Connect one, connect many.
the many ins & outs of pipes
Pipes is designed to work with your favorite MIDI controller. With as little as an inexpensive USB keyboard controller, you have a complete system for creating a ton of music. But it doesn't stop there. Pipes can handle multiple input devices while triggering high quality samples for multiple players at once, without sacrificing speed or quality.
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Flexible, powerful, and easy to use.
ONE DEVICE TO RULE THEM ALL
From the studio to the stage, Pipes delivers. Simply connect your USB or 5-pin MIDI controller like a keyboard controller, a drum pad input device, individual drum triggers, etc.. Three USB ports are included, but you can add a powered USB hub if you have more triggers. Standard MIDI ins and outs are also included.
superior audio quality built in
The analog outputs can go directly to your recording device or a DI/mixer for live shows. The audio quality exceeds that of any computer, unless you are also connecting an expensive external audio interface. Not necessary for Pipes which natively delivers 64 stereo voices of high quality 48 KHz/24 bit sound. Samples can be in WAV, AIF, EXS, SFZ, GIG, or NKI format, or for maximum usability our MDA format is ideal. Users of our Mandala Drum can take advantage of onboard MDA drum instruments right away with Pipes. In fact, the idea of Pipes came from dreaming up the most badass drum sound module possible!
The connections you don't see
Pipes is both WiFi and Bluetooth enabled! Connect Pipes to your WiFi and download factory updates, your own files, new Tweakers and eventually, anything our Pipes Community dreams up thanks to our open source approach! You can also use WiFi or USB to back up your content stored in Pipes. Finally, with Bluetooth, you can connect an external computer keyboard or track pad if you choose.
Pipes has a lot to talk about!
ready to take a deep dive into all that pipes can do?
Choose between two versions with the exact same specs and functionality, the ONLY difference is the amount of onboard storage, either 32GB or 128GB. Both models boast the following features:
Pipes comes pre-loaded with a large onboard library of pristine, original, high-quality instruments, loops, and sounds. Getting started is simple – plug in your USB/MIDI device and start playing.
Import, manipulate and play your own samples. Pipes supports ALL major formats including these: WAV, AIF, MDA, EXS, NKI, SFZ, GIG. Pipes is fully MPE compatible as well!
Pipes is created for musicians of any skill level or experience. Professional sound designers, bands, DJs and performers will love the power and flexibility of Pipes. At the same time, those just starting their journey will enjoy how easy it is to get started simply by exploring all the onboard instruments. Tons of presets included!
Pipes’ entire sound and instrument library loads at startup and can be triggered instantly, thanks to our patented audio engine powered by our unique Parallel Access ZDL technology. Parallel Access means your entire library is always loaded and ready to play. Switch between huge multi-GB instruments or sample sets immediately or play them at the same time! ZDL stands for ‘zero discernible latency’ which means the time between triggering the sample and hearing it play back feels instantaneous without any lag or delay. Even the world’s greatest drummers can’t tell, because ZDL was developed with their help!
Pipes comes pre-loaded with custom Tweakers which allow you to manipulate audio before it triggers. Advanced users can build their own custom Tweakers using the open source Pure Data visual programming language.
Pipes is pre-loaded with effects which can further manipulate your audio. And we’ll be adding more and more effects via updates, which are free for life! All effects parameters are controllable in real-time by MIDI or LFO's.
You can operate multiple internal pipelines (pipes) at once, each with their own sounds, instrument files, Tweakers and effects. You can split them or stack them to create rich, complex, original sounds, or use them separately, allowing multiple players to connect and trigger sounds and instruments at the same time.
Roll your own with Pipes. An open source GUI, a full list of Audio Engine OSC commands (Open Sound Control) and features like internal resampling offer you the ability to hack Pipes into your own personal sonic invention.
Pipes is compact, portable, durable and designed to be on stage. Pipes is housed in a steel + aluminum case which means that it’s the right balance of durability for rugged conditions without being too heavy.
100-240 external power supply for world-wide use. Backers will receive the correct plug adaptor for their territory based on where the unit is being shipped.
Pipes is an instrument, not a gadget or a toy. We want our users to enjoy many years of making music. We won’t be releasing a “new version” that requires you to buy new hardware to keep up.
Backers get free updates for life which includes Pipes firmware, software and content. Eventually we will open Pipes up to third-party developers, creating a marketplace for users to buy and sell their own original content and software.
All backers get lifetime support, which includes updates and tech support. Read about our warranty policy here.
Designed and built in California