The Art of Sweetened Tuning — Uilleann Pipes


Peterson tuners feature unique Sweetener™ presets not found in any other brand of tuner. This comes from an almost 70-year legacy reaching back to the dawn of popular music as we know it today.

Decades of research and the experience of musicians the world over has led to the creation of the “Sweetener”, a system of preset tuning offsets designed for specific instruments, only available on Peterson tuners, and used worldwide wherever precise and professional results are expected.

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To tune Uilleann Bagpipes, pure beatless intervals are used, requiring Just Intonation with a root of D. The volume and sustained notes of the instrument are unforgiving to the ear if tuned any other way (e.g. with a non-adjusted tuner). Current Peterson tuners feature the UIL Sweetener, which takes all the guesswork out of tuning this instrument. Drones, regulators (if present), and chanters can be tuned quickly and precisely. Uilleann Pipes are a very popular solo instrument and are also often integrated into groups with other acoustic and electric instruments, making their tuning crucial in order to avoid too much dissonance when played in conjunction with Equally tempered instruments like keyboards and guitar. When recording with a group, much time can be saved by using the Peterson UIL Sweetener, guaranteeing the D root to be consonant with the other instruments while preserving the purity of the interplay between the Uilleann Pipes’ own tones.

 

Uilleann Pipes

For Irish Bagpipes in D, use the UIL Sweetener™ preset.

The UIL Sweetener covers the chanter, drones, and regulators and results in a sweeter, more consonant, and harmonious tuning with less dissonance than what is often encountered when using other tuners.

 

 

 

Current Peterson tuners featuring the UIL Sweetener setting described above include:

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