Modartt's Pianoteq 4 Standard is the choice of the creative musician and recording engineer. It lets you adapt the physical model to create your own presets, based on several unique parameters such as unison width, microtuning, hammer hardness, soundboard and string length.
The possibility to shape the sound through physical parameters is a unique feature that cannot be found in any other piano software. With just a few mouse clicks, you can achieve things that would require hours, or even weeks, by piano technicians to adapt on real acoustic pianos. Some things can hardly be done in the real world, such as changing the string length from a mini grand of 1m/3.3ft to an imaginary giant grand of 10m/33ft. You can even modify the mechanical properties of the soundboard. New exciting possibilities open up as you explore the parameters and discover sounds that you have never heard or thought of before.
Similar to what professional audio engineers do when recording, you can place up to 5 microphones anywhere around the instrument in a separate illustrative interface. By adjusting microphones, you are able to quickly adjust the color and presence of the sound. A mixer is available for combining the microphones into 5 output channels, with the possibility to adjust separately level and delay. In binaural mode, for headphone usage, a head model is used for simulating the sound heard by a person located where the head is placed in the interface. The head can be rotated in any direction and even its size can be changed.
Users of the standard version can make fully use of many exciting presets created by other users (available in the FXP corner). All presets will be loaded and sound exactly as intended since the standard version takes into account all the physical parameter adjustments and microphones settings concerned. You can also share your own customized presets for other users to enjoy.
- Complex Resonances
Harp resonance of all strings, both without and with sustain pedal
Duplex scale (the undamped string parts which come into resonance)
Sympathetic resonances between strings
Damper position effect when key is released (variable overtones damping)
Other special effects like staccato and sound continuation when pressing down the sustain pedal a short time after key release (re-pedalling)
- Four Pedals
Progressive sustain pedal, allowing the so-called "half pedal", but also quarter or tenth's pedals
Sostenuto pedal, allowing you to hold some notes after release without pressing down the sustain pedal
Harmonic pedal, allowing you to play staccato while maintaining the sustain pedal resonance
Una corda pedal, also called soft pedal, modifying the sound quality or timbre by shifting the piano action to the right (on grand pianos)
- Natural Instrument Noises
Action key release noise
Damper noise at key release (for bass note dampers)
Sustain pedal noise: pedal velocity dependant "whoosh" produced by the dampers rising altogether from the strings or falling down
- The piano creates the sound in real time while you are playing and takes into account all the complex factors that makes the piano a truly vivid instrument, such as the interaction between strings, the use of pedals, the cabinet resonance and the position of the hammers
- Things that until now were dedicated for piano tuners are now possible directly from the interface. Within seconds you can adjust the sound to a particular type of music or playing style. The many choices can be saved as a customized setting which you can share with other Pianoteq users
- What you express on your keyboard will also be what you actually hear. The sound of even the weakest pianissimo is absolutely pure without any audible quantization noise
- Thanks to its rather modest system requirements, Pianoteq is suitable to run on a modern laptop, convenient for the travelling musician. The small size (20 MB) and the fast interface means no loading time. Just a few mouse movements to start playing
- The piano sound is constructed in real time, responding to how the pianist strikes the keys and interacts with the pedals
- It includes the entire complexity of a real piano (hammers, strings, duplex scale, pedals, cabinet)
- Continuous velocity from pianissimo to fortissimo, with progressive variation of the timbre: that makes exactly 127 velocities. A sample-based software program would in theory require hundreds of gigabytes for all these velocities
- Complex resonances include "harp" resonance of all strings, both without and with sustain pedal, duplex scale (the undamped string parts which come into resonance), sympathetic resonances between strings, damper position effect when key is released (variable overtones damping) and other special effects like staccato and sound continuation when pressing down the sustain pedal a short time after key release (re-pedalling)
- Timbre modification of repeated notes, due to the hammer striking strings which are already in motion instead of being still
- Release velocity
- Variable lid position
- Choice of microphone position and multichannel mixing (up to 5 mics, 5 channels)
- Microtuning and scala format files import
- Various effects including equalizer, keyboard velocity setting, volume, sound dynamics which controls the loudness levels between pianissimo and fortissimo, reverberation with control of reverberation weight, duration and room size, limiter, and tremolo