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New App: $4.99, v1.0.1
May 28, 2018
Other apps by Michael Eskin
App Store Description:“Bagpipes Pro + MIDI” is five realistic sounding sets of per-note sampled bagpipes that may be played using standard Scottish piping fingerings on-screen or using a hardware MIDI chanter such as the Fagerstrom Technopipes. The app also may be used as a CoreMIDI sound module.
The app includes the following five sets of Bagpipes:
Great Highland Scottish Bagpipes - The most popular Scottish marching pipes, in the traditional key of Bb.
Scottish Border Pipes - A Scottish smallpipe in the key of A with a sound distinctly different from but similar to the Highland pipes.
Scottish Smallpipes - A Scottish smallpipe in the key of A, one octave lower than the Border Pipes, and has a rounder, bubbly sound.
Irish Uilleann Pipes - A set of bellows driven Irish bagpipes in D. This instrument has a full two octave range when played with a MIDI chanter.
Swedish Säckpipa - A set of Swedish bagpipes in E with a lovely haunting sound.
The instruments may be transposed up to +/- one octave in semitone increments as well as tuned up to +/- 50 cents
IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 8 fingers on the screen at the same time if playing manually by touching the screen, before playing, you must disable "Multitasking Gestures" on your iPad (in the Settings app, under the General section, turn the Multitasking Gestures switch to the off position).
Start/stop the drones playing by touching the drone puck. Select standard or alternate drone note from the controls.
Use the Transpose slider to set the overall instrument transposition in semitones. Touch the transpose value to the left of the slider to reset the transposition to zero.
Use the Tuning slider to set the overall instrument tuning offset in cents. Touch the tuning value to the left of the slider to reset the tuning offset to zero.
Use the Volume controls to set the balance between the chanter and the drones.
Use the Reverb controls to change the reverb type as well as the drone and chanter reverb level.
Use the Drone Channel slider to set the MIDI channel for the drones.
Use the Chanter Channel slider to set the MIDI channel for the chanter notes.
Use the Chanter Lowest MIDI Note slider to set the MIDI note for the bottom note of the chanter. Range is from 55 to 79.
MIDI default parameter values are based on the Fagerstrom Scottish Technopipes:
Drone Channel: 15
Chanter Channel: 1
Chanter Lowest MIDI Note: 67
The drones will start upon receiving any MIDI Note-On event with the note number less than 80 on the drone channel. A MIDI Note-Off event with the same note number that started the drones on the drone channel will stop the drones.
You may enable Chromatic to GHB scale mapping using the Chromatic Map control.
When the Chromatic Map is set to "Off", the app passes the notes directly through with no remapping for chanters that do the GHB fingering mapping in the device.
"GHB-G" is for chromatic chanters where the bottom note is assumed to be the leading G tone.
"GHB-A" is for chromatic chanters where there is no leading tone and the bottom note is the A tone.
If the instrument is set to Uilleann and Chromatic Map GHB-A is enabled, the range will the same as the GHB, i.e. one octave plus the bottom G.
Once set, the MIDI parameters are saved when exiting the app.
To play the chanter manually, touch the bar at the top left with your left thumb. This bar is the hole normally on the back of a real chanter and must be covered for the lower notes to play.
Next, touch the top three holes of the chanter starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers.
Finally, touch the bottom four holes of the chanter with the tips of your right index, middle, ring, and little fingers.
Touch the "i" to show/hide the audio and MIDI controls.
Touch the "?" for help.
The Scottish bagpipes samples are supplied by ePipes.co.uk from their "Studio Piper" VST. Säckpipa samples were recorded from an instrument provided by Jonathan Parker.
What's new in v1.9Doubled the width of the detect zones to make it easier to play with flatter fingers, more in the traditional style.
For best results when playing with flatter fingers, turn off the on-screen controls.