Modartt have released Pianoteq 8 and have also announced an iOS version is in the works and will be available shortly. The desktop version of Pianoteq 8 is available Registered Pianoteq users can upgrade for $/€29.00.
Pianoteq is an award-winning virtual instrument which you can install on your computer (PC/Mac). It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and will even run on some ARM-based boards such as the Raspberry Pi. It can be used both in standalone mode and as an instrument plug-in in VST, AAX, and AudioUnits hosts.
What makes Pianoteq superior to other virtual instruments is that the instruments are physically modelled and thus can simulate the playability and complex behaviour of real acoustic instruments. Because there are no samples, the file size is just a tiny fraction of that required by other virtual instruments, making Pianoteq perfect for any laptop.
Modartt have collaborated with the best piano manufacturers in the world, Steinway & Sons, Steingraeber, Bechstein, Blüthner, Grotrian and Petrof, who all have approved the sound and playability of their physically modelled concert grand pianos available in Pianoteq. This rich and diverse collection of virtual grand pianos will appeal to all musicians in search of the most famous piano sound signatures.
Taking advantage of the model and its parameters, a morphing feature let you merge several model to create unheard organic instruments.
As well as the incoming iOS version, version 8 of Pianoteq introduces a Classical Guitar, revoiced instruments for enhanced realism, a refined GUI and new features.
Pianoteq 8 Stage is the entry product and a good choice for budget-minded musicians who do not need to modify the sound in great detail.
You can upgrade to the Standard or PRO version at any time. Pianoteq Stage comes with two instrument packs of your choice.
Pianoteq 8 PRO is the most advanced version, adapted for the creative composer and demanding studio engineer. In addition to the Standard version, it gives you all the tools needed to work in a truly professional environment, letting you adjust 30 parameters for each note on the keyboard and work with up to 192 Khz audio. Pianoteq PRO comes with four instrument packs of your choice.
All versions offer exactly the same sound and playability but differ in the range of features and settings.
The new features include:
The nylon Classical Concert Guitar for Pianoteq introduces a new exciting category of physically modelled instruments, with emulated gestures and natural instrument noises for breathtaking realism. The instrument UI is designed so that you do not have to be a guitarist to use it. Various tweaked presets are offered, ranging from a 12-string acoustic guitar to a Greek bouzouki or even an electric guitar. You really need to try it to believe it.
All contemporary acoustic pianos, the Vintage Reeds electric piano and the Concert Harp have been carefully revoiced in order to increase authenticity and playability of these instruments. Everything is tailored to suit demanding recording projects and performances.
New slick GUI facelift
Reflecting this new major upgrade, Pianoteq 8 offers a fresh streamlined user interface, enhancing readability and usability. Instruments and scenes are now nicely displayed for a clear presentation of selected presets.
A number of new features are introduced. Among these, sympathetic resonance fed by external audio input, user defined stretch points for piano fine tuning, and per-note vibrato and tremolo effects.
The long awaited app for Apple iOS is in progress and will be compatible with Pianoteq 8. No compromise has been taken, the same software will be delivered.
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