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

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.»
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.»
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.»
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»
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.»
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.»
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!»
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.»
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»

Pianoteq compatibility

MacOS Windows Vista/7/8/10 Linux

Audio Units VST AAX NKS

Pianoteq instrument packs