MODARTT Pianoteq 7 Pro leverages the power of state-of-the-art physical modeling to bring you stunning, ultra-tweakable virtual pianos and other instruments that are perfect for professional studios and composers who work on a range of demanding projects.
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MODARTT Pianoteq 7 Pro leverages the power of state-of-the-art physical modeling to bring you stunning, ultra-tweakable virtual pianos and other instruments that are perfect for professional studios and composers who work on a range of demanding projects. A sophisticated tool for sound shaping and instrument creation, Pianoteq Pro lets you adjust 30 parameters for each note on the keyboard and work with up to 192kHz audio. Use its powerful Note Edit feature to adjust physical characteristics for specific ranges, or note by note. Create advanced keyboard splits to lay down multi-instrument parts. Easily create your own signature sounds to enhance your productions. Version 7 brings numerous refinements to its physical model and sound engine, as well as exciting new Morphing and Layering features.
Pianoteq 7 comes in three versions, Stage, Standard, and Pro, the latter being the most advanced. In addition to 192kHz audio quality, Pianoteq Pro gives you access to the complete range of physical parameters, thousands of editable overtones, and all five mic positions. It also includes four instrument packs of your choice.
Physical modeling offers three important advantages over samples. As the process models the individual components of an acoustic instrument, modeled virtual instruments are particularly adept at simulating its performance characteristics and complex behavior. Second, as these components are individually modeled, you have complete control over them. In a piano, for example, you can adjust basic parameters like pedal state, cabinet resonance, and mechanical noise. In addition, the Standard and Pro versions of Pianoteq 7 give you access to unique physical parameters such as lid position, sympathetic string resonance, unison width, octave stretching, string length, hammer hardness, the soundboard, duplex scale resonance, and more. Lastly, because they are modeled rather than sample-based, the file sizes are a mere fraction of those offered by other virtual piano instruments, making them ideal for laptop deployment.
Last we checked, instruments like XyloHarp, VibraDrum, and GlockenTines do not exist in the real world. But in the world of physical modeling, anything is possible. That’s why you’ll find these intriguing hybrid instruments in Pianoteq, thanks to the software’s innovative Morphing feature, which is new in Pianoteq 7 Standard and Pro. The morphing is handled at the physical modeling level, bestowing sonic authority and shimmering acoustic authenticity on instruments that never existed. By popular demand, Pianoteq 7’s new Layering feature (again, available in Standard and Pro versions) lets you mix several instruments together by playing, for example, a Bass Marimba in the low range, a Xylophone in the high range, and a blend of both in the middle range. Though Morphing and Layering may seem similar, the difference is that with Layering, two instruments are being mixed together, while Morphing alters the instrument at the molecular level (so to speak).
With Pianoteq 7, MODARTT introduces a new refinement to its physical model: double polarization. What? Simply put, double polarization involves modeling string vibrations that can vibrate in any direction, either parallel or perpendicular to the soundboard. The upshot is that this enhanced physical model allows for more complex tones that are three-dimensional, as heard from the perspective of the pianist. It also allows for longer sustain, most acutely in the low range, producing notes that can sustain for as much as two minutes or so, just as on a real acoustic piano. All the pianos in Pianoteq 7 have been re-voiced using this new “double-polarized” physical model.
MODARTT has collaborated with the finest piano manufacturers, including Steinway & Sons, Steingraeber & Söhne, Bechstein, Blüthner, Grotrian, and Petrof — all of whom have approved the sonics and playability of their physically modeled concert grand pianos in Pianoteq 7. In cooperation with Steinway & Sons, MODARTT has modeled a breathtaking new Model D Concert Grand in New York’s legendary Steinway Hall. The reference piano was the first produced of the company’s new flagship instrument, which has been played by some of today’s most famous pianists. The New York Steinway Model D accompanies Pianoteq’s existing Hamburg Steinway D and provides the famous Steinway concert piano sound with unequaled musical expression.
What’s really amazing about MODARTT Pianoteq 7 is its realism. Strike a key on your MIDI controller and it’s as though there’s a piano there that you can reach out and touch. That’s because MODARTT’s Pianoteq 7 creates the sound of the piano in real time, taking into account all of the complex factors that make the piano so vivid. You’ll hear the interaction between the strings, the use of pedals, the cabinet resonance, and the position of the hammers. From the most delicate pianissimo to the strongest fortissimo, what you express on the keyboard will sound pure and natural through Pianoteq 7.
The many adjustable parameters in Pianoteq 7 make it possible to not only adapt the existing adapted piano model, but also to create new piano sounds. This is one of the advantages of a truly modeled piano — it opens up new possibilities for the creative musician. Go ahead and adjust everything from hammer hardness to string tuning and temperament to reverb, resonance, brilliance, timbre, and more. Build your music with instruments that are as unique as the music itself.
Thanks to its rather modest system requirements, Pianoteq 7 can easily run on a modern laptop — perfect for the on-the-go musician. Plus, its small size (under 50MB) and streamlined interface mean fast loading time. Just a few mouse clicks, and you’re ready to roll.