Pianoteq 5 Studio Bundle from Pianoteq features the Pianoteq 5 Pro editing and playback engine for the company's various modeled virtual instruments. Whereas the editor/player ships with a choice of two of these instruments, the Studio Bundle includes all available instruments.
The bundle provides a very comprehensive choice of pianos, both acoustic and digital, along with a variety of chromatic percussion. In addition to the items listed below, the bundle includes a Steinway D piano, YC5 Rock Piano, K2 Grand Piano, and the Hohner Collection featuring the Electra-piano, Pianet T, and Clavinet D6.
Pianoteq 6 PRO - Virtual Piano (Download)
Pianoteq 6 PRO from Pianoteq is a virtual piano that utilizes physical modeling to simulate the properties and behaviors of real acoustic pianos. With a load size of just 40 MB, installation is quick and easy, allowing the software to be used on any modern laptop with a MIDI controller keyboard.
The PRO version is adapted for the creative composer and demanding studio engineer, with the primary differences over the Standard and Stage versions being the ability to adjust twenty-eight parameters for each note on the keyboard, and work with up to 192 KHz audio. Additionally, any instrument can be turned into a multi-instrument by using advanced keyboard splits for up to 105 notes.
The software comes in three flavors with a choice of two when purchased. They include acoustic pianos (D4 and K2 grand pianos), electric instruments (R2 and W1 electric pianos and CL1 clavinet) and chromatic percussion (V-B and V-M vibes, xylophone and marimba). More optional instruments can be purchased at any time and loaded into the software.
What's New in Version 5
- Refined attack and soundboard model, adding more clarity and authenticity
- Work with directional microphones such as cardioid and figure 8
- Fifteen microphones of well-known brands are modeled increasing the palette of available sound colors
- Microphones can be rotated in all three dimensions and attached together for their positioning, with control over polarity and the proximity effect
- Physically modeled virtual instrument
- Includes choice of two instrument packs
- Adjustable physical parameters include unison width, octave stretching, hammer hardness, soundboard, string length, sympathetic resonance, duplex scale resonance
- Note-per-note edit allows for editing twenty-eight parameters for each note on the keyboard
- Progressive variation of the timbre (uses all 127 MIDI velocities)
- Control of the dynamics in timbre and volume
- Realistic sympathetic resonances, including duplex scale
- Microtuning supports Scala format
- Adjustable mechanical noises (sampled or modeled)
- Built-in graphic equalizer
- Built-in graphic curve for key velocity, note-off and pedal
- Keyboard calibration assistant
- Eight types of pedals can be assigned to the four UI pedals - sustain, sostenuto, super sostenuto, harmonic, una corda, celeste, rattle, lute stop
- Progressive sustain pedal, allowing partial-pedal effects
- Convolution reverb
- Effects include tremolo, wah-wah, compressor, delay, flanger, chorus, compressor, amp
- Mallet bounce (note repetition)
- Instrument condition (mint to worn)
- Variable lid position
- Five adjustable microphones
- Multichannel - up to five channels
- No quantization noise (32-bit internal computation)
- Supports up to 192 kHz audio
- Installs and loads in seconds
- Extremely small file size (approximately 40 MB)
- Excellent for use on modern laptops
- Extended key range (105 keys = 8 + 2/3 octaves) for D4 and K2 grand pianos
- Free instruments include KIViR historical instruments collection, bells and carillions
- Optional instruments are available for purchase including upright piano, grand pianos, rock piano, electric pianos, vibraphones, clavinet, celesta + glockenspiel, xylophone + marimba, and steelpans
- Unison Width
- Unison Balance
- Direct Sound Duration
- Hammer Hardness Piano
- Hammer Hardness Mezzo
- Hammer Hardness Forte
- Spectrum Profile
- Hammer Noise
- Strike Point
- Pickup Symmetry
- Pickup Distance
- Q Factor
- String Length
- Note Resonance
- Damper Position
- Damping Duration
- Damper Noise
- Key Release Noise
- Blooming Energy
- Blooming Inertia
- Aftertouch Sensitivity
- Hammer Tine Noise
Pianoteq Bluthner Model 1 Grand Piano Add-On - For Pianoteq Virtual Piano Software
The Blüthner Model 1 Grand Piano Add-On from Pianoteq features a modeled version of the famous Blüthner grand piano, an instrument revered by many of the great Classical and Romantic composers. The virtual representation is capable of producing everything from tender pianissimos to thunderous fortissimos, from bright treble notes to powerful bass. The add-on requires Pianoteq version 4.2 or above.
In 1873, Julius Blüthner, the creator of the original piano, invented a stringing system that added a fourth string to each note of the top three octaves. The additional string is not struck by the hammer but instead creates a sympathetic vibration that enhances the tone of the note. This Aliquot system is faithfully reproduced in this software version and in the standard and pro version of Pianoteq, it is possible to modify this specific parameter in order to decrease or increase the effect.
Pianoteq Kremsegg Historical Collection 1 - Four Sampled Pianos (Download)
Based on four pianos in the Kremsegg Schloss Museum in Austria, the Kremsegg Historical Collection 1 from Pianoteq contains sample-based re-creations of a Dohnal pianoforte, a Besendorfer grand piano, an Erard grand piano and a Streicher grand piano. Although an obvious application is the rendering of music of the Classical period, these instruments can also be used for more recent and modern compositions.
This library is for use in Pianoteq 5.0 or higher.
Pianoteq Kremsegg Historical Collection 2 - Four Sampled Pianos (Download)
Based on four pianos in the Kremsegg Schloss Museum in Austria, the Kremsegg Historical Collection 2 from Pianoteq, contains sample-based re-creations of a Broadwood pianoforte, a Pleyel grand piano, a Frenzel grand piano and a Bechstein grand piano. Although an obvious application is the rendering of music of the Classical period, these instruments can also be used for more recent and modern compositions. The Bechstein, particularly, with a design approaching that of a modern piano, is highly suitable for jazz and other modern music.
This sample library is for use in Pianoteq 5.0 or higher.
Pianoteq U4 Upright Piano Add-On - For Pianoteq Virtual Piano Software
The U4 Upright Piano Add-On from Pianoteq features a modeled version of an upright piano, with twenty-one presets that emphasizes the characteristics of this instrument. Presets include Honky Tonk, Vintage, Detuned, Ruined, Bierkeller, Tacky, Wavy, Weathered, Club, and more.
Various virtual microphone positions can be employed and in the microphones section (Standard and Pro version) the distance to the nearest wall can be set, with the microphones and the lid positioned in a variety of ways. The add-on requires Pianoteq version 4.5 or above.
Pianoteq Electric Pianos Virtual Instrument Pack (Download)
Available for download, the Electric Pianos for Pianoteq offers three models of electric piano, each a classic in its own right. Vintage Tines models a popular instrument used by jazz luminaries like Herbie Hancock. It offers a bell-like and mellow sound. Vintage Tines R2 models improvements on the original electric piano made after that piano's initial release. Vintage Reeds W1 supplies more of a pop/rock sound. It offers a timbre heard on records by Queen, Supertramp, REO Speedwagon, and others.
This software requires Pianoteq 4.1 or later to run. Using effects found in Pianoteq such as Amp, Chorus, Tremolo, Tine Noise, and the Blooming parameters, you can transform these instruments into unique, expressive sounds.
Pianoteq Modartt Vibes Vibraphone Add-On Pack (Download)
Available for download, Modartt Vibes from Pianoteq is an add-on for the Pianoteq virtual instrument. It offers the sound of two different vibraphones: the V-M and the V-B. Each instrument faithfully reproduces the sound and character of each well-known vibraphone brand.
The V-M is modeled on the American Musser vibraphone, a specific model that belongs to the famous French vibraphonist Dany Doriz. The V-B emulates a french model called the Bergerault.
Vibraphones utilize metallic bars, thin-walled tube resonators, and damper pads. Thanks to the physical modeling, the range of these vibraphones have been extended from three to five octaves. Each instrument offers several variations. By adjusting interface features such as Mallet hardness and tremolo, you can tweak the vibes to your own taste. This software requires Pianoteq 3.0.3 or later to operate.
Pianoteq Celeste Virtual Instrument Pack (Download)
Available for download, the Modartt Celeste from Pianoteq is an add-on for Pianoteq 3.2 or later. It contains four instruments: the celesta, the glockenspiel, the kalimba, and the toy piano.
These instruments are often heard in contemporary classical music, horror film soundtracks, and talk-radio music beds, which always seem to include either a '90s-style hip hop beat or a wistful glockenspiel.
The celesta has an appearance of an acoustic upright piano, while the glockenspiel resembles a high-pitched xylophone. The toy piano is an instrument that also resembles an upright piano, but has its own quirky sound. The kalimba almost looks like a harp, except it's made out of a wooden board with metal tuned tines for the plucking.
Thanks to Pianoteq's physical modeling, these instruments offer variations, including a humanization feature for the strike point that makes each note more expressive. This option is particularly useful for the glockenspiel, as glock players never hit the plates at the exact same point. It is also possible to add features of traditional pianos, such as damping, sustain pedal, and soft pedal.
Pianoteq Modartt Xylo Virtual Instrument Add-On (Download)
Available for download, Modartt Xylo from Pianoteq is an add-on for Pianoteq virtual instrument software. This add-on offers two specific instruments: the Xylophone and the Bass Marimba.
Both the xylophone and bass marimba are similar to the more commonly known vibraphone, but they utilize wooden bars instead of aluminum bars. Each bar vibrates when it's hit with a mallet, and each bar is paired with a metallic resonator, which has been tuned to amplify the sound of the vibration. The bass marimba offers notes two octaves below the xylophone.
Pianoteq's emulated versions of these instruments are modeled on a modern 3.5-octave French brand of xylophone, and a modern 5-octave French brand of bass marimba. Features inside of the software allow you to tune the response and performance of the instruments to your specifications. This software requires Pianoteq 3.6.4 or later to operate.
Pianoteq Steel Pans Add-On - Virtual Instrument (Download)
Steel Pans from Pianoteq is an add-on for Pianoteq 5 that includes four instruments: Steel Drum, Spacedrum, Hand Pan, and Tank Drum. Each instrument is provided with one preset faithful to the original instrument modeled and several variants.
Steel drums have their origins in Trinidad and are intimately connected with calypso music. The steel drum offered is a combination of the known types the "double second," the "tenor," the "double guitar," and the "triple cello." Its range covers 4 octaves.
The Spacedrum is a recent variant of the Hand Pan, and the first to be made available in a thirteen-note chromatic model, opening new horizons to the musicians. The Spacedrum and Hand Pan instruments offer presets for both hand playing and mallet playing. They are extended to 4 octaves. The Tank Drum is made of thicker metal from a gas tank. In Pianoteq, the range is extended to 3.5 octaves.
The Pianoteq physical model has been enriched to produce the characteristic timbre of steelpans, with their "blooming" overtones that arise from the mechanical properties of thin steel sheets. Two unique parameters, blooming energy and blooming inertia, are especially interesting for adjusting the steelpan's sound. Thanks to the physical model, the Steelpans add-on offers an exceptional playability and versatility.