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 Pipes, 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.
Set the MIDI channel of your hardware chanter's chanter and drone channels using the sliders.
Any MIDI Note-On messages received on those channels will be shown at the bottom of the screen.
This is useful for determining the bottom transpose offset for use of the hardware MIDI chanter with other of my apps.
Pipe Major William Robertson has an extensive set of free online Highland bagpipes lessons.
City of Winchester Pipes and Drums in Virginia has a very nice collection of tunes in standard notation as .bmp images.
The Fort Collins Pipe Band has many tunes online, also some solo marching drum recordings.
There is a wealth of information online at Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums.
For more information, please contact Michael Eskin or visit the AppCordions website:
Sounds provided by ePipes: