PocketPipes 4+

For bagpipe training

Claude Le Dû

    • 4.5 • 2 Ratings
    • $5.99


Your bagpipe tunes in abc or bww format on your Mac (Intel/M1) and iOS
Now with a polyphonic capacity, PocketPipes is your partner for practicing on your own repertoire

PocketPipes is an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac player for bagpipe tunes (abc and bww files) with lot of options. Polyphony and drones produce a very realistic bagpipe sound. A vertical bar shows the note being played on the sheet music. PocketPipes is your partner for practicing, with your own tunes. Statistics about recent playbacks help you to drive your training sessions.

- bagpipe chanter sound or practice chanter sound or whistle Bb
- polyphonic capacity (one file for each voice: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th). Select the first one to play in a polyphonic way.
- defining a section of the tune for playback (to focus on few measures when training, with long press on the sheet music). The area outside the section is grayed.
- loop mode
- playing with or without drones
- C natural, or C natural + F natural
- metronome
- optional 5-7-9 attack before each play
- tempo tuning for the current tune

- the app proposes to install demo files automatically when the tunes list is empty (it includes few polyphonic sets)
- importing tunes with the Finder (drag&drop), from a Dropbox(TM) account, or from email attachements
- if you define PocketPipes as the default app you can also use double click on abc or bww files
- file sharing : you can send tunes or sheet music as email attachments
- file uploading to the user's iCloud Drive (wav soundtrack and pdf sheet music)
- sheet music printing
- categorization (tagging) of the tunes allows to work on subsets within the personal tunes (i.e. Marches, Slow airs, To learn, Next performance ....). See in-app help. More flexible than folder hierarchy. When categorized, a tune appears in blue color.
- searching by keys, crossed with categories
- statistics on recent playbacks, crossed with categories
- file edition in textual mode
- backup/restore of the data to/from iCloud, giving a way to align different devices with the same data

- contextual menu with a long press on the tune title or the sheet music
- two specific pop up controllers to handle playback options
- category editor
- window resizing
- ability to colorize some parts of the tunes (non standard feature)
- clear and dark modes
- help book (including useful links to abc and bww tunes data bases on the web)

Nota: tempo setting and section marks are made persistent at tune level

Available ressources on the support web site: Packs of tunes, ABC tutorial, FAQ, tips ...
See FAQ for specific questions

What’s New

Version 13.0.1

PocketPipes can now play up to 4 voices at the same time. The need is to have one abc (or bww) file for each voice. All the files in the set must have exactly the same duration when playing. You just have to follow the naming rule hereafter:
any_title.1st.abc (or .bww)
any_title.2nd.abc (or bww)
any-title.3rd.abc (or bww)
any_title.4th.abc (or bww)
Only when selecting the .1st, you are proposed to play 2,3 or 4 voices depending on the size of the set. PocketPipes checks the durations.
You cannot play polyphony when a begin mark or a cursor is set on the first voice.
If you install the demo pack (when your data base is empty), you will find inside 5 polyphonic sets as examples.
If you prefer to keep your current data base you can download the polyphonic musics from the support web site and add them. to your existing files.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Rich Orman ,

I have been waiting a long time!

I have been waiting a long time for an iPod/ipad app that would have some of the functionality of Bagpipe Music Writer or Celtic Pipes, and now it is here. I find that playing with someone is one of the best says to perfect your tunes, and with this app I can use sound isolating headphones, load a tune in .abc or .pdf and then just play it, boom--perfectly played according to the sheet music. Perfect as a virtual practice partner anywhere I want.

For US$3.99, I am not going to complain about "missing" features. This app is a steal for the price. Still, the developer has requested suggestions on his website, and here are my suggestions:

(1) A metronome that will automatically sync with the music. That would be very helpful. The developer website says that there is an unsynced metronome function, but I cannot find it.

(2) A way to have a lead in on the start of the playing of the music. You press the play button and it starts playing. If there was some way to throw in a delay, or better yet, a 2 beat e, that would be ideal. As it is, I have to place the iPod in a convenient location, get the pipes up, half inflated, and then press start, but I still can't get going for at least three or so notes. If it had that function, I would rate it five stars.

This is a great app. Bravo!

muffy243 ,

Best IPAD App

It was so great to receive this App because now I don't have to carry a book of tunes to practice. Claude gives greta detailed instructions and if you get stuck he answers emails within a day or two with the answer. If your looking for a tune he will try to find it in the format for the app. Thanks Claude.

GrahamClanPiper ,


Just awesome!

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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