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.»
Marco Borsatti
Marco Borsatti
sound engineer
(Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Andrea Bocelli)
«PIANOTEQ plays like a real piano and sounds natural like a real piano. It is a virtual instrument of a very high level and you can really get the same feeling with it as with a true grand piano.»
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!»
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!»
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.»
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»
Ted Perlman
Ted Perlman
producer
(Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross)
«Pianoteq 4 is absolutely stunning! (I'm running out of words to describe your pianos!) The Blüthner is perfect for the song we're working on now. Thanks for making the BEST acoustic piano emulation available anywhere!»
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.»
Michel van der Aa
«It's hard to believe that such an impressive piano sound can come from a 15 MB software plug-in. It sounds far more vivid and realistic than the sample libraries I've tried.»
Hannah Vasanth
Hannah Vasanth
keyboardist, composer & producer
(Rihanna, Anastacia)
«The low CPU usage makes this the perfect instrument when writing on the road - thank you Modartt for raising the bar in terms of piano plugins.»

Pianoteq compatibility

MacOS Windows Vista/7/8/10 Linux

Audio Units VST AAX NKS

Pianoteq instrument packs