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Modartt Celeste add-on: Celesta & Glockenspiel for Pianoteq

Modartt Celeste add-on

Modartt has released the Celeste add-on, an expansion for Pianoteq featuring two instruments: Celesta and Glockenspiel.

The celesta has an appearance of an acoustic upright piano. It consists of metal plates stroke by felt hammers resembling piano hammers and there is also a sustain pedal. The timbre is very soft and subtle. The Pianoteq virtual copy is modelled after a modern five-octave German brand.

The glockenspiel is also made of metal plates but is stroke by hard metal mallets held by the musician, and is smaller and higher in pitch. The timbre is much more brilliant than the celesta. The Pianoteq virtual copy, modelled after a modern French brand, has been slightly extended to cover four octaves.

Both instruments are often recognized in classical masterpieces – the celesta in Tchaikovsky’s «Nutcracker» movement «Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy», and the glockenspiel in Mozart’s «Die Zauberflöte» (The Magic Flute). These instruments are still used today in various music genres.

Thanks to Pianoteq’s physical model, the add-on instruments come in several variants including a new and exclusive “humanization” feature for the strike point, achieving a variation that makes them more expressive sounding. This is particularly true for the glockenspiel where the musician never hits the plates at the exact same point.

The Celesta add-on for Pianoteq is available to purchase for 49 EUR (requires a licence of Pianoteq 3 Standard, PRO or PLAY).

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Modartt announces Pianoteq Play

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Modartt Pianoteq Play

Modartt has announced Pianoteq Play, a virtual piano based on the powerful physically modelled Pianoteq software instrument.

With PIANOTEQ PLAY, all demanding musicians can now enjoy the power and beauty of the award winning physically modelled Pianoteq software, which interacts with the player with the same close intimacy as an acoustic piano.

Flexibility: PIANOTEQ PLAY users can at any time upgrade to any of the other Pianoteq products to gain further sophisticated features, such as to tweak the physical model or to position virtual microphones around the instrument. PIANOTEQ PLAY supports all Pianoteq add-ons, and if you upgrade to PIANOTEQ (standard) or PIANOTEQ PRO, the add-ons themselves upgrade automatically at no additional cost.

Pianoteq Play features

  • Installs in a few minutes.
  • Easy to maintain and update.
  • Excellent for use on any modern laptop.
  • No need to tweak settings and parameters, PIANOTEQ PLAY is delivered with perfectly designed instruments (Grand pianos K1, C3, and M3 are embedded).
  • PIANOTEQ PLAY supports all Pianoteq instruments. Optional add-ons: Electric pianos Rhody and Wurly, Rock piano YC5, Clavinet CL1, Vibraphones V-M and V-B. The free add-on KIViR offers a unique collection of historical instruments: cimbalom, harpsichords, pianoforte, early pianos, CP80 electric piano.

Pianoteq Play will be available to purchase on 1 June, 2010, priced at 99 EUR.

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Modartt updates Pianoteq to v3.6 (includes K1 Grand Piano)

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Modartt Pianoteq K1 grand piano

Modartt has released version 3.6 of Pianoteq, a virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

As from version 3.6 of Pianoteq, we have expanded our collection of high class pianos by the addition of the magnificent K1 grand piano.

This new instrument, produced in the Modartt virtual piano factory, combines stunning dynamics, sharp attacks and powerful fortissimos with a very nice woody percussive quality. Its natural clarity and elegance invite you to immediate improvisation. The exquisite subtlety of its tonal shading works beautifully in audio recording and make it suitable for all kinds of music.

Changes in Pianoteq v3.6

  • New K1 Grand Piano instrument.
  • User selectable folder for user presets and add-ons.
  • The default MIDI file for the standalone version can now be changed.
  • Jack MIDI support for the Linux version.
  • Increased the filter sweep speed for the wah-wah effect.
  • Minor bugfixes and features.

Pianoteq is available to purchase starting at 249 EUR (Standard version, includes K1 Grand Piano).

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Modartt releases Clavinet CL1 add-on for Pianoteq

Modartt Clavinet CL1

Modartt has released Clavinet CL1, a new add-on for virtual piano instrument Pianoteq.

The CL1 clavinet add-on, modelled after the well-known D6 electric clavichord, brings you the seducing bright staccato rhythms heard in many rhythms & blues, pop, funk, disco and reggae songs from the seventies.

Thanks to the powerful technology provided by physical modelling, it offers in contrast to the original instrument a sustain pedal, an extended range from C0 to C6 (original range F0 to E5), a variable mute bar, continuous pick-up mixing, and possibilities to adjust the timbre such as hammer hardness, overtones and resonator.

There is also a wah-wah feature and customized EQ presets.

The clavinet add-on is embedded in demo mode in Pianoteq’s latest version 3.5.3 and can be unlocked for 49 EUR.

More information: Modartt / Clavinet CL1

Modartt releases Pianoteq Cimbalom add-on

Modartt Pianoteq Cimbalom

Modartt has released a Cimbalom add-on for Pianteq, a virtual piano instrument for Windows, Mac and Linux.

This is a physically modelled virtual copy of cimbalom Balázs Kovács (2007).

The cimbalom belongs to the ancestor psaltery, quoted in the bible. The psaltery was later developed into different variants which differed in sound but were similar in their constructive concept. One of these, the cimbalom, was a constant member of gypsy orchestras. Legs and a damper pedal were soon 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. Hence, unless the pedal is depressed, all notes are immediately dampened.

The Cimbalom add-on is available as a free Christmas gift to all Pianoteq customers.

More information: Modartt / Cimbalom

Modartt releases Pianoteq Pro and Pianoteq 3.5 Standard

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Modartt Pianoteq Pro

Modartt has announced the release of Pianoteq Pro, the advanced version of virtual piano instrument Pianoteq.

For the first time in the history of pianos, complete control of physical parameters of the piano is made available to the user. In the real world, reshaping a soundboard would require several weeks of work in the factory. With Pianoteq Pro, you have a new soundboard only one mouse click away!

Pianoteq Pro offers note per note adjustment for no less than 22 physical parameters, such as tuning, unison width, hammer hardness, strike point, string length, spectrum profile, soundboard impedance, damper position… In fact there are thousands since each overtone of each note can be controlled separately with the spectrum profile parameter!

In 1977, Gabriel Weinreich concluded his grounding article “Coupled piano strings” with “In any case, one could expect to build a better piano if the aftersound could be more deliberately controlled through an appropriate understanding of the soundboard”. Thirty-two years later, Weinreich’s dream is becoming reality with Pianoteq Pro.

Pianoteq Pro features

  • Note per note adjustment for 22 physical parameters: detune, unison width, direct sound duration, hammer hardness piano, hammer hardness mezzo, hammer hardness forte, spectrum profile, hammer noise, strike point, pickup symmetry, pickup distance, impedance, cutoff, Q factor, string length, note resonance, quadratic effect, damper position, damper duration, damper noise, key release noise, volume. Restricted to detune and volume in the Standard version.
  • Sample rate available up to 192 kHz. Restricted to 48 kHz in the Standard version.
  • The instruments created with Pianoteq Pro can be loaded in both Pianoteq Pro and Pianoteq Standard.

Pianoteq Pro is available to purchase for 399 EUR. An upgrade from the standard version is 150 EUR.

Modartt has also released Pianoteq 3.5 Standard, which offers the same advanced physical model as in the Pro version, resulting in a vastly improved sound that concerns presence, clarity, fortissimo, resonances, overtones and damper response.

There are also several new features, such as a new Duplex Scale resonance slider and two new velocity maps (note-off, sustain pedal). The upgrade to version 3.5 is free for all customers.

More information: Pianoteq

Modartt releases Rock Piano for Pianoteq

Modartt Rock Piano

Modartt has released Rock Piano, a new add-on for its virtual piano instrument Pianoteq.

The Rock piano add-on instrument is developed to meet requirements for a specific pop/rock piano, modelled from a well known Japanese grand piano, frequently seen on stages and very much appreciated by touring artists for its musical qualities and reliability. The instrument comes with three variants: Stage, Chamber, Studio.

Rock Piano features

  • YC5 Stage has a percussive and bright tone suitable for pop/rock mixes, and fits also very nicely to dreamy solo ballades.
  • YC5 Chamber has a coloured and singing tone, well adapted for solos that demand a full and rich timbre.
  • YC5 Studio is designed for achieving a particular strong and close presence, often appreciated in studio production.

The Rock Piano add-on is available for purchase for 29 EUR. It is currently also included as a free bonus with the purchase of a Pianoteq licence (until September 30, 2009).

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Modartt releases Vibes add-on for Pianoteq

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Modartt Vibes add-on

Modartt has released Vibes, a new add-on for the Pianoteq virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

Using a newly extended model, PIANOTEQ can now reproduce the beautiful sound of the vibraphone. Two virtual vibraphones, V-M and V-B, reproduce faithfully the characteristic sound of two well-known vibraphone brands. Thanks to the physical model the range of the vibraphones is extended from 3 to 5 octaves. Each instrument is provided with several variants and by using interface features, such as mallet hardness and tremolo, you can customize them to your own taste.

The Vibes add-on is available for purchase for 49 EUR.

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