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ConcertinaXL - 30-Button C/G Anglo Concertina for the iPad

By Michael Eskin

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Description

ConcertinaXL is an authentic sounding 30-button Jeffries-style C/G Anglo Concertina. It is played using the exact same fingerings as the real instrument.

Anglo concertinas are commonly used for playing traditional Irish dance tunes, and is a much-favored instrument in County Clare, Ireland.

The Anglo concertina is bisonoric, meaning the instrument plays a different note for each button depending on whether you are pushing or pulling on the bellows.

ConcertinaXL is the perfect app for someone interested in the Anglo Concertina to have an experience of playing the instrument and become familiar with the button layout without the expense of purchasing a real concertina.

For experienced players, it can serve as a practice aid when it might be impractical to play the real instrument.

To get started, make sure that the orientation lock switch on your iPad (just above the volume controls on the side) is in the off position, then rotate the iPad to landscape orientation to play.

In the app, to play, place the iPad on your leg and simply tip the iPad to the left for a bellows push note, or to the right for a bellows pull note, and press a button.

The Blue/Red display on the top of the screen shows which direction the bellows is moving. Blue on the left represents PUSH, Blue on the right represents PULL.

You may reverse the bellows while pushing a button simply by tipping in the opposite direction.

Touch the diamond area at the center bottom of the screen for tremolo effects. The higher up on the diamond, the greater the effect.

Multiple buttons may be pressed at the same time to play chords.

Touch the "?" on the upper left corner to show/hide the button note names. The note names track the push/pull tilt.

Touch the "i" on the upper right corner to show/hide the tilt sensitivity and reverb controls.

All settings are saved when the app exits.

The button layout and spacing on the iPad screen exactly matches a real 30-button Jeffries-style Anglo Concertina.

Up to 5 buttons may be pressed at the same time to make chords.

Uses extremely high-quality per-button audio samples recorded from my personal concertina collection.

Please visit the app website for more information about playing the Anglo concertina.

Q: The sound stops when I put four fingers on the screen.

A: Go into the iPad Settings app, and disable the "Multitasking Gestures" feature. This feature creates issues for all apps like mine that use more than 3 fingers on the screen at a time.

Q: I'm not hearing any sound, help!

A: Make sure that the mute switch on your device is turned off.

What's New in Version 3.0

Improved sound quality, added optional reverb.

Simplified and refined user interface.

Touch the "?" on the upper left corner to show/hide the button note names.

Touch the "i" on the upper right corner to show/hide the tilt sensitivity and reverb controls.

Removed the Uilleann pipes drones feature. It's a concertina. :-)

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ConcertinaXL - 30-Button C/G Anglo Concertina for the iPad
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: Sep 08, 2013
  • Version: 3.0
  • Size: 23.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Michael Eskin

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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