It always amazes us that you can find a MIDI version of almost any instrument. So we decided to look at what's available for MIDI bagpipes.
There are actually a good number of choices.
The Technochanter is portable and fits
You can listen to the sounds and built-in metronome via the headphone output so you can practice bagpipes anywhere without disturbing anyone.
The drones, the chanter and the overblowing function of the Redpipe are pneumatically controlled by pressing the bag. The leather bag is stuffed with filling material.
Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes
This app is a Irish/Scottish Bagpipes fingering based MIDI control surface for the iPad that can be used to play your hardware MIDI synthesizer/sampler modules or other MIDI apps.
The chanter fingerings are based on either those used for the Irish Uilleann or Scottish Highland bagpipes.
The app 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, Universal Piper, or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your iPad.
The app supports sending data on two independent MIDI channels, one for the chanter and the other for the drones.
Universal Piper is a software synth dedicated to bagpipe that claims to have the largest bagpipe library available. It's available as OSX Audio Unit and VST and Windows VST 32 and 64 bit as well as on iOS. You can try it for free and one license allows you to use the software on any platform.
Universal Piper list all the MIDI bagpipe hardware that is available and comes pre-configured to work with most of these.
Universal Piper is compatible with every MIDI instruments.
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