Uilleann Bagpipes - Half Set

Uilleann Bagpipes - Half Set

By Michael Eskin

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2010-04-21
  • Current Version: 6.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 38.31 MB
  • Developer: Michael Eskin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 3.5
From 37 Ratings


Play the Traditional Irish Bagpipes on your iPad! Uilleann is an extremely authentic sounding set of Traditional Irish bagpipes that is played like the real instrument. The app emulates the three drones and chanter of a half set of Uilleann pipes. It plays in all the traditional keys of D, C#, C, B, and Bb, and is fully tuneable as much as +/- 50 cents. The Uilleann pipes are a bellows driven set of bagpipes with a two octave range. They are most commonly used for playing traditional Irish dance music and slow airs. In recent years they have been made popular by shows such as Riverdance, as well as many motion picture soundtracks such as "Waking Ned Devine", "Titanic", and "Braveheart". The chanter fingerings are based on those used for the Uilleann pipes and will also be immediately familiar and intuitive for players of the tin whistle and Irish Flute. Uilleann supports traditional finger vibrato, and note bending effects. The chanter fingerings are essentially identical to the actual instrument. How to Play: IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 9 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). Touch the "?" to turn on the control and note labels. Select your instrument key from the key selector and adjust the fine tuning with the tuning slider. The number to the left of the tuning shows shows the tuning offset in cents. To reset the tuning to zero, just touch the number. Start/stop the drones playing by touching the drone puck. To play the chanter, touch the "Back-D" bar at the top left with your left thumb. This bar is the "Back-D" hole on the back of a real chanter and must be covered for the lower notes to play. Next, touch the top three holes of the chanter starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers. Finally, touch the bottom four holes of the chanter with the tips of your right index, middle, ring, and little fingers. Touch the grey "Octave" block next to the chanter with your left little finger to play the notes one octave higher. Touch the grey "Stop" block under the drone with your right thumb to stop the chanter sound while covering all the other holes to perform traditional closed piping techniques. This button represents the bottom of the chanter, which is closed when down on the leg. Touch the "i" to bring up the volume and reverb controls. All values are saved for next time the app is run. Optional finger vibrato may be done by touching holes below the main closed holes used for a note. Set the depth of the vibrato with the "Vibrato Depth" slider. Optional upward note bending is done by sliding the finger right or left very slightly from the root tone hole. The sensitivity to pitch be set using the "Note Bend Null Zone" slider. Sound is based on high quality per-note chanter and drone recordings from my personal concert pitch set of Uilleann pipes. Chanter image based on my Kirk Lynch concert pitch chanter. Drone puck image courtesy of Mike DeSmidt. Crowley drone sample courtesy of Vinnie Kilduff.



  • Great App

    By Theshadow1108
    This App is great! And I'm a little confused about the change in the interface from the split chanter to the single piece chanter. On the single piece I am not able to access the blue or purple buttons to go to back-D or vibrato. Am I missing something? Did I download an older version of the app? I am running on iOS 5.1.1.
  • Great app

    By duffyb
    Sounds fantastic
  • Pretty Good, But ...

    By cosmo2001
    So, hats off to the developer for the sound, which is quite good, the straightforward layout, and the thoughtful feature of having a couple of timbres for the drones as options. However, as an uilleann piper, I find the stop button unintuitive for tight piping. Actuating the stop button to play the opening passage of, for instance, "Up and About in the Morning" or "Sean Bui" in a tight style is, to my fingers, very strange and difficult. Better would be a knee button that is held with a thumb that allows all notes save bottom D to sound when chanter holes are opened. Then, when bottom D is desired, the knee button would be released. This would be more analogous to how a real chanter is played. Perhaps this could be addressed in an update? If so, this app would rate higher in my book.
  • Thanks for bringing back the chanter stop button

    By musiquenthusiast
    Here's 5-stars as promised. Great app.
  • Fantastic Reproduction of the Real Thing

    By Harbordavis
    I listen to Celtic music all the time, and I play piano and the great highland bagpipes. With those credentials, I can tell you that this is a fantastic app. I love the sound of uilleann pipes, and this app excellently reproduces their sound (and is a good deal cheeper than an actual set of pipes) with lots you can do to customize the sound. I can hardly put the iPad down. Thank you Mr. Eskin, I look forward to more of your apps.
  • Wow

    By nyflme
    I've had this app for about an hour now and I just worked out the fingering for Amazing Grace. I can't believe the soulful quality of the sound that you can get out of an iPad! It actually put tears in my wife's eyes...the way the Uilleannn should. You can even bend notes like on the actual instrument. I'm thinking of buying a real set of Uillean pipes and I'm using this to work out some of the basic fingering. Absolutely fantastic app!
  • Electric Uilleann

    By Ben&Taylor
    The best uilleann pipe app on the market today. Geared more towards the established piper for practicing rather than the early beginner, this app is no substitute for a teacher but absolutely fantastic for practicing your fingering on the go. Whole-heartedly recommended.
  • Don't Panic! :-)

    By Seisiuneer
    Starting with version 2.0, I've switched all the Uilleann piping apps to the new single piece chanter interface. I realize that a few users may be upset by this, so here's what I'm going to do: If you want to keep using the original interface, I will be releasing a new app called "Uilleann Classic" that has the older split chanter interface. I've submitted the app to Apple for review and it should be available around Nov 20, 2011. It will be free for the first week on the iTunes App Store so you can grab it for free and have both the old and new versions. I've submitted version 2.1 to Apple that adds back the "Stop" switch, check out the new screen shots on the app website. It should be available around Nov 20, 2011.
  • Great App

    By Agentf64
    I was a little disapointed by this latest update because I had gotten used to the previous implementation. That being said. The developer was great about addressing my concerns and I understand why he changed the interface. It is a great app. It's not a replacement for real pipes but it's the next best thing...and you don't have to be on a three year waiting list to get it. It sound's great and if you just want to practice fingering and learning tunes without strapping on the real thing I highly recommend it.
  • great App!

    By Cochranflutes
    I love the new layout of the chanter, it is much more intuitive then original version. I had problems with the split layout. I highly recommend this app! Keep up the good work!