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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

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Soundbytes updates VST plug-in range to v1.1

Soundbytes BagPipes

Soundbytes has announced it has released version 1.1 of its entire VST plug-in range.

The Update brings major improvements and stability to the VST synthesizers BagPipes, HurdyGurdy and HurdyGurdyLE as well as to the VST effect plugins Sympathizer and StringVerb.

Changes in Soundbytes plug-ins v1.1

  • All Plugins
    • New Value display allows to read and modify the exact parameter value for all knob and fader controls.
    • New fine tune VST parameters allow exact retuning of all voices through VST automatisation. This works fine as well when only standard low resolution midi controlers are available.
    • Midi note range borders can conveniently be inserted from a midi keyboard.
    • Numerous bug fixes increase the overall stability and usability of the plugins.
  • BagPipes, HurdyGurdy and HurdyGurdyLE
    • The newly integrated midi monitor displays all incoming midi messages.
    • Midi controler setup parameters are now stored independently from the patch data. Up to six midi configurations can be recalled.
    • Stepper buttons change color when a note outside the recorded range is selected in the tuning and chanter range sections.
    • Keyboard direction can be turned over in the HurdyGurdy instrument. This is very useful for those who play the traditional hurdy gurdy instrument where the keys play in reverse direction. The feature allows to play and practise traditional hurdy gurdy riffs and fingerings on a standard midi keyboard. (not available for BagPipes).
  • Sympathizer and StringVerb
    • Resonator engine has been thoroughly redesigned.
    • Location of tuning table files is remembered to enable effortless loading and saving of pitch list descriptions.
    • New fader grouping option copy has been added. (Sympathizer only).

Soundbytes instrument and effect plug-ins are available for Windows PC (VST). The updates are free for all registered users.

More information: Soundbytes

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Universal Piper announces new pipes and price increase

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Universal Piper

Universal Piper has announced the forthcoming release of new pipes for its virtual bagpipe instrument.

For those who still hesitate to get Universal Piper, it is still at an incredible price at 49euros but not for long!! Soon there will be some incredible pipes in your computer and under your fingers. We worked hard to get 6 new pipes in the Box: see by yourself on the Blog

New Universal Piper pipes

  • 2 Pipes of Centre France, each covering one and a half scale
    • 23-inch Musette with an incredible round sound and a terrible Bass (66Hz).
    • Stunning 26-inch musette, a very “singing” instrument.
  • 3+1 Legendary Pipes
    • P Henderdon (1921), very full and clear sound.
    • D Mc Dougall (ca1870) A roaring animal start and then a velvet bubble.
    • RG Lawrie (1924) with a very specific equilibrium between drones and chanter
    • R Francois (2004) the youngster but with a bewitching sound.

These pipes will be available in a new version of Universal Piper by the end of the month.
Universal Piper is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 49 EUR. The update will be free for existing users.

Note: Upon release the price will increase from 49 EUR to 69 EUR.

More information: Universal Piper

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Universal Piper updated to v1.0.3b

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Universal Piper

Virtual bagpipe instrument Universal Piper has been updated to version 1.0.3b.

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 v1.0.3b

  • New Practice Sound.
  • Mac Audio Unit and VST available on G5 and G4.
  • New chanter modes available.
  • Preset management functions: delete and saveAs.
  • Built-in configuration for Degerpipe, Technopipe, Master Gaïta and Redpipe.
  • Separate MIDI channel for chanter and control.
  • Fix: chanter mode management with detune.
  • Fix: additional panels not visible in Logic.
  • Preset management minor improvements.
  • Licence management supports addition of network card.
  • Fix: detune effect re-initialisation.
  • Fix: UP crash during program change while playing.

Universal Piper is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/Standalone) for 49 EUR.

More information: Universal Piper

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ePipes releases The Fred Morrison Sound

ePipes The Fred Morrison Sound

ePipes has announced the release of The Fred Morrison Sound, a virtual bagpipe instrument for Windows.

The Fred Morrison Sound is a software based bagpipe that, when used with the Technopipes or any MIDI bagpipe, enables you to play high quality studio-sampled Highland pipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Border pipes and even Uilleann pipes.

All instruments can be played with your own bagpipe fingering in any key over a two octave range. Each virtual instrument is composed from sound samples played by Fred Morrison on his own pipes.

The Fred Morrison Sound features

  • Volume Control & Panning
    • As well as allowing you to set the overall volume of the current instrument, the relative volumes of the drone and chanter can also be set.
    • Drone and chanter panning can be set independently of one another, allowing for a variety of stereo effects.
    • Panning lets you set how much of the drones and how much of the chanter you want to come out of each speaker.
  • Tuning & Reverb
    • Play any of the instruments in any key over a two octave range, making it simple to play along with any other instruments.
    • You can tune by semitones and even by individual cents so you are always perfectly in tune with whatever instruments you want to play with.
    • Versatile reverb gives an extra dimension to the realism of the sound. It lets you choose whether you want to sound like you’re playing in your living room, a cathedral or anywhere in between!
  • Instruments
    • The Uilleann pipes sampled were made in the late 1990s by the late, legendary craftsman Dave Williams. They are based on a Crowley design. The chanter was made in 2006 by Benedict Koehler with its form derived from a Rowsome chanter.
    • Both the Border Pipes and Small Pipes used were developed by Fred Morrison and Stuart McCallum and were manufactured by McCallum Bagpipes. They appeal to pipers of all kinds because of their acoustic compatibility with other instruments. Both default in the key of A (440) with an extra E drone creating a harmonious chord.
    • The Great Highland Pipes sampled were McCallum drones with a McC2 chanter designed by top competing piper Willie McCallum, again manufactured by leading pipe maker McCallum’s Bagpipes.
  • Recording quality
    • Recorded with Neumann U87 and Rode NTV microphones and mastered with iZotope Ozone to ensure outstanding sonic quality.
    • Each stage of the production of this virtual bagpipe was personally overseen by Fred Morrison, working along side former Thomas Oberheim engineer, William Evans, and the Centre for Music Technology department at Glasgow University.
    • Using a software virtual instrument allows us to use longer samples and therefore produce a much more realistic sound than a purely-hardware eqivalent. For example, the drone samples are up to one minute long. This produces the minor variations and phasing that make a recording sound real, while remaining perfectly in tune.

The Fred Morrison Sound is available as a VST instrument for Windows PC for £70 GBP excl. VAT. Bundles with Technopipes and E-MU Xmidi 1×1 hardware are available as well.

More information: ePipes

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Universal Piper Virtual Bagpipe released

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Universal Piper is a high-definition virtual bagpipe instrument for Windows and Mac.

It is not only dedicated to DAW usage but aims also to approach the specific experience of playing a real bagpipe when used with one specific midi chanter available on the market.

It’s a software sampler dedicated to bagpipes. Today it is loaded with a GHB library but other bagpipe sounds will be soon available.

Universal Piper (standalone)
Universal Piper (standalone)

Universal Piper features

  • Sculpt your sound
    • Adjust the pitch and the gain on each chanter note,
    • Balance power beetween right hand/left hand,
    • Pan the drones and adjust their power,
    • Tune them like in real life!
    • Fine tune the pipe: chanter and drones alltogether.
  • Add some effects
    • Equalize your sound just as you wish,
    • Add some reverb,
    • Detune the whole pipe,
    • Add even a valve noise or a tired piper with the “Humanize” factor.
  • Empower your midi practice play
    • Choose a mode to use hybrid scales.
    • Pilot the software with midi orders, PC to switch presets, CC to start the drones, …
  • Listen to midi or bww files with the Universal Piper sound.
  • When listening to bww files you can widen or stress the duration of gracenotes.
  • Each preset has to scales, one natural and one tempered, they can be tuned separately and recalled with a CC midi command.
  • Play the pipe with low-level(!) chromatic instruments such as a piano or a guitar!
  • “Override” command aligns every preset on a A reference value, so you don’t have to re-tune when playing in a band and switching from one preset to another.

Universal Piper is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/Standalone) for 49 EUR.

More information: Universal Piper

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Short links for November 8th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on November 8th, 2007:

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  • Build a xylophone out of almost anything – How-tos on building xylophones from everything from pipes, bottles, wood, wrenches, even stone.
  • Fran Holland’s Balloon Organ – Uses a bunch of standard plumbing fittings, tuned with sliders and balloons to produce weird, eerie, bagpipe-style music. A large inflated balloon to one side provides the steady air pressure for the drone.
  • The ‘Winners’ of the Wired News Saddest-Cubicle Contest – David Gunnells, an IT guy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has his desk penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave.
  • Julian Wolkenstein – Lovely photography from Australia’s most branded photographer.
  • Get 10% discount on Image-Line products – Use this link and get a 10% discount on FL Studio, Deckadance, Maximus, Morphine, Sytrus, Toxic 3 DirectWave, and more (someone recently use my promo code to buy an item at the Image-Line store, thanks David!, so I figured I’d plug my code once more in order to gain enough credits to actually be able to purchase something through the IL affiliate program).
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