The Darkness’ latest album “One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back” needed to sound authentic, and apparently a synth just couldn’t cut it when it came to getting an authentic panpipe sound.
Perhaps it wasn’t sufficiently programmed. I’m sure it’s possible to achieve, particularly for a recording.
Nevertheless, Justin Hawkins told Blender magazine “I initially tried doing it myself on a synthesizer, but it sounded really cheesy, so we got this guy who’s supposedly the best (player) in the world. He lives up a mountain somewhere in Peru.”