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New! I am happy to announce the WARBL2, which is available as of May 2024 and has many new features and improvements while maintaining the original form factor (it is just 5 mm longer). Improvements include: BLE (wireless) MIDI, an inertial measurement unit (IMU: accelerometer and gyroscope), USB-C, an integrated bell sensor, an RGB LED, a faster processor with much greater storage space, a secondary processor dedicated to reading the optical sensors, higher-resolution pressure-sensor readings, lower power consumption, drag-and-drop firmware upgrades, slightly larger toneholes, and the ability to customize fingering charts completely. There is a NiMH battery that supplies at least 10 hours playing time per charge. Complete documentation is available in the WARBL2 User Manual. The WARBL2 is still completely open source. I will also continue to fully support the original WARBL.

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WARBL is a USB MIDI and BLE 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.

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Simple and versatile hardware design allows for competitive pricing. WARBL is made individually in a small shop, drawing on many years of experience with musical-instrument construction. The WARBL hole spacing is similar to that on a D tin whistle and a great highland bagpipes practice chanter. You can see the hole spacing here.

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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 connect the WARBL and open the tool in a browser that supports Web MIDI.



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