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

Uilleann-B Classic 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.

Be sure to visit the app website to check out the new demo videos!

Q: I just updated my iPad to iOS 6.0.1 and I'm stuck at the help screen!

A: Apple messed up the restoration of the Mute/Orientation switch state after the update. Please visit http://www.tradlessons.com/ios601mutefix.html or the app's website for a simple fix.

App Description

Play the Irish Bagpipes on your iPad!

Uilleann-B Classic is an authentic sounding flat set of Irish bagpipes in the key of B that are played like the real instrument.

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)

The chanter fingerings are based on those used for the Uilleann pipes and will also be immediately familiar to Irish pennywhistle and flute players.

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".

This app emulates the three drones and chanter of a half set of "flat" pitch Uilleann pipes in the key of B, three half-steps lower and with a mellower sound than a concert D pitch set.

To get started, make sure that the orientation lock switch on your iPad (just above the volume controls on the side) is in the off position, then rotate the iPad to landscape orientation to play.

How to Play:

Touch the drone puck to start/stop the drones.

Touch the left half of the chanter starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers.

Finally, touch the right half 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.

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

Optional pitch bending is done by 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" selectable on either a press or release.

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.

Rotate the iPad to Portrait orientation to see the fingering chart. Rotate back to Landscape orientation to play. If you're stuck on either screen, make sure you have the orientation lock switch on your iPad turned off!

On the fingering chart, you may touch the blue Back-D bar image to toggle between whether the bar on the main screen plays the second-octave D note on a touch (default) or release (matches real Uilleann pipes chanter).

Sound is based on high quality per-note chanter and drone recordings from my personal concert pitch set 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.

Still on iOS4? Uilleann-B Classic 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

July 16, 2012 Price Decrease: $4.99 -> FREE!
July 07, 2012 New version 2.0
December 10, 2011 Price Decrease: $2.99 -> FREE!
November 30, -0001 Initial Release

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