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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).

More information: Modartt


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.

Visit Modartt for more information and audio demos.


Modartt updates Pianoteq to v3.0.2 + free Easter bells

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Modartt Pianoteq 3

Modartt has released version 3.0.2 of Pianoteq 3, a virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

We have made some minor modifications to the C3 instrument sound: more punch in fortissimo, slightly longer notes and slightly longer harp resonance.

Modartt has also released Bells and carillons, a free add-on for all Pianoteq customers.

The MODARTT team is glad to offer to all Pianoteq customers a free add-on made of Easter bells coming directly from Roma! Actually, it is a virtual copy of bells and carillons that were recorded at the European Bell Institute.

Visit Modartt for more information and audio demos.


Modartt releases Pianoteq 3 & electric pianos add-on

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Modartt Pianoteq 3

Modartt has released Pianoteq 3, a virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

Version 3 includes two new beautiful piano instruments, Grand C3 and M3, which are based on a new acoustic model that simulates the sound radiation of the soundboard and cabinet. An advanced microphones setting lets you combine up to 5 microphones into 5 output channels to change the colour and perspective of the piano sound.

New in Pianoteq 3

  • New acoustic model
  • Mic position – up to 5 mics
  • Multi channel – up to 5 channels
  • New grand pianos C3 and M3
  • New electric pianos: Rhody and Wurly
  • New effects: Tremolo and Limiter
  • New parameters: pickup position, sound speed, and more…
  • New interface design
  • Unlimited perspectives
  • Advanced preset and parameter manager
  • 64-bit version available for Vista x64

Pianoteq 3 is available for Windows and Mac (Standalone/VST/AU/RTAS) for 249 EUR. The Rhody and Wurly electric pianos add-on is available for purchase for 49 EUR. A demo version of Pianoteq 3, including the electric pianos add-on, can be downloaded here.

Visit the Pianoteq website for more information and audio demos.


Modartt releases Walter pianoforte add-on for Pianoteq

Modartt Pianoforte: Walter

Modartt has released the Pianoforte: Walter, a physically modelled virtual copy of an Anton Walter pianoforte.

In cooperation with the famous pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, we have constructed a Walter pianoforte add-on for Pianoteq. This particular instrument was made around 1790 and has a powerful sound strengthened by its Viennese pianoforte action. Walter’s instruments were frequently used by Mozart and were also praised by Beethoven.

The Walter pianoforte is available as a free add-on for Pianoteq users.

Visit the Pianoteq website for more information and some audio demos.