I'm pleased to announce the release of WIDesigner v2.0.0, now including support for single-reed and double-reed instruments like bagpipe chanters, in addition to the existing support for whistles and flutes. It can also support a few (valveless) lip-reed instruments like serpents and didgeridoos.
WIDesigner is a Java application to assist woodwind instrument designers, an open-source program hosted on GitHub, available for free under the GNU Public License. As a stand-alone Java application, it should run under Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, and more, with a suitable JRE installed.
Although WIDesigner brings more complexity to instrument design than other tuning calculators, it offers a number of advantages:
- It models notes over the full range of an instrument, including arbitrary cross-fingerings, and notes in higher registers.
- It supports tapered bores, including multiple tapered sections.
- It uses multivariate optimization, varying multiple instrument dimensions to get accurate tuning across the full range of notes.
- It is the only tuning calculator and optimizer I know of that supports reed instruments.
For an introduction to WIDesigner and how to use it, read Using WIDesigner
, or watch the video tutorial WIDesigner Introduction
. You can download the WIDesigner zip file from https://github.com/edwardkort/WWIDesigner/releases/latest
, and watch WIDesigner Installation
for an explanation of how to install it.
If you try WIDesigner, please let me know how it works out.