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Pianoteq PLAY from Pianoteq is virtual piano software that features three grand pianos, while offering superb dynamics, natural resonances and unique physical parameters. Physical modeling and real-time sound generation makes the virtual instrument a natural and outstanding choice for musicians including composers, producers and keyboardists.
The PLAY version uses the same sound resources as Pianoteq 3 but is designed for players who want the convenience of a selection of beautiful instruments for an immediate playing session. It is not for tweaking settings and parameters. At any time the software can be upgraded to the more programmable versions. The free downloadable add-ons that include many historical instruments are also available with this version.
Physical modeled virtual instrument
Includes 3 grand pianos - K1, C3, M3
Free add-on collection of beautiful historical instruments
Optional add-on instruments include electric pianos, vibraphones, clavinet, celesta, glockenspiel, and more
Superior playability and expressiveness
Progressive variation of the timbre (uses all 127 MIDI velocities)
Built-in graphic equalizer
Built-in curve for key velocity
Four pedals - sustain, sostenuto, harmonic, una corda
Tremolo, wah-wah, reverberation and limiter effects
No quantization noise (32-bit internal computation)
Installs and loads in seconds
Extremely small file size (approximately 20MB)
Excellent for use on modern laptops
Extended key range for K1, C3 and M3 grand pianos (105 keys = 8 + 2/3 octaves)
The Grand Pianos
Produced in the Modartt virtual piano factory, combines stunning dynamics, sharp attacks and powerful fortissimos with a very nice woody percussive quality
A natural clarity and elegance invites immediate improvisation
The subtlety of its tonal shading works beautifully in audio recording and make it suitable for all kinds of music
Classic grand piano variant with a warm colored sound, suitable for classical, romantic and lyrical music.
Its distinct tonal quality shows its strength in romantic and dreamy music by Chopin, Grieg and Debussy
In a mix, it brings the intimacy expected from an acoustic grand piano without dominating the other accompanying instruments
Modern piano sound with an attack and presence that suit jazz and rock music where a close acoustic presence is preferred
Can also work well in pop/rock mixes and for dynamic classical works which require a more solid timbre
Physically modeled virtual copy of a Balázs Kovács cimbalom
The cimbalom was a constant member of gypsy orchestras
Legs and a damper pedal were later added to the instrument and it reached the status of concert instrument in the 19th Century, thanks to Ferenc Erkel and Franz Liszt
Contrarily to the piano, pressing down a key does not lift the corresponding damper - unless the pedal is depressed, all notes are immediately dampened
Physically modeled virtual copy of a harpsichord by Carlo Grimaldi dating from 1697, copied by Andrew Wooderson (Bexley, 2007)
Typical of a short-scaled Italian instrument, it has a crispness of attack and transparency of tone that makes it ideal for continuo use, and is also well suited to 17th and 18th Century Italian and German solo repertoire
Its two registers can be played separately or combined together
Physically modeled virtual copy of harpsichord François-Etienne Blanchet, "Château de Thoiry" (1733), copied by Anthony Gale (Frampton Cotterell, UK, 1993).
Very delicate sound, eminently suitable for musical moments from the baroque period represented by great masters such as Scarlatti, Bach and Händel
Physically modeled virtual copy of an Anton Walter pianoforte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart owned one of his instruments and used it often in concerts
Ludwig van Beethoven also belonged to those who often praised the solid quality
By improving the Viennese pianoforte action, Walter managed to build instruments with a slightly more powerful sound than that of his competitors
The instruments are often used today as models for the construction of authentic copies
Physically modeled virtual copy of pianoforte Donat Schöffstoss, 1812
Offers the delicate Viennese action which gives it a slightly gentler sound than the more sturdy English variants
Physically modeled virtual copy of pianoforte Johann Evangelist Schmidt, Salzburg about 1790,
This hammerflügel variant became appreciated by the contemporaries because of its beautiful and even sound, its outside elegance and affordable price
Physically modeled virtual copy of pianoforte Johann Schantz, Vienna, ca 1790
Like many other fortepianos of its period, it is very lightly constructed and has much smaller hammers and thinner strings than a modern piano
Beethoven described it as good and durable and recommended them to his friends
Physically modeled virtual copy of pianoforte Conrad Graf, Vienna, 1826
Held in high esteem, and soon were considered the greatest and most renowned in Vienna and throughout the empire
Beethoven was particularly fond of these
Pleyel Grand Piano
Physically modeled virtual copy of grand piano Pleyel, model F (1926)
Chopin preferred to compose and perform on Pleyel pianos and it was also used by other major composers, such as Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky
The sound can best be described as round, warm and sensual
Erard Grand Piano
Physically modeled virtual copy of piano Sébastien Erard, a half grand (2m), serial number 109 933 (1922).
It has an extraordinary warm and colored sound with lots of charm, and is equipped with a very delicate una corda pedal
Trying to be as close as possible to the original, the instrument includes some small "defaults" in the bass strings
Very suitable for playing Liszt who loved the Erard
Bechstein Grand Piano
Physically modeled virtual copy of piano Carl Bechstein, a half grand (2.1m), serial number 79 676 (1896)
Has a strong and transparent character which makes it suitable both for classical masterworks and modern pop music
Original characters of the instrument are reproduced, including its very particular voicing which carries its own personal history
CP-80 Electro-Acoustic Piano
Physically modeled virtual copy of an electro-acoustic Yamaha CP-80, serial number 1982.
Very popular stage piano (1976-1985) with a unique sound and with an authentic grand piano action
Marketed by Yamaha as a touring friendly and electronically amplified variant of a grand piano
Famous for its rock solid quality and considered by many as the "Rolls Royce" of the electro-acoustic pianos
Bells and Carillons
This is a virtual copy of bells and a carillons recorded at the European Bell Institute
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