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ePipes Drones

Version 3.0.4

Content Rating 4+

User Rating 3.5 / 5

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ePipes Drones

Michael Eskin

Music, Education

IOS
GBP 0.00


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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, 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.

MIDI Chanter Test Features:

Test your MIDI Chanter by setting the MIDI channels for the chanter and drones channels. Any MIDI Note-On message note numbers received on those channels will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. This value can be used to determine the MIDI offset value from 67 for the chanter in my other MIDI-enabled apps that default to the Fagerstrom Technopipes standard of the bottom note being MIDI note 67 (G3) as a zero offset.



Release notes


Fixed wavering GHB drone.

Fixed issue with missing slider when running the app on smaller iPads.

Re-released as ePipes Drones.

Provides three tuneable Scottish piping drones, plus test features for MIDI chanters like the Fagerstrom Technopipes.



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The Developer Michael Eskin also wrote the apps listed below, click the icon to visit the pages.

Regulators for Uilleann Pipes
Regulators for Uilleann Pipes

£3.99
Regulators is a set of the three drones and three regulators (Tenor, Baritone, and Bass) found on a full set of Uilleann pipes (Irish Bagpipes) in the most common keys of D, C#, C, B, or Bb.

You may tune the drones and regulators +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments using the "Cents" slider on the settings page. Quickly reset the tuning offset to zero by touching the displayed offset value.

The app supports multitouch and independent playing of all three regulators at the same time. You can even touch one regulator key and slide to adjacent keys on the same or other regulators.

By touching the regulator mode switch below the drone puck, you may switch between auto-chord and single regulator play modes. In auto-chord play mode, touching on the left side of the regulators plays the tenor+baritone chord and touching on the right side of the regulators plays the baritone+bass chord.

Regulator auto-chord play mode is quite suitable for live performance along with a chanter when strapped to the leg and played with the side of the hand.

On the settings page, you may set the drones style (Lynch or Crowley), root key (D, C#, C, B, Bb), overall tuning offset, the volume of each of the three regulators and the drones independently, as well as the overall reverb level. All settings are saved when the app exits.

Regulators uses 16-bit 44 KHz, seamlessly looped audio samples based on real recordings of instruments, not synthesized tones, so is very realistic sounding. The samples all are tuned using proper just intonation relative to the drones.

Regulators may be enjoyed by anyone who wants to add the unique sound of the Uilleann pipe drones and regulators to their live or recorded music.

You may now play along with the tunes on your iPhone or iPod Touch, just start the music before running Regulators. Using Apple's Settings app, you may configure your device to bring up the iPod music controls by double clicking the home button to change tracks within an album.

Try plugging your device into a large amp and speakers, either via the docking connector or headphone jack to really appreciate the quality of the sound produced by this app.

Please visit my website for a video showing how to play along with music in your iTunes library as well as examples of the app used in multitrack recording projects where real regulators weren't available.

Also on the website there is a demonstration video showing how to use the tuning feature to play along with historical recordings that may not be at exact concert pitch.

Two-tone drone puck image courtesy of Mike DeSmidt, from a 3/4 concert pitch set he built himself.

Lynch drone samples recorded from my personal set.

Crowley drone samples originally provided by Vinnie Kilduff.

"An example of Regulators in action: this week, we've been in Boston rehearsing for the ninth annual edition of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, a holiday show by WGBG's Brian O'Donovan. Seamus Egan, the music director, played for the assembled musicians at rehearsal his digitally realized conception of one of the arrangements--including drones, from this app. For my part, one piece in the show requires me to play the drones on the pipes for an extended period. For rehearsal purposes, I flicked on the app on my ipad to make my life easier on my elbows, and quite credibly, to create the sound of drones while working on the piece. We had a pleasant surprise and a laugh to see that we were both using this app in our professional lives..." - Kieran O'Hare...
JustDrones - Tunable Just Intonation Drones
JustDrones - Tunable Just Intonation Drones

£0.99
JustDrones is a set of tunable fully chromatic virtual Uilleann bagpipes drones for intonation practice with any instrument.

An optional additional just-tuned interval drone may be enabled a 3rd, 4th, or 5th scale tone above or a 5th or octave bass below the root.

The volume of the main drones and the interval drone may be controlled independently.

You may adjust the tuning of the main drones and the just-intonation based interval drone +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments using the fine-tuning slider control just below the drone puck. Touch the "Zero" button to quickly reset the fine tuning.

Pitch selection, interval drone, fine tuning, and volume settings are saved when the app exits and restored the next time the app is run.

The interval drones are tuned using just intonation relative to the drone root pitch for perfect consonance.

Playing against drones is an excellent way to work on improving intonation. Tin whistle, wooden flute, and Irish fiddle players can all benefit from using the JustDrones as a practice aid.

JustDrones can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to add the unique sound of the Uilleann pipes drones to their live or recorded music.

Uilleann pipers, looking for an interesting alternative to standard D drones on a concert set? Set the main drone root to G and enable the 5th interval drone.

To get even more usefulness out of JustDrones, try plugging your iPhone or iPod Touch into a set of external speakers. The drones sounds are from acoustic recordings without additional effects. Try connecting to external effects devices such as chorus or reverb boxes for even more interesting sounds.

It also plays perfectly through the iPhone's speaker (make sure you turn off the ringer mute switch if you're not hearing anything).

Please visit my website for demonstration videos of JustDrones and additional information....
Uilleann - Pocket Irish Pipes
Uilleann - Pocket Irish Pipes

£2.99
Uilleann is an authentic sounding 3/4 set of Uilleann pipes (Irish Bagpipes) chanter, drones, and two regulators in the form of a standard two octave piano keyboard and also supports hardware MIDI bagpipes chanters connect to a hardware MIDI interface.

The app can also be used as a CoreMIDI sound module for MIDI file player apps.

The app plays the four most common keys for the instrument of D, C#, C, and B.

Touch the drone puck image to switch the drones on and off.

Touch the keys to play the chanter notes.

Touching in the upper half of the key plays the note at standard pitch. Touching lower on the key plays with the pitch proportionally lower to allow for pitch bending and vibrato effects

Finger vibrato for expression, as is done on the real instrument, can be added by sliding back and forth along the length of the chanter keys. The note C has an extended pitch bend range as typically used when playing a real chanter.

Play the regulator chords by touching the four squares above the keyboard on the left.

The chords match the tenor/baritone regulator pairs and are:

F#/D
G/D
A/F#
B/G

Since the real Uilleann pipes chanter doesn't play below D, the two regulators for chords may also be played on the upper and lower halves of the C and C# at the bottom of the keyboard.

Touch the mixer icon at the upper right to bring up the settings page where you can select the key (D, C#, C, or B), set the volumes of the chanter, drones, and regulators, set the amount of drone chorus effect, overall reverb level, and MIDI chanter parameters.

MIDI Chanter Setup:

Connect your MIDI chanter first using a hardware MIDI interface, then launch the Uilleann for iPhone app.

Use the MIDI controls on the settings page to set the MIDI channel for the chanter and drone notes as well as the lowest MIDI note for your MIDI chanter.

Range of the lowest MIDI note is from 55 to 79.

MIDI default parameter values are based on the Fagerstrom Uilleann Technopipes:

Drone channel: 15

Chanter channel: 1

Lowest Note: 69

The app responds to MIDI Pitch Bend messages on the Chanter MIDI channel. Pitch bend response is based on a two semitone maximum bend range.

The four regulator pairs now may be played on the MIDI channel one higher than the chanter starting on MIDI note 64 (E3).

MIDI notes 64 - 67 on the regulators channel play the regulator pairs. These notes match the mapping for the same baritone/tenor regulators used in the iPad version of the app.

The app can also be used as a CoreMIDI sound module for MIDI file player apps. The chanter, regulator, and drones channels will be mapped as described above.

MIDI channel and lowest note values are saved on exit....
MIDIRegs - Uilleann Regulators
MIDIRegs - Uilleann Regulators

£4.99
MIDIRegs is a Uilleann bagpipes Drones/Regulators CoreMIDI-compliant MIDI control surface for the iPhone.

MIDIRegs doesn't produce any sound on its own, it is for playing hardware or software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via CoreMIDI hardware interfaces connected to the dock connector or virtual MIDI instruments such as IK Multimedia SampleTank or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your device.

MIDIRegs is modeled on the drones and three regulators (Tenor, Baritone, and Bass) found on a full set of Uilleann pipes.

MIDIRegs makes it possible to have drones and regulators that sound like any instrument patch available on a CoreMIDI virtual synth running on the device.

You may also use the app to play sounds on a hardware MIDI synthesizer connected via a CoreMIDI interface attached to the dock connector of your device.

Since the drones and regulators messages may be sent on two different MIDI channels, each can play a different synthesizer patch.

Touch the regulator play mode icon just below the drone switch to toggle between regulator auto-chord play and single play modes.

Touch the MIDI icon for the settings page.

Choose between "Omni" sending MIDI data to all CoreMIDI apps or "Virtual Port" sending to a named CoreMIDI virtual output port. When the "Virtual Port option is selected, MIDIRegs will show up as an input option labeled "MIDIRegs" in apps that support virtual ports like Sonosaurus ThumbJam and MIDIBridge. "Omni" mode is selected by default.

Set the overall transposition for the entire instrument using the Transpose (Semitones) slider. Any transposition from between -12 to +12 semitones can be selected. Default is zero, corresponding to a concert D set.

Set the MIDI transmit channel for the drones and regulators using the Drones Channel and Regulators Channel sliders. Any channel from 1-16 may be selected. Default is channel 1 for the drones and channel 2 for the regulators. Multiple devices can simultaneously talk to the MIDI synth, just make sure each device is on its own set of MIDI channels.

Note-on events are sent with a fixed velocity. Set the velocity using the Drones Velocity and Regulators Velocity sliders. Any value from 0-127 may be selected. Default value is 100.

If you ever have "stuck" notes, you may touch the "!" icon on the main screen to send a MIDI "All Notes Off" message and stop the sounds.

All settings are saved when exiting MIDIRegs and restored the next time it is run.

Here's the settings changes required for two popular synth apps:

IK Multimedia SampleTank:

- In Settings (touch the gear icon), enable "Background Audio"

Sonosaurus ThumbJam:

- In "Prefs", under "MIDI Control", in "MIDI General Options" enable "Use CoreMIDI" and "Active in Background"

Other CoreMIDI compatible synth apps will have similar settings....
ePipes Drones
ePipes Drones

Free
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, 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.

MIDI Chanter Test Features:

Test your MIDI Chanter by setting the MIDI channels for the chanter and drones channels. Any MIDI Note-On message note numbers received on those channels will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. This value can be used to determine the MIDI offset value from 67 for the chanter in my other MIDI-enabled apps that default to the Fagerstrom Technopipes standard of the bottom note being MIDI note 67 (G3) as a zero offset....
ePipes - MIDI Bagpipes
ePipes - MIDI Bagpipes

£9.99
ePipes is a tunable, authentic sounding set of Scottish Highland, Border Pipes, and Smallpipes as a MIDI sound module that can be played using a hardware MIDI chanter like the Fagerström Technopipes.

Both GHB and Chromatic style hardware MIDI chanters are supported.

The app also works with hardware MIDI keyboards and MIDI file player apps with appropriate settings of the lowest chanter note and MIDI channels.

The sounds are provided by ePipes.co.uk in Glasgow, Scotland, from extremely high-fidelity studio recordings of three very fine instruments.

Operating Instructions:

Touch the ePipes logo to switch the drones on and off.

Select the instrument style using the instrument selector. Available bagpipes styles are Highland, Border, and Smallpipes.

The pitch may be transposed in semitone increments using the Transpose slider.

Additionally, the Tuning slider may be used to fine-tune the drone +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments

Set the volume of the drones and chanter individually using the Drone and Chanter Volume sliders.

Use the Reverb Level to set the overall reverb level.

Use the Drone Channel slider to set the MIDI channel for the drones.

Use the Chanter Channel slider to set the MIDI channel for the chanter notes.

Use the Lowest Note slider to set the MIDI note for the bottom note of the chanter.

Range of the lowest MIDI note slider is from 55 to 79.

MIDI default parameter values are based on the Fagerström Scottish Technopipes:

Chanter channel: 1

Lowest Note: 67

Drone channel: 15

The drones will start upon receiving any MIDI Note-On event with the note number less than 80. A MIDI Note-Off event with the same note number that started the drones on the drone channel will stop the drones.

You may enable Chromatic to GHB scale mapping using the Chromatic Map control.

When the Chromatic Map is set to "Off", the app passes the notes directly through with no remapping for chanters that do the GHB fingering mapping in the device.

When the Chromatic Map is set to "GHB-G" or "GHB-A", the app will remap the incoming chromatic scale notes to the GHB scale so that GHB fingerings can be used on a Chromatic chanter.

"GHB-G" is for chromatic chanters where the bottom note is assumed to be the leading G tone.

"GHB-A" is for chromatic chanters where there is no leading tone and the bottom note is the A tone.

Once set, the MIDI parameters are saved when exiting the app.

The app may also be played from a MIDI file player app using CoreMIDI or a hardware MIDI keyboard attached to the device using a MIDI interface connected to the Lightning port. You may need to adjust the lowest note offset to best work with your setup or MIDI files.

All settings are saved when the app exits and restored the next time it is run....
Hohner MIDI Melodeon - Two-Row Button Accordion MIDI Controller
Hohner MIDI Melodeon - Two-Row Button Accordion MIDI Controller

£4.99
The Hohner MIDI Melodeon is a Button Accordion / Melodeon CoreMIDI control surface for the iPad.

The app doesn't produce any sound on it 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 Roland Sound Canvas for iOS, IK Multimedia SampleTank®, or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your iPad.

The button layout is based on the iconic Hohner Erica diatonic accordion, and the built-in note guide will help you quickly learn your way around the buttons.

The app has essentially the same button spacing as the real instrument.

Touch the buttons with the fingers on your right hand to play. Buttons light up in green when touched.

This style of accordion plays different notes depending on whether you are pushing or pulling on the bellows.

Touch the anywhere in the bellows image at the top of the screen for PUSH notes, lift your finger for PULL notes.

The PUSH/PULL indicator shows the current bellows direction. Also, the sides of the bellows light up tracking the bellows motion

You may slide your fingers between the buttons.

Touch the MIDI connector icon at the upper left corner to show the MIDI controls.

Using the controls, you may set the overall instrument MIDI volume, MIDI modulation, MIDI channel (1-8), key attack velocity playing style (fixed or variable), velocity min/max, and transposition (+/- 12 semitones).

Both fixed and variable velocity modes are provided to allow for expressive playback. In the variable velocity modes, the X or Y touch position within the bellows sets the velocity for the notes being played. The range for the velocity is set using the Min and Max Velocity sliders.

For fixed velocity, the Max Velocity slider value is used.

You may also set the Max Velocity to less than the Min Velocity to reverse the direction for velocity mapping in the bellows touch areas.

Select between B/C or D/G based layout. Other common tunings can be achieved by setting the transposition control.

For example, for C#/D tuning, select the B/C layout and set a +2 transposition.

Use the "Transmit MIDI Port" switch to choose between "Omni" sending MIDI data to all CoreMIDI apps (matches previous versions of MIDIFlute) or "Virtual Port" sending to a named CoreMIDI virtual output port. When the "Virtual Port option is selected, MIDIFlute will show up as an input option in apps that support virtual ports like Sonosaurus ThumbJam and MidiBridge. "Omni" mode is selected by default.

Touch the '?' icon to show the base layout note names for each button (without transposition).

Touch the '!' icon at the top center to send an "All Notes Off" message to silence any "stuck" notes should they ever occur.

Touch the 'i' icon to show the instructions page.

All settings are saved when the app exits.

Settings for use with other MIDI synthesizer apps:

Sonosaurus ThumbJam:

- In "Preferences", under "Options", enabled "Background Audio".

If using the "Virtual Port" transmit port option, enable the input port under Preferences / MIDI Control / MIDI Input Connections.

IK Multimedia SampleTank:

- In Settings (touch the gear icon), enable "Background Audio".

IK Multimedia iRig MIDI Hardware MIDI Interface:

- For simple direct connection, in MIDI Melodeon, set the "Transmit MIDI Port" option to "Omni" .

- If using a MIDI filtering app like MidiBridge to modify the data stream, in MIDI Melodeon, set the "Transmit MIDI Port" option to "Virtual Port".

Other CoreMIDI compatible synth apps will have similar settings.

Be sure to visit the AppCordions.com website for MIDI setup and demo videos!...
Hohner SqueezeBox
Hohner SqueezeBox

£3.99
Based on Hohner's iconic Corona Classic diatonic accordion, this intuitive virtual accordion app feature a super responsive, three-row fingerboard that plays and sounds like the traditional instrument and now plays in all five of the most popular tones: EAD (Mi), FBbEb (Fa), GCF (Sol), ADG, and BbEbAb.

The Hohner SqueezeBox Pro app allows musicians to practice chord combinations, scales, and songs on-the-go. Practice in headphones, or plug into amplified speakers for live performance.

Simply touch in the bellows area to toggle between bellows push and pull, then play on the buttons.

Since you may want to play chords with more than 3 or 4 fingers, you'll need to turn off "Multitasking Gestures" in your iPad's Settings, under General/Multitasking Gestures.

Touch the sliders icon at the upper right side of the screen to bring up the controls where you can select the tone (EAD, FBE, GCF, ADG, or BbEbAb), choose between M and MM reed sounds, and control the volume and reverb settings.

Set the MIDI channel using the "MIDI Channel" slider.

Touch the "?" to cycle through the note tab and note name label styles.

Touch the "i" button to bring up the help screen.

Touch the "Tabs" button at the top to bring up the list of song tabs.

Touch the "T" button at the the top to show/hide the song tab display.

All settings are saved when you exit the app and restored the next time you run it.

This app is ideal for the beginning student or professional musician who needs a simple carry-on companion to compliment his or her actual accordion. While not meant to be a replacement for a real accordion, the app is a convenient and easy tool for practicing, learning, or teaching....
Säckpipa - Swedish Bagpipes
Säckpipa - Swedish Bagpipes

Free
The Säckpipa is a simple mouth blown Swedish bagpipe with a single chanter and drone with a lovely, haunting sound.

The app is an authentic sounding Säckpipa that may be played on-screen or with a hardware MIDI chanter or keyboard.

The app can also be used as MIDI sound module for a MIDI file player via CoreMIDI.

The root key for the instrument in the app is D and may be transposed up or down one octave in semitone increments. The instrument may also be fine tuned up or down from the transposed pitch as much as +/- 50 cents in one cent increments.

How to Play:

Touch any key to start the chanter playing. Once started, the chanter plays continuously just like a real Säckpipa.

Play a melody on the chanter by touching the keys.

Touch the drone image to switch the drone on and off.

Stopping the drone also stops the chanter sound.

Touch the "?" to show/hide the note names

Touch the "i" to bring up the controls page.

You may transpose the instrument up or down one octave in semitone increments and fine tune the instrument +/- 50 cents in one cent increments using the semitone and cents sliders.

Touch the numbers to the left of the semitone and cents sliders to reset the sliders to zero.

Using a MIDI Chanter like the Fagerström Technopipes:

Use the MIDI Chanter Parameters controls to set the MIDI channel of your chanter, as well as the lowest note on the chanter.

Range of the lowest MIDI note is from 55 to 79.

Use the MIDI Drones Parameters control to set the MIDI channel of the drones.

The drones are started/stopped by sending any MIDI Note-on event (less than note 80) on the drones MIDI channel. The MIDI Note-off event with the same note number will stop the drones.

The default MIDI parameter settings are for the Fagerström Technopipes:

MIDI Channel = 1
Lowest Note = 67

MIDI pitch bend is supported (two semitone range) on the chanter channel.

Drone MIDI channel is 15

Both GHB and Chromatic style hardware MIDI chanters are supported.

You may enable Chromatic to GHB scale mapping using the Chromatic Map control.

When the Chromatic Map is set to "Off", the app passes the notes directly through with no remapping for chanters that do the GHB fingering mapping in the device.

When the Chromatic Map is set to "GHB-G" or "GHB-A", the app will remap the incoming chromatic scale notes to the GHB scale so that GHB fingerings can be used on a Chromatic chanter.

"GHB-G" is for chromatic chanters where the bottom note is assumed to be the leading G tone.

"GHB-A" is for chromatic chanters where there is no leading tone and the bottom note is the A tone.

For use with a MIDI keyboard, to have the instrument match the note names (with transpose set to zero), set the lowest note value to 60 (C3) and the Chromatic note map option to “Off”.

Audio samples provided by Jonathan Parker from a D/G Säckpipa, made in 1986 by Leif Eriksson.

The instrument images are from an Säckpipa built by Seth Hamon....
Trapezoid - Hammered Dulcimer
Trapezoid - Hammered Dulcimer

£1.99
Trapezoid is an amazing Hammered Dulcimer for the iPad.

Written by an experienced Hammered Dulcimer player, this virtual dulcimer sounds and plays like the real thing!

The app has the full range of a standard 15/14 instrument and supports both Standard and Michigan (octave) tunings.

15/14 means there are 15 bridges on the Treble (left) side of the instrument, 14 bridges on the Bass (right) side of the instrument.

To play, just touch the strings on either side of the left (Treble) bridge or the left side of the right (Bass) bridge just like on the real instrument.

To get repeated note "drag roll" effects, drag quickly horizontally across the strings. The drag roll sensitivity can be set on the settings screen. The higher the sensitivity, the shorter distance you need to move your finger to get the effect.

Toggle between Hard or Soft hammers sound by touching on the "Hard" or "Soft" label on the upper left corner of the screen.

The app also may be played from a MIDI keyboard connected to a hardware MIDI interface or other MIDI controller or MIDI file player apps.

When playing via MIDI, the app is velocity sensitive based on the velocity sent with the Note-on events.

Lowest MIDI note is A2 (MIDI note 45). MIDI range is fully chromatic from A2 to D6.

When playing via MIDI, the volume is based on the Treble bridge notes volume.

The app will respond to MIDI volume messages on the selected MIDI channel.

Touch the "?" on the upper left corner to show the note names for the strings.

Touch the "i" on the upper left corner to show the settings screen where you may:

- Adjust the volume and right/left panning for the bass and treble bridges

- Choose between "Traditional" or "StrikeZones" instrument styles

The new "StrikeZones" instrument style shows you exactly where to touch on the screen for each note. The zones light up when touched. It is an excellent tool for understanding or teaching the layout of the instrument.

- Choose between Standard or Michigan (octave) tunings

- Show or hide the hammer touches

- Show or hide the note name highlights (when note labels are displayed)

- Enable or disable the drag rolls as well as set the sensitivity for how far you need to drag to get the roll effect

- Set the MIDI channel. Lowest MIDI note is 45 (A2)

- Using the "Soft Hammer Filter" control, choose between equalization of the soft hammer sounds for best sound through the iPad speaker or through headphones. The "iPad" setting optimizes the soft hammer equalization for playback through the iPad speaker. The "Headphones" setting optimizes the soft hammer sound equalization for headphones or for use when connected to an amplifier through the headphone jack. The "Headphones" setting allows more of the low frequency content of the sound to pass through for best quality.

On the iPad Pro, with its amazing stero speakers, set the "Soft Hammer Filter" to "Headphones" for best quality sound when playing with the soft hammers.

- Learn more about ThumbJam or visit the AppCordions website

Touch the "Shhh" button on the upper right corner to quiet all the ringing strings.

To truly experience the full stereo spread of the instrument, plug in a set of headphones or amplified speakers.

Audio samples of Wes Chappell's amazing dulcimer provided by Jesse Chappell from ThumbJam.com. The instrument was built by James Jones, from Bedford, VA.

I have played and taught the Hammered Dulcimer for over 20 years. This app sounds and plays as close to the real instrument as I'm capable of doing on a touch screen.

Be sure to visit the AppCordions.com website to watch the demo videos!...
Hohner Melodeon Pro
Hohner Melodeon Pro

£2.99
Matching the layout of Hohner's iconic Double-Ray Black-Dot diatonic accordion, this intuitive virtual instrument features a super responsive fingerboard that plays and sounds like the traditional instrument in the most common two-row tunings of B/C, C#/D, and D/G, as well as an extended B/C+ layout with four chromatic buttons on a partial third row.

Simply touch in the bellows area to toggle between bellows push and pull, then play on the buttons.

Since you may want to play chords with more than 3 or 4 fingers, you'll need to turn off "Multitasking Gestures" in your iPad's Settings, under General/Multitasking Gestures.

Touch the sliders icon at the upper right side of the screen to bring up the controls where you can select the tuning (B/C, B/C+, C#/D, or D/G), and control the volume and reverb settings.

MIDI Control: The instrument may be played via MIDI from a MIDI keyboard or other MIDI file player or controller apps.

First launch the Hohner Melodeon Pro app, then choose "HohnerMelodeon" as the destination sound module in the CoreMIDI settings of other apps.

Set the MIDI channel using the "MIDI Channel" slider on the controls page.

Lowest note is G3 (MIDI Note 55) Range is G3 through E6.

The app responds to MIDI Note-on Velocity messages

Touch the "?" to toggle the note names On/Off.

Touch the "i" button to bring up the help screen.

All settings are saved when you exit the app and restored the next time it is run....
MIDIFlute Pro MIDI Controller
MIDIFlute Pro MIDI Controller

£4.99
MIDIFlute Pro is an Irish Flute/Whistle MIDI controller for the iPad.

The fingerings are based on those used for the real instrument.

The ergonomic split-instrument design, popularized by my "Uilleann" app, allows for a comfortable playing position with the iPad on a table or in your lap.

MIDIFlute Pro 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 Roland Sound Canvas for iOS, IK Multimedia SampleTank®, or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your iPad.

IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 8 fingers on the screen at the same time, before playing, disable "Multitasking Gestures" on your iPad (in the iPad Settings app, under the General section, turn the Multitasking Gestures switch to the off position).

Please visit the app support website to see some live demo videos and for the settings you will need to enable in the synth app you are using to have it work with the control surface.

Touch the '?' to show the help labels.

Start by touching the holes on the left half of the flute starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers. The holes light up when touched and the note sounds.

Next touch the holes on the right half of the flute with the tips of your right index, middle, and ring fingers.

To play the second octave, touch the green "Octave" bar next to the flute with your left little finger while using the same fingerings as the first octave.

Touch the "Stop" bar on the bottom center of the screen with your thumb to stop the sound while fingering a note. This can be used for repeated notes in the place of doing a cut or tap.

Touch the purple "Semi -" bar on the right side of the screen with your right little finger to shift the pitch down one semi-tone. This is used to play the notes F-Natural, G-Sharp, D-sharp, and B-flat if required.

Finger vibrato may be done with the middle finger of the right hand on many notes. The amount of vibrato is adjustable using the MIDI control sliders.

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

You may select the volume, attack velocity, vibrato depth and MIDI chanel using the sliders.

The entire range may be transposed up or down up to one octaves (zero transpose is "C") in semitone increments using the transpose slider.

Use the "Transmit MIDI Port" switch to choose between "Omni" sending MIDI data to all CoreMIDI apps or "Virtual Port" sending to a named CoreMIDI virtual output port. When the "Virtual Port option is selected, "MIDIFlute Pro" will show up as an input option in apps that support virtual ports like Sonosaurus ThumbJam and MidiBridge. "Omni" mode is selected by default.

All MIDI settings are saved when the app quits and restored the next time it is run.

Touch the 'Shhh' icon on the lower left corner to send a MIDI "All Notes Off" message quiet any "stuck" notes if they occur.

Settings for use with other MIDI synthesizer apps:

Sonosaurus ThumbJam:

- In "Preferences", under "Options", enabled "Background Audio".

If using the "Virtual Port" transmit port option, enable the input port under Preferences / MIDI Control / MIDI Input Connections.

IK Multimedia SampleTank:

- In Settings (touch the gear icon), enable "Background Audio".

IK Multimedia iRig MIDI Hardware MIDI Interface:

- For simple direct connection, in MIDIFlute Pro, set the "Transmit MIDI Port" option to "Omni" .

- If using a MIDI filtering app like MidiBridge to modify the data stream, in MIDIFlute Pro, set the "Transmit MIDI Port" option to "Virtual Port".

Other CoreMIDI compatible synth apps will have similar settings....
Tin Whistle Pro
Tin Whistle Pro

£3.99
Tin Whistle Pro is an authentic sounding traditional Irish tin whistle for the iPad that is fully tuneable and plays in multiple keys (High-D, C, Bb, G, F, and Low-D). It can also be played from a MIDI chanter, keyboard, or other MIDI apps.

It uses both high (for the High-D, C, and Bb) and low whistle samples (for the G, F, and low-D) from very high quality Irish whistles.

The fingerings are based on those used for the real instrument and will also be immediately familiar to Irish tin whistle and flute players.

How to Play:

IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 8 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).

To get started playing, first show the on-screen hole labels by touching the '?' icon at the lower right corner of the screen.

Start by touching the top half of the whistle starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers on holes #6, 5, and 4. The holes light up when touched.

Next touch the bottom half of the whistle with the tips of your right index, middle, and ring fingers, on holes #3, 2, and 1.

To play the second octave, touch the "Octave" bar next to the whistle with your left little finger while using the same fingerings as the first octave.

The purple "Semitone Down" bar next to the bottom of the whistle may be used to shift the pitch down one semitone for playing the notes F-natural, G#, D#, and Bb.

Touch the "Stop" bar at the top of the screen with your left thumb to stop the sound while fingering a note. This can be used for repeated notes in the place of doing a cut or tap.

Playing tip: For the most fluid flow of the sound, when playing the note that use primarily the left hand (G, A, B, C) you can anchor your right ring finger on hole #1. This is often done on the real instrument as well and allows for a smooth legato transition between the left hand notes with no breaks.

Finger vibrato may be done with the middle finger of the right hand on many notes. The depth of vibrato is adjustable on the vibrato control slider.

Touch the 'i' icon at the upper right corner screen to show/hide the key select, tuning, volume, reverb, and vibrato controls.

You may change the tuning up to +/- 50 cents. Touch the tuning value to reset it to zero.

Touch the '?' on the upper left corner to show the help labels.

MIDI Chanter control using the Fagerström Technopipes and other MIDI chanters in chromatiic scale MIDI mode and MIDI keyboards:

First connect your MIDI chanter to your iPad using a hardware MIDI interface, then launch Tin Whistle Pro

Connect your MIDI chanter first to your iPhone using a hardware MIDI interface, then launch Tin Whistle

MIDI range is chromatic over the complete two-octave range of the instrument.

Use the "Channel" control to set your controller's output MIDI channel.

Use the "Use Lowest Note Setting" switch setting to enable / disable the bottom note offset for use with MIDI keyboards and chanters.

When OFF, (best for use with MIDI keyboards) uses the following notes as the lowest note based on the selected key of the whistle:

High-D: 74
High-C: 72
Bb: 70
G: 67
F: 65
Low-D: 62

When ON, set the lowest MIDI note (default is for the Fagerström Uilleann Technopipes 69 - A3) to match your MIDI chanter. Range is from MIDI note 55 to 79.

Pitch bend response is based on the setting of the "MIDI Pitchbend Semitones" slider. Range is from 0 to 12 semitones. Default is 2 semitones....