Shruti Box App Reviews

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No real Shrutibox sound

I really did not expect a wonder, so my deception was not that big when I heard the electronically pitched sounds of this app: Absolutely no comparison to the original! Nonetheless a nice gimmick to play with...

OK but

There are several different sounds. The timbre on all of them is good. However, the attack and decay are very abrupt. i.e. the sound very sharply turns on and off. It would sound nicer and more like a real instrument if the sound had a smoother rise and fall when each note begins and ends. Also, I could not play it quickly and smoothly - perhaps this is a trouble with with the iphone? I only bought my iphone one week ago.

Waste of money...

Sound is ugly, not enought options, waste of money...

Finally, a real sounding shruti

I bought the other Shruti when I first got my iPhone. It was basically a tone generator, with no reedy sound. This version is much better, and has many options for tuning and tone. I just bought their Harmonium as well, and am hoping they do a Tanpura, and Tabla to complete my Indian instrument collection.

outstanding!

After getting a glimpse of Vidya Multimedias applications with iTabla, I have been eagerly awaiting their next iTunes product. Shruti box is first rate. Very very good sound and like iTabla, very tweakable. Other than an ability to save presets, I can think of little to improve it.

Almost there

I think this app, as well as the developers harmonium app, have potential but arent quite there yet. I think this app seems a bit more stable (in a 1s & 0s programming sense) than my experience with the harmonium, but as I said in that review Im partially rating this higher than the current version may deserve simply because I got the impression that the apps creator is genuinely working on making the app better. One thing I think this app could really use is some type of bellows feature (like the other shruti app has) not only for the sake of authenticity, but also because of the pulsating sounds possible with the bellows. So I suppose this app isnt quite where the competition is yet, but it seems to have a good starting point.

Charles W.

Great idea but it needs more souunds and vocal vowels specifically. I work in an orthodox church and ison boxes like this cost a pretty penny, I can assure you.

Good instrument for my music - so nice atmosphere

Thanks for this instrument, I like the atmosphere it creates. Very well in tune. Im playing flute and doing some vocals, its very usefull and Im having pleasure to play... Please, add more great sounds !

A fine effort!

As the writer of the other srutibox, I commend this app as a functional take on authentically useful Carnatic droning, with a straightforward and familiar interface. The timbres could stand a bit of the breath- like growliness of an analog shruti box, but maybe you can add that later. But - Simple is also Good!

Decent, but no tanpura

There are unfortunately no sound samples posted on the makers website, and had I listened I would not have bought it. If you, like me, wanted an app substitute for those shruti boxes that can go up to $200, this is not it. The sound is very sine-wavy and is fine for practicing, but not for presentation. Youre better off downloading tanpura recordings of various pitches that are available free online and putting them on loop in your iPod or iPhones iTunes, as I will be now doing.

Needs to more user friendly

Not the most user-friendly app. Needs default settings such as c# etc to be preset and all I need to do is click and play....right now it seems very convoluted with me having to fiddle with each key. If I cannot configure this within a minute, Im wasting my time on a paid-app! The output sound quality isnt good either. The throughput/volume is too low compared to the sound from my other musical notes.

Not so good

The instruments sound no where close to originals as claimed. Poor midi like sounds.

Easy to use portable Shruti Box!

Im using this app with my iPod Touch 4g and a small battery powered bluetooth speaker. The sound is excellent! It compares quite favorably with a real wood shruti box. We use this app in our Celtic music duo with harp, hammered dulcimer, flute, bouzouki, fiddle, and concertina. You can easily configure a very pleasing drone sound with a tonic and the 5th above - - - or even add a third, if you wish. There a 5 different voices: shruti box, vocal choir, harmonium, button accordion, and organ. The sounds are rich and slightly wavering, just like a real shruti box, so you dont get a robotic sine wave generator sound. There is an option to have the sounds be an octave lower. You can switch between a tempered scale and a harmonic scale. I give this app a 5 star rating.

Need help

Please give us help by providing examples of tuning to play Carnatic songs.

Not a true Shruti sound

This is more like a synth drone. Might be better if it had some way to control vibrato or a simulation of squeezing the bellows. Doesnt quite get the sounds right either.

Very difficult to use

This app is not very user friendly. As a beginner i wish it was easier to work with.

Horrible tone generator

Not a shruti sound, no dynamics, just a tone generator. Not really worth a buck.

Mr Neyzenx

This is a great app! I think the other reviewers dont understand what a Shruti Box is used for. If you are doing Indian Music you will like this app. The Pa and Ma are actually beatless against the Sa, if one selects Harmonic in the settings. The interface is obvious to folks who have used a real acoustic Shruti box.

Not useful for Carnatic music

Not very helpful for Carnatic vocal

No sound on iPhone 6s

Will not produce any sound on my iPhone 6s. I had to download a free software after forking out money for this app.

update doesn't work... no sound

and crashes as a bonus

Great sounding Shruti box.

Very welcome update, but still needs Audiobus or IAA compatibility. The lack of these options limits its use. Please add!

Not useful for Carnatic music

Not very helpful for Carnatic vocal

Mr Neyzenx

This is a great app! I think the other reviewers don't understand what a Shruti Box is used for. If you are doing Indian Music you will like this app. The Pa and Ma are actually beatless against the Sa, if one selects Harmonic in the settings. The interface is obvious to folks who have used a real acoustic Shruti box.

Horrible tone generator

Not a shruti sound, no dynamics, just a tone generator. Not really worth a buck.

Very difficult to use

This app is not very user friendly. As a beginner i wish it was easier to work with.

not a good app

didn't like it I cannot select. sa pa sa

Not a true Shruti sound

This is more like a synth drone. Might be better if it had some way to control vibrato or a simulation of squeezing the bellows. Doesn't quite get the sounds right either.

No

Sounds like Brian Eno in a portapotty

Need help

Please give us help by providing examples of tuning to play Carnatic songs.

Easy to use portable Shruti Box!

I'm using this app with my iPod Touch 4g and a small battery powered bluetooth speaker. The sound is excellent! It compares quite favorably with a real wood shruti box. We use this app in our Celtic music duo with harp, hammered dulcimer, flute, bouzouki, fiddle, and concertina. You can easily configure a very pleasing drone sound with a tonic and the 5th above - - - or even add a third, if you wish. There a 5 different voices: shruti box, vocal choir, harmonium, button accordion, and organ. The sounds are rich and slightly wavering, just like a real shruti box, so you don't get a robotic sine wave generator sound. There is an option to have the sounds be an octave lower. You can switch between a tempered scale and a harmonic scale. I give this app a 5 star rating.

Not so good

The instruments sound no where close to originals as claimed. Poor midi like sounds.

Needs to more user friendly

Not the most user-friendly app. Needs default settings such as c# etc to be preset and all I need to do is click and play....right now it seems very convoluted with me having to fiddle with each key. If I cannot configure this within a minute, Im wasting my time on a paid-app! The output sound quality isnt good either. The throughput/volume is too low compared to the sound from my other musical notes.

Decent, but no tanpura

There are unfortunately no sound samples posted on the maker's website, and had I listened I would not have bought it. If you, like me, wanted an app substitute for those shruti boxes that can go up to $200, this is not it. The sound is very sine-wavy and is fine for practicing, but not for presentation. You're better off downloading tanpura recordings of various pitches that are available free online and putting them on loop in your iPod or iPhone's iTunes, as I will be now doing.

A fine effort!

As the writer of the 'other' srutibox, I commend this app as a functional take on authentically useful Carnatic droning, with a straightforward and familiar interface. The timbres could stand a bit of the breath- like growliness of an 'analog' shruti box, but maybe you can add that later. But - Simple is also Good!

Good instrument for my music - so nice atmosphere

Thanks for this instrument, I like the atmosphere it creates. Very well in tune. I'm playing flute and doing some vocals, it's very usefull and I'm having pleasure to play... Please, add more great sounds !

Charles W.

Great idea but it needs more souunds and vocal vowels specifically. I work in an orthodox church and 'ison boxes' like this cost a pretty penny, I can assure you.

Almost there

I think this app, as well as the developer's harmonium app, have potential but aren't quite there yet. I think this app seems a bit more stable (in a 1s & 0s programming sense) than my experience with the harmonium, but as I said in that review I'm partially rating this higher than the current version may deserve simply because I got the impression that the app's creator is genuinely working on making the app better. One thing I think this app could really use is some type of bellows feature (like the other shruti app has) not only for the sake of authenticity, but also because of the pulsating sounds possible with the bellows. So I suppose this app isn't quite where the competition is yet, but it seems to have a good starting point.

outstanding!

After getting a glimpse of Vidya Multimedia's applications with iTabla, I have been eagerly awaiting their next iTunes product. Shruti box is first rate. Very very good sound and like iTabla, very tweakable. Other than an ability to save presets, I can think of little to improve it.

Finally, a real sounding shruti

I bought the other Shruti when I first got my iPhone. It was basically a tone generator, with no reedy sound. This version is much better, and has many options for tuning and tone. I just bought their Harmonium as well, and am hoping they do a Tanpura, and Tabla to complete my Indian instrument collection.

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