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Wavesfactory launches W-Bagpipes

Wavesfactory has introduced W-Bagpipes, a bagpipe instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Wavesfactory W-Bagpipes

The xeremía is a type of bagpipe native to the Balearic Islands. It consists of a bag made of skin (or modern synthetic materials), known as a sac or sarrówhich retains the air, a blowpipe (bufador), a melody pipe or chanter (grall), and several, generally three, drones (bordones). The primary drone (roncón) sounds a tonic note, but the other drones are sometimes simply false drones for ornamentation.

The xeremia has a distinctively bright and piercing sound, which has traditionally accompanied festivals and other activities in the islands throughout history.

We sampled one solo bagpipe and a set of 5 bagpipes playing at the same time. The drones are programmed in latch mode, which means that when you play a note it’s sustained until you press it again, that’s made to make it more playable, the melody can be played normally while the drone sounds.

W-Bagpipes features

  • Solo and ensemble (5 players).
  • Recorded completely dry, in stereo with premium mics, preamps and converters.
  • Drones in latch mode.
  • Stereo WAV files 44.1 kHz 24 bits.
  • For Kontakt 3.5 and superior, full version required.
  • 60 MB installed.

W-Bagpipes for Kontakt is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / W-Bagpipes

Universal Piper app for iOS now available

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The Universal Piper team has announced UPiper for iOS, a definitive step ahead towards a portable virtual bagpipe.

UPiper for iOS

It is not just a light version of the software but in fact the FULL “sound engine” rearranged behind a touchable command interface. Beginners on virtual bagpiping will be stunned by the quality of the bagpipe sounds that come out of this App. They can listen to a collection of Great Highland Bagpipes and their specific harmonics. Also available is a marvelous Uileann Pipe in D and a sweet Galician Gaita in C.

As in the full application, drones can be started on/off and each of the notes of these bagpipes can be triggered by a specific screen and button command. You can also modify the pitch of the bagpipe, or adjust the drone/chanter balance. There is also a bww/midi player with a tempo and articulation definition. So You can use it as a scale reminder; a drone generator for practice players; a bagpipe tuner, a bagpipe player…

Last but not least You can plug in your midi practice with a specific connection device (Irig, midi mobilizer II, Alesis dock, Camera Connection Kit) and use it as a full bagpipe sound generator while playing on a real chanter! Midi parameters and even presets of users of the full software can be uploaded on the idevice to be used as a on your Mac or PC.

Take an easy and enjoyable step into virtual bagpiping with Universal Piper on iPhone/iPod/iPad!

UPiper for iOS is available to purchase for $3.99 USD / 2.99 EUR.

More information: Universal Piper iOS

ePipes Studio Piper 3.0 virtual bagpipes plug-in

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ePipes Studio Piper

ePipes has released Studio Piper 3.0, the latest version of the virtual bagpipes plug-in.

Studio Piper is a complete virtual bagpipe system. It has been developed with world renowned, gold medalist, multi-award-winning piper; Fred Morrison, and the Centre for Music Technology at The University of Glasgow, Scotland. Each stage of the production was personally overseen by Fred, working along-side former Tom Oberheim engineer, Bill Evans.

Studio Piper 3.0 features

  • All samples are played by Fred Morrison on his own instruments.
  • Play Highland Pipes, Border Pipes, Scottish Small Pipes and Uillieann Pipes.
  • Chromatic scale spanning 5 octaves.
  • Built in reverb and delay, numerous other audio effects available.
  • Upgradeable sample sets, new instruments and features to come.
  • Long drone samples provide phasing and variation that define the real sound of the pipes, while remaining perfectly in tune.
  • Adjustable timbre controls. Choose your sound: piercing and rousing; or sweet and mellifluous.
  • Compatible with all MIDI input devices.

Studio Piper 3.0 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) is available to purchase for £75 GBP.

More information: ePipes / Studio Piper

Universal Piper virtual bagpipe instrument updated to v2.0

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Virtual bagpipe instrument Universal Piper was updated to version 2.0.

Universal Piper is a new instrument that aims at faithfully reproducing the sound and the playing sensation of bagpipes of any types.

Universal Piper
Universal Piper

Changes in Universal Piper v2.0

  • New sounds: Uileann Pipe in D, Galician Gaita in C, two legendary GHB Ladies.
  • New sensor panel.
  • New presets management logic.
  • Gain knob added to presets.
  • The possibility to split drones and chanter to separate audio channels.
  • Spread stereo effect.
  • Universal Piper now works with every midi instrument.
  • New GUI: More clear and slightly reorganized main panel offers access to usefull buttons, fine (de)tuning, PC programming…

Universal Piper for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/Standalone) is available to purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: Universal Piper

Bolder Sounds Celtic Pipes, version 2 adds KSP scripting (+ free Thumb Piano released)

Bolder Sounds Celtic Pipes

Bolder Sounds has released version 2 of Celtic Pipes, a sample library featuring a comprehensive set of Bagpipes, Uilleann Pipes and Pub Pipes.

We’ve sampled every single musical note these instruments make, samples are also presented in both short and long loop lengths, mapped out in authentic note ranges with extensions on the highest sample. You can set a drone into motion within the use of the sustain pedal in the lower octaves, and then wail away on the melodic (chanter) part of the pipes mono phonically using pitch bend and continuous controllers without affecting the drones, all on the same midi channel, making for stunningly realistic pipe samples.

The Kontakt version of the Celtic Pipes has been updated to version 2 with newly added KSP scripting. It is a free upgrade for exisitng owners.

Celtic Pipes is available to purchase for Kontakt 3+, EXS24, and Gigastudio 2 for $29.96 USD until 24 July, 2010 in the Bolder Sounds Summer Sale (regular price $39.95 USD).

Bolder Sounds has also released a free Thumb Piano sample library for Kontakt 3+ and Apple EXS24.

This thumb piano (also called Kalimba, Sansa or Mbira) comes from a family of instruments originally from Africa. The range of this particular instrument is 2 octaves plus a major 3rd.

It was sampled with both plucks from the flesh of the thumb as well as the finger nail of the thumb for a brighter sound. Also each sample zone has 3 round robin samples assigned to it. So if you play the same key 3 times in a row, each time you will hear a different sample.

Bo Clausen has contributed some wonderful KSP Kontakt scripting as well which is documented in more detail later in this manual. Thank You Bo!

More information: Bolder Sounds / Celtic Pipes / Thumb Piano

Universal Piper updates to v1.2

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Universal Piper

Universal Piper, a virtual bagpipe instrument for Windows and Mac, was updated to version 1.2.

Universal Piper is a new instrument that aims at faithfully reproducing the sound and the playing sensation of bagpipes of any types.

The idea of this new instrument emerged facing the limitations encountered with a real bagpipe while composing, rehearsing or playing on stage, especially with other tempered instruments (guitar, piano).

Changes in Universal Piper v1.2

  • New sound library: two new chanters and updated GHB factory presets.
  • Chanter reverb control over Control Change.
  • In VSTi, MIDI output of the notes after chanter mode management to be used in any other plugin.
  • Staccato supported for MIDI input.
  • Modulation is now downward instead of upward.
  • Fix: several modifications on the bww reader.
  • Fix: detune not always taken into account after program change.
  • Fix: “inverse” command not taken into account for continuous MIDI Control Change.

Universal Piper is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/Standalone) for 69 EUR.

More information: Universal Piper

Soundprovocation releases Ethnic Bagpipe

Soundprovocation Ethnic Bagpipe

Soundprovocation has released Ethnic Bagpipe, a sampled instrument featuring the sounds of an authentic Baltic bagpipe.

Ethnic Bagpipe features

  • Two tonalities – C and D.
  • Diapason: one octave + drone.
  • Two articulations, selectable by keyboard velocity.
  • Recorded multiple samples to recreate natural feel of the instrument. Each note of the articulation presented has 9 variations. Every time you press a single note, you will hear a different variation. There are 193 samples total recorded.
  • As bagpipe can play continuously, all samples in this instrument are precisely looped.
  • The sound is pure – you can add your favorite reverb or other preferable effects.
  • Dedicated to: folk, neo-folk music composers, movie, theatre soundtrack producers and composers with special needs to add something unordinary and extra natural to their creations.

Ethnic Bagpipe is available in EXS24 and Kontakt format (24bit/44.1kHz .aiff), for the introductory price of 9.99 EUR until the end of March (regular price 19.99 EUR).

More information: Soundprovocation / Ethnic Bagpipe

Universal Piper updated to v1.1.0

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Universal Piper

Virtual bagpipe instrument Universal Piper has been updated to version 1.1.0.

We are a bit late for Christmas, but we got a special delivery! The legendary pipes you ve been waiting for.

Feel the shine of Miss Hendy, the roar of Miss Francis, the Ring of Miss Lawry and the smooth of Miss McDoogy. We hope you re gonna love those sounds! And two specials French Musettes a 23 inches and a 16 inches.

Just to discover new sounds under your fingers!

Changes in Universal Piper version 1.1.0

  • Application language now in English and French.
  • MIDI control for Tone and Chanter mode.
  • Pitchbend is taken into account (+/- 1/2 tone). It can also be controlled through a CC (0-+1/4 ton).
  • Increment/Decrement MIDI CC (97 and 96) taken into account for volume, tone and chanter mode.

Universal Piper is available to purchase as an instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 49 EUR through January 2010.

More information: Universal Piper