly difficult to record. Soundiron Tablas 2.0 takes that time and mastery out of the equation, giving you a realistic-sounding instrument at your fingertips.

If you have been in search of a virtual instrument to bring the sound of tablas to your production, look no further than this one!

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