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ePipes Drones is a tunable, authentic sounding set of Scottish Highland, Border Pipes, and Smallpipes drones.

This app is for musicians who are learning to play the Scottish bagpipes and want high-quality sets of tunable drones to play along with on their practice chanters.

The sounds are provided by ePipes.co.uk in Glasgow, Scotland, from extremely high-fidelity studio recordings of three very fine instruments.

Touch the ePipes logo to switch the drones on and off.

Select the drone type using the drone selector. Available drone types are Great Highland, Border, and Smallpipes.

Set the volume using the Drone Volume slider.

The pitch may be transposed in semitone increments +/- one octave in using the Tranpose slider.

Additionally, the Tuning slider may be used to fine-tune the drone +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments

The Reverb slider sets how much reverb effect is added to the sound.

All settings are saved when the app exits and restored the next time it is run.

MIDI Chanter Test Features:

Test your MIDI Chanter by setting the MIDI channels for the chanter and drones channels. Any MIDI Note-On message note numbers received on those channels will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. This value can be used to determine the MIDI offset value from 67 for the chanter in my other MIDI-enabled apps that default to the Fagerstrom Technopipes standard of the bottom note being MIDI note 67 (G3) as a zero offset.

What's New

Version 3.0.4

Fixed wavering GHB drone.

Fixed issue with missing slider when running the app on smaller iPads.

Re-released as ePipes Drones.

Provides three tuneable Scottish piping drones, plus test features for MIDI chanters like the Fagerstrom Technopipes.

Ratings and Reviews

Exactly as expected

Jmario kokopipey

Good app for playing with Scottish highland sounds, no crashes or bugs. New keyboard layout is exactly as expected from Scottish notation. Playing with easy mode off is also quite fun, since you can play a nice minor third interval (not available on real pipes - fun to have a different scale to play with). Overall really fun app to help work out real melodies with a good highland pipe sound. Developer was very receptive and quick to improve this app, keep these apps coming Micheal.

Very good bagpipe app!


I'm very impressed with Mr. Eskin's work. The app is well sampled, and plays very smoothly--and more important, it's fun.
I gave it only four stars because currently it lacks the ability to tune the pipe. It's very well in tune with itself, but if you want to play along to music in your library, an ability advertized in the app description, even highland pipe music, you need to be able to tune your e-pipe to match.
Overall, excellent app. Keep up the good work, sir!

Love the sounds - Hate the crashes

Ray 0'Graph

There is a known problem with this app crashing at startup. The developer says he is working on it.
Until it is fixed I would avoid upgrading to iOS4 or wait for the fix.
Crashes at startup 4/5 times for me. Once it 'sticks' it's alot of fun and sounds nice (at least if you like pipes, and you wouldn't want it if you didn't)


Michael Eskin
5.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Michael Eskin


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