Electro-Harmonix Effectology, Vol.12 “The Uilleann Pipes”
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Posted: 08 February 2010 11:07 AM

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Electro-Harmonix Effectology, Vol.12 “The Uilleann Pipes”

The uilleann (pronounced “Illyun,”) pipes are Irish bagpipes.Originally known as the Union pipes, are the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland. The uilleann pipes bag is inflated by means of a small set of bellows strapped around the waist and the right arm. The bellows not only relieves the player from the effort needed to blow into a bag to maintain pressure, they also allow relatively dry air to power the reeds, reducing the adverse effects of moisture on tuning and longevity. Some pipers can converse or sing while playing as well.
The uilleann pipes are distinguished from many other forms of bagpipes by their sweet tone and wide range of notes — they have a range of two full octaves, including sharps and flats.



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Although uilleann pipes have been around since the early 1600’s, their revival in modern times began in the 1960’s with a musical group called The Chieftains. More recently, the uilleann pipes have been widely seen in the Riverdance band, and this has excited a great deal of interest.

Their sound is beautiful, complex, ancient, and haunting.

To start the video off I created a “Harmonic Drone” using a HOG in the freeze mode.
The HOG holding a frozen chord was run into the Stereo Electric Mistress pedal which combines both a flanger and chorus.
The combo of flange and chorus produced a constantly changing sweep of notes that never repeated.
I recorded the drone for several minutes and was amazed but how I never heard the sweep repeat itself!
Below are the “Harmonic Drone” pedal settings.

To begin the Uilleann Pipes piece I wanted to create a giant field snare drum sound.
I used a Big Muff PI with Tone Wicker into a Cathdreal reverb set for a very large room.
Playing a drum roll with my left hand fingers close to the bridge set of a explosive drum sound.
Below are the settings for the “Giant Field Drum” sound.


To create the sound of the Uilleann pipes using just a guitar and EHX pedals we used a Big Muff PI with Tone Wicker into a HOG-Harmonic Octave Generator.
The HOG`s “Spectral Gate"strips away the raw upper harmonics from the signal leaving more of a pure fundamental note.
The HOG,s sliders are set for one octave above and a small amount of the second octave above that.
The original and dry signal are set at zero.
This allowed me to play the melody lower on the guitar but sounding as if i played it on the upper frets.
Playing it lower on the neck gives the notes a longer natural sustain and a overall fuller sound.
I often use this trick as it really adds to the sound and sound very different than playing higher on the neck.
In this case the added sustain helped the sound by giving it a singing quality.

The attack slider on the HOG helped remove a slight bit of the guitars pick attack which rounded out the sound.

Notes can be bent using the guitars vibrato arm or by using the HOG,s expression pedal in the step bend mode.
Bass players and guitars with a fixed bridge wold use the expression pedal method.

Next in line was a Stereo Memory Man set for 300 milliseconds delay with chorus modulation.
A reverb can be added as an option at the end of the chain if needed..
I used a Cathedral reverb in the hall setting.
Below are the pedal settings I used in the video for the Uilleann Pipe sound:

The Backing String chain and settings are below.
I used the volume pedal to swell in each chord.

I recorded this clip using an 1988 Ibanez Jem guitar direct into the computer with a clean amp simulator.
No guitar amps were used. If you are using a guitar amp, set it for a very clean, flat or neutral sound when using the settings above.

Thanks for listening!
Bill Ruppert

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Posted: 08 February 2010 11:28 AM | Link to this reply (#2)

I haven’t heard it yet, but im SO AMAZED. I love the Chieftains, and didn’t expect this from you or anybodie.  :clap:. Bill, you are way beyond greatness.

Bailando en este carnaval, papel plateado y soledad…

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Posted: 08 February 2010 12:12 PM | Link to this reply (#3)

beautiful lead tone.  I love the drum sound too.  Gee, It’s great to see this series continuing on!

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Posted: 08 February 2010 01:55 PM | Link to this reply (#4)

Really nice, especially love the drum sound

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Posted: 08 February 2010 06:19 PM | Link to this reply (#5)

Thanks Julian.
You can really hear how good the reverb trail on the Cathedral reverb is.
Through the monitors here the sound is room shaking.
Bill

julian - 08 February 2010 07:55 PM

Really nice, especially love the drum sound

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Posted: 09 February 2010 12:16 PM | Link to this reply (#6)

I almost had tears in my eyes… i bow, Bill, that was just… breath-taking

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Posted: 09 February 2010 09:19 PM | Link to this reply (#7)

Thanks friedjesseradio and Darkaxel!!!

I build the pedal chain up when I create a sound so nothing is in a permanent order here at my studio.
I have a cool area set up with all the EHX pedals I own out and I pick from it one by one to create a sound.
Its like an artist pallet!!
I found a GREAT new sound tonight so I am back to work on the next Effectology.
I am very excited.
Thanks again.
Bill

DarkAxel - 09 February 2010 06:16 PM

I almost had tears in my eyes… i bow, Bill, that was just… breath-taking

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Posted: 10 February 2010 10:50 AM | Link to this reply (#8)

well, bill, i bet you’re having a great time with those EHX pedals smile it’s really awesome how you show us how different can guitar sound - and that’s exactly the reason why i like effect pedals smile

take care! can’t wait for the new videos! smile

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Posted: 11 February 2010 04:36 PM | Link to this reply (#9)

Very cool applications of effects pedals as musical instrument rather then effectors.  Bravo!

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Posted: 04 March 2010 07:28 PM | Link to this reply (#10)

Hi at all i’m mario from venice italy. I’m an absolute beginner guitar player, recently i saw the vol. 12 Uillean pipes the sound is fantastic someone told me the exact devices and the related regulations
because this sounds are the my pricipal passion of my studies.
ciao

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Posted: 04 March 2010 11:54 PM | Link to this reply (#11)

Mario, Grazie per il vostro posta! Buona fortuna con la vostra chitarra. Avete scelto il migliore strumento musicale di tutti! Arrivederci Bill Ruppert da Chicago.

mario - 05 March 2010 01:28 AM

Hi at all i’m mario from venice italy. I’m an absolute beginner guitar player, recently i saw the vol. 12 Uillean pipes the sound is fantastic someone told me the exact devices and the related regulations
because this sounds are the my pricipal passion of my studies.
ciao

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Posted: 05 March 2010 07:03 AM | Link to this reply (#12)

Hi Bill nice to meet you, (sorry for my english).
compliment again for your sounds, for me is a new world.
have you some suggests for me about this topic for my study
Ciao to you and other friends

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Posted: 05 March 2010 11:28 PM | Link to this reply (#13)

Hi Mario,
Here are a few fun things to look at.
They are about modular synthesizers.
This is VERY related to what I do with effect. pedals.
I grew up on modular synthesizers and saw the direct correlation to guitar and effects.
Bill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modular_synthesizer

http://beausievers.com/synth/synthbasics/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_unit

 

mario - 05 March 2010 01:03 PM

Hi Bill nice to meet you, (sorry for my english).
compliment again for your sounds, for me is a new world.
have you some suggests for me about this topic for my study
Ciao to you and other friends

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Posted: 12 March 2010 09:42 PM | Link to this reply (#14)

Hi Bil,i think to buy the new fender american special strat hss,because my budget is low and i read
that this guitar have a good value for money.
for you is a good choice? related at this topic
ciao from your fan

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Posted: 12 March 2010 10:13 PM | Link to this reply (#15)

Best thing is play the guitar first and if it feels like a dream buy it.
Its all it how it feels to you.
The “How It Feels And Sounds To You” is all that matters.
Bill

mario - 13 March 2010 03:42 AM

Hi Bil,i think to buy the new fender american special strat hss,because my budget is low and i read
that this guitar have a good value for money.
for you is a good choice? related at this topic
ciao from your fan

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