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Pianoteq is a physically modelled piano. Its tiny footprint (just 15 MB), playability (models all 127 midi velocities) and flexibility (offering unique physical parameters) makes it truly unique and superior to the sampled based variants. Pianoteq is supplied as a standalone instrument and as a VST, AudioUnits, and RTAS plugin.

Demo restrictions:

  • 8 notes are disabled (silent): F#1, G#1, A#1, C#5, D#5, F#5, G#5 and A#5.
  • Must be restarted after 20 minutes.

What's New

Version 5.0.1:
  • Small updates to D4, K2 (lowered a few longitudinal modes) and Bluethner (voicing).
  • Fixed issue with the AU plugin that was not recognized by a few hosts (STAGE version only).
  • Metronome fixes (1/1 time signature begin silent, accent on first not being recalled).
  • Velocity curve fixed to allow silent notes.
  • Supersostenu was missing from the list of more...


OS X 10.5 or later

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Michael Haeusler Member IconReview+83
Michael Haeusler

Hands-down the greatest physical modeling piano. The new upright piano add-on is superb. You will probably still need one or the other piano sample-library, but Pianoteq has always come in handy. I've also used it for live concerts, incl. solo performances. For the production side it still needs some ambient noises, though, creaking of the chair, the pedals etc. But what am I complaining? Really really good virtual instrument.

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Version 5.0.1
Holypoly Member IconComment+313

Another update (4.2.1) is out:

- New instrument in the KIViR collection: the Neupert clavichord.

- Pianoteq now has a velocity curve for the aftertouch (polyphonic AT and channel pressure).

- The graphical keyboard of the interface can also trigger aftertouch messages by clicking a key and dragging the cursor up and down.

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Version 4.2.0
Holypoly Member IconComment+313

New in Version 4.2.0 (19/09/2012):

Blüthner Model 1 grand piano add-on:

Authorized by Blüthner, this is the world's first physical model of Blüthner's finest grand piano, widely celebrated for use on the concert stage. It is available as from version 4.2 of Pianoteq.

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Version 4.0.4
Holypoly Member IconComment+313

Version 4.1.0 (2012/07/04) has been released:

The Rhody R1 has been replaced by its successor, the Rhody R2.
The old R1 presets have been moved in a legacy add-on.
New parameter for Rhody: tines sound.
Improved the Chorus effect.
(2012/07/13) Fixed crash with some VST hosts.
(2012/07/13) Fixed behaviour of the delay polarity switch when controlled by MIDI messages.

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Version 4.0.4
Dalahast Member IconReview+139

Far beyond any other piano instruments out there, and well worth the money (the Play version, which is scaled down for people who don't need so many controls and want to focus more on the music itself, costs €99 or about $130). Something I'll definitely get a lot of use out of, and already have; I threw out all my sampled pianos and such after getting this, saving disk space.

It's worth noting that there is one other physically-modelled piano software out there, 4Front's TruePianos. Having tried it before, I can say that Pianoteq is most certainly more realistic than it or any other piano I've used, sampled or otherwise (TruePianos, in particular, has an annoying tinny sound to the higher notes, which sounds very artificial).

Hats off to Modartt for this excellent piece of software.

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Version 3.6.5
Mrcham Member IconComment+95

God damn that's expensive!

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Version 3.6.4

There's a Play version for 99 EUR. :)

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Borlox Member IconReview+222

The only true software piano simulator available. All other digital pianos are based on sample libraries, but this one is a physical model with no samples. The result is an instrument with real personality and greater responsiveness to touch. It's also highly configurable. I just wish it were cheaper, but even at the price it's a bargain compared to some of the high-end sampled instruments.

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Version 3.5.3
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Version 4.5.5
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Current Version (5.x)


Downloads 4,176
Version Downloads 90
License Demo
Date 27 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $319.00