PocketPipes is an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch player for bagpipe tunes (abc and bww files) with lot of options. You can listen to few examples here. While playing, a vertical bar shows the note being played on the sheet music. The apps provides also the reverse chronology of your playings, that may help you to drive your training sessions.
- realistic bagpipe sound or practice chanter sound
- define a section of the tune for playback (to focus on few measures when training, the outside area is grayed)
- loop mode
- play with or without drones or embellishments
- C natural, or C natural + F natural
- synchronized metronome with the current play (sounds and/or flashes)
- optional attack sequence before each play (beats -> 5: drones, 7: E note, 9: start)
- change the tempo of the current tune
- importing files from a Desktop with iTunes, from a Dropbox(TM) account) or email attachements
- sending tunes or sheet music by email
- uploading soundtrack (wav) or sheet music (pdf) to Dropbox
- sheet music print
- search among personal tunes (ie march or march&.bww)
- categorization (tagging) of the tunes eases the manipulation of hundreds or even thousands of personal tunes (i.e. Marches, Slow airs, To learn, Next show ….). See guide in 3).
- statistics (reverse chronology of playbacks, discarded tunes)
- file edition in textual mode
- force touch capability (on devices such as iPhone 6S or 7) offers another kind of navigation with a lot of quick actions shortcuts
- full screen and zooming on sheet music (important for iPhones)
- split screen on iPad
Tips and news
0) With the new 8.0 ….
Improvement of the user interface with quick actions on a long press
Rapid access to category filter, search, statistics
1) To download PocketPipes directly from iPhone/iPad, use the « App Store » application. Then search « pocketpipes ». IOS 9.0 or higher is required.
2) A good free software to edit graphically abc files is Bagpipe, running on a Mac or PC.
If you like highlighted staves (any part of staves) you can do that with Bagpipe, and then PocketPipes will show the highlighted parts (registered in the abc)
However PocketPipes reads ABC files coming from other sources.
Many web sites propose BWW files ready to download.
3) Quick start
Here are tunes sets and three guides to get ready to use PocketPipes
|Tunes starter packs =>||ABC starter pack||BWW starter pack|
|Installation of personal tunes =>||From a desktop||From a Dropbox account|
|Categorization =>||How to work with categories for personal tunes|
If you have an abc or bww file coming as an email attachement, the simplest way to install it is to touch the attachement in the email, and import it directly in PocketPipes
4) Native language
If your device language is neither english, nor french, you have to add english as secondary language in the general settings to run PocketPipes in english
6) A feed-back on the AppleStore as well as any idea is welcome