Pianoteq instruments

A Pianoteq licence (Stage, Standard or Pro) is required to use any of the instruments below.
Pianoteq's instruments are grouped into three categories: Acoustic pianos, Electric instruments, and Chromatic percussions (also named Idiophones).

Acoustic Pianos

D4 grand piano

A Steinway D from Hamburg has served as reference and its main characteristics have been used for feeding the physical model. Each note has been carefully adjusted in its finest detail, just like in a real factory. The result is a stunningly vivid instrument created with the most demanding musician in mind.

Blüthner Model 1 grand piano

Authorized by Blüthner, this is the world's first physical model of Blüthner's finest grand piano, widely celebrated for use on the concert stage. One of the most popular Pianoteq's optional instrument.

Kremsegg historical collection #1

The Kremesgg museum collection #1 includes 4 historical pianos from the 18th and 19th centuries: Dohnal, Besendorfer, Erard, Streicher. Incomparable for rendering the music of the 19th century composers, but also for playing other music styles like Jazz.

Kremsegg historical collection #2

The Kremesgg museum collection #2 includes 4 historical pianos from the 18th and 19th centuries: Broadwood, Pleyel, Frenzel, Bechstein. Incomparable for rendering the music of the 19th century composers, but also for playing other music styles like Jazz.

U4 upright piano

The U4 upright piano emphasizes the characteristics of upright pianos, offering 21 exciting presets. Besides the beautiful timbre of well-built acoustic pianos, there are some increased “imperfections” in presets such as Blues, Vintage, Honky Tonk, Detuned, Ruined, Bierkeller, Tacky, Wavy, Weathered, Club...

YC5 rock piano

The Rock piano is developed to meet requirements for a specific pop/rock piano, modelled from a well known Japanese grand piano, frequently seen on stages and very much appreciated by touring artists for its musical qualities and reliability. The YC5 has been rebuilt from scratch in Pianoteq version 5.

K2 grand piano

The K2 grand piano has been especially created for Pianoteq 5. Thanks to its 2.11m (6' 11”) cabinet, the sound quality is magnificent, bringing a perfect balance of warmth, brilliance and clarity. Enjoy its dark, woody character in a musical allround environment.

Electric instruments

Hohner Collection

Tested and authorized by Hohner, this collection includes three famous Hohner keyboard instruments: Electra-piano, Pianet T and Clavinet D6. Manufactured by Hohner from the early sixties until the early eighties, they appeared in many hit records of that period. Hohner® is a registered trademark of Matth. Hohner GmbH.

Electric pianos: R2 & W1

You sureley already know these famous electro-acoustic pianos from the seventies. Two amazing instruments with a gorgeous sound, Electric R2 and Electric W1, are both included. Each instrument comes with several variants and you can customize them to your own taste.

Chromatic percussions

Vibes: Vibraphones VB-1 & VM-1

Two virtual vibraphones, V-M and V-B, reproduce faithfully the characteristic sound of two well-known vibraphone brands. The V-M is a virtual copy of a Musser vibraphone (USA) that belongs to the famous French vibraphonist Dany Doriz. The V-B is a virtual copy of a Bergerault vibraphone (France).

Celeste: Celesta, Glockenspiel and Toy Piano

Includes Celesta, Glockenspiel and Toy Piano. By striking metal plates, the sounds have a bell-like quality that have fascinated composers throughout history and still today. The Toy Piano and Glockenspiel models have slightly extended octave ranges.

Xylo: Marimba bass + Xylophone

Xylophone and Bass Marimba are similar to the vibraphone but are using wooden bars instead of aluminium. Each bar, that vibrates when hit with mallets, is paired with a metallic resonator which is tuned to amplify the sound.

Steelpans: Steel drum + Hand pan + Tank drum + Spacedrum

This pack includes four instruments: Steel Drum, Spacedrum, Hand Pan, Tank Drum.
Each instrument is provided with one preset faithful to the original instrument modelled and several variants.

Free instruments

In addition to the instruments above, Modartt offers to Pianoteq users a rich set of free instruments, including piano predecessors such as cimbalom, harpsichord and clavichord, an electro-acoustic piano CP-80, bells, tubular bells, etc. More details