What's New

Completely new version 2.0 adds four new stereo reverb options for a huge, full sound: (iOS 5.0 or later required for reverb features)

Room sizes:

Church
Chamber
Hall
Room

Bagpipes Royale supports individual reverb send level sliders for the drone and chanter as well as a slider overall reverb levels.

All reverb settings are saved/restored.

New more animated-sounding drone sample for the Great Highland Bagpipes.

Still running iOS4? This version of Bagpipes Royale will run exactly the same as the 1.0 version, only the new stereo reverb settings won't be available to you.

App Description

Bagpipes Royale is four extremely realistic sounding sets of Bagpipes for the iPad that are played using standard Scottish piping fingerings.

You first absolutely must turn off "Multitasking Gestures" in your iPad Settings to use this app. When they are turned on, when you put four fingers on the screen, Apple takes over the system, stops all the sounds, and assumes you want to start switching between apps. All of the negative reviews, like the one by user "Uselesspipesapp" that say the "App crashes when I play it" have not done this, even though it's in the app description here on the store, on the app website, and at the top of my support page. I guess nobody reads any more. :-)

It includes four authentic sounding sets of Scottish and Swedish bagpipes.

Once again, you must turn off Multitasking Gestures on your iPad to play this instrument!

Completely new version 2.0 adds four new stereo reverb options for a huge, full sound: (iOS 5.0 or later required for reverb features)

Please visit the app website and watch the demonstration video!

The four sets of bagpipes are:

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.

Swedish Säckpipa - A set of Swedish bagpipes in E minor, with a very haunting sound.

All of the instruments use fingerings based on the standard Scottish Highland bagpipes chanter.

How to Play:

Start/stop the drones playing by touching the drone puck.

To play the chanter, 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 live performance controls.

Touch the ePipes or Tradlessons logos to visit our websites.

Touch the "?" for on-screen help and fingering chart.

The Scottish bagpipes samples are supplied by ePipes.co.uk based on their "Studio Piper" virtual MIDI bagpipes instrument. If you want to control bagpipe sounds using MIDI, check out their products. The sounds in this app can only be played from the iPad, not MIDI.

Audio samples for the Säckpipa provided by Jonathan Parker from an instrument made in 1986 by Leif Eriksson.

Drone puck image courtesy of Mike DeSmidt.

Recently updated your iPad to iOS5? You must disable "Multitasking Gestures" in the iPad's Settings to use this app.

Apple's gestures take over control and stop the app sound once three or more fingers touch the screen.

This app requires as many as eight fingers touching the screen at the same time so you must disable the multitasking gestures.

For the same sounds, but played with a keyboard instead of a chanter, be sure to check out my "ePipesKeys HD Ultimate" app for the iPad!

Still on iOS4? Bagpipes Royale will run exactly the same as the 1.0 version, only the new reverb settings won't be available to you.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

November 13, 2012 Price Decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
July 16, 2012 Price Decrease: $4.99 -> FREE!
July 13, 2012 New version 2.0
December 30, 2011 Price Decrease: $4.99 -> $1.99
October 31, 2011 Initial Release

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