ePipes Drones

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ePipes Drones

Michael Eskin

Music, Education

IOS
GBP 0.00


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ePipes Drones is a tunable, authentic sounding set of Scottish Highland, Border Pipes, and Smallpipes drones.

This app is for musicians who are learning to play the Scottish bagpipes and want high-quality sets of tunable drones to play along with on their practice chanters.

The sounds are provided by ePipes.co.uk in Glasgow, Scotland, from extremely high-fidelity studio recordings of three very fine instruments.

Touch the ePipes logo to switch the drones on and off.

Select the drone type using the drone selector. Available drone types are Great Highland, Border, and Smallpipes.

Set the volume using the Drone Volume slider.

The pitch may be transposed in semitone increments +/- one octave in using the Tranpose slider.

Additionally, the Tuning slider may be used to fine-tune the drone +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments

The Reverb slider sets how much reverb effect is added to the sound.

All settings are saved when the app exits and restored the next time it is run.

MIDI Chanter Test Features:

Test your MIDI Chanter by setting the MIDI channels for the chanter and drones channels. Any MIDI Note-On message note numbers received on those channels will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. This value can be used to determine the MIDI offset value from 67 for the chanter in my other MIDI-enabled apps that default to the Fagerstrom Technopipes standard of the bottom note being MIDI note 67 (G3) as a zero offset.



Release notes

Fixed wavering GHB drone.

Fixed issue with missing slider when running the app on smaller iPads.

Re-released as ePipes Drones.

Provides three tuneable Scottish piping drones, plus test features for MIDI chanters like the Fagerstrom Technopipes.


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ePipes Drones
ePipes Drones

GBP : Free

ePipes Drones is a tunable, authentic sounding set of Scottish Highland, Border Pipes, and Smallpipes drones.

This app is for musicians who are learning to play the Scottish bagpipes and want high-quality sets of tunable drones to play along with on their practice chanters.

The sounds are provided by ePipes.co.uk in Glasgow, Scotland, from extremely high-fidelity studio recordings of three very fine instruments.

Touch the ePipes logo to switch the drones on and off.

Select the drone type using the drone selector. Available drone types are Great Highland, Border, and Smallpipes.

Set the volume using the Drone Volume slider.

The pitch may be transposed in semitone increments +/- one octave in using the Tranpose slider.

Additionally, the Tuning slider may be used to fine-tune the drone +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments

The Reverb slider sets how much reverb effect is added to the sound.

All settings are saved when the app exits and restored the next time it is run.

MIDI Chanter Test Features:

Test your MIDI Chanter by setting the MIDI channels for the chanter and drones channels. Any MIDI Note-On message note numbers received on those channels will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. This value can be used to determine the MIDI offset value from 67 for the chanter in my other MIDI-enabled apps that default to the Fagerstrom Technopipes standard of the bottom note being MIDI note 67 (G3) as a zero offset....
ePipes - MIDI Bagpipes
ePipes - MIDI Bagpipes

GBP : £4.99

ePipes is a tunable, authentic sounding set of Scottish Highland, Border Pipes, and Smallpipes as a MIDI sound module that can be played using a hardware MIDI chanter like the Fagerström Technopipes.

Both GHB and Chromatic style hardware MIDI chanters are supported.

The app also works with hardware MIDI keyboards and MIDI file player apps with appropriate settings of the lowest chanter note and MIDI channels.

The sounds are provided by ePipes.co.uk in Glasgow, Scotland, from extremely high-fidelity studio recordings of three very fine instruments.

Operating Instructions:

Touch the ePipes logo to switch the drones on and off.

Select the instrument style using the instrument selector. Available bagpipes styles are Highland, Border, and Smallpipes.

The pitch may be transposed in semitone increments using the Transpose slider.

Additionally, the Tuning slider may be used to fine-tune the drone +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments

Set the volume of the drones and chanter individually using the Drone and Chanter Volume sliders.

Use the Reverb Level to set the overall 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 Lowest Note slider to set the MIDI note for the bottom note of the chanter.

Range of the lowest MIDI note slider is from 55 to 79.

MIDI default parameter values are based on the Fagerström Scottish Technopipes:

Chanter channel: 1

Lowest Note: 67

Drone channel: 15

The drones will start upon receiving any MIDI Note-On event with the note number less than 80. 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.

When the Chromatic Map is set to "GHB-G" or "GHB-A", the app will remap the incoming chromatic scale notes to the GHB scale so that GHB fingerings can be used on a Chromatic chanter.

"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.

Once set, the MIDI parameters are saved when exiting the app.

The app may also be played from a MIDI file player app using CoreMIDI or a hardware MIDI keyboard attached to the device using a MIDI interface connected to the Lightning port. You may need to adjust the lowest note offset to best work with your setup or MIDI files.

All settings are saved when the app exits and restored the next time it is run....
Hohner Melodeon Pro
Hohner Melodeon Pro

GBP : £4.99

Matching the layout of Hohner's iconic Double-Ray Black-Dot diatonic accordion, this intuitive virtual instrument features a super responsive fingerboard that plays and sounds like the traditional instrument in the most common two-row tunings of B/C, C#/D, and D/G, as well as an extended B/C+ layout with four chromatic buttons on a partial third row.

Simply touch in the bellows area to toggle between bellows push and pull, then play on the buttons.

Since you may want to play chords with more than 3 or 4 fingers, you'll need to turn off "Multitasking Gestures" in your iPad's Settings, under General/Multitasking Gestures.

Touch the sliders icon at the upper right side of the screen to bring up the controls where you can select the tuning (B/C, B/C+, C#/D, or D/G), and control the volume and reverb settings.

MIDI Control: The instrument may be played via MIDI from a MIDI keyboard or other MIDI file player or controller apps.

First launch the Hohner Melodeon Pro app, then choose "HohnerMelodeon" as the destination sound module in the CoreMIDI settings of other apps.

Set the MIDI channel using the "MIDI Channel" slider on the controls page.

Lowest note is G3 (MIDI Note 55) Range is G3 through E6.

The app responds to MIDI Note-on Velocity messages

Touch the "?" to toggle the note names On/Off.

Touch the "i" button to bring up the help screen.

All settings are saved when you exit the app and restored the next time it is run....
MIDIFlute Pro MIDI Controller
MIDIFlute Pro MIDI Controller

GBP : £4.99

MIDIFlute Pro is an Irish Flute/Whistle MIDI controller for the iPad.

The fingerings are based on those used for the real instrument.

The ergonomic split-instrument design, popularized by my "Uilleann" app, allows for a comfortable playing position with the iPad on a table or in your lap.

MIDIFlute Pro doesn't produce any sound on its own, it is designed for playing hardware and software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via a CoreMIDI compatible interface connected to the dock connector or virtual MIDI instruments like Roland Sound Canvas for iOS, IK Multimedia SampleTank®, or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your iPad.

IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 8 fingers on the screen at the same time, before playing, disable "Multitasking Gestures" on your iPad (in the iPad Settings app, under the General section, turn the Multitasking Gestures switch to the off position).

Please visit the app support website to see some live demo videos and for the settings you will need to enable in the synth app you are using to have it work with the control surface.

Touch the '?' to show the help labels.

Start by touching the holes on the left half of the flute starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers. The holes light up when touched and the note sounds.

Next touch the holes on the right half of the flute with the tips of your right index, middle, and ring fingers.

To play the second octave, touch the green "Octave" bar next to the flute with your left little finger while using the same fingerings as the first octave.

Touch the "Stop" bar on the bottom center of the screen with your thumb to stop the sound while fingering a note. This can be used for repeated notes in the place of doing a cut or tap.

Touch the purple "Semi -" bar on the right side of the screen with your right little finger to shift the pitch down one semi-tone. This is used to play the notes F-Natural, G-Sharp, D-sharp, and B-flat if required.

Finger vibrato may be done with the middle finger of the right hand on many notes. The amount of vibrato is adjustable using the MIDI control sliders.

Touch the MIDI icon at the upper right corner of the screen to show/hide the MIDI controls. All settings are saved and restored the next time the app is run.

You may select the volume, attack velocity, vibrato depth and MIDI chanel using the sliders.

The entire range may be transposed up or down up to one octaves (zero transpose is "C") in semitone increments using the transpose slider.

Use the "Transmit MIDI Port" switch to choose between "Omni" sending MIDI data to all CoreMIDI apps or "Virtual Port" sending to a named CoreMIDI virtual output port. When the "Virtual Port option is selected, "MIDIFlute Pro" will show up as an input option in apps that support virtual ports like Sonosaurus ThumbJam and MidiBridge. "Omni" mode is selected by default.

All MIDI settings are saved when the app quits and restored the next time it is run.

Touch the 'Shhh' icon on the lower left corner to send a MIDI "All Notes Off" message quiet any "stuck" notes if they occur.

Settings for use with other MIDI synthesizer apps:

Sonosaurus ThumbJam:

- In "Preferences", under "Options", enabled "Background Audio".

If using the "Virtual Port" transmit port option, enable the input port under Preferences / MIDI Control / MIDI Input Connections.

IK Multimedia SampleTank:

- In Settings (touch the gear icon), enable "Background Audio".

IK Multimedia iRig MIDI Hardware MIDI Interface:

- For simple direct connection, in MIDIFlute Pro, set the "Transmit MIDI Port" option to "Omni" .

- If using a MIDI filtering app like MidiBridge to modify the data stream, in MIDIFlute Pro, set the "Transmit MIDI Port" option to "Virtual Port".

Other CoreMIDI compatible synth apps will have similar settings....
Tin Whistle Pro
Tin Whistle Pro

GBP : £3.99

Tin Whistle Pro is an authentic sounding traditional Irish tin whistle for the iPad that is fully tuneable and plays in multiple keys (High-D, C, Bb, G, F, and Low-D). It can also be played from a MIDI chanter, keyboard, or other MIDI apps.

It uses both high (for the High-D, C, and Bb) and low whistle samples (for the G, F, and low-D) from very high quality Irish whistles.

The fingerings are based on those used for the real instrument and will also be immediately familiar to Irish tin whistle and flute players.

How to Play:

IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 8 fingers on the screen at the same time, before playing, disable "Multitasking Gestures" on your iPad (in the Settings app, under the General section, turn the Multitasking Gestures switch to the off position).

To get started playing, first show the on-screen hole labels by touching the '?' icon at the lower right corner of the screen.

Start by touching the top half of the whistle starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers on holes #6, 5, and 4. The holes light up when touched.

Next touch the bottom half of the whistle with the tips of your right index, middle, and ring fingers, on holes #3, 2, and 1.

To play the second octave, touch the "Octave" bar next to the whistle with your left little finger while using the same fingerings as the first octave.

The purple "Semitone Down" bar next to the bottom of the whistle may be used to shift the pitch down one semitone for playing the notes F-natural, G#, D#, and Bb.

Touch the "Stop" bar at the top of the screen with your left thumb to stop the sound while fingering a note. This can be used for repeated notes in the place of doing a cut or tap.

Playing tip: For the most fluid flow of the sound, when playing the note that use primarily the left hand (G, A, B, C) you can anchor your right ring finger on hole #1. This is often done on the real instrument as well and allows for a smooth legato transition between the left hand notes with no breaks.

Finger vibrato may be done with the middle finger of the right hand on many notes. The depth of vibrato is adjustable on the vibrato control slider.

Touch the 'i' icon at the upper right corner screen to show/hide the key select, tuning, volume, reverb, and vibrato controls.

You may change the tuning up to +/- 50 cents. Touch the tuning value to reset it to zero.

Touch the '?' on the upper left corner to show the help labels.

MIDI Chanter control using the Fagerström Technopipes and other MIDI chanters in chromatiic scale MIDI mode and MIDI keyboards:

First connect your MIDI chanter to your iPad using a hardware MIDI interface, then launch Tin Whistle Pro

Connect your MIDI chanter first to your iPhone using a hardware MIDI interface, then launch Tin Whistle

MIDI range is chromatic over the complete two-octave range of the instrument.

Use the "Channel" control to set your controller's output MIDI channel.

Use the "Use Lowest Note Setting" switch setting to enable / disable the bottom note offset for use with MIDI keyboards and chanters.

When OFF, (best for use with MIDI keyboards) uses the following notes as the lowest note based on the selected key of the whistle:

High-D: 74
High-C: 72
Bb: 70
G: 67
F: 65
Low-D: 62

When ON, set the lowest MIDI note (default is for the Fagerström Uilleann Technopipes 69 - A3) to match your MIDI chanter. Range is from MIDI note 55 to 79.

Pitch bend response is based on the setting of the "MIDI Pitchbend Semitones" slider. Range is from 0 to 12 semitones. Default is 2 semitones....
Bagpipes - Scottish Bagpipes
Bagpipes - Scottish Bagpipes

GBP : £0.99

Bagpipes is an authentic sounding set of Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes.

These are the most popular style of bagpipes, played in Scotland and around the world for parades and other events.

Touch any note to start the chanter playing.

Once started, the chanter plays continuously just like a real set of bagpipes.

Touch the drone image to switch the drone on and off.

Turning the drone off also silences the chanter notes.

Touch the "?" to show/hide the note names.

Touch the "i" to visit the ePipes.co.uk website to learn more about their bagpipe-related programs and controllers.

Playing Tip: To make your playing sound more authentic and for repeated notes, quickly slide from an adjacent black key to the note you are playing to simulate a piping "cut" ornament.

You may play along with the music on your device by starting the music track playing on your device, then launching the app.

Audio samples provided by ePipes.co.uk...
Tin Whistle - Pennywhistle
Tin Whistle - Pennywhistle

GBP : £0.99

Tin Whistle is an easy to play and authentic sounding High-D Irish Tin Whistle / Pennywhistle! It can also be played from a MIDI chanter, keyboard, or other MIDI apps.

The instrument is commonly used in Traditional Irish Music.

The sounds are based on per-note samples from my own whistle collection.

Touch the notes on the whistle to play.

Like a real tin whistle, only one note may be played at a time.

Touch the grey blocks next to the whistle to jump to the second octave.

Touch the "?" to show/hide the labels.

Touch the "i" to bring up the setting page where you can set the MIDI channel and bottom note.

MIDI Chanter control for the Fagerström Uilleann Technopipes and other MIDI chanters:

Connect your MIDI chanter or keyboard first to your iPhone using a hardware MIDI interface, then launch Tin Whistle

MIDI range is chromatic over the complete two-octave range of the instrument.

Use the "Channel" control to set your controller's output MIDI channel.

Use the "Use Lowest Note Setting" switch setting to enable / disable the bottom note offset for use with MIDI keyboards and chanters.

When OFF, uses D3 (MIDI Note 62). This is best for use with keyboards.

When ON, set the lowest MIDI note (default is for the Fagerström Uilleann Technopipes 69 - A3) to match your MIDI chanter lowest note. Range is from MIDI note 55 to 79.

MIDI pitch bend response is based on the setting of the "Pitchbend Semitones" slider. Range is from 0 to 12 semitones. Default is 2 semitones.

Also works as a sound module for other MIDI file player apps....
Celtic Sounds MIDI Module
Celtic Sounds MIDI Module

GBP : £4.99

Celtic Sounds is a fully transposable MIDI sound module with five traditional Irish musical instruments:

High-D Tin Whistle
Wooden Flute
Uilleann Pipes Chanter, Drones, and Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pairs
Anglo Concertina
Button Accordion

Every note on the instruments have been individually to provide a very authentic sound. These are the exact same sounds used in my flagship traditional Irish musical instrument apps, now available in a single MIDI sound module for all iOS devices!

The app is a CoreMIDI Sound Module for use with CoreMIDI file players and other CoreMIDI controller apps.

You may also play the sounds using a hardware MIDI keyboard or other MIDI controller attached to the device using a MIDI interface connected to the Lightning port.

The app also works as an Audiobus 2 source module and is compatible with Audiobus 3. Inter-App Audio support is provided by Audiobus.

Using the controls, set your instrument, transposition, volume, reverb style, reverb level, MIDI channel, and MIDI pitch bend values.

Use the "Transpose Semitones" slider to shift the entire instrument up or down up to one octave in semitone increments.

This setting shifts the pitch of the sound but does not change the MIDI note numbers the app responds to.

Touch the number to the right of the "Transpose Semitones" slider to reset the transposition to zero semitones.

Choose your reverb style from four options: Room, Hall1, Hall2, or Church

If you have a MIDI "stuck note" touch the AppCordions logo to stop all sounds.

The app responds to both MIDI note-on velocity and pitch bend messages on the selected MIDI channel.

Set the maximum pitch bend response using the "Pitch Bend Semitones". Default is two semitones.

The MIDI note ranges of the instruments are:

High-D Tin Whistle - D3 (62) - D5 (86)
Wooden Flute - D3 (62) - D5 (86)
Anglo Concertina - C2 (48) - A5 (93)
Button Accordion - G2 (53) - E5 (88)

When playing the Uilleann Pipes instrument, the following special MIDI notes, starting on C1 (36) are used for the drone and regulator sounds:

Single regulator notes:

C1 (36) - Bass regulator G
C#1 (37) - Bass regulator A
D1 (38) - Bass regulator B
D#1 (39) - Bass regulator C
E1 (40) - Baritone regulator D
F1 (41) - Baritone regulator F#
F#1 (42) - Baritone regulator G
G1 (43) - Baritone regulator A
G#1 (44) - Tenor regulator F#
A1 (45) - Tenor regulator G
A#1 (46) - Tenor regulator A
B1 (47) - Tenor regulator B
C2 (48) - Tenor regulator C

Drones:

D2 (50) - Lynch Drones
D#2(51) - Crowley Drones

Regulator pairs:

E2 (52) - D/F# Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pair
F2 (53) - D/G Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pair
F#2 (54) - F#/A Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pair
G2 (55) - G/B Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pair
G#2 (56) - G/C Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pair
A2 (57) - A/C Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pair

Uilleann Pipes drones key triggers (D2 and D#2) are "latching" . The drones start on the first press of the trigger key, stop on the second.

The Uilleann Pipes chanter notes start at D3 (62) and go to D5 (86)

When playing the Uilleann Pipes instrument, any pitch bend messages received only effect the chanter notes, not the drones or regulators.

MIDI Transpose Control for use with MIDI Chanters and other MIDI controllers:

Use the "MIDI Transpose Semitones" slider to shift the incoming MIDI note messages up or down up to one octave in semitone increments. This is useful for MIDI chanters or other controllers that have a fixed message range. For example, to play the whistle sound using a Fagerstrom Uilleann Technopipes MIDI chanter, which has a bottom note of 69, set a value of -7 to shift the bottom note down to 62, which is the bottom of the High-D Tin Whistle range.

Touch the number to the right of the "MIDI Transpose Semitones" slider to reset the MIDI transposition to zero semitones....



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