Electronic Bagpipe with french Cornemuse (after Remy Dubois), GHB, shepherd’s pipe, Huemmelchen, medieval Bagpipe and Gaita fingering with a second thumb hole to allow the half open french playing mode.
The redpipe classic-air model has a blowpipe, so the bag has to be filled with air over the blowpipe to make your chanter and drones come in, just as with traditional bagpipes. The air disappears through a built-in valve, which helps you to feel a realistic rhythm when playing. The drones, the chanter and the overblowing function are pneumatically controlled by pressing the bag. The blowing pressure is customisable, so you can adjust it to your preferred level. For beginners it is easier to get familiar with the specific air management of bagpiping.
The classic air model offers with french Cornemuse (after Remy Dubois), GHB, shepherd’s pipe, Huemmelchen, medieval Bagpipe and Gaita fingering with a second thumb hole to allow the half open french playing mode. The little finger hole is turnable to support fingertips playing. The french chanter is adjustable for lefthanded players.
The bourdons/drones, the chanter and the overblowing function are pneumatically controlled by pressing the bag. The amount of pressure, which is necessary to get the instrument going is adjustable to individual needs. So, the instrument can be played without applying a lot of pressure to the bag.
- open, half open – Scottish fingering (GHB)
- chromatic, vibrato
- French Cornemuse/ Shepherd’s pipe
- Huemmelchen and Dudey
- Medieval bagpipe in minor
Adjustable sounds available
- Real Bagpipe sound! Just like for a traditional bagpipes, the tone will flatten or sharpen depending on the air pressure in the bag.
- Redpipes are available in Scottish Highland Bagpipe, Smallpipe, medieval bagpipe and Gaita modes. The sound is sampled using original pipes, and microprocessors adjust the sound along the chosen key.
- Keys can be modified in halftone steps.
- The factory setup of the redpipe is A 440 Hz . If modifications are necessary, while playing together with other instruments, the redpipe can be adjusted. The pitch setting is global on all redpipes. Keys can be switched and the total setup is still consistent with other instruments.
- Instruments like bagpipes are normally scale tuned to other bagpipes. For studio recordings and for playing together with other tuned instruments though, you will need to tune to that instrument’s scale (i.e. A rather than B-flat). Tuning up or down to allow for this is a standard feature of the redpipe.
The basic pitch is switched together with the fingering table.
||basic tone: b flat
||basic tone: a minor
|french Cornemuse/Shepherd’s pipe
||basic tone: g
|Huemmelchen and Dudey
||basic tone: c
||basic tone: c
Drone pitch relative to the basic pitch
- Basic pitch (standard setting): the bourdun provides the lowest tone of the chanter plus one octave.(e.g. lowest tone of the chanter is C: bourdun in C for C major)
- Quart-Drone: the bourdun provides a quart relative to the lowest tone of the chanter. (e.g. lowest chanter tone is C : bourdun provides F for F major)
- Second-Drone: the bourdun provides a second relative to the lowest tone of the chanter. (e.g.: lowest chanter tone is C – Bourdun in D for d-minor or dorian)
- The drones can be tuned, and their tone level can be adjusted to the chanter. The drone volume can be adjusted as well.
Eight fingering tables are available. All sounds are combinable with all fingering tables
||Great Highland Bagpipe (open, without vibrato)
||Great Highland Bagpipe (GHB half open, vibrato)
||Great Highland Bagpipe (all halftones available, extended scale,vibrato and overblowing)
||medieval bagpipe in minor
|French Cornemuse/Shepherd’s pipe
||half closed fingering (only with french chanter)
||Huemmelchen and Dudey with renaissance recorder fingering
|Gaita Gallega standart
||Gaita Gallega fingering
|Gaita Gallega extendet
||Gaita Gallega ( halftones available, extended scale,vibrato and overblowing)
- All redpipes can be overblown by 1/2 octave by opening the upper thumb hole or by putting more pressure on the bag.
- Redpipes have a realistic vibrato sound.
- The mode of a Scottish Bagpipe is myxolydic, which means that 2 tones are missing to play non-celtic tunes. That is why the redpipe is switchable between the mixolydic and the ionic mode.
- The mixolydic mode is one of the old, authentic modes used in church music. Half tones are between the third and fourth step and the sixth and seventh step of the scale. The rest of the intervals are full tone steps. Characteristic for these scales is the small seventh. All the other tones are the same as a major scale.
- Ionic mode was added to the authentic modes in the 16th century by Glarean. The ionic mode is the origin of all major scales with halftones between the third and fourth step and the seventh and eighth step. The rest of the intervals are full tone steps. Characteristic for these major scales is the big third.
- The metronome is a redpipe built-in feature. The selected beat generates sound clicks, and an LED blinks in time.
- Line out: The line-level is not controllable. External audio equipment or a radio transmitter are connected over a 6,3mm jack.
- Earphones: Standard earphones are connected over a 3,5mm jack. The sound volume is adjustable. Appropriate for monitoring on stage.
- A standard MIDI cable is necessary to connect the redpipe to MIDI equipment such as sound generators, sequencers, and computers.
- The redpipe uses MIDI-channel 1 for chanter data and the channels 2 to 4 for the drones data.
- Redpipes run on 2 x AA 1.5V akali-mangan batteries (initial batteries are supplied with your redpipes by The Twisted Thistle).