Uilleann Pipes

Uilleann Pipes


Dear Pianobook Community,

The Uilleann Pipes are not quite as well known as the Great Highland Pipes (and not nearly as loud), but they have a beautifully melancholic sound that has captivated me for years. Unfortunately Uilleann Pipes are so uncommon that most people have to contact the pipe-makers directly, and then wait three to eight months for their pipes to be built. That is the situation I have currently found myself in.

Fortunately it is much easier to find a “Practice Set” which consists of the chanter, bellows, and bag but none of the drones or regulators (smaller drones activated by palm keys). I decided to take my practice set and utilize the magic of sampling to create the closest I can come to a full set.


Typically Uilleann Pipes come in one of three keys: D, C, or B. I have set the drone notes on D1, C1, and B0 accordingly. Next are the regulators which I have mapped from G1 to G#2. And lastly the chanter (which would normally have just under a two octave range) I have extended down to B2 and my playing abilities limited me from going higher than A4 consistently (so I’ve stretched it to C5).

This was as much an exercise in sampling as it was in learning new Kontakt skills. There are three keyswitches (C0 for Sustain, D0 for Staccato, and E0 for a velocity-based combination of the two). I have also recorded two different mic positions, two round robins for each long note and five for each short. And there’s a reverb knob just for fun!

I hope you enjoy playing this instrument as much as I do!

Kelan Rooney

P.S. – My reed doesn’t seem to like the “top D” (D4) on my chanter. You’ll see what I mean when you try it out!


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amazing sounds

5.0 rating
June 19, 2021

I love this character, very inspiring, this is great !
Can’t wait to use it for a lot of projects, amazing work.


Missing .nkr file

4.0 rating
June 13, 2021

Well, done on a superb and lovely instrument, indeed. I have one tiny little issue, though: When loading the instrument into Kontakt it asks for the samples, which are easily located, but then it asks for a Kontakt resource file (Uilleann Pipes.nkr) which Kontakt assumes to be at /Users/kelan/Documents/Native Instruments/Kontakt/ …In effect, it is looking for a .nkr file on Kelan’s computer, a file which wasn’t included in the download compilation of NKI instruments, samples, and other resources. I don’t know whether the .nkr is important, because the instrument loads when you ignore the .nkr file, but one can’t help but wonder whether some functionality has been lost. I suppose that it is easily fixed by including the missing .nkr file in the download ZIP archive.

Theuns Kruger

So close to perfect

4.0 rating
April 9, 2021

Well, there it is folks. With the advent of uillean pipes, Pianobook soon has practically every instrument ever made sampled. Anyway, about the instrument: I think I stumbled upon that top D Kelan mentioned and it soiled my overall impression of this, but I took a step back and focused on everything around it and you know? This is well recorded and gets the character of the instrument across. It’s simply that there is this one flaw in there and it’s on a central place, which makes it difficult to use at times.



5.0 rating
March 25, 2021

There’s a problem trying to make acoustic instruments work and sound natural for virtual instruments, well Kelan Rooney doesn’t seem to have that problem. This is perfect. The flexibility and natural tone are breath taking. Thank you.

Mark Doney-Macleod


5.0 rating
August 15, 2020

The PIPES. Authentic. Epic. Who doesn’t love the PIPES

Tim Rideout


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