Jarlath Henderson playing an early prototype

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Irish Cultural Centre – London

The thing that strikes you in particular is how well they respond to all the normal piping stuff — tight triplets, slides, vibrato, popping. Everything sounds just as it should and you don't have to adjust your technique at all. The chanter feels really natural to play and you very quickly forget it's an electronic instrument, said Sam Thompson.


vPipes-Uilleann is a unique electronic uilleann bagpipes emulator that uses revolutionary technology resulting in a real-life experience in terms of sound quality, fingering and ornamentations. It thus affords the possibility of practising accurately in a variety of situations that would prove impractical or impossible with a real set of pipes. The vPipes now includes the possibility of loading a whole array of MIDI sound-bank samples.


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