Pianoteq interface

Pianoteq 6: a mature technology

Pianoteq is an award-winning virtual instrument which you can install on your computer (PC/Mac). It can be used both in standalone mode and as an instrument plug-in in VST, AAX, and AudioUnits hosts.

What makes Pianoteq superior to other virtual instruments is that the instruments are physically modelled and thus can simulate the playability and complex behaviour of real acoustic instruments. By omitting usage of samples, the file size is just a tiny fraction of that offered by other virtual instruments, perfect for use on any modern laptop.

Version 6 of Pianoteq brings numerous refinements in its engine and physical model, increasing realism and acoustic presence on all its instruments: acoustic pianos, electro-acoustic pianos, historical instruments and chromatic percussion. Pianoteq becomes, more than ever, an immense joy to play.

Authorized by Steinway & Sons ®

Steinway & Sons have approved the sound and playability of the Pianoteq virtual instruments Steinway Model D and Steinway Model B, which have gained from the refined physical model. These magnificent virtual grand pianos will appeal to all musicians in search of the most famous piano sound signature.

Increased compatibility and extra features

Pianoteq 6 facilitates your workflow by adding compatibility with the VST3 format and the ARM architecture (Linux version only, for example on Raspberry Pi 3 boards). It includes chord identification, and the tuning section has become even more advanced with new tools. The standalone version now offers a MIDI playlist, an improved MIDI archive, and the ability to export audio to FLAC and MP3 formats, in addition to WAV.

Pianoteq features highlight

  • Physically modelled piano
  • Real time sound generation
  • Full dynamics - no velocity switching
  • Very expressive with superb playability
  • Sounds and behaves just like a real piano
  • Unique tuning, voicing and design adjustments
  • Mic position, up to 5 mics
  • Multi channel, up to 5 channels
  • Piano factory - easily create your own piano
  • Many effects + a convolution reverb
  • Advanced preset and parameter manager
  • Unlimited perspectives
  • 64-bit versions available
  • Native Linux (x86) version available
  • Works great with any modern laptop
  • Fast loading - less than 50 MB in size

They talk about Pianoteq

Joel Corelitz
Joel Corelitz
film & media composer
(commercials)
«It's the only emulation I can think of that is quite possibly better than the real thing.»
William Lecomte
William Lecomte
pianist, composer & arranger
«The design variations provides the ability to adapt to any situation I can imagine. Bravo for the concept of Pianoteq!»
Jeff Wolpert
Jeff Wolpert
engineer, mixer, producer, editor
(Loreena McKennitt, Holly Cole, The Cowboy Junkies)
«I recently used Pianoteq on a CD for The Canadian Tenors. I appreciate the low processor overhead and the quality of sound.»
John 'Rabbit' Bundrick
John 'Rabbit' Bundrick
keyboardist & composer
(The Who, Bob Marley)
«I love the grand pianos. The electric pianos are par-excellence. Extremely realistic and can hold its own amongst the main contenders.»
Gunnar Örn Tynes
Gunnar Örn Tynes
musician & composer
(múm)
«Amazing things are happening in the world of physical modeling and I think Pianoteq is the cutting edge when it comes to quality in sound and realistic feel.»
Jason Graves
Jason Graves
video game composer
(Dead Space, Star Trek, Silent Hunter)
«Pianoteq PRO is by far the most flexible and best-sounding virtual piano in my arsenal of plug-ins, and I have them all!»
Mike Barson
Mike Barson
keyboardist
(Madness)
«PIANOTEQ plays like a real piano and sounds natural like a real piano. I like the fact one can change the different elements, it's very versatile.»
Wang Leehom
Wang Leehom
singer, songwriter, actor, film director
(a.k.a. The King of Chinese Pop)
«Pianoteq is my go-to plug-in. It's super easy to use and easily configurable with parameters that matter.»
BT (Brian Transeau)
BT (Brian Transeau)
composer & producer
(Sting, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Madonna)
«Finally it is here, a piano model that surpasses in detail, nuance, accuracy, playability and elegance the most sophisticated of sample based libraries.»
Jurij Gianluca Ricotti
Jurij Gianluca Ricotti
studio engineer & producer
(Ennio Morricone, Britney Spears, Brian May, Il Volo)
«I love Pianoteq, it's the best piano instrument ever. I've use it in all my projects, mostly in pop [...]»

Pianoteq compatibility

MacOS Windows Vista/7/8/10 Linux

Audio Units VST AAX NKS

Pianoteq instrument packs