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ePipesDrones 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.

Operating Instructions:

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

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

Set the volume using the Volume slider.

The pitch may be transposed in semitone increments using the Semitone slider.

The range for the Highland drone is from E-flat below to F above the standard B-flat in semitone increments.

The range for the Border pipes and Smallpipes drone is from D below to E above the standard A in semitone increments.

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

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

For more fun and to experience the full quality of the samples used for the app, try playing the app through an external amplified speaker connected to the headphone jack on your device.

What's New

Version 2.1

iPad icon fix.

Ratings and Reviews

Great App, one request


This app is great to use during chanter practice sessions! It creates awareness of tone at an early stage of learning the bagpipes.
One development request, it would be great if the drones still played while using other apps, for example: when I use my metronome app the drones stop.

Does exactly what it says!

Crushed Bits

I would like to see other key combinations for the smallpipes selection however, because I own scots smallpipes in two keys (A and D) as well as the ability to turn on and off the drones in any combination (I often enjoy playing my smallpipes with only the low drone sounding.)

Great app!


This app does exactly what it says. Plays great sounding bagpipe drones with a high quality sound. I have actually used often in a piece of music where I needed the bagpipe drone sounding along with some music played on an oboe. And because it was highly tunable to the cent it was an absolutely perfect fit. Thanks so much!!


Michael Eskin
3.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Michael Eskin


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