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

Hugh Sung
Hugh Sung
pianist
(Curtis Institute of Music)
«PIANOTEQ is able to express the full musical intentions of the pianist, lending itself elegantly as an artistic tool for the pianists of today's digital age.»
Klaus Badelt
Klaus Badelt
film composer
(Pirates of the Caribbean, 16 Blocks, Poseidon)
«PIANOTEQ is one of the most exciting products I've seen in quite some time. It has become my 'go to' instrument for sketching and final production.»
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.»
Stuart Crichton
Stuart Crichton
song writer & producer
(Kylie, Pet Shop Boys, Bond)
«PIANOTEQ is amazing on many fronts for me, but the two most important are: 1. Quality of sound, which is unbelievable!! 2. Very low CPU usage.»
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.»
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!»
Masaya Yamaguchi
Masaya Yamaguchi
conceptualist musician
«PIANOTEQ encourages the creation of piano sound that bridge between your ideal piano sound in your mind and the imaginative sound in your brain»
Tommy Coster
Tommy Coster
producer and composer
(Eminem, Santana + film trailers)
«Whether I'm writing, performing, or recording this piano covers it all. Thank you Pianoteq for making my life a little bit easier in a getting a great piano sound out of my DAW and for the addition of this great instrument in my music.»
Guy Sigsworth
Guy Sigsworth
producer
(Alanis Morissette, Madonna, Björk, Seal)
«Even the most complex multi-sampled virtual instruments don't have that flexible response under the fingers. I really like Pianoteq.»
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.»

Pianoteq compatibility

MacOS Windows Vista/7/8/10 Linux

Audio Units VST AAX NKS

Pianoteq instrument packs