Modartt has announced the U4 upright piano add-on for the Pianoteq virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.
Modartt proudly presents the very first upright piano model for Pianoteq: the U4 add-on. Emphasizing the characteristics of upright pianos, it offers 21 exciting presets demonstrating the versatility of the instrument.
Besides the beautiful timbre of well-built acoustic pianos, there are higher inharmonicity and increased imperfections in presets such as Blues, Honky Tonk, Vintage, Detuned, Ruined, Bierkeller, Tacky, Wavy, Weathered, Club…
The add-on is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
Modartt has also updated Pianoteq to version 4.5.
Pianoteq 4.5 includes an updated engine using an improved physical model of the hammer/string interaction which benefits the new U4 Upright Piano and the D4, K1, YC5 and Blüthner Model 1 grand pianos. The timbre variation is now more refined, bringing more intimacy and stronger attack at fortissimo.
Included in this new version is a new Condition parameter that allows with a simple click to modify the state of the instrument from freshly-tuned to completely worn-out.
The upgrade is free to all Pianoteq customers with a licence of version 4.0 or later.
More information: Pianoteq
Modartt has announced the release of the Neupert Clavichord add-on for its Pianoteq virtual piano instrument.
As a Christmas gift to all our customers, we hereby announce a Neupert Clavichord, based on a “Modell Philipp Emanuel Bach”.
The clavichord, invented in the early 14th Century, is a predecessor to the piano and to the more recent clavinet. It is a popular instrument for playing music from the Renaissance and Baroque period but can in fact also be heard in modern music such as in recordings by Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Tori Amos and The Beatles.
The Neupert Clavichord is a free download for Pianoteq users.
More information: Pianoteq / Neupert Clavichord
Modartt has announced the Pianoteq Video Contest, a chance to show off your Pianoteq skills and win some store coupons.
Show the world what you can do with Pianoteq 4 for a chance to win a value coupon.
Publish your own video on YouTube where you are using Pianoteq 4, such as playing the piano or demonstrating a feature. We will decide and announce 3 winners who will receive up to 400 Euro in value coupons.
The contest is open for everyone. If you are not yet a customer, you may use the latest trial version. The contest ends November 11th, 2012. The winners will be announced on November 14th.
More information: Pianoteq / Video Contest
Modartt has announced the Blüthner Model 1 grand piano add-on for its Pianoteq virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.
Authorized by Blüthner, this is the world’s first physical model of Blüthner’s finest grand piano, widely celebrated for use on the concert stage.
« There are only two things which I took with me on my way to America… My wife and my precious Blüthner » Rachmaninov once said. The Blüthner pianos were also favoured by Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein just to name a few. We have surely all enjoyed the Blüthner piano in « Let It Be » by The Beatles.
The round warm tonal character of the Blüthner Model 1 is accurately rendered by Pianoteq’s physical model, bringing sparkling treble notes and powerful bass. The instrument is capable of producing everything from tender pianissimos to thunderous persuasiveness, easily matching the orchestra’s power as well as intimate moments in a performance. Thanks to the physical modelling, the Blüthner Model 1 add-on offers unmatched playability and versatility, developed to meet the requirements of the most demanding musicians.
A unique feature in Blüthner’s grand pianos is the fourth string for each key in the treble, called the Aliquot system. Its purpose is to create a sympathetic vibrating string that enhances the tone. This feature is included in the Pianoteq model. In the Standard and Pro version it is possible to modify this specific parameter in order to decrease or increase the effect.
The Blüthner Model 1 add-on is available to purchase for 49 EUR. Requires a licence of Pianoteq 4 (Standard, PRO or Stage).
More information: Pianoteq / Blüthner Model 1
Modartt has announced the release of Rhody R2, an updated version of the Rhodes instrument of the Electric Pianos add-on for Pianoteq.
The newly developed successor Rhody R2 is a free update and replacement of Rhody R1.
The popular Rhody R1 instrument, included as part of the Electric Pianos add-on, has found its successor in Rhody R2, which is a free update.
The sound, presence and response are all improved with increased accuracy. By using the new exciting effects in Pianoteq 4, such as Amp, Chorus, Tremolo, and the new Tine noise parameters, the Rhody R2 can be transformed into amazingly expressive variants.
The Electric Pianos add-on (incl. Rhody and Wurly pianos) is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
More information: Pianoteq / Electric Pianos add-on
Modartt has announced the release of the Steelpans for Pianoteq, a new add-on which includes 4 instruments offering a superb playability: Steel Drum, Spacedrum, Hand Pan and Tank Drum.
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 steelpans sound. Thanks to the physical model, the Steelpans add-on offers an exceptional playability and versatility.
Steelpans add-on for Pianoteq 4: Each instrument is provided with one preset faithful to the original instrument modelled and several variants.
Steelpans add-on features
- 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. One of the Spacedrum creators, Marc Guilliou from Metal Sounds, participated in the testing of the Pianoteq add-on version to make sure it is as authentic as possible.
- The Tank drum is made of thicker metal from a gas tank. In Pianoteq, the range is extended to 3½ octaves.
The add-on is available to purchase for 49 EUR. Requires a licence of Pianoteq 4 (Standard, PRO or Stage).
More information: Pianoteq / Steelpans add-on