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»
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.»
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.»
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.»
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.»
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»
Paul 'Wix' Wickens
Paul 'Wix' Wickens
keybordist & musical director
(Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Nik Kershaw, Bon Jovi)
«I have been a fan of "Physical Modelling" and it's potential since the earliest days and Pianoteq has been on my computer from it's beginning.»
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.»
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.»
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.»

Pianoteq compatibility

MacOS Windows Vista/7/8/10 Linux

Audio Units VST AAX NKS

Pianoteq instrument packs