Since 2011, AppCordions has been providing the world’s best sounding and most realistic playing virtual Accordion, Concertina, Flute, Whistle, Bagpipes, and Hammered Dulcimer apps for iOS and Android that musicians can use to play and practice anywhere at a fraction of the price of an acoustic instrument!
Already have a hardware MIDI chanter like the Fagerström Technopipes and looking for a bagpipes MIDI sound module? Need authentic hammered dulcimer, concertina, whistle, flute, or accordion sounds for your latest MIDI-based movie soundtrack? Want to play your existing MIDI synthesizers using an iPad control surface that resembles a bagpipes chanter or accordion? Please check out my iOS MIDI Apps based on traditional musical instruments!
To get started, please choose the instrument you want to play by clicking on the Main Menu above.
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Dusty Strings 16/15 Dulcimer
D550-based Hammered Dulcimer and
MIDI Sound Module for both iPhone and iPad
Dusty Strings D550 Dulcimer
Experience playing the lush sound of the
Dusty Strings D550 Chromatic Hammered Dulcimer right on your iPad!
Supports MIDI control with velocity sensitivity
Five Traditional Irish Instruments
in one MIDI Sound Module for both iPhone and iPad
Playing live using a MIDI keyboard connected via an iRig MIDI interface
Playing from a MIDI file
Tin Whistle (High D)
Uilleann Pipes Chanter, Drones, and Baritone/Tenor Regulator Pairs
Transposable up or down up to one octave in semitone increments
“ePipes – MIDI Bagpipes”
MIDI Sound Module for iPhone and iPad
Three sets of Scottish bagpipes that may be played using a MIDI chanter such as the Fagerström Technopipes
Both GHB and Chromatic style hardware MIDI chanters are supported
Includes per-note sampledScottish Highland, Border Pipes, and Smallpipes
Fully transposable up to one octave in semitone increments
Tuneable as much as +/- 50 cents, plus optional reverb
Scottish bagpipes sounds provided by ePipes.co.uk
“Uilleann” for iPad
The app emulates the chanter, three drones and
regulators of a full set of Uilleann pipes.
It plays in all the traditional keys of D, C#, C, B, and Bb,
and is fully tuneable as much as +/- 50 cents
Supports hardware MIDI chanters
Optimized for the Fagerström Technopipes Uilleann model
“Uilleann” for iPad played via MIDI with a Fagerstrom Uilleann Technopipes
Fernando Arroyo from Guanajuato, Mexico
Fernando sent this to me, said he was using
the apps to learn about the instrument.
Seven minutes of pure awesomeness on the
Hohner SqueezeBox app for iPad!
Play my apps on the go, take them on stage and play live, or use them to add traditional instrument sounds to your recordings and soundtracks like these artists:
The apps are perfect for learning and practicing in your apartment, on a work break, when the kids are asleep, or wherever you are. Wherever you have your mobile device, you can play or practice. Play in headphones while waiting for a meeting, or while riding the bus, train, or plane.
On a recent airline trip to visit my parents, I practiced five-row Chromatic Button Accordion in headphones the whole flight back. There’s no way I could have done that with a real accordion, they would have escorted me off the plane in handcuffs and I’d probably would have ended up featured on CNN!
If you want to learn to play any of these instruments but don’t want to invest a lot of money buying a real one, my apps are an inexpensive way to get started. The skills you acquire from playing the apps transfer to the real instruments.
I know this works from first-hand experience. I learned to play B/C button accordion first from my Hohner Melodeon Pro iPad app before getting a real one, and was very quickly able to play tunes on the real instrument.
My apps will give you a realistic experience of playing these instruments for a fraction of the cost of a real one.
I hope you will enjoy playing them as much as I do.