«Getting started: installing software and drivers»
What software do I need to get started?
Pianoteq 8 works in Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher, MacOS X 10.11 or higher and Linux (x86, arm). Besides a standalone version, Pianoteq includes 64-bit VST (PC/Mac), Audio Units (Mac) and AAX plug-ins. The advantage of a plug-in is that you can work with it in a software host that offers multitrack mode, external effects and advanced note editing. Examples of hosts (non exhaustive list): Logic, GarageBand, Cubase, Sonar, Reaper, Cantabile. For further information on how to use these type of hosts, please visit their websites.
Any specific software drivers that I need to have installed?
If you use a PC, you will need to install ASIO drivers. This makes it possible to play back in real time from a keyboard, so that when you press a key on the keyboard, the sound will be heard immediately (with just a few milliseconds delay). Usually, ASIO drivers will be installed automatically during the driver installation of the soundcard. However, some budget soundcards (usually internal ones) do not offer ASIO drivers. It is then possible to use third-party ASIO drivers, such as ASIO4ALL, with various results.
Where do I install the instruments to my full version of Pianoteq?
If you are installing any of the free instruments, you can drag and drop the PTQ file onto the Pianoteq interface. It will then be installed automatically. Other instruments are already installed as they are embedded as demo instruments in the Preset menu. You can unlock each of these instruments by registering the corresponding serial number in the user area and updating your licence (Options - About - Update licence).
Can I load Pianoteq 8 in Pro Tools?
Pro Tools 2023.3 or later (for Apple Silicon M1/M2) is compatible with Pianoteq 8.0.6 or later. Pro Tools 11 is compatible with Pianoteq 7 up to 8.0.5. Pro Tools 10 is compatible with Pianoteq 6.
Can I use Pianoteq 8 in Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista or MacOS X 10.9?
No. Previous versions of Pianoteq can be downloaded from the user area and may support older operating systems. Pianoteq 7.5.4 works in MacOS 10.9. Pianoteq 5.8.1 works in Windows XP. Pianoteq 6.0.3 works in MacOS 10.6.8.
I lost the installation file that I downloaded after purchase. How do I download again?
Download again from the user area.
Is Pianoteq 8 compatible with Windows 11?
How do I install Pianoteq on Raspberry Pi?
Is Pianoteq 8 compatible with macOS 13 (Ventura)?
Should I uninstall the trial version before installing the full version?
It is not necessary to uninstall it. If you are using the trial version in your projects, it might be a good idea to keep it for a while, side by side with the full version, for transition purposes. Before uninstalling, you should first create a backup of your customized presets and archived midi files.
Can I load Pianoteq 8 in Logic?
Yes. Pianoteq 8 is compatible with Logic Pro 10.4.8 and later. Older versions of Pianoteq can be loaded in older versions of Logic.