Wang Leehom is a Chinese-American singer-songwriter, music producer, actor, and film director. Known as the "King of Chinese Pop", Leehom has repeatedly revolutionized the Chinese pop music scene with his evolving blend of pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, classical, and traditional Chinese music ranging from aboriginal folk music to Beijing opera. The best-selling Mandarin-language musician of his generation, Leehom came to prominence as a teen idol at the age of 19 and has since released 15 solo studio albums and contributed to dozens more.
He has earned numerous prizes at Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards and the Chinese Music Awards, and is currently touring to sold-out venues in over 100 cities worldwide. In addition to his music career, Leehom has also starred in several movies, including Love in Disguise (2010), a romantic comedy which Leehom wrote, directed, and scored, setting the record for the highest-grossing film for a first-time director in Chinese history. As a native of both the eastern world and the western one, Leehom strives to serve as a cultural ambassador by bringing Chinese music and culture to English-speaking audiences.
«Writing, arranging and recording are all part of the same process for me, so it's important that the piano sound I begin with can make it all the way to the final mix. Pianoteq is my go-to plug-in. It's super easy to use and easily configurable with parameters that matter. They've put a lot of heart into designing Pianoteq, right down to the sound of stepping on and releasing the damper pedal.»
Wang Leehom's official website: http://www.wangleehom.com/
Paul 'Wix' Wickens
Known in the industry as Wix, He has recorded and performed with many of the leading Artists in the business also having number one success as a record producer. He is musical director for Sir Paul McCartney with whom he has worked since 1989.
He was musical director at The Concert For Diana from Wembley Stadium and also for a multi-artist concert in The White House for President Obama. Not only has he has performed around the world to millions of people but also in his daughter's school playground for the summer fair.
«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. The low cpu load makes it ideal for smaller set-ups and whether you are looking for realism to play, or to push the boundaries of sonic experimentation it's all here. Modartt are turning their attention to other areas to "model" and I look forward to what is to come from them»
Grammy nominated arranger/composer Carl Marsh has been an integral part of the North American recording industry for over 3 decades. His ability to draw from pop, rhythm and blues and classical roots give Carl's work a richness and depth that is uncommon in music today. In the seventies he worked for R&B artists such as Steve Cropper, The Bar-Kays, The Temptations, Joe Cocker, James Brown and Isaac Hayes. Based in Nashville since 1986, Carl has expanded his client roster for his string and orchestra arrangements to include such country artists as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna, Vince Gill and Willie Nelson. On the rock side, he has been an integral part of the success of ZZ Top in the late eighties and early nineties, and has contributed to projects of REM, Bonjovi and Bad Company.
At present, Carl is regularly writing for, and working with orchestras in Nashville, Montreal, Prague and London, and frequently conducts his arrangements for orchestra in the famous Abbey Road studios.
«As a pianist that has, in the past, preferred acoustic instruments, I'll have to say that Pianoteq is the first electronic piano that I've seen/heard that allows me to fully shape parameters and end up with the piano sound and performance that I expect from an acoustic instrument. I'm enjoying using Pianoteq on my current 2 projects. I'll have to say that so far it's passed every test I've thrown at it, and it record times ! I find the editing functions are quite fast and effective. And I LOVE the eq.»
Carl Marsh's official website: http://carlmarsh.com
Tim Hinkley is one of the world's top session musicians. He has recorded and toured with Humble Pie, Van Morrison, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Tom Waits, Bad Company, Whitesnake, Tim Buckley, Al Stewart, Thin Lizzy, Roger Daltrey and many others.
From Jody Grind, Tim's Hammond organ trio that impressed audiences across Europe in the sixties to Hinkley's Heroes, the loose jamming band made up of seventies fugitives from the top British rock acts of the time, Tim has always been there playing his music. Beside his work as a musician, Tim produced records by the likes of Johnny Hallyday, Chris Farlowe and Steve Marriott. Tim continues to play in a duo with guitarist Andreas Werner and with his Tim Hinkley Trio featuring the mighty Hammond B3.
«It's a great instrument and I stress, this is an instrument par excellence. Although it is based on what we accept as the natural sound of an acoustic piano, Pianoteq is much more realistic than any other digital or software based piano that I have tried. It really shook me when I discovered that a software instrument can beat a miked up real piano. The sound, the many parameters available for editing, the playability, and the small computer footprint, add up to a Pianoteq being a truly sensational product. Unbeatable!»
Tim Hinkley's official website: http://www.timhinkley.com/Home.html
Paul Badura-Skoda (born in 1927) is a pianist, music editor and pedagogue with an outstanding repertoire of more than 200 recordings, focusing mainly on the piano works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. The legendary conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert von Karajan discovered his talent in 1949 and brought him to fame. Thanks to his splendid musical personality, Badura-Skoda is considered one of the world's most important pianists of our time. To the delight of many music lovers, he is still giving solo concert to dazzled audiences worldwide.
«I was surprised hearing "my" Walter when playing on the digital keyboard! This skilful performance by PIANOTEQ is a marvel of intelligence and art; I admire the whole knowledge collected by my friends, musicians and engineers, and the relevance of their analysis: being able to reproduce the whole sound scale of an instrument, in all its palette of timbre, from a selection of notes requires a very precise analysis and a listening virtuosity that no computing system can invent. Congratulations for creating the tool that goes beyond our wildest hopes! I am eagerly waiting for what will come next.»
Paul Badura-Skoda's official website: http://www.badura-skoda.com/
Hugh Sung is one of the most sought after collaborative pianists in the Classical Music field today, having worked with the likes of violinists Aaron Rosand, Hilary Hahn and Leila Josefowicz, flutists Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner, and leading composers such as Jennifer Higdon and Richard Danielpour. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, Hugh joined the faculty in 1993 and currently serves as Director of Student Recitals and Instrumental Accompaniment.
«Working with digital pianos had always been an exercise in frustrating limitations, a bit like being forced to color by numbers with no more than 10 crayons at a time. Even high-end piano sample libraries have been extremely disappointing, offering exquisitely recorded piano sounds completely divorced from any real interaction or control of the sound beyond a relatively sparse range of touch.
MODARTT PIANOTEQ, on the other hand, represents a stunning breakthrough, making it possible for the first time for a serious musician to work with a digital instrument that gives virtually the full color palette of a 'real' acoustic piano. PIANOTEQ responds in the widest dynamic range I've ever experienced in a computer instrument, from the most delicate pianissimos to keybed-thumping fortissimos, complete with all the physical phenomena that accompanies such deliveries like sympathetic vibrations, soundboard echo, and an amazing variance of hammer/string interactions. Damper control is amazingly continuous and realistic, enabling the most subtle tapers of note-ends and flutter pedal effects.
You can actually work on this virtual piano and start to discuss possibilities of tone, color, articulation - all the expressive qualities normally associated only with fully acoustic counterparts! Any digital piano will sound decent at a loud, narrow dynamic range, but PIANOTEQ really shines in the subtleties of pianissimo colorations and the full feel of control throughout sound production. As Josef Hoffman once marveled at the Duo-Art Piano Roll's capability to capture the essence of a great musical performance, I'm similarly inclined to marvel at the way 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»
Waltz in C-sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2 (F. Chopin)
Performed by Hugh Sung
Pianoteq 4: D4
Waltz in A-flat major Op. 69 No. 1 (F. Chopin)
Performed by Hugh Sung
Pianoteq 4: D4
Hugh Sung's official website: http://www.hughsung.com
Hannah Vasanth is a talented keyboard player, song writer and producer. She currently plays for Jessie J and has previously toured with many other successful artists: Rihanna, Anastacia, Sugababes, just to mention a few.
«Pianoteq is a stunning plugin! It is hard to believe that it is based on physical modelling - the tone and playability make this my main go-to piano in my studio. The sounds can be tweaked with ease and the interface is incredibly user friendly. 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!»
Hannah Vasanth's official website: http://www.myspace.com/hannahvasanth
Leon Pendarvis is the musical director of NBC's Saturday Night Live Band and is the longest standing musician in the show's history. Pendarvis has also written, produced and performed for artists like Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, Roberta Flack, Quincy Jones and B.B. King. In addition, Pendarvis owns and operates Pinwheel Productions, a world-class recording facility that has hosted such talented artists as Pink and Avril Lavigne.
«As you can imagine I have many plug-ins from several companies, and whereas some of their content is great, I find myself always looking for a definitive piano that sounds more "organic", and closer replicates the real thing. I have been aware of Pianoteq for quite some time, and now finally getting around to interfacing it into my workflow. I am intrigued by the approach to replicating, in that this is a model, and not samples. 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»
Keyboard man and confidante to the likes of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Sheryl Crow, Oasis, Stevie Nicks, Superheavy, Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Nas, Bill Fay, Jeff Tweedy, Stereophonics, Sarah McLachlan, Ben Taylor, Mike Scott & The Waterboys, A R Rahman, Doyle Bramhall II, Travis, Lighterthief, Andy Partridge, Amorphous Androgynous & Dave Stewart amongst others.
«Pianoteq works. It's small, believable & playable. I find myself playing it for enjoyment as well as getting it to work within a track.»
Mikey Rowe's official website: http://www.mikeyrowe.com
Richard Maheux hails from Quebec, Canada. After making the move to New York City he performed with acts such as Rihanna, Cirque du Soleil (Delirium), Patty Smyth & Scandal and conducted on various Broadway productions including Rock Of Ages.
Richard also enjoys being in the studio and his production skills have led him to work on many successful recording projects such as Star Académie 2005 which won the Best Selling Album Award at the Gala de l'Adisq.
Richard joined Enrique Iglesias's band as keyboardist in early 2012.
«Pianoteq 4 is very expressive and inspiring. It brings back the joy of playing on an acoustic instrument. I especially enjoy the new electric pianos R2 and W1 but all instruments are great and deeply customizable. The ability of being able to change the mic placement and also the amount of control you get with "Note Edit" opens quite a lot of possibilities. Best of all, it doesn't require a dongle, loads in an instant and has a very small memory footprint so I can make use of my precious SSD memory for something else. That makes it perfect for my live gigs.»
Richard Maheux's official website: http://www.richardmaheux.com
Best known for his 13 notes heard around the world that spawned Eminen's biggest hit "The Real Slim Shady", Tommy Coster isn't just a hip hop producer and composer. Yes, he co-wrote "The Real Slim Shady" with Dr. Dre and Eminem but he also co-wrote a song entitled, "Zulu", with Carlos Santana in 1977 at age 11. Coster has scored several films, and film trailers and continues to be a driving force in the development of upcoming artists. His musical compositions and performances have sold over 70 Million units and he continues to write and produce for artists and labels internationally.
«I own a Yamaha C7 Grand Piano and It's one of my favorite and most inspiring instruments. Unfortunately it weights about 900 pounds and is over 7 feet long and 5 feet wide, it just will not fit into my carry-on bag. Pianoteq's AU instrument is not only convenient, it's solid and it sounds amazing. It loads fast, doesn't crash and gives you control over its many parameters that allow the user to shape and contour each sound in any way you can imagine. 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.»
Tommy Coster's official website: http://www.tommycoster.com
Sven Martin is an in-demand performance keyboardist and studio producer/songwriter. He has been touring some of the most popular and most remote parts of the globe as musical director and keyboardist for Russia's No.1 export, t.A.T.u.. He has played to 100,000 people in Kazakhstan, shared the stage on Red Square with Shakira and the Black Eyed Peas, and turned a sold-out show in St. Petersburg into a live DVD. Add to that performances with Liz Phair on the Chicks with Attitude tour, and television appearances on several shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Sven's prowess and popularity as a musician become irrefutable. Sven currently works on the debut of Lena Katina's first solo album, starting with a release of the first single "Never forget", which reached #1 on the Billboard Club Charts as the Dave Aude Remix.
«I just finally took the time to authorize and run Pianoteq 4 Pro and what can I say??? Unbelievable! The dynamic range of the piano makes me forget I'm using a midi keyboard and the Celeste is so dreamy, I can't even describe my excitement. It's exactly what I was looking for! This is where samples fall flat and the difference is night and day! I have tried just about every Celeste sample on the market for my lullaby music and my search is finally over! Thank you!»
Sven Martin's official website: http://www.svenmartin.com
Born blind in 1961, Jean-Philippe Rykiel taught himself piano from a very early age. His technical mastery of the instrument and his musical intuition brought him recognition by his contemporaries, which provided him many experiences and collaborations as programmer (from Vangelis to Vladimir Cosma), instrumentalist (Steve Hillage, Jon Hassell, Didier Malherbe and numerous African projects) or arranger (Xalam, Salif Keita, Leonard Cohen, Youssou N’Dour). During the last three decades, Jean-Philippe Rykiel has been involved in many pioneering projects - from Salif Keita's "Soro" to "The Lama's Chant" and has gained a reputation as one of the world's foremost keyboard players who also has impressive talents as a writer, arranger and producer.
«I have always admired the wonderful work and innovative concept of Pianoteq. When I tried out version 4, I found a real physical pleasure in playing the D4. I didn't want to fiddle with settings or anything, I just wanted to play and it felt real good. In the following audio demo, I used the unique possibilities of Pianoteq Pro. I made a sound derived from the D4 Jazz B/A preset where I tried to simulate what happens when you put your hands on the strings. So the middle of the keyboard has this handMute effect, while the low and high octaves remain unchanged. I alternate this sound with the original D4 Jazz B/A preset, guaranteed without overdubs!»
Performed by Jean-Philippe Rykiel
Pianoteq 4: D4
John 'Rabbit' Bundrick
Now established as a composer in the world of film music, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick divides the year between writing and world tours with world class artists. It all started at the age of seven when he received his first piano and began banging on it straight away. Soul music and sessions soon followed, most particularly work with Johnny Nash. Eventually he found his own unique instrumental voice on the Hammond Organ. He worked with Bob Marley, Free and finally, The Who.
«I first noticed Pianoteq when it was originally released, and have kept my eyes on their products ever since. I dabbled in their free version, then bought version 3.6.7. Now I'm ready for the fully blown package. It's time to take Pianoteq onboard my set up as a serious contender for my piano tracks. I love the grand pianos. The electric pianos are par-excellence. Extremely realistic and can hold its own amongst the main contenders. The fx are superb and the whole package is totally viable and useable in all situations of recording and live work. I'm happy and satisfied all-round with this software.»
John 'Rabbit' Bundrick's official website: http://www.rabbitwho.com/
The man on keys for London Ska legends Madness has been the driving force behind many of their 20 Hits over almost 30 years. Their debut album "One step beyond" catapulted them into the charts all over Europe, giving the teenagers multiple platinum status.
Every kid in the UK and Europe danced to Songs such as "Baggy Trousers" or "Night Boat To Cairo", their trademark 'nutty sound'. After their world smash "Our House", with which they entered the US charts for the first time in 1980 Madness became a household name all over the world. The string of hits continued until the band took a break in 1985. They returned with a bang when they organised the 1992 Madstock concerts in London's Finsbury Park, the only Live event to date to literally register on the Richter scale due to the enthusiastic pogo-ing of the 70.000 punters over the two days. Since then Madness have enjoyed continued success of the live circuit worldwide and are currently working on the follow up of the 2005 album "The Dangermen Sessions".
Mike's keyboard sound has, although intricately layered with strings, mallets and other, more synthetic colours of the sonic spectrum, always had a firm base in the piano. Since most Madness songs are essentially written around a piano part the quality of this instrument is crucial to band's overall sound.
Recently, Mike has changed his hardware rack for a computer set-up, and while a lot of the synthesizers and sample based natural sounds such as strings were relatively easy to port across, even some of the most high-end piano sample libraries ultimately disappointed him. Moving away from samples he discovered in PIANOTEQ the perfect tool, both in the studio and on the road. The moderate CPU load it puts on a system, combined with superb sonic performance and low inherent latency make it the ideal base for his key rig now. In a series of recent concerts PIANOTEQ has proven to be exactly what was called for, both musically and technically.
«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. Unlike many of the other software pianos I tried this one really sounds good, is simple and can deliver drastically different types of Piano sound... they all sound good, which is just what I want!»
Never Knew Your Name (M. Barson)
Performed by Mike Barson
Pianoteq 4: D4
Mike Barson's official website: http://www.madness.co.uk/
Currently based in Vancouver, Miles has a wealth of musical experience as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, musical theatre director, music therapist and college level music instructor. He has performed on countless albums, and has played with many music greats around the world - Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Chuck Israels, Dee Daniels, Jane Siberry, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Currently, Miles is involved in several projects: He is co-leading a modern jazz quartet called "Altered Laws" with Tom Keenlyside. In 2003, Miles set up Carltone Studios and Carltunes Recordings with engineer/percussionist Chamberlist. Since 1991, Miles has been working for PG Music, with whom he has helped to produce and performed on music software programs, including "The Jazz Pianist 1&2" and "The NewAge Pianist".
«PIANOTEQ, in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above most of the other piano imitations. It was obviously created by people who really understand the amazing acoustic properties of pianos, including all of the important peripheral sounds (pedals, hammers, string resonances, etc..) that form the highly complex and beautiful sonorities that a piano can produce. Carefully crafted and clear and concise in its presentation, PIANOTEQ is a joy to use»
Improvisation No. 1 (M. Black)
Performed by Miles Black
Pianoteq 2: C2
Improvisation No. 2 (M. Black)
Performed by Miles Black
Pianoteq 2: C2
Miles Black's official website: http://www.milesblack.com
William Lecomte is a French jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He studied the harpsichord, piano and harmony at Conservatoire de Poitiers, France, and continued his studies in jazz with Bernard Maury. He is currently touring with Jean-Luc Ponty and has toured and recorded with Vaya con Dios, Eric Séva, Ines Martinez and many others.
«I'm impressed by the way you have adapted mathematics to the service of Art. The design variations provides the ability to adapt to any situation I can imagine. Bravo for the concept of Pianoteq!»
William Lecomte's official website: http://www.myspace.com/williamlecomte
Renown film composer Klaus Badelt has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of our time, received many international awards and honors of distinction, scored more than 35 major motion pictures, and set the tone for both critically acclaimed films and top-grossing franchises and blockbusters.
After writing scores for such films as Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Recruit, K:19 The Widowmaker, Rescue Dawn, The Time Machine, Premonition, 16 Blocks, Poseidon and many others, Klaus cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most in-demand, touted, and versatile composers.
In order to write these great scores, Klaus' Los Angeles and International studios must utilize only cutting edge music technology, tools, and equipment, and include only the finest virtual instruments and plug-ins. Klaus is currently using Pianoteq for "Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia", "Fly me to the Moon", and the recently finished "Shanghai Calling".
«PIANOTEQ is one of the most exciting products I've seen in quite some time. Some of my film cue arrangements are realized with over 75 tracks of audio and virtual instruments, with dozens of effects plug-ins. In these instances, it's vital to have a solid, expressive piano sound that loads quickly and requires a minimum of CPU resources. PIANOTEQ's customizable capability provides me with every type of sound required for every type of mood and situation. PIANOTEQ has become my 'go to' instrument for sketching and final production»
Conrad in the Rain (K. Badelt)
Performed by Klaus Badelt
Pianoteq 3: K1
Goodbye Elisabeth (K. Badelt)
Performed by Klaus Badelt
Pianoteq 3: K1
Last Journey (K. Badelt)
Performed by Klaus Badelt
Pianoteq 3: K1
Klaus Badelt's official website: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046004/
Composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has been described as minimalist, classical, ambient, contemporary and deeply touching the welcome sound of stillness in a hectic world. His hauntingly beautiful and evocative music has kept him among the best-selling and most requested recording artists in the UK and Italy in particular. Besides involved in many collaborative ventures in theatre and dance, he has scored many official movie soundtracks such as This Is England and The Intouchables.
«I have been using Pianoteq for a few years and it's my favourite piano software. The sound is great, it's very easy to use, and I can easily adjust it to my sound needs. Not to mention the important fact that it's very light and it never slows down my computer when I work»
Ludovico Einaudi's official website: http://www.ludovicoeinaudi.com/
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Nieve, has provided the signature sound to Elvis Costello from the first note of the Attractions right up to the present day Imposters. In addition to all the Costello Albums Steve has, Steve's remarkable keyboard stylings have accompanied Sting, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Madness, Squeeze, Burt Bacharach, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Morressey, Lou Reed, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Vanessa Paradis, Robert Wyatt, Francois Hardy, Jane Birkin, Sandy Shaw, Allen Toussaint, Paul Weller, Kirsty Maccoll, Mick Jagger, Smokey Robinson, Barbara Bonney, Laurie Anderson, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many others...
Steve resides in Paris, where he works as a film composer. A handful of solo albums the most recent ToGetHer features many of the artists Steve is associated with, singing Steve's compositions in duet. Always the piano remains at the center of his work. His hybrid-opera Welcome to the Voice, music by Steve Nieve and lyrics Muriel Teodori, (Deutsche Grammophon) fused together classical female singers like Barbara Bonney and Amanda Roocroft and rock male singers like Sting and Robert Wyatt, receiving sell out shows at the Chatelet Theater in Paris. Steve and Muriel are now creating a completely digital opera and Pianoteq software will be an important part of this creation.
«I have always been impressed by the results I am able to achieve with Pianoteq. It sounds as natural or as unnatural as I want. Pianoteq's sound editing facilities make it extremely versatile for the modern pianist with an ear to fine audio tuning. I love the slider that sets the condition of the piano from pristine to totally destroyed. The designers have thought to everything, but have managed to maintain a simple interface which never gets in the way of musical creativity. All the add ons sound equally realistic and the other important dimension is the effects section, absolutely wonderful and simple to operate. Another important consideration, the superb responsiveness of this software, that sets it apart from all other virtual pianos. 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.»
Performed by Steve Nieve
Pianoteq 4: Bluethner (Studio)
Man With A Musical Lighter
Performed by Steve Nieve
Pianoteq 4: U4 (Midnight)
Jimmy George is a multiple Grammy nominee for best songwriter. His songs, "I'll Always Love You", and "Just To See Her", won nominations for Jimmy, Taylor Dayne, and a Grammy for Smokey Robinson, as "Best Vocal Performer". As a studio guitarist in Los Angeles, he has played on major number one hit records, arranged and produced top recording artists such as The Temptations, The Commodores, and George Benson. Jimmy played guitar on many Motown hits for Michael Jackson, The Jackson Five, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Thelma Houston, and others. He has also appeared in concerts with Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Sly and the Family Stone, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Janis Joplin, Three Dog Night, and many others.
«When "digital" software and recording equipment first came on the scene, every serious musician was frantically searching for the most accurate sounding grand piano, software and hardware. There weren't really any that could be used professionally, and that was frustrating to me, as I had sold my grand piano when I moved. I was looking for a new one, and, (as an equipment guru), noticed this brand new program at the Guitar Center in Hollywood. The salesman informed me that it had just arrived, and they had not had time to set up a demo. I was a customer they did not want to lose, so I insisted they set it up so I could hear it. I still recall when I plugged in the earphones to the Korg 88 controller, the first note I played, blew me away. At first I thought it was this expensive Korg, but then I had never heard any digital keyboard sound this authentic.
Not only was I amazed, and sat there for two hours, but a line was beginning to form when we put it through some decent stereo speakers. Needless to say, they sold out that day. I was very fortunate to be one of the first to own it. Since then, I've been using my Pianoteq for almost all of my sessions. I strive to get the finest pianists in Los Angeles, and I would get the same reaction from them, that I had, when they first played it. They couldn't believe it either.
I now have Pianoteq 4 Pro, and I love it! It is rock solid as a stand-alone, or a plug-in, and the user interface is classy and beautiful. The presets are incredibly authentic, but you still have the option to tweak any sound from any preset, to your own ears, which is more fun than a task. You can save it as your own, and recall it in a second. You really have to own this, before you can truly appreciate the genius behind this product. It's that one ultimate software you didn't know you could not live without.»
Composer and technologist BT is one of the most cutting-edge artists and producers for a dizzying array of musical styles. Whether composing intricate scores for blockbuster films such as Fast and Furious, and the Oscar winning Monster; writing and producing for Sting, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Madonna to creating cutting edge proprietary software tools from scratch to make it happen - BT is at the heart of it all. Juxtaposing memorable songwriting with sonic innovation and hand- designed technologies, BT crafts classically influenced, electronic overtures, ringing with living textures that are an industry source book of new and highly copied signature techniques and ideas.
«As an avid fan of the IRCAM physical modeling work, I predicted many years ago this day would come. Finally it is here, a piano model that surpasses in detail, nuance, accuracy, playability and elegance the most sophisticated of sample based libraries. Math can be beautiful, Pianoteq is proof. Play this now, you won't believe it»
BT's official website: http://www.btmusic.com/
Thomas G:son has written many songs in different national pre-selections for the hugely popular Eurovision Song Contest which is watched by a hundred million television viewers every year. G:son has so far written 31 songs for Sweden and 25 songs for other European countries.
In 2012 he contributed with the winning entry Euphoria, performed by Loreen, and the Spanish entry Quédate Conmigo, performed by Pastora Soler. Other artists he has written for include Arash, Jonas Brothers, Tsukasa Maizu, NewS, Carola, Charlotte Perrelli, Nikki Ponte, Guri Schanke, Kandis, Vikingarna, Lasse Stefanz, Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern, Dynazty, Masquerade, Sanna Nielsen, Chanée & n'evergreen, Jenny Silver, Reidun Sæther and Coral Segovia.
«Pianoteq is one of my main go-to plugins when creating new projects. I appreciate that it's so flexible to work with - small and fast loading, easy to adjust the sounds to what I really want, and it offers an excellent selection of factory presets to quickly get started.»
Thomas G:son's official website: http://www.g2publishing.net
Philippe van Eecke
Philippe van Eecke is a well-known, multiple platinum selling composer, producer, engineer, remixer and sound designer from Mannheim, Germany. He has been working together with Xavier Naidoo, Söhne-Mannheims, Carl Carlton and Yvonne Catterfeld only to name a few. His work includes composing, engineering and producing 10 out of 14 songs on the number one album "Telegramm für X" by Xavier Naidoo which sold over 1.4 million copies. Philippe van Eecke's philosophy "Everything is music and music is everything" describes best what drives his work as a composer and producer with a musical spectrum ranging from "acoustic photography" to the recording of natural sounds, all the way to experimental sound mutation - it all exists within the essence of music.
«Pianoteq is the best piano plugin ever! From day one I've been using it in literally every production and I'm always mesmerized and inspired by its sound! Playing Pianoteq just feels fantastic - like painting music with a natural instrument, offering a huge arsenal of colours to paint the picture in the way you want it. You can tweak the acoustic textures and materials whenever necessary, at any time! I love it for the amazing acoustic and e-piano sounds and the add-ons are incredible! But its physical modelling engine is also one of my secret weapons for sound design. It is the perfect studio tool for sculpting new, fresh or inspiring (and sometimes) crazy sounds! Pianoteq has become the number one choice VSTi for my inspiration and my daily work.»
Philippe van Eecke's official website: http://www.klangzeuger.de/
Gunnar Örn Tynes
Gunnar Örn Tynes is a front member of the experimental Icelandic musical group múm. Their music is characterized by soft vocals, electronic glitch beats and effects, and a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments. They are regularly touring worldwide and have released 7 albums.
«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. I have always had a problem with most digital pianos / instruments, they never capture my creative side but since getting to know Pianoteq I haven´t been able to stop playing. The idea of preserving old instruments this way is encouraging for musicians and enables them to explore a huge world of historic instruments, sounds that are actually shaped from a physical world. Musicians that travel a lot know the burden of having to carry around say a wurlitzer, vibraphone and a celesta. They now can save their backs because at last there is a fantastic, realistically sounding plugin that doesn´t deplete your computer's processing power»
Gunnar Örn Tynes's official website: http://mum.is/
Richard Harvey is a sought after film composer and conductor, collaborating with major contemporary composers including John Williams, Stanley Myers, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Maurice Jarre and many others. He has scored over 70 film and television projects up to date, from countless British television series, documentaries and feature length tv films, to major Hollywood titles, contributing to Hans Zimmer's score for the huge box office hit "The Da Vinci Code" (2006). Most recently he has scored moving historical drama feature film "Eichmann" (2007) and idiosyncratic French fantasy "Les Deux Mondes" (2007).
Richard has also an important presence in the Thai film industry and was honoured a Royal Invitation to work closely with executive producer Francis Ford Coppola and to score for the major historic movie "Suriyothai". His talent as a composer of film and television music has been recognised with several awards including a British Academy Award. Richard has also made several classical albums, including a Classical Record of the Year, "Italian Recorder Concertos" (1982), which remains in Gramophone Magazine's Top 100.
«Terms like sampling, modelling or plug-in, are not entering my head here... because for me, Pianoteq quite simply IS a piano! Having said that, it is much more than that, it gives you many pianos with many ways to hear and feel those pianos. Paired with a good physical keyboard the experience is tactile and inspiring and as such I feel drawn to sit and play Pianoteq in the same way that I'm am drawn to a beautiful 9' grand sitting in the corner of a a studio or on a concert stage. It has that magnetism. There have been very creditable attempts at sampled pianos around for a long while. Some are impressive (though profligate with your drive space and processing power!) but they all lack what I call the heart of a piano.... the ability to really "sing" in the middle range between A=220 and A=880. This, for me, is the the most significant edge that Pianoteq has over its likely competitors and as such feels to me rather like the dawning of a new age!»
Richard Harvey's official website: http://www.richardharvey.net
Jon Vezner is a songwriter/singer/producer. He has written songs for Kathy Mattea, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Nancy Griffith, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp and more. He has produced projects on Victory Shaw, Kathy Mattea, Dougie McLean, Danny O'Keefe and the legendary Patti Page. "Where've You Been", a song he co-wrote with Don Henry, won the ACM (Academy of Country Music), the CMA, (Country Music Association) the Grammy and the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) awards for song of the year. He was also NSAI songwriter of the year.
«PIANOTEQ is one of the most exciting new plug-ins I've come across in sometime. It's as closer to the real thing than anything I've heard. I've found it to be very inspiring. And to add to that, being a modeled piano it requires no samples and uses hardly any resources I see no need to go through trying to mic a real piano. And especially for the project studio it is a dream come true»
We Remember (J. Vezner)
Performed by Jon Vezner
Pianoteq 2: C2
October Song (J. Vezner + C. Whitsett)
Performed by Kathy Mattea
Pianoteq 3: M3
Jon Vezner's official website: http://jonvezner.com/
Stuart Crichton is a successful, Australian based, international songwriter and producer who has garnered several Top 10 UK and international hits. Stuart has worked with a number of world-renowned artists such as: Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Brian McFadden, Sugababes, Jamelia and Dame Shirley Bassey as well as contributing several top 10 UK and international hits.
«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. Which is very important to me when I am writing on my portable laptop rig.
I am currently using PIANOTEQ on numerous new productions that I am doing.
If you want quality piano sounds, then PIANOTEQ is as near to the real thing I have used. And it's a great price too!!»
Missing You (S. Crichton, D. Ehrlich, J. Green)
Performed by S. Crichton, D. Ehrlich, J. Green
Pianoteq 4: D4
Joel Corelitz is a Chicago-based composer/sound designer. His personal brand, Waveplant, provides original music for television, film & media as well as bleeding-edge musical sound design for motion graphics. He has scored commercials on the Super Bowl as well as work featured in Stash, Motionographer, OneDotZero, and Smilefaucet. He has also been written about in both Keyboard and Future Music magazines for his production work.
«I tend to approach composition as design – focusing first on rhythm and texture, and second on melody and chords. Pianoteq is absolutely perfect for this approach. Not only is it hands down the most expressive virtual piano out there, its interface enables me to design the perfect piano for my application. It's the only emulation I can think of that is quite possibly better than the real thing»
Performed by Waveplant studios
Pianoteq 4: preset created by the composer (in a mix)
Performed by Waveplant studios
Pianoteq 4: preset created by the composer (in a mix)
Joel Corelitz's official website: http://www.waveplantstudios.com
Guillaume Roussel is a French composer/orchestrator. His career started off in 2005 when he wrote scores to several popular French tv series. In 2007, his first soundtrack of an independent movie, "Tomorrow Is Today", won the Best Score Award at the California Independent Film Festival.
Since 2010, Guillaume is part of the film score company Remote Control Productions, run by veteran composer Hans Zimmer. In 2011, Guillaume wrote the soundtrack of "Les Seigneurs" and composed additional music on "Pirates of the Carribean 4" and "The Smurfs". He has also worked as additional composer on "How Do You Know", starring Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson, and "Rango" the Video Game.
«Pianoteq is simply the only plug that allows you to work the sound of the piano like a real one, and more than that! The world of prepared music is right here with Pianoteq. That's really unique. Furthermore, the musicality of this plug is as realistic as a normal sample library. I will definitely use it a lot!»
Michel van der Aa
(© Ben van Duin) The Dutch composer Michel van der Aa (1970) is one of Europe's most sought-after composers today. Van der Aa is a child of his time. Not only the use of soundtracks but also the inclusion of visual elements in Van der Aa's compositional pallet enhances the theatrical aspect of his art. In 2002 Van der Aa completed a program in film directing at the New York Film Academy, where he learned the art of 16 mm filmmaking. In applying film images and soundtracks as additional instruments, he effectively extends the vocabulary of his music. Michel van der Aa is today 'house composer' for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and is currently working on a new film-opera in collaboration with librettist David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas.
Van der Aa's music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras worldwide at festivals ranging from the Berliner Festspiele to Festival d'Automne á Paris, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Venice Biennale, Lucerne Festival, Autumn in Warsaw and others.
Michel Van der Aa was awarded the International Gaudeamus Prize (1999), Matthijs Vermeulen prize (2004), Siemens Composers Grant (2005), Charlotte Köhler Prize (2005) and the Paul Hindemith Prize (2006). Michel van der Aa is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
«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. As a composer the next thing I did was of course to push the controls far beyond the natural limits. Very creative and wonderful for sound design! PIANOTEQ won't leave my computers hard disk anymore»
Just Before (M. van der Aa)
Performed by Michel van der Aa - (c)Boosey/Hawkes
Pianoteq 2: C2
Michel van der Aa's official website: http://www.doubleA.net
Guy Sigsworth is a successful electronica producer with a background as former band member in the band Frou Frou and in the European Baroque Orchestra in Oxford. He has worked with dozens of artists, including Alanis Morissette, Madonna, Björk, Seal, Talvin Singh, Jem, Britney Spears, Lamb, Robyn, Sugababes, Juliet, Temposhark and many others. His latest projects include Britney Spears' latest album "Circus" (2008) and Kate Havnevik's forthcoming album (due out in 2009). In 2007, Sigsworth produced the whole of Alanis Morissette's latest album "Flavors of Entanglement". There he made use of Pianoteq in the bonus track "Madness" where he created an acoustic piano tone, but with a discreet, "tucked in", Wurlitzer-like softness (audio excerpt below).
«I've always liked the idea of Physical Modeling, ever since I tried a Yamaha VL-1 in a Tokyo music shop back in the early 1990s. There's a certain way good models react to velocity and performance inflection. Even the most complex multi-sampled virtual instruments don't have that flexible response under the fingers. I really like Pianoteq. As a conservatory-trained harpsichordist I really like the harpsichord models too. It feels like we're in at the start of an instrument that's going to develop in all kinds of exciting ways»
"Madness" as recorded on Alanis Morissette's album Flavors of Entanglement (DELUXE EDITION), appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.
Madness (A. Morissette)
Performed by Alanis Morissette
Pianoteq 2: C2 customized, as accompaniment
Marco 'Borso' Borsatti has gained a Grammy Award as sound engineer, working with the most important Italian artists of today: Laura Pausini, Vasco Rossi, Eros Ramazzotti, Andrea Bocelli, to name a few.
Borsatti's career started in 1989 as studio and live sound engineer. In 1992 his first approach to the audio professional world began in the Fonoprint recording studios, where he had the possibility to work with the best recording devices on the market, from analog tapes to the most advanced hard disk recording workstations. It was then he met the arranger and composer Celso Valli, one of the most influential musicians in Italy. He then started his research in finding the best way to manage the piano sound in his productions. He regarded his research as complete the day he first tried PIANOTEQ. In the latest album by Laura Pausini, Primavera In Anticipo (2008), Pianoteq was used as the acoustic piano in all songs (audio excerpt below).
«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»
'Invece no' as recorded on Laura Pausini's album Primavera In Anticipo, appears courtesy of Warner Music Italia.
Invece no (L. Pausini)
Performed by Laura Pausini
Pianoteq 2: C2 customized, as accompaniment
Marco Borsatti's official website: http://www.marcoborsatti.com
Ted has produced, played guitar, arranged, recorded, & toured with major artists such as Whitney Houston, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Burt Bacharach, Dr. Dre, Ronald Isley, Alessandra Rosaldo, The Manhattans, Blush, Ringo, Joe Cocker, Chicago, Engelbert Humperdink. He has also done extensive work in TV & Movies. All this has made Ted proficient in a variety of musical styles.
«I've been using Pianoteq for years now as my only acoustic piano. I'm producing a GREAT singer who came from Italy to work with me. She has one song that features just her on vocal and acoustic piano. I tried Pianoteq 2, then a sampled grand piano but I wasn't hearing what I wanted till I got to Pianoteq 3. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I could hear the room and air around the piano. Pianoteq 4 is absolutely stunning! (I'm running out of words to describe your pianos!) The Bluethner is perfect for the song we're working on now. Thanks for making the BEST acoustic piano emulation available anywhere! Any shortcomings are only in the players themselves :-) Merci!»
Ted Perlman's official website: http://www.tedperlman.com/
Rik Simpson is a Grammy award winning producer responsible for many platinum selling records from the likes of Jay Z, Portishead, PJ Harvey and Coldplay.
«I do a lot of work on my laptop. 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. The piano's sound absolutely real to my ear yet because they're modelled they can also be adapted to defy physics.... I made myself an upright piano with a 30 metre soundboard the other day!!»
Rik Simpson's official website: http://www.riksimpson.com
Jurij Gianluca Ricotti
Jurij Gianluca Ricotti is a talented musician, working in many fields: guitarist, keyboardist, singer, synth programmer, drum programmer, teacher, reviewer, composer, studio engineer and producer. Since 1995 he has worked with a wide range of distinguished artists and producers such as Ennio Morricone, Britney Spears, Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, Salvatore Russo, Tony Renis and Humberto Gatica. He currently tours with the new and very promising opera trio IL VOLO. He played synth guitar and programmed all drums and synthesizers during their writing and pre-recording sessions in which Pianoteq was used in all piano tracks. Jurij teaches at the Roma Rock School where he has the position as Vice Didactic Director.
«I love Pianoteq, it's the best piano instrument ever. I've use it in all my projects, mostly in pop because the sounds match perfectly the synthetic drums and guitars and the harmonics are much better than sampled pianos, the voices are not disturbed by the frequencies»
Jurij Gianluca Ricotti's official website: http://www.jurij.net
Jason Graves is a British Academy Award-winning composer who has brought his passion for music to video game franchises such as DEAD SPACE (EA), STAR TREK (Bethesda) and SILENT HUNTER (Ubisoft). His Hollywood expertise allows him to move effortlessly between film, television and games, and he is renowned worldwide for his cinematic, immersive and award-winning music. Jason's diverse musical background as a classically-trained composer, jazz drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and world percussionist allow him to expertly compose in many different genres of music. As a result, his game credits alone include more than eighty titles, ranging from electronic and rock to full symphonic scores. He performs world percussion and guitar on many of his own scores and has conducted and recorded his live orchestral scores at Air Studios London, Capitol Records, Paramount Pictures, Skywalker Sound, and with the Seattle and Salt Lake City Philharmonic orchestras.
Recent projects include two hybrid electronic/orchestral game scores - one for the popular CITY OF HEROES franchise, entitled GOING ROGUE (N.C. Soft) and a second for SECTION 8 (Southpeak Interactive), a first-person shooter set in the distant future. Jason also provided a live orchestral score for DEAD SPACE EXTRACTION, the Electronic Arts prequel to the popular and critically-acclaimed horror hit DEAD SPACE. Jason is currently working on the epic new score for the third episode of the FINAL HOURS OF TOMB RAIDER, due for release in March 2013.
«Pianoteq PRO is by far the most flexible and best-sounding virtual piano in my arsenal of plug-ins, and I have them all! It also is working extremely well as a “treated” piano for some to-be-announced horror scores I'm currently working on. The ability to customize everything for EACH string on the piano has opened up a whole new world of sonic possibilities. Whatever piano sound I hear in my head can be realized quickly and easily and sounds great with the rest of my instruments»
Jason Graves's official website: http://www.jasongraves.com
When it comes to positioning music in Spanish to thrive in an international market, Italian producer Bob Benozzo has become a force to be reckoned with and an essential part of its growth. His work has become synonymous with the cutting edge success of many recent musical productions, establishing him as one of the most sought after producers in the industry. His remarkable career is almost too good to be true. At the young age of 34 he has already amassed an unbelievable number of Gold and Platinum records, in addition to countless awards that have earned his productions a permanent spot on Billboard and other international music charts. Benozzo's credits list counts renowned artists like Olga Tañón, Emmanuel, Juan Velez, Ricardo Montaner, Chambao, Esterlla Morente, Gloria Trevi, Xtreme, Ornella Vanoni.
«I have tried almost all sampled piano libraries available. One of the main differences of Pianoteq is that it loads quickly, in just a few seconds you can play a fantastic piano. What I really love about Pianoteq is the dynamic response, it reacts like a real instrument, with no gaps in the dynamic range. Another great feature is the sound presence and the natural sounding low/mid range. Pianoteq is an amazing instrument and useful tool. Ever since I put my hands on it, Pianoteq has become my first choice piano!»
Bob Benozzo's official website: http://www.myspace.com/bobbenozzo
Jeff Wolpert is a multi-award winning engineer, mixer, producer, editor and educator. He has recorded some of the biggest names in today's music industry, in addition to a successful career working in film and television. Some of his projects include recordings for Loreena McKennitt, Holly Cole, The Cowboy Junkies and soundtracks to Blues Brothers 2000, American Psycho and Disney's Cars. He is also an associate professor at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, which is the oldest and largest Recording Arts program in Canada, and in the Music faculty at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
«I recently used Pianoteq on a CD for The Canadian Tenors. I appreciate the low processor overhead and the quality of sound»
Jeff Wolpert's official website: http://www.jeffwolpert.com/
Allan Watson is a Timpanist and Percussionist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra resident at the Sydney Opera House. He has more than 25 years experience performing a huge range of Opera and Ballet repertoire with some of the worlds finest conductors. He has worked on a variety of Movie soundtracks and Television shows and taught at the University of NSW and Australian National University. Allan also owns Optimum Percussion, a store specialising in the supply of orchestral percussion instruments imported from all parts of the globe to the finest orchestras and bands in Australia and New Zealand.
«The Pianoteq bell sounds are outstanding and provide a genuine alternative to acoustic bells for live orchestral performance. It is difficult to get real volume and fullness of tone from acoustic tubular bells in the range below a standard chimes set and the lower they get the harder it becomes. The resonance, dynamic control and tone that we are able to achieve from the Pianoteq Bells in this low register answers a problem that has existed for a very long time. The easy to use velocity curve adjustment on the Pianoteq software has enabled me to create a very realistic feel to the playing of all dynamics. The way the bells complex harmonics resonate together is remarkable and above all, our conductor is happy.»
Masaya Yamaguchi is not only a musician but also a conceptualist who established his own system to explore the imaginative formation of musical scales by The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales, which is a meta-contribution to music pedagogy of a high standard. Jazz Education Journal wrote, "It's worth mentioning that this book comprehensively covers all theoretical possibilities in constructing scales (July-August 2002)". The concept is revealed in many of his writings and compositions.
At the end of the 20th century, Masaya Yamaguchi became the first native Japanese to complete the master's program in Jazz Performance at the City College of New York (M.A. 1999). Because of the reference value of his outstanding achievements, Marquis Who's Who has selected his biographical profile for inclusion in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who of Emerging Leaders.
«PIANOTEQ can take you anyplace. Having tried many of sampled piano libraries available, I know PIANOTEQ is exceptionally non-sample based and it is the best. I still can't believe that PIANOTEQ is only taking 17MB hard disc space of my computer. Quick loading PIANOTEQ is a cutting-edge of technology that emulates the piano sound. Sound can not propagate in a vacuum except human brain which is like space – a deep vacuum. PIANOTEQ encourages the creation of piano sound that bridge between your ideal piano sound in your mind and the imaginative sound in your brain. Enjoy your space travel with PIANOTEQ! Bon Voyage!» audio1 = Crossings 2011 Masaya Yamaguchi»
The piano technician Stig Svensson has 50 years of experience in piano tuning and restoration of grand pianos and has a well-known gift for distinguishing the quality of the timbre of pianos, easily being able to find the brilliance needed to improve the quality of the piano sound. Stig was former employed as piano tuner for Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden. During the last 10 years, he has specialized in piano recordings in cooperation with well-known Swedish pianists.
«PIANOTEQ is no doubt the best I have heard from a digital piano. As the piano sound in large extent is a question of individual preference, it is of importance to be able to adapt the timbre. As PIANOTEQ is being able to do this accurately, it is suitable not only for private sessions but also in large orchestras. PIANOTEQ can indeed also be useful as a training tool for piano tuners»