Pianoteq 5 released, features more vibrant emulated piano sound
Modartt finally released a major update to Pianoteq — arguably world's best proprietary virtual piano.
The new version, available for Linux, Mac, and Windows, features two essential changes:
- New soundboard model and attack calculation to ensure more clear and vibrant sound. The new model is already used in D4, Blüthner Model 1, YC5 Rock Piano and upright U4 piano (D4 and YC5 were actually redone from scratch).
- You can now choose from 15 cardioid mics instead of using a single generic virtual one (right-click on a mic's icon on the matrix) and change their polarity. Even more interesting: you can now link mics for moving and freely rotate them in 3D.
As usual, mics setup is only available in Standard and Pro bundles.
With the updated physical model at hand the team created K2, a new grand piano that comes to replace K1. You can listen to demos at the model's own page.
Modartt also teamed up with Austrian Kremsegg Schloss Museum to create two more sets of virtually restored old grand pianos, including Streicher (1852), Erard (1849), Besendorfer (1829), Dohnal (1795), Bechstein (1899), Pleyel (1835), Frenzel (1841), Broadwood (1796). You can listen to samples and buy them here and here. Pre-existing models from the KIVIR project will be updated to benefit from the recent changes in upcoming releases.
There's already a very inspiring video review of Pianoteq 5 at YouTube made by Phil Best where he plays new and updated instruments (scroll to 2:40 to skip the talking).
As usual, Linux users get Pianoteq as a standalone application with JACK support, as well as LV2 and native Linux VST plugins. Trial version works for 20 minutes and mutes several keys.