The Ektara

The Ektara is one of the oldest Indian stringed instruments. The physical instrument has a limited range so it is used as a drone instrument by the folk singers of India.

The story

A few months ago I went to Shantiniketan founded and developed by the renowned Tagore Family. In Shantiniketan on Saturdays a ‘haat’ takes place called the Shonajurir haat. A variety of artisans display their craft over there ranging from clothing items to handbags and to even instruments. This is where I got my Ektara from. The moment I saw it I had already decided that I was going to be sampling it. After a few months from the day I bought it I finally decided that it was time to make a sample instrument. This is my very first sample instrument, and I have sampled it in a way which isn’t possible to be played physically. Hence it adds a unique playability feature to the Ektara

Sampling One Of The Oldest Indian Instruments - The Ektara

Interface

Reviews for The Ektara

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  • A cool and well sampled instrument to add to your collection

    The ektara is a fun instrument though probably not the easiest thing to sample. This sample pack does a great job of capturing the essence of the instrument while making it readily playable on a midi keyboard. The bends patch captures maybe a little more of the natural sound/use of the instrument while the 'normal' one is more playable and easy to work with for melodic lines or consistent harmony. The GUI is easy to use - I had a small issue with a recurring echo after changing some of the ADSR controls and resetting, but this was easily solved/reset by reloading the instrument. Looking forward to using this in a project!

    Eamon10 April 2022
  • What It's All About

    This is a great example of what Pianobook can be so useful for. Bringing unusual instuments to the masses. It's fun to play around with and with additional experimental processing can bring real character and depth to a piece of music. Good job.

    Celtichare14 April 2022
  • Simple but fun and useful

    This is a fun string instrument that produces a kind of funky Asian sound, which might be what you are looking for. You will find a normal patch as well as a "bends" one, that only includes bending articulations.

    By default it sits at the lower register and the playable range is one and a half octaves long. It has some nice dynamics and round robins too, though I find that the volume in the lower velocities can get very quiet, so I recommend using a compressor if you want to perform on it. In programming you can always set the velocities a little higher afterwards.

    Some round robins might be too different from others, which may take away some realism, but all in all it has a nice character that can give that extra nice touch to the right piece!

    Alex Raptakis12 April 2022