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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:06 pm 
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Demo of the soon to be released open-source WARBL wind controller setup in it's full Uilleann configuration with bottom D sensor installed and bag, using my latest firmware and fingering patterns. Octave switching is done with bag pressure. Sound module is my "Celtic Sounds" iOS sound module iOS app with the sound of a flat set of Uilleann pipes in B. Tune is the air "Táimse Im' Chodladh".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp03QFmcSPE

More information on the WARBL at:

https://warbl.xyz

More information on the "Celtic Sounds" iOS app at:

http://appcordions.com

I am not the developer or seller of the WARBL, I'm just working on optimizing the open-source firmware for whistle and Uilleann pipes players. I believe it will be in the $200-$250 range when released.


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Doesn't your right elbow twitch, trying to operate a bellows?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:01 am 
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Yes, it does!


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Thank you!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:23 pm 
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How would you say this compares to vpipes?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:16 pm 
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It's different. VPipes are a completely self-contained instrument and cost something between $1000 and $2000. They are amazing for sure.

The WARBL is a USB MIDI Wind Controller, produces no sound at all, and can be either mouth blown like a whistle or connected to a bag to play like Scottish or Uilleann bagpipes. Currently it supports four different fingering style (whistle/flute, Uilleann pipes, GHB, Northumbrian), but has room in the firmware for many more.

It's purpose is to generate a MIDI data stream with note and pitchbend information, along with whatever messages one adds programming the dedicated buttons. It has 7 optical sensors on the top, one on the back, and one that can be plugged into the bottom for bottom-D sensing when used as an Uilleann pipes chanter. In addition, it can sense changes in the air pressure (used for octave switching), plus there are three hardware buttons on the back that can be programmed for various features.

The WARBL, when released, will cost around $200.

The sound completely depends on what you plug it into. In my case, I'm using it with my iOS "Celtic Sounds" app that has whistle, flute, Uilleann pipes, concertina, and accordion sounds. It will work with any hardware or software MIDI synth.

Another huge difference is that this is a completely open source project. The circuit schematic, the Arduino-based firmware running inside the device, and the web-based configuration tool are all available for modifications from the developer for free. I've done some substantial changes to the original firmware to optimize it's use as a whistle and Uilleann pipes style controller.


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Yesterday I was at home and really wanted some practice time, but there’s my wife trying to get work done and my daughter and a couple friends over working on the middle school band repertoire. I could have plugged this thing in, strapped on some headphones, fired up the Celtic Sounds library and practiced to my hearts content.

Will buy this the moment it’s available


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:16 am 
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Looks great.
When the app is downloaded how does the WARBL connect to it. When will it be available.

Well done and thanks

Ballygo


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:42 am 
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For iOS devices you need the USB camera connection adapter. That converts the Lightning port on the iPhone/iPad to a standard USB connector. The WARBL plugins into USB.


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