Checking Out Dicky Deegan’s Uilleann Pipes by Xtant Audio

Dicky Deegan's Uilleann Pipes

Dicky Deegan’s Uilleann Pipes by Xtant Audio is a beautifully sampled bagpipe library for Kontakt Full. Dicky Deegan is a well known bagpiper (he frequently plays with film director/producer Guy Richie of Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2, and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame, and actor Jude law) as Dicky is one of the original embers of Guy Richie’s Punchbowl Band. Check out the video below to hear the instrument in action!

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Dicky has teamed with Xtant Audio to release this authentic library of Uilleann Pipes, a common type of bagpipe (often called union pipes or Irish pipes). Uilleann is the Irish word for elbow, and Uilleann Pipes translates to “pipe of the elbow”, due to the bellows being inflated by the player using their elbow. They have a more warm and sweet tone than Scottish bagpipes, and also have a wider range for playing melodies. 

This library has 5 separate .nki files, including two sets of pipes in the key of D and C#, and each instrument includes drones (deep droning notes in one key/pitch), regulators (which allow the player to create chords by opening keys on the instrument), and the chanter (the main source for the melody and the highest pitched notes), which are all mapped across the keyboard. Each section is controllable with their own volume knob so you can mix it just the way you want it.

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