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.
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO PLAY THIS LIKE A PIANO!
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!
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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The PIPES. Authentic. Epic. Who doesn’t love the PIPES
This is amazing. Truly wonderful.
I can’t get over how great this sounds.
Very well made and fun to play with
I really enjoyed discovering that Instrument it, its fun to play with it and its very inspiring doing new music styles.
Fantastic Set of Pipes
I love the instrument! It truly captures the almost obnoxious, but stunning character of the pipes. It’s fantastic for bringing a mountain folk sound to a track.
Versatile and so much fun!
I really like this instrument! The inclusion of both sustains and staccato makes it super versatile and realistic to play, and the velocity-controlled switching is intuitive. The D4 sustain does have a little warble, but a little imperfection just makes it sound that much more real. Great work!