Pianoteq is a virtual instrument that can be used either by itself as a separate application or as a plug-in VST for various music software suites. It can also be in AudioUnits or AAX formats.
Pianoteq is different than other virtual instruments. The main reason for this is that it uses instruments that have physical modeling. This means that you are to have a more accurate simulation of instruments’ complex and rich behavior. Instead of samples, the file sizes are thus much smaller. This is a big help to those wanting a lightweight way to work on their laptop.
This new version 6 does make some improvements on previous versions. You will notice that acoustically, realism is increased. This includes the pianos, percussion sections, and electronic versions. We found it very rewarding and fun to play around with these new instrument sounds.
Pianoteq enhances music-making and listening experience. You can change the sound in numerous ways to achieve a textured final result. You can even use a maximum of 5 microphones placed virtually on the instrument that will produce a different sound with each setup.
If the budget is something that you consider, Pianoteq Stage is the lite version. You won’t modify the sound as much as with the paid version, but you will still have access to the same instruments and sounds. You can always upgrade to Pianoteq Pro.
The Pro version is obviously more advanced and detailed. This is for true composers for whom budget is not an issue, only the music. If you are an expert who needs every level of control possible, then upgrading is a solid option.
Pianoteq Stage is the choice of the budget-minded musician who does not need to modify the sound. Stage includes the same instruments, sounds and playability as in Standard and PRO. You can upgrade to the Standard or PRO version at any time. You will get up to 192 Khz audio, which could make a difference if you are releasing tracks professionally.
This is a well-rounded music tool that is compatible with VST3 and ARM. You can produce a range of virtual sounds generated from the software itself. Alternatively, you can plug in your MIDI and then export your sound in WAV, MP3, or FLAC formats. This makes Pianoteq a wise choice for studio musicians working digitally.