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
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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. He used Pianoteq in the latest Coldplay album Ghost Stories.
«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
Grammy nominated writer/producer, worked with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Gladys Knight, Chimene Badi, Dru Hill, Brandy, Judith hill among others.
«Pianoteq 5 is my go to plugin for pianos, electric pianos and pitched percs. First I love to use it as a writing tool, I particularly like the Bluethner Model One BA, I find it very inspiring to start on a new ballad. The Bluethner Studio Recording BA sits very well in a busy track played hard. I absolutely love the upright piano, the living room patch is awesome, very intimate and in a way very contemporary to use in pop music. Another patch is the clavinet, auto wah or overdriven, very organic, love it for rhythmic parts.»
New York native Jayson DeZuzio inked a deal with Kid in a Korner/Universal recently and has been nonstop since. Now based in Los Angeles, Jayson has penned and produced songs for Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, Christina Aguilera, Skylar Grey, and Lana Del Ray.
«Pianoteq 5 is the past and future in a tiny package. Nothing comes close to the flexibility, playability and tweak ability. Amazing product truly.»
For the past 30 years, Jon Carin has played on record and in concert, with Pink Floyd, and also with David Gilmour and Roger Waters, as solo artists. He co-wrote Pink Floyd’s first Post-Waters’ hit Learning To Fly. He has also played with The Who, Pete Townshend, Bryan Ferry and many other artists, most recently Kate Bush on her Before The Dawn run of concerts in London.
«The Pianoteq products are incredibly interesting, very usable, tweakable, CPU friendly instruments that are extremely enjoyable to play and manipulate. I highly recommend them. I'm honored to be included in the very impressive list of talented musicians on their artist page.»
Jimmy Bralower was born to make records. He was an early believer in the new electronic music technology and was the first studio drummer to adapt programming into his work. He's responsible for crafting unique sounds and exploring previously uncharted territory, paving the way for contemporary hip hop and innovating beat making techniques that are firmly established as part of the lexicon of modern recording. We have all heard his work in many hit records of the 1980's and 1990's by Madonna, Duran Duran, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Steve Winwood, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, just to name a few. In 2006, Bralower signed soul singer Ryan Shaw to his production company, and through a deal with Columbia Records received a Grammy nomination for the debut album This Is Ryan Shaw. Shaw's first Dynotone release, the album Real Love, has generated two more Grammy nominations. Sax man Mark Rivera's album Common Bond, featuring guest appearances by Ringo Starr and Billy Joel, was recently released to critical acclaim.
«At my studio, I work with some excellent keyboardists who can be very picky about piano sounds, touch, feel etc. The minute I would put the Pianoteq sounds up for my keyboard players, there's been a constant reaction of What's THAT?! They not only sound and play great on their own, but more importantly, they translate straight to the track & sound amazing in a mix. The biggest problem is figuring out which one to use. Pianoteq has set a high bar & the modeling technology not only sounds awesome, but is taking up a fraction of the memory of other similar instruments in my system.»
Jimmy Bralower's official website: https://www.jimmybralowerproductions.com/
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
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
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Sigsworth
Morelli has worn many hats over the years such as MD, to studio ace, as well as playing guitar for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Roberta Flack, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Grace Potter, Ne-Yo, The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hunter Hayes, The Jonas Brothers, Esperanza Spalding, Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls), Rodney Holmes (Santana), K’Naan, Wes Morgan, & Musiq Soulchild to name a few.
«I find Pianoteq truly amazing, super musical and realistic, and is a true joy to use for sure! It makes me feel really inspired. Thank you and kudos on the awesome products.»
Jake Morelli's official website: http://www.jakemorelli.com
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
Ed Cash is a GRAMMY award winning producer / songwriter based in Nashville, the GMA Producer of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2007,2012, 2013, 2014, the BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year in 2007, and more recently winner of Song of the Year in 2014. He has 25+ Dove Awards, and has produced multiple Gold and Platinum selling records. Some of those artists include Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Dolly Parton, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Needtobreath, David Crowder, Kari Jobe, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, and TobyMac.
«Pianoteq is an incredible addition to our piano arsenal. The ability to control the tone from within the program is hard to compete with, and it is definitely the most flexible virtual piano we’ve come across. Beyond a doubt, it is the most realistic piano synthesizer that we’ve seen to date. It works really well in pop tracks as a clean, sharp pop instrument that doesn’t sound like a VI. We dig pianoteq!»
Ed Cash's official website: http://www.edcash.com
Two-time GRAMMY-nominated Producer/DJ Morgan Page is ubiquitous within the dance music scene - his latest album, DC to Light, is set for release this summer. The record features numerous guest appearances, including tracks with Angela McCluskey and frequent-collaborator Lissie, the folksy starlet who worked with Page on 2009’s GRAMMY-nominated "The Longest Road." Over the years, Page has performed landmark sets at festivals across the world, including the Coachella Arts & Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, and Ultra Music Festival, as well as countless shows in North America's biggest clubs.
Page also hosts a weekly radio show on national satellite broadcaster Sirius XM. DC To Light follows In The Air, which debuted at #1 on Beatport's "Top 100 Albums" Chart and #6 on Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart. The title track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart, and held a Top 10 spot for an impressive 25 weeks.
«I've been looking for a amazing piano plugin for years, and never found a match until now. Other piano plugins sound clinical, but Pianoteq sounds big and robust - and it's extremely versatile. Thanks for making an amazing product. This is now a permanent part of my songwriting template»
Morgan Page's official website: http://www.morgan-page.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
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
Luca Bignardi is an Italian sound engineer and producer, well known for his collaborations with many Italian and international artists. He received 3 Latin Grammys, along with several nominations, and 1 Grammy for his collaboration with Laura Pausini. Since 1979, he has worked with famous producers such as Mauro Malavasi and Celso Valli, and with famous artists such as Adriano Celentano, Eros Ramazotti, Vasco Rossi, Alex Ubago, and Andrea Boccelli. He recently finished a recording project with Sergio Dalma and which album has hit the top position in the Spanish charts. Since 2014, Luca lives in Shanghai where he collaborates with many Chinese top artists and producers.
«I've used many sampled pianos in my productions but I was never satisfied. Even if very good sounding, I’ve always felt that something was missing when listening to the final result. In 2006, I discovered Pianoteq. Maybe in the beginning the sound was not perfect, but the performance on the other hand was so realistic that I decided to use it instead of sampled pianos. With every new release, the sound became better and better, and this is why I still use it in every occasion.»
Luca Bignardi's official website: http://www.lucabignardi.com
Grammy Award winner Jason Miles is a producer, arranger, composer, and keyboardist. Miles has worked over the years with a proverbial who’s who of contemporary music: Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, The Crusaders, Ruben Blades, Freddy Cole, George Benson, Joe Sample, Herb Alpert, Vanessa Williams, Grover Washington Jr., Lea Salonga and many others.
His 2015 album Kind of New has received great acclaim from the Global press and is one of the top reviewed albums. His latest release To Grover With Love Live in Japan has also started to receive great acclaim as well. He has performed at top festivals and venues throughout the world, including Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen, Umbria Jazz, North Sea, Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Jazz Fest NOLA and Tokyo Blue Note.
«I love Pianoteq. Through Arturia, I started to use your Rhodes, Clav etc and really think that is an outstanding set of sounds that I use often. Keep up the good work!»
Jason Miles's official website: http://www.jasonmilesmusic.com