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Pianoteq Pro 8

Physical Modeled Piano Plugin by Modartt

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Pianoteq Pro 8
Favorite Keyboard Virtual Instrument - Best Audio and MIDI Software - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2023Favorite Keyboard Virtual Instrument - Best Audio and MIDI Software - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2022Favorite Keyboard Virtual Instrument - Best Audio and MIDI Software - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2021Favorite Keyboard Virtual Instrument - Best Audio and MIDI Software - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2020Favorite Keyboard Virtual Instrument - KVR Audio Readers' Choice Awards 2019
Pianoteq Pro 8 by Modartt is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS, Windows and Linux. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a LV2 Plugin.
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Pianoteq 8 is an award-winning virtual instrument that can be used both in standalone mode and as an instrument plug-in. What makes Pianoteq different from other virtual instruments is that the instruments are physically modelled and thus can simulate the playability and complex behaviour of real acoustic instruments. By omitting usage of samples, the file size is a tiny fraction of that offered by other virtual instruments, and perfect for use on any modern laptop or desktop computer.

Steinway & Sons have approved the sound and playability of the Pianoteq virtual instruments Steinway Model D and Steinway Model B, which have gained from the refined physical model. These magnificent virtual grand pianos will appeal to all musicians in search of the most famous piano sound signature.

This major upgrade also adds compatibility with the VST3 format (in addition to VST2 format) and the ARM architecture (Linux version only, for example on Raspberry Pi 3 boards). The tuning section has become even more advanced with new tools, and the standalone version now offers a MIDI playlist, an improved MIDI archive and can export audio to FLAC and MP3 formats, in addition to WAV.

Morphing and Layering

Instruments XyloHarp, VibraDrum or GlockenTines certainly do not exist. These are however three of the many instruments you can create with the acoustic Morphing introduced in Pianoteq 7 (Standard/PRO). This innovative technology handles the morphing at the physical modelling level, providing stunning acoustic authenticity to instruments that never existed.

Modartt has Layering feature allowing to mix several instruments, e.g. playing Bass Marimba in the low range, Xylophone in the upper range and mixing both together in the middle range. The difference between Morphing and Layering is that in the latter the two sounds are mixed together, whereas in Morphing the instrument Physics itself is being morphed.


  • Pianoteq PRO offers note-by-note adjustment for no less than 30 parameters:
  • Volume.
  • Detune.
  • Dynamics.
  • Unison Width.
  • Unison Balance.
  • 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.
  • Sympathetic Resonance.
  • Pinch Harmonic Point.
  • Duplex Scale Resonance.
  • Damper Position.
  • Damping Duration.
  • Mute.
  • Damper Noise.
  • Key Release Noise.
  • Blooming Energy.
  • Blooming Inertia.
  • Aftertouch Sensitivity.
  • Hammer Tine Noise.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
Pianoteq Pro 8

Reviewed By OinkQuack [all]
May 29th, 2022
Version reviewed: 4.5.5 on Windows

I have the Pianoteq Pro 4 and that is awesome. So, God knows what version 7 is like; the audio demos blow me away. Because it uses physical modelling and not multi-samples, the nuances and variations across pitch and dynamics are infinite. I can't imagine needing any other piano virtual instrument; every else can be achieved through effects.

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