WARBL is a plug-and-play USB MIDI wind controller that allows the traditional musician to practice with headphones or mimic the sound of any instrument using familiar playing techniques. Designed to simulate a variety of open-tonehole wind instruments such as tin whistles, flutes, and bagpipes, WARBL has optical sensors and real toneholes for continuous finger sensing and realistic feel. An air-pressure sensor allows playing with breath or a bagpipe bag. New: Starting with orders placed on 11/20/20, WARBL comes with a new plastic mouthpiece that is similar in shape to a tin-whistle mouthpiece and offers improved breath response. The mouthpiece also works on older WARBLs and is available for purchase by itself. You can see the new mouthpiece here.
Simple and versatile hardware design allows for competitive pricing. Power is supplied by USB so no batteries are required, and low power consumption provides compatibility with many devices. WARBL is made individually in a small shop, drawing on many years of experience with musical-instrument construction. Beginning in May, 2020, The WARBL hole spacing is identical to that on a standard great highland bagpipes practice chanter. The spacing is also very similar to that of a high D tin whistle. You can see the hole spacing here.
In addition to being the most compact wind controller on the market, WARBL is one of the most versatile. The online WARBL Configuration Tool allows complete control over settings, rather than relying solely on onboard controls to change options. You can adjust and save settings to design the instrument of your choice. Just plug in WARBL and open the tool in a browser that supports Web MIDI.