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

Leon Pendarvis
Leon Pendarvis
keyboardist, writter, productor
(Saturday Night Live band, Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones)
«From what I can discern so far, the rendering is pretty faithful to the real thing, and I can definitely see it being one of my "go to" software pianos»
Mikey Rowe
Mikey Rowe
musician
(Sheryl Crow, Oasis, Mick Jagger)
«Pianoteq works. It's small, believable and playable. I find myself playing it for enjoyment as well as getting it to work within a track.»
Richard Harvey
Richard Harvey
film composer
(The Da Vinci Code, Eichmann, Les Deux Mondes)
«Terms like sampling, modelling or plug-in, are not entering my head here... because for me, Pianoteq quite simply IS a piano!»
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.»
Rik Simpson
Rik Simpson
producer
(Jay Z, Portishead, PJ Harvey, Coldplay)
«To be able to have an amazing sounding piano with such a tiny footprint, both in terms of CPU and disk space is indeed a wondrous thing.»
Steve Nieve
Steve Nieve
keyboardist & composer
(Elvis Costello, Sting, Paul McCartney, David Bowie)
«Every style of music that I'm interested in is instantly playable on Pianoteq. I love working, playing and creating music with this incredibly powerful, deceptively simple software.»
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.»
Paul Badura-Skoda
Paul Badura-Skoda
pianist
(200+ legendary records)
«I was surprised hearing "my" Walter when playing on the digital keyboard! This skilful performance by PIANOTEQ is a marvel of intelligence and art»
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.»
Guillaume Roussel
Guillaume Roussel
film composer & orchestrator
«Pianoteq is simply the only plug that allows you to work the sound of the piano like a real one, and more than that!»

Pianoteq compatibility

MacOS Windows Vista/7/8/10 Linux

Audio Units VST AAX NKS

Pianoteq instrument packs