The optical bagpipes

a-pipes is a new concept of electronic bagpipes set

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Conceived and designed by an engineer and piper, author of BagPipe software,

the a-pipes ("alien pipes"), is an electronic bagpipes set based on optical fingering detection and designed to play in all environments, even with dry fingers and whatever your level.

a-pipes outputs high quality sounds on its built in 3.5mm jack plug.

Just plug it to your headphone, earphone or amplifier.

Absolute realism

You play the electronic bagpipes exactly as with your acoustic instrument : real holes, including same diameter and spacing than on a standard chanter

The real sound of bagpipes

Plays great Highland bagpipes sound (drones separate), but also smallpipe in A, gaïta in C, gaïta in Bb and practice pipe. Sounds are based on real samples at HIFI quality (44100Hz)

Impresive autonomy

More than 37 hours of continuous playing with a single AAA battery

Wireless communication

Play over radio (with the 2GHz radio or Bluetooth addons).

Full setup

Configuration from a computer or an Android smartphone through USB, Bluetooth or radio.

Sounds of a-pipes at 44100Hz

a-pipes sounds are made of real instruments recorded samples, played back at 44100Hz.

The a-pipes uses the same samples as "BagPipe" and "AndroBagPipe" softwares, so it will exactly sound as these softwares.

Click here to listen recording in real time : metronome, operatione with and without drones (bagpipes, smallpipe in A, practice chanter, gaita in C, gaita in Bb)

Breaking features

Optical sensors

5 builtin instruments

user's provided samples



Remote setup

Impressive autonomy

Alternate USB powering

HIFI quality

Absolute realism

Ideal for learning

Wireless MIDI

And also all the standard functions

Single AAA battery

Hearphone jack 3.5 output

Adjustable volume

Adjustable pitch

Recording / replay


Pluggin configuration

Wooden a-pipes in pluggin configuration with top ends, stick, USB cable and earphones.

Ready to plug into your bagpipes set bag's stock.

Nomade configuration

Wooden a-pipes in nomade configuration with top ends, stick, USB cable and earphones.

The chineese stick, once inserted into the removable end piece, can be beared on the chest for stabilizing the top of the instrument.

The transport case

Water resistant, inside : padded and velvet

The little world of a-pipes

Demo of a-pipes


a-pipes and BagPipe software in duo with second