New in Version 5
Modartt has devoted two years of research to developing and refining its award-winning physical model. Pianoteq 5 brings a new clarity and authenticity to the piano sound. It offers no less than nine new piano models, and sound recording is taken to a higher level of control with the addition of directional microphones, letting the user choose from a range of well-known microphone brands
Refined piano sound
Modartt has devoted two years of research in developing and refining the award-winning Pianoteq physical model. Pianoteq 5 brings more body and soul to the instruments, refining the attack and soundboard model, adding more clarity and authenticity. The refined piano sound is applied to the current grand pianos D4, Blüthner Model 1, YC5 Rock Piano, and the upright piano U4, which can all be purchased in our online store.
New grand piano K2
Available for purchase in our online store is the new grand piano K2 which combines the best elements of several source pianos. Its 211 cm (6' 11”) cabinet offers the magnificent sound that comes from a perfect balance between warmth and brilliance. Enjoy its dark, woody character in a musical allround environment. The instrument is especially developed for Pianoteq 5.
Prestigious Kremsegg collection
The Kremsegg Collections I & II are beautiful historical instruments which can be purchased in our online store. They are created in collaboration with the Kremsegg Schloss Museum, Austria, where the original instruments are displayed. The instruments range from the 18th Century to the late 19th Century and include pianofortes and grand pianos, incomparable for rendering the music of the Classical period. The late 19th Century pianos, with a design approaching that of a modern piano, can by all means also be used for jazz and other modern music.
New microphones bring a higher level of control
The improved physical model in Pianoteq 5 makes it possible to work with directional microphones such as cardioid and figure 8. Fifteen microphones of well-known brands are modelled, increasing the palette of available sound colours. New features have been added: the microphones can be rotated in all three dimensions and attached together for their positioning, and they also offer control over polarity and the proximity effect.
New effects that benefit all instruments, especially the electric pianos, are now offered, including delay, chorus, flanger, amplifier and compressor.
Also included is a mallet bounce effect, especially adapted for the chromatic percussion add-on instruments.
A new exciting convolution reverb unit simulates real acoustic surroundings, from small studios to giant cathedrals. In Pianoteq Standard or Pianoteq PRO, you can even load your own reverb impulses. Thanks to the improved reverberation, you will experience a sound quality that is comparable to real recordings with the best audio equipments.
Keyboard calibration wizard
In order to maximize dynamics and performance, a new calibration wizard assists you in trying to set the optimal response to your keyboard and sustain pedal.
The Pianoteq 4 interface is now resizable, making it comfortable to work with on everything from 9” netbooks to 30” cinema displays.
Pianoteq 5 PRO
The Pro version of Pianoteq 5 is the ultimate product for professional composers and recording studios. Equipped with a powerful Note Edit feature, it lets you adjust physical parameters note by note, bringing an extremely sophisticated tool for sound shaping and instrument creation. The Pro version also works with internal sample rates up to 192 Khz.
Thanks to the accurate setting you can apply for any range or note, you will be able to shape sounds and create your own pianos or other imaginary instruments with great freedom. You can also turn any Pianoteq instrument into a multi-instrument by using advanced keyboard splits for up to 88 notes.
The note editor is designed so that you can work with it effectively, saving you time and bringing you possibilities. On top of this, the spectrum profile editor included lets you adjust each overtone for each note, bringing you thousands of sound combinations that will help you creating your own unique instrument.
Powerful note editing
Pianoteq Pro offers note-by-note adjustment for no less than 26 parameters:
direct sound duration
hammer hardness piano
hammer hardness mezzo
hammer hardness forte
key release noise
hammer tine noise
Features in short
PIANOTEQ is a physical modelled virtual instrument
Includes the grand pianos D4 and K1
Free add-on collection of beautiful historical instruments
Optional add-on instruments: rock piano add-on, electric pianos, vibraphones, clavinet, celesta, glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba...
Unique adjustable physical parameters: unison, hammer hardness, soundboard,... *
Progressive variation of the timbre (uses all the 127 MIDI velocities)
Control of the dynamics in timbre and volume
Realistic sympathetic resonances, including duplex scale
Microtuning, supports Scala format *
Adjustable mechanical noises (sampled or modelled)
Built-in graphic equalizer
Built-in graphic curve for key velocity, note-off and pedal
Keyboard calibration assistant
Four pedals: sustain, sostenuto, harmonic, una corda
Progressive sustain pedal, allowing partial-pedal effects
Effects: tremolo, wah-wah, compressor, delay, flanger, chorus, compressor, amp...
Mallet bounce (note repetition)
Variable lid position *
Five adjustable microphones *
Multi channel - up to 5 channels *
No quantization noise (32-bit internal computation)
Installs and loads in seconds
Extremely small file size (approximately 20 MB)
Excellent for use on modern laptops
Extended key range (105 keys = 8+2/3 octaves) for the grand pianos D4 and K1
Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Linux x86
Audio Units / VST / RTAS /AAX compatible
(* in Standard and PRO versions)