JustDrones is a set of tunable fully chromatic virtual Uilleann bagpipes drones for intonation practice with any instrument.
An optional additional just-tuned interval drone may be enabled a 3rd, 4th, or 5th scale tone above or a 5th or octave bass below the root.
The volume of the main drones and the interval drone may be controlled independently.
You may adjust the tuning of the main drones and the just-intonation based interval drone +/- 50 cents in one-cent increments using the fine-tuning slider control just below the drone puck. Touch the "Zero" button to quickly reset the fine tuning.
Pitch selection, interval drone, fine tuning, and volume settings are saved when the app exits and restored the next time the app is run.
The interval drones are tuned using just intonation relative to the drone root pitch for perfect consonance.
Playing against drones is an excellent way to work on improving intonation. Tin whistle, wooden flute, and Irish fiddle players can all benefit from using the JustDrones as a practice aid.
JustDrones can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to add the unique sound of the Uilleann pipes drones to their live or recorded music.
Uilleann pipers, looking for an interesting alternative to standard D drones on a concert set? Set the main drone root to G and enable the 5th interval drone.
To get even more usefulness out of JustDrones, try plugging your iPhone or iPod Touch into a set of external speakers. The drones sounds are from acoustic recordings without additional effects. Try connecting to external effects devices such as chorus or reverb boxes for even more interesting sounds.
It also plays perfectly through the iPhone's speaker (make sure you turn off the ringer mute switch if you're not hearing anything).
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Fixes for iOS 8.3
Support for iPhone 5 aspect ratio displays
Ratings and Reviews
I’ve had this app on two phones over several years. I’m surprised to see low ratings from some but I guess they didn’t know what Uilleann pipes were.
Nice idea but useless
The PWM generating the tones creates horrible sidebands , at least on my iPhone 7. Especially given that pitch is also a product of overtones , and that the user can choose to add intervals - and not consonant with the overtones generated in the fundamental - those overtones make this useless.
The pitch is way too low. Maybe if you're playing tuba it would be useful. No way to adjust the octave. Save your 99 cents for something else.
Developer Response ,
Tryeiyrdgjii, the app description clearly says that it's based on Uilleann bagpipes drones, which it absolute matches the pitch of.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.