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Modartt releases Pianoteq Pleyel add-on

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Modartt Pleyel add-on

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

As an early Christmas gift to our customers, we hereby release a virtual copy of a 1926 Pleyel grand piano Model F, available in the latest version of the KIViR add-on collection of historical instruments.

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 Pleyel sound can be described as round, warm and sensual.

The Pleyel add-on is now available to download from the Pianoteq website.

More information: Pianoteq / Pleyel add-on

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Modartt expands Pianoteq pianos to 105 keys (8⅔ octaves)

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Modartt Pianoteq

Modartt has introduced an extended keyboard range for its Pianoteq K1, C3 and M3 virtual grand piano instruments.

Grand pianos that offer an expanded keyboard range are rare and extremely expensive. A very well-known example of such a high class instrument is the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand, with its 97 keys expanding the bass range. Stuart & Sons have also built innovative 102 keys pianos, increasing both the bass and the treble range of the piano.

MODARTT takes up the challenge by providing an unprecedented extra-large key range for its exclusive grand pianos K1, C3 and M3, with no less than 105 keys (17 keys more than the standard keyboard range), ranging from ultra-low rumbling bass to very high bird-like pitches.

The keyboard range expansion was developed to correspond to an increasing demand from Pianoteq users for additional notes. The extended sound palette, obtained thanks to the powerful Pianoteq physical modelling, can be used for example in prominent piano works by Debussy, Ravel and Bártok.

The expanded piano models are included in the latest update 3.6.5 which is free to all Pianoteq customers.

More information: Pianoteq

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Modartt releases Xylo add-on for Pianoteq + Rock & Chromatic Percussions Collections

Pianoteq Xylo add-on

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

Xylophone and Bass Marimba are similar to the vibraphone but are using wooden bars instead of aluminium. Each bar, that vibrates when hit with mallets, is paired with a metallic resonator which is tuned to amplify the sound.

The origin of the xylophone dates back several thousand years in Africa and South East Asia. The marimba appeared at the same time and is today the symbol of Guatemalan music. Due to its huge size, the bass marimba sounds more than two octaves below the xylophone. Very popular both, they are used in various musical styles from classical to Latin and rock.

The Pianoteq virtual copies of these two instruments are respectively modelled after a modern 3½-octave French brand xylophone and a modern 5-octave French brand bass marimba. Thanks to the sophisticated Pianoteq physical model, they come in several variants and benefit from the recently developed humanization feature which allows varying the strike point, adding to the musician’s interpretation a vivid and stunning realism.

The Xylo add-on for Pianoteq is available to purchase for 49 EUR.

Modartt has also introduced two new bundles:

  • Rock Collection 89 EUR, includes Electric pianos, Clavinet, and Rock piano add-ons.
  • Chromatic Percussions Collection 99 EUR, includes Vibes, Celeste, and Xylo add-ons.

More information: Pianoteq

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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).

More information: Pianoteq

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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.

More information: Pianoteq

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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).

More information: Pianoteq

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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

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