Modartt's Pianoteq 4 Stage is based on the award winning physical model, offered in Pianoteq 4 Standard and PRO, praised by many musicians for its close intimacy and responsiveness. Pianoteq Stage includes the same instruments, sounds and playability.
The simpler interface in Pianoteq Stage is adapted for musicians who want the convenience of a selection of beautiful instruments for an immediate playing session. It is not for tweaking settings and parameters.
With Pianoteq Stage you are focusing entirely on your playing.
Pianoteq Stage brings the advantages of the Pianoteq physical model, such as superior playability and expressiveness, excellent performance on modern laptops, small system footprint (just 20 MB in size), and installs and loads in seconds.
Pianoteq Stage can at any time be upgraded to Pianoteq Standard or Pianoteq PRO to gain further sophisticated features, such as to tweak the physical model, to load Scala temperament files or to position virtual microphones around the instrument. With Pianoteq Stage, you are not locked to a certain product but have the option to upgrade whenever needed.
Pianoteq Stage supports all Pianoteq add-ons, and if you upgrade to Pianoteq Standard or PRO, the add-ons themselves upgrade automatically at no additional cost.
Pianoteq Stage supports all Pianoteq instruments including the grand pianos D4 and K1, free download of KIViR collection of historical instruments: cimbalom, harpsichords, pianofortes, early pianos, CP80 electro-acoustic piano. Optional add-on instruments include Electric pianos Rhody and Wurly, Rock piano YC5, Clavinet CL1, Vibraphones V-M and V-B.
- 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-pedaling)
- 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-pedaling)
- 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