App DescriptionMIDIChanter is a Scottish Bagpipes chanter and drones CoreMIDI control surface for the iPad.
On sale for $0.99 until Monday, November 26, will be $4.99 after that!
Please visit the app website to see some amazing live demo videos.
The chanter fingerings are based on those used for the Scottish Highland Bagpipes (as well as other related smallpipes).
MIDIChanter supports two independent MIDI channels, emulating the operation of the drones and chanter of a set of Scottish Highland Bagpipes.
MIDIChanter 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 IK Multimedia SampleTank® for iOS or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your iPad.
Touch the drone puck to start/stop the drones. For the Highland pipes, you'll want to set the drone transposition two semitones higher than the chanter.
Touch the bar at the top of the screen with your left thumb. It represents the hole on the back of the chanter for the highest note and must be covered for other lower notes to play.
The app uses chanter fingerings based on those for the Highland pipes.
Next, touch the top half of the chanter starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers.
Finally, touch the bottom half of the chanter with the tips of your right index, middle, ring, and little fingers.
Touch the MIDI connector icon on the bottom left to bring up the MIDI parameter controls.
You may select the MIDI channel, attack velocity and volume for the chanter and drones independently using the sliders at the top of the screen.
The entire range may be transposed up or down (zero transpose is "C") up to one full octave in semitone increments using the chanter and drone transpose sliders.
All MIDI settings are saved when MIDIChanter quits and restored the next time it is run.
Touch the '?' icon to show the help screen.
Touch the '!' icon on the lower right to quiet any "stuck" notes if they occur.
Drone puck image courtesy of Mike DeSmidt.
March 09, 2013 Price Decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
December 06, 2012 Price Decrease: $2.99 -> FREE!
November 22, 2012 Initial Release