Universal Piper bagpipe instrument updated to v3.0

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The Universal Piper virtual bagpipe instrument for Windows and Mac was updated to version 3.0.

Universal Piper V3

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 v3.0

  • New interface with panels, more clearly readable.
    • Cross platform interface.
    • New tweaking knob (macro/mini modification).
  • Universal Piper now includes more effects: Flanger, Delay, always part of a preset.
  • Add a second voice, with 10 presets.
  • Improved midi control. Almost every parameter assignable including effects and second voice.
  • New bagpipe library: The Scottish smallpipe in A.

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

More information: Universal Piper

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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

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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

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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

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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

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