User testimonials

This is a small selection of the many spontaneous overwhelming comments we receive from our customers.

Craig Richards (Melbourne, Australia)

« I am surrounded by acoustic pianos of many makes and models each day, working in a retail piano showroom in Melbourne Australia (agents for Steinway & Sons) so I feel I am well qualified to make the comment that your latest Bluthner Grand Piano and Pianoteq 4.5 is simply amazing. At last, a virtual piano that I can play and forget about the technology and simply become lost in creating music. What an astonishing achievement you have made - congratulations and a big thank you! »

Devin Wipperman (Waverly, USA)

« I think this is the first time I've felt compelled to thank a company for their product. I only play casually, but I can lose hours at a good piano. However, I haven't been able to have one of my own for a long time now. Digital keyboards are better than nothing, but they've never given me joy that comes with the real thing. It feels like I've tried every sample-based instrument out there, spending hours tweaking settings, trying to replicate that feeling. But no matter what I did, they all felt off somehow. I'd heard of Pianoteq and it's modeling synth before, but always passed it by, assuming it would sound flat and lack character. But when I finally tried it, I instantly felt that joy that comes from a real piano -- no need to tweak settings to get what I want. I can just play, and it does what I'd expect from the real thing. Pianoteq lets me forget that I'm playing a software instrument, and lose myself in the joy of playing. Thank you. »

Mark Sherman (Pflugerville, USA)

« This is a beautiful program, it takes the edge off of wanting a Steinway 1098. Thank you for making this. »

Robert Dorn (Leeuwarden, Netherlands)

« This piano rocks!! The D4 really is amazing, I tried it 2 days ago and it's already my favorite piano. Complements my other virtual piano very well, and besides Pianoteq4 D4 is way better responsive and broader useable in different genres. »

Emmett Whitaker II (North Tonawanda, USA)

« Several years ago I worked in a piano dealership in Buffalo, NY (Denton, Cottier, Daniels --touted as the ''oldest Steinway dealership'' in the United States). Among other piano brands, I sold Steinways. Just let me state that in my humble opinion, your D4 series nails the rich mellow fullness of the best that Steinway has to offer. For someone like me, who will never be able to afford a Steinway, this is quite a remarkable boon. I don't know what magic you employed in order to produce such a fine virtual instrument, but let me thank you for your efforts. »

Jeremy Abel (Brooklyn, USA)

« Just wanted to say that the fact that Pianoteq is always recording midi data of anything you play is a fantastic feature. I have an entire folder of midi snippets of stuff I've played while jamming or just messing around, and without that feature, there's so many ideas I would have forgotten or had to stop and write down or record. It's great that I can just go into a menu and export stuff I've just played, without having to push record, and without the nervousness associated with recording it for real. Every piece of instrument software should have this. »

Louis S Carrozzi (Bellevue, USA)

« I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth to the customer testimonials because Pianoteq is an excellent product and was exactly what I needed. The two most important features of Pianoteq Standard, for me, are that you can randomly generate pianos that simply don't exist in real life, which is fun, but more importantly you can also design your own piano from scratch. I can get EXACTLY the piano sound I want for for my music, no matter what style of song, and that's something you just can't do with samples. Genius! »

Donny Collins (Statesboro, USA)

« I got Pianoteq 4.5 Stage last week and I absolutely love it. Of any instrument I have ever played, it's among the most expressive and beautiful sounding. »

Mark Hinton Stewart (Old Isleworth, United Kingdom)

« Hello to the amazing team at Modartt. I've been using Pianoteq pretty much since the beginning, and I've always been a big fan, though I've fluctuated at times between various piano sample libraries and Pianoteq, continually searching for the ultimate piano sound to use in all my projects - I'm a film and TV composer as well as being a performing musician. Well, I have to congratulate you profusely on the Blüthner add-on. It's amazing, incredible, beautiful, emotional, expressive, tender, huge, in fact everything that I've been searching for in a piano sound. I spend hours just playing it and enjoying the beauty of the sound and the playability. I had to write this email to you all to thank you for creating this and making it available to us all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Merci!! »

Johannes Biedert (Stuttgart, Germany)

« The Blüthner and Steinway pianos in your software are a daily source of inspiration for me, the texture of the sound, the pearly brilliance, the responsiveness - all that is totally stunning! I am discovering nuances in the sound every day I am using Pianoteq which are impossible to find in a sample-based emulation. I am totally convinced this is the best sounding virtual piano out there! Thank you very much and keep up the excellent work. »

Connor Chee (Chandler, USA)

« I recently bought Pianoteq, and I want to express just how satisfied I am with the product! I am a classically trained pianist, with a master's degree in piano performance. I have always been hesitant to use digital keyboards for anything other than practice. However, after getting your software, I prefer to use my digital grand to make recordings for my albums and my youtube videos! The sound quality is fantastic! I recently released a CD that was recorded with pianoteq, and everyone commented on how nice the instrument was that I recorded on. No one knew it was a digital piano! And the sound quality on my youtube videos is great. This is one that I think Pianoteq really made sound great: - Not to mention the simplicity of using the software to record! I recommend the program to all of my pianist friends that need affordable recording options (since studio recordings can run well into the thousands!) Thanks! »

Paul Von Mertens (Chicago, USA)

« I work for Brian Wilson as music director and I needed something I could use on tour for writing and arranging mostly, so I tried Pianoteq last year while we did the Beach Boys 50th reunion tour. It worked so well that I'm adding it to my studio at home for recording. If I'm using plug-ins I want them to sound real, musical and be easy to use because I don't spend a lot of time with the technical stuff. The pianos sound great and the set-up and interface are very clear, intuitive and seamless. Thanks for a great product. »

Mark Willmot (Cape Town, South Africa)

« I've complimented you on the beauty of your work in the past, but I just have to compliment you again. I plan to buy the Blüthner add-on soon. Listening to those sample pieces on a good hi-fi just blew me away - again. Thank you so much for your wonderful, wonderful work. You have turned software into Art. »

Rube Quinones (El Paso, USA)

« I've been using Pianoteq for about 2 years now and just wanted to say thank you for putting out such an awesome product that runs on Linux. It is the best piano sound I've found and it does not consume tons of resources from my pc. Keep it up with the good work! »

Hans Holema (Alkmaar, Netherlands)

« Congrats on the U4 - I have already purchased it... I really like the sound... It's one of those cases where you didn't know you were missing that sound until you have it :-) good job! »

Brian Hanke (Burbank, USA)

« Today I purchased Pianoteq and am simply blown away by what it is capable of. It is a true musical instrument for the 21st century. Every nuance I play is translated to perfection. Truly incredible. »

Rafał Rudawski (Wroclaw, Poland)

« As a pro musician/composer it is very important for me to have a true piano sound on stage and in my studio. I was looking very hard for the best sounding piano plugin - no results, nothing interesting nor true. I was completely DAS (disappointed, angry, sad). Thanks God I have found Modartt website somehow on the internet. I was testing Pianoteq 4 demo for two weeks, after that I decided to buy it. Pianoteq 4 is not a plugin with tons of recorded samples or virtual/hybrid toys - it is a real instrument with soul, like a real grand piano. Thank You Modartt Team! »

Harald Sævik (Åkrehamn, Norway)

« Fantastic sounds, REALLY fantastic ! And not only the expensive ones, but the old pianos, the free ones, they are incredible. So much soul and spirit, really looking forward composing my romantic piano music on these sounds, and also my straight-to-the-heart tunes with the rhodes, the wurlies and the grands. »

Paolo Negri (Casalpusterlengo, Italy)

« Hi guys, just wanted to spread some love for the new developments. I'm a professional musician from Italy and I've been using the Pianoteq 3 (and now 4) for almost every release I made in the last 2 years. I love the Clavinet add-on (I use it as a real instrument making it thru an effect pedalboard), the Rhodes, CP-80 and, of course, grand pianos. The new Bluthner is really shining, it has a wonderful response and a sound character which is simply lovely and amazing, really a great job!!! »

Pierre-Yves Bessuand (Antony, France)

« Votre dernière version de Pianoteq est fabuleuse ! Ce fut l'excitation et l'euphorie dès les premières notes. Cet opus représente à mes oreilles une évolution radicale par rapport à la version 3. Ce nouvel instrument a renouvelé mon inspiration... Je n'aurais pu espérer mieux ! »

Jefferson Jarvis (Nashville, USA)

« Wow, Version 4 is quite an impressive upgrade! The additional included effects are a welcome addition-especially for the Rhodes, Wurly, and Clavinet instruments. I'm also really enjoying all the new presets using the D4 piano instrument. The continued efforts on the part of the Modartt company to make this the best software piano instrument deserve much praise. Pianoteq Stage has saved the day for me when I do fly dates, providing me with a consistently great piano sound without having to worry about getting my preferred hardware keyboard (currently the Roland RD-700NX). »

Edwin Mitchell (Bogangar, Australia)

« I was extremely pleased to see that you have Modeled the Rhodes, as the realism of your Pianos is sincerely breathtaking... I have some other Electric Pianos (sampled) from a leading manufacture of VST Instruments, and they simply do not sound or feel real. Your instruments actually give me the sensation of moving air, vibration of strings and movement and touch of physical components. It is very hard for me to put it into words. Warmest regards and sincere gratitude. »

Paul Radelat (New York, USA)

« I've been using synth and samplers pianos now for a long time, and for me, Pianoteq sounds like a great piano, I prefer it to the sound than other pianos out there. One thing that I'm not seeing mentioned here is that Pianoteq also responds like a real piano, at least it does for me. Somebody mentioned to me that back in the day, people liked the DX7 rhodes better than the original rhodes when it came out. I think that we've come to the point in the evolution of pianos that it's just not about "does it sound like a real piano"? But does it sound like an ideal piano that doesn't exist as wood and metal. I think that these models based on real pianos eventually take a life of their own as well. Anyway, I'm very happy with Pianoteq... :) »

Ken Mann (Calgary, Canada)

« Last night I used Pianoteq 4 for the first time at a Jazz Big Band practice. There is a warmth and richness that is quite amazing. It worked well in solo playing, ensemble and full big band onslaught. I received a few compliments from people that I highly respect and I know that it was largely due to the improved piano. I find that it lends itself naturally to many styles. The Jazz AB setting was my choice! Great product - Kudos to all. »

Karl Parnow-Kloth (Lüneburg, Germany)

« I just tried the new version of Pianoteq 4 and would like to say: wonderful. In my little studio I use an old A50 Roland Masterkeyboard, worn out, but still beloved, how come that when playing the D4, all the plastic keys turn into real ebony and ivory? It's magic .... Thanks a lot for this inspiring instrument, it's simply beautiful, yet versatile, just like the original. »

Marcos Ubeda (Ulricehamn, Sweden)

« My name is Marcos Ubeda and I'm a pianist/producer/musical director for several TV-shows, living in Sweden. Just wanted to let you guys know that through my career of 15 years as a professional keyboardist this is absolutely the most astounding software piano I've come across - EVER! I will be using it exclusively in the future both live and in my studio productions. As a songwriter I've released over 150 songs and had at least 15 top 10 hits in Sweden. As a keyboardist/pianist I've recorded and toured the world with jazzfusion legend Billy Cobham during 5 years. Feel free to visit my homepage I just want to say again - FANTASTIC WORK!!! »

Joseph Felice (Homewood, USA)

« May I tell you, Sir, that Pianoteq has exceeded my wildest expectations in terms of sheer musicality! With all sincerity, you must be made aware that, since having acquired Pianoteq 3 and now 3.5, I have completely deleted all 290GB of a sampled piano library from my computer's hard drives. Compared to the visceral feeling I perceive when using Pianoteq 3.5, those beautifully sampled pianos simply do not give me the enjoyment of playing a real musical instrument. Congratulations to all of the engineers and designers at Modartt. As a pianist of over 50 years, the recurring thought that comes to mind about Pianoteq 3.5 is "musicality". »

Alain Maugeau (Chelles, France)

« Je suis musicien pianiste et guitariste depuis maintenant une cinquantaine d'année. Je pense qu'en matière de synthétiseur, j'ai pratiquement tout eu sur scène avec différents orchestres de variétés. Vous vous en doutez bien, que de galères pour trouver un son de piano correct... même avec les échantillonneurs... Vous avez pour votre part, complètement innové, et comme vous le dites si bien, le piano, ce n'est pas que trois cordes par note, mais une mécanique, des marteaux, une table d'harmonie... et le must.... la pédale, et la résonance par sympathie, cela n'a plus rien à voir... c'est purement gigantesque... Je viens de passer à la version pro, et là, c'est la perfection dans le détail. J'avais des problèmes d'équilibre sonore sur mon clavier Akai MX1000 hélas vieillissant, et la nouvelle fonction "note edit" m'a permis de rééquilibrer le volume général des notes du piano en un balayage de souris. »

Ulisse Garnerone (Milano, Italy)

« I am a young piano tuner and repairer, son of a tuner...) and I compose music and record it on computer. I tried every famous, huge gigabyte eater virtual piano, and they had all the same problem: the tuning! There are some upper notes really bad just in certain velocities, they have well tuned the piano at the beginning, but after days of sampling tuning was impossible to keep, even re-tuning the piano. Then I tried Pianoteq 3, the Demo (on wich I play a lot) and I was amazed: perfect tuning, under every proof! The Equal Temperament is just the tuning my father taught me, with the thirds growing by going up, without any doubt a fantastic, realistic tuning. And then the sound. Finally every aspect of pedals and harmonics and sympathetic sounds is recreated! It's like the software is a little God, creating the sound in real time. Virtually not a single note is repeated ever, every one is brand new from the soundboard! The sound of Pianoteq is absolutely the most accurate reproduction of a piano I've ever heard and tried. No sampling can cover all the phenomenons that occur when you play a piano, your attempt is far away from the others, in beauty. »

Curt Allen (Medina, NY, USA)

« Over the past year I have been scaling EVERYTHING back in my studio including a migration over to a notebook PC (an extremely awesome notebook PC!). When I first became aware of Pianoteq (v2) and how it totally abandoned the need for a huge fast dedicated hard drive, I felt that I had finally found the perfect solution for my new compact needs. Unfortunately, the sound of the instrument was still a little 'digital' and sterile for me. Well all of that has changed now!! I think the main reason for this is the new C3 model and the mic placement feature. No longer does it sound like the note is being produced and "heard" directly from a very hard soundboard. I can back the "microphones" off a bit, place them exactly where I want them to be, and get that soft, warm, deep tone that I love from a Steinway D. I'm absolutely amazed and inspired by this technology and this wonderful instrument you have created. »

Leon Bemmelmans (Amersfoort, Netherlands)

« For daylight-use I own a Steinway upright piano ( V25 ). For evening and night playing up to now I have been using sampling instruments ( Roland RD600, Yamaha PSR-1500, Yamaha S90-ES ). I really hate them because they do not interact the way I want, there is no interaction between single notes, there is no instrument resonance, no useful sympathic resonance, and they are always "in tune" ( dull ). So when I read about pianoteq, at first I was a bit sceptic about modeling techniques ( as in guitar-amplifier-modeling techniques, they are mediocre at this moment ). But I must say: Pianoteq blew me away. I can play with the parameters side by side to my Steinway and reproduce the most important characteristics of the instrument ( and more ). So I reduce size, increase resonance and sympathetic resonance, change the unison a bit to simulate the all-day-behaviour of a "not perfect" instrument, and voila: my own Steinway upright. And the most important part: after 1 hour tweaking you'll be attracted to the sound and really believe you are playing an instrument, and all at a sudden you are playing music again. This is by far - did some comparison with high-end-sampled piano's on the internet - the most musical software piano. Thanks. »

Henk Baetsen (Nederweert, Netherlands)

« I've searched and tried many digital pianos over the years but you've beaten them all. At first I was searching for a cp80 plugin. That's how I came to your website a month ago. Downloaded your trial and thought it was a good cp80, but expensive for just that. I did not realize at the moment the power of the grands included. Friday I searched for a new grand-plugin. Thought it had to be massive (at least 60gB). Again I googled your website. I thought: "already heard that one", but had a closer look at the trial I already installed a month ago. I was speechless... 15 mB download, hahaha, splendid, great, superb.... And that for only 250 Euros. »

Ron Eddo (Altamonte Springs, USA)

« Your product has made it possible for me to really work on becoming a better pianist. I hadn't realized what I was up against with all those sampled pianos. I kept thinking that it had to be a lack of technique, when I would keep trying for expression, and fail to reach it. I don't have the means or space for a real piano, and while that's always been a goal of mine, your product is having a strange effect on those aspirations. As I think about what kind of piano would compare favorably to Pianoteq, that ideal piano keeps getting more and more expensive! =) Your product continues to be a HUGE benefit to me. Thank you again, and keep up the good work. »

Ted Perlman (Beverly Hills, USA)

« The best sounding and FEELING acoustic piano plugin I have ever used or heard! I replaced the acoustic piano on a mix we are working on just now, and the difference was instantly noticeable. The low notes thundered, the high notes glistened, and the middle register did what middle registers should do - they enhanced the middle! It sits PERFECTLY in the mix. I'm using the M1 Jazz for a pop mid tempo track. Just great - congratulations! And the CPU hit is almost negligible in Nuendo. »

Arne Eickenberg (Berlin, Germany)

« Thanks for the latest update (v2.2). The C2 Chamber preset came at the right moment, only hours before delivery deadline on my last project. It added just the right touch that the recording needed. I've been using Pianoteq on almost every project since I bought the plug-in, and I was already delighted by the quality, when there were still a few glitches with the first version. Now it's simply and only great. Period! :-) Keep up the good work. »

Fredrik Muskos (Göteborg, Sweden)

« I work as a music producer, remixer and composer and have tried a lot of different pianos through the years. When I first heard a sample of what Pianoteq was capable of, I couldn't believe my ears! That such a small application can host such a realistic and varied sound was simply amazing. It's easy to work with and I've never seen (heard) a piano that can be so controlled, even in detail I was completely unaware of, even though I have played the piano for over 30 years. If you learn to handle Pianoteq, no-one can hear that it's not a real piano. Nowadays, whenever I need a piano, my first choice is Pianoteq, no doubt about that. »

Graham Sanders (State College, USA)

« I am a professional opera singer and I am always being asked to supply audition CD's. Well, doing it the traditional way, by going into the studio is very expensive. My solution was to buy Logic Pro, Roland FA-66 audio capture and MLX mic. The problem was the piano. After much testing and debate, I chose Pianoteq, and I have been blown away with it. Also, the people I have played my tests for, not one of them has questioned if the piano and pianist is live. »

Tom Hunt (Oklahoma City, USA)

« Here at Minimum Blue Studios, we're still trying to figure out why we used to think that our sampled pianos (which we've spent thousands of dollars on, over the years) played so well and sounded so good. Pianoteq simply blows even the very best of them away -- it isn't even fair to compare them side-by-side, it's apples and oranges, and Pianoteq has become our go-to instrument -- we thank you for it. »

Rodney Jones (Caledon, Canada)

« I believe that this is the finest, most expressive and realistic digital piano instrument that I've ever encountered. I'm sure that this will be the instrument I use for playing, practicing, and sequencing moving forward. I really can't say enough in praise of the technology. The dynamics are extremely convincing and much better than any sample library or ROMpler in my collection. Pianoteq even beats my Clavinova which I was convinced had the best dynamics until now. I especially enjoyed the ability of Pianoteq to catch a staccato note with an immediate press of the sustain pedal. This isn't something I was able to replicate with any other sample library. »

Christophe Jodon (Le Plessis-Luzarches, France)

« Taking into account Pianoteq's mechanics possibilities, it places it on a pedestal compared to competing sampled pianos. It requires much less CPU and much less disk space, the sound is very vivid thanks to its irreproachable mechanics which allows a very high expressiveness, and provides a substantial playing pleasure because it behaves like an acoustic piano. »

Brian D. Schum (Port Arkansas, USA)

« The interface is simple and logical in design. It is intuitive, and the inclusion of pop-up help is an especially bold stroke, since it not only reveals the function, but what the function affects. The technology is unbelievably innovative and revolutionary (and I don't use this term lightly). In the end however, it is the sound that counts. As amazing as the technology behind this piano is, it is remarkably overshadowed by its superb sound. The Pianoteq piano is by far more "vivid" than my favorite sampled piano. »

Brian McKinlay (Toronto, Canada)

« Pianoteq is far more vivid than static samples. It invites the muse, and chords sound like chords (ensemble) as they interact. The massive harp (sympathetics) ringing on a full-compass glissando with pedal is truly staggering! It sounds just like a gliss while listening right over an open piano lid. »

Ole Jeppesen (Copenhagen, Denmark)

« You will discover what Pianoteq can really do after having played around with the different settings/parameters. I'm doing a song right now where I replaced the sampled piano with Pianoteq. No doubt I did the right thing buying this beast. After having increased the hammer sound and adjusted hammer hardness to get some more overtones from the attack, the piano is blending great in the song. Try to do that with a sampled piano! It's a true joy to be able to fine tune the instrument this way. »