Modartt has released Model B Grand Piano for Pianoteq (and updated Pianoteq to v5.5.0). This instrument is modelled after a Steinway B Grand Piano from Hamburg, known for its splendid and versatile character. Modartt say subtle refinements of the physical model contribute to a faithful rendering of the original instrument.
The piano that is modelled belongs to the Martha Argerich edition, a set of twenty-five Steinway & Sons Model B-211 pianos that the pianist carefully selected in 2014 for their musicality. She signed each.
About the Steinway B
The first Steinway B grand pianos were manufactured in 1878. The Steinway B is now the best selling Steinway grand piano. It is generally known as "The Perfect Piano". It has much of the concert grand piano sound of a Steinway D, although it is smaller, and thus better suited for recording studios and mid-sized recital venues. Very easy to play, it is perfect for achieving a wide range of timbres, from a nuanced, delicate pianissimo to the thunder of a crescendo.
The Model B Grand Piano for Pianoteq
The virtual grand piano Model B for Pianoteq was carefully designed to reproduce the finest sound characteristics of the Steinway B instrument that was selected by Modartt for this project. Subtle refinements of the physical modelling were made, resulting in "a noticeably clear tone and astounding dynamics".
Download & Try
The Model B Grand Piano is provided as an instrument pack for 49€/$59, and requires the latest update 5.5 of Pianoteq. The instrument is available for evaluation in the free trial version of Pianoteq, which can be downloaded from the website www.pianoteq.com, where you can also listen to audio samples.