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Perhaps the foremost technological wizard in piping, Murray Blair played for Victoria Police during their World Pipe Band Championship years, at the same time becoming a leading pipe band recording engineer. He has produced a book of music, and several digital bagpipe tuners.
He has now produced what is easily the best and most natural electronic chanter on the market.
At first glance you would swear it’s a practice chanter, but a closer look reveals an LED display on the back and a control button with which to run the device. Rather than metal sensors, this chanter has actual holes that use light to trigger the note. You are able to calibrate the sensitivity of the holes to your own fingering style.
You can play Highland Bagpipe, Smallpipe or Practice Chanter sounds ranging in pitch from 440hz to 486hz. You can adjust the volume of any drone or all drones.
You can plug it into a keyboard or a MIDI program like GarageBand and generate the sounds of any number of instruments. There is a built-in metronome as well. It comes in two styles, one with Victorian engraving, and one plain.
The software that runs the chanter is capable of accepting downloads of future releases that will enhance its functionality and versatility. It comes with a sturdy and compact carrying case.
Plain metal mounts
Victorian engraved metal mounts
$775.00The Blair™ Digital Chanter and Case, Plain MountsView Product
The most advanced and natural digital chanter on the market today, with bagpipe, smallpipe and practice chanter sounds. Non-engraved metal mounts.
$855.00The Blair™ Digital Chanter and Case, Engraved MountsView Product
The most advanced and natural digital chanter on the market today, with bagpipe, smallpipe and practice chanter sounds. Victorian engraved metal mounts
$39.00Cut-off Pedal for Blair Digital ChanterView Product
This handy little cut-off pedal allows you to silence your Blair Digital Chanter with one tap of your foot. Attach a 1/8-inch jack from the Blair to the “IN” receptacle on the pedal, then plug your headphones or the output cord to your speaker into the “OUT” receptacle. Remember that this doesn’t turn the chanter off; it merely cuts the sound from reaching your output device. You will still need to turn the chanter off when you are finished. Patch cords are not provided.