Starting with version 5.0, the app now plays in all the common keys of D, C#, C, B, and B-flat, and is now fully tuneable up to +/- 50 cents.
Widened the octave bar detection area a bit at the request of Dian Lion. Thanks Dian for the great suggestion!
Play the Traditional Irish Bagpipes on your iPad!
Uilleann is an extremely authentic sounding set of Traditional Irish bagpipes that is played like the real instrument.
The app emulates the three drones and chanter of a half set of Uilleann pipes. It plays in all the traditional keys of D, C#, C, B, and Bb, and is fully tuneable as much as +/- 50 cents.
The Uilleann pipes are a bellows driven set of bagpipes with a two octave range. They are most commonly used for playing traditional Irish dance music and slow airs. In recent years they have been made popular by shows such as Riverdance, as well as many motion picture soundtracks such as "Waking Ned Devine", "Titanic", and "Braveheart".
The chanter fingerings are based on those used for the Uilleann pipes and will also be immediately familiar and intuitive for players of the tin whistle and Irish Flute.
Uilleann supports traditional finger vibrato, and note bending effects.
How to Play:
IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 9 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).
Touch the 'i' icon at the upper right corner of the main screen to show/hide the controls.
Select your instrument key from the key selector and adjust the fine tuning with the tuning slider.
The number to the left of the tuning shows shows the tuning offset in cents. To reset the tuning to zero, just touch the number.
Touch the drone puck to start/stop the drones.
To play the chanter, touch the three holes of the left side of the chanter starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers.
Next, touch the four holes on the right side of the chanter with the tips of your right index, middle, ring, and little fingers.
Touch the green bar on the left side with your left little finger to play the notes one octave higher.
Optional pitch bending is done by first turning on "Note Bending" in the controls, then sliding the finger up or down very slightly on the root tone hole for the note or simply tilting the finger as one would do on the actual instrument to half-hole a note.
Touch the blue bar at the bottom left center with your left thumb to play the second octave "Back-D" on either a press or release based on the setting of the "Back-D Mode" control.
Touch the red bar at the bottom right center with your right thumb to stop the chanter sound for staccato techniques.
Touch the purple bar on the lower right with your right little finger to bend the pitch or play finger vibrato. You may also perform finger vibrato on the chanter for most notes with the right middle and/or ring fingers.
All settings are saved when closing the app and restored the next time the app is run.
For students of the Uilleann pipes, the app supports nearly all of the alternate fingerings for most notes and can be used as a real practice chanter for the instrument. All 128 possible fingerings have been mapped as closely as possible to match the real instrument.
Sound is based on high quality per-note chanter and drone recordings from my personal sets of Uilleann pipes.
Chanter image based on my Kirk Lynch concert pitch chanter. Drone puck image courtesy of Mike DeSmidt. Crowley drone sample courtesy of Vinnie Kilduff.
- June 17, 2014 Initial release
- July 09, 2015 New version 3.0
- July 19, 2015 New version 3.1.1
- December 20, 2015 New version 4.2
- December 25, 2015 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
- December 28, 2015 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
- January 25, 2016 New version 4.3
- January 27, 2016 New version 5.0.1
- January 27, 2016 Price increase: $2.99 -> $9.99
- February 01, 2016 New version 5.0.2
- February 01, 2016 Price decrease: $9.99 -> $4.99
- February 03, 2016 New version 5.0.3