Pianoteq 3.6 Standard running on Mac OS X
|Stable release||5.0.1 / May 26, 2014|
|Platform||Linux, Mac OS X, Windows|
Pianoteq is a software program that allows real-time MIDI-control of digital physically modeled pianos and related instruments. It is usable as a stand-alone program for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms, or as a plug in for VSTi hosts and two VSTi counterparts.
History and technology
The original version of the program was released in August 2006. Physically modeled pianos like Pianoteq or V-Piano (Roland) create sound from scratch using several megabytes of mathematical algorithms (Fourier construction) to generate electric piano and acoustic piano sounds that can be manipulated analogously to those produced by their material counterparts. Pianoteq's modeled sounds are supplemented with sampled pedal thump, key release, and hammer thumps.
Patches for additional instruments are also available. Several of the historical instruments were created as part of the KIViR (Keyboard Instruments Virtual Restoration) project, which aims to create playable digital models of historical keyboard instruments in museums like the Händel-Haus in Halle.
Several Pianoteq versions are available, with "Pro" unlocking the most sound-modelling features of the software. A common instrument package consisting of only variations on several electric and acoustic pianos is shared by the Pro, Standard, and Stage versions. Several non-keyboard-type instruments are available for an additional fee. Other historical instruments may be available with the initial cost of the software.
Upgrades from older versions may be supported either for a fee or for free.
- "Pianoteq - Project description". pianoteq.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- Interview with the creator of Pianoteq explaining the difference between modelled pianos vs. acoustic pianos and the generations in-between (in French, with English subtitles)