What distinguishes Pianoteq from other virtual pianos?
Pianoteq uses a unique powerful physical model that creates the sound in realtime as you play instead of playing back a set of recorded samples. It responds and interacts just like a real acoustic instrument, and allows you to tweak the beautiful sounds in amazing ways — all with a tiny memory footprint.
How many velocity layers (dynamic range) are there per note?
Pianoteq uses all the 127 velocities that the MIDI specification allows, giving you a maximum playability with a superb dynamic sensitivity. Virtual pianos based on sampling technology are usually restricted to at most 16 samples per note which all need to be processed (cross-fading, filtering, etc). The pianist Hugh Sung explains in video tutorial part 1 his observations on this subject.
Does Pianoteq support high resolution MIDI files?
Yes. Thanks to the physical model that Pianoteq is built on, it has the unique capacity of reproducing all the 16,384 velocities by the Hi-Res CC#88 format, and all the 1,023 velocities by the MIDI XP format.
Can Pianoteq play back MIDI files in a convincing way?
Pianoteq's superior dynamics and powerful simulation of resonances usually result in very convincing performances of MIDI files. However, common to all virtual pianos, it depends on what keyboard and piano sound that was used during the MIDI recording. Some MIDI files can sound truly excellent with Pianoteq whereas others can sound strange if they were recorded under different conditions. There is a similar situation with the old piano rolls which may have sounded excellent on the original piano but not very good on another. Adjusting the velocity curve in Pianoteq might help in such situations.
How about half-pedalling, quarter-pedalling etc?
Yes, Pianoteq can handle all levels of a truly progressive sustain pedal, producing thus a variable damping. Moreover, pedal noises (pedal up and pedal down) also depend on the pedal velocity, so the softer you press the sustain pedal, the softer the acoustic noise becomes. If using a non-progressive pedal, you might sometimes find these noises too loud. You can correct this by reducing or disabling noise loudness in the action panel.
Do Pianoteq or Organteq require a dongle or iLok key?
No, they require only a serial number and a software activation key.
Does Pianoteq support ARM and M1 (RISC) based CPU's?
Yes, the Linux version of Pianoteq 7 lets you work with 32-bit and 64-bit ARM based CPU's used in smaller Linux based consumer electronic devices such as the Raspberry Pi 4. The Apple M1 CPU is also supported since version 7.1.
Can my PowerPC-Mac run Pianoteq 7?
No, it is no longer supported.
Is there a trial version of Pianoteq Pro?
No. However, Pianoteq Standard lets you partly evaluate the Note Edit panel available in Pianoteq Pro. It is restricted to the volume and detune parameters. Double-click the volume slider in Pianoteq Standard to access it.
Does Pianoteq offer a mono output for live performance use?
I'm blind and have problems accessing some parameters, what can I do?
Pianoteq is compatible with the NKS format. By using the Komplete Kontrol software by Native Instruments, you will have convenient access to the list of presets and the VST parameters. More information here.
Can I edit the equalizer note by note in the Pianoteq Pro version?
The equalizer can be adjusted note by note through the spectrum profile as it lets you adjust each overtone of each note. It shows the overtone number instead of frequency and works therefore in a more detailed resolution.
Does Pianoteq Stage load presets created in Pianoteq Standard or Pianoteq Pro?
Yes. However, Pianoteq Stage will load only the settings that are available in the Pianoteq Stage interface. If you want to enjoy the many creative presets in the FXP corner, you need the Standard or Pro version.