Shruti explains the main features of our 2014 release of RiyazStudio Standard. More info: http://riyazstudio.com/help
At the start of your practice session set Sa (the tonic) to match your voice or instrument, and the Drone and tanpura to match the raag you are practicing.
Most raags use a SaPa drone - unless Pa is absent or a passing note. In that case SaMa or another prominent note in the raag would be used.
Adjust the balance between Drone and Tanpura to suit your taste.
For greater control over the tanpura, download and install our tanpura upgrade
If you're playing an instrument, adjust RiyazStudio's fine tuning to match it.
You can doubleclick the tuning control to adjust how the fine tuning is displayed.
When you've finished practicing your alaap and have chosen the rhythmic cycle (or taal) the most convenient way to set the tempo is by tapping the B key (or on touch screens, the tabla image).
You can also tap the space bar to start and stop the tabla.
Make sure your sound system has a good bass that can reproduce the full sound of the Baya.
If you're not familiar with a taal just hover the mouse over it for more information.
RiyazStudio's taal display shows both where you are in the rhythmic cycle and also its structure.
Click on the taal display to adjust the taal starting position - this can be useful in vilambit laya (slow tempo) when you want to start the taal near the end of the cycle.
Once you are familiar with a taal, you can hide the display if you think you might be following the display rather than the sound.
Expand RiyazStudio's window to show to a whole class, or shrink it out of the way.
Try out different sample groups (each named after the tabla's original tuning) to find your favourite.
Change to a different sample if you want more or less detail.
RiyazStudio automatically tunes the tabla to Sa - but you can select another note instead.
Change the tempo in steps of ten per cent by tapping the plus and minus buttons, or the up and down arrow keys.
Hold the buttons for a continuous change in tempo.
If you would like the tempo to increase gradually, activate the tempo programming controls.
The first number controls how fast the tempo increases, in bpm per minute.
The second number sets the destination tempo.
When you want to hold the tempo constant for a while just Tap the 'P' key to Pause the acceleration.
Tap 'P' again to restart the acceleration.
We have included a taster of our upcoming RiyazStudio Lehera
Use it to accompany your Tabla practice.
By default we start the lehera at the mukra of the composition, to lead up to sum.
Switch to 'Duo' mode for Tabla + Lehera playing together; useful for Kathak accompaniment, or as an example of how tabla accompanies melody
Selecting to 'play alaap before starting Lehera' lets you compose yourself before the taal starts.