Three years in the making but now Modartt is ready to roll out Pianoteq 4, which includes a new piano, better modeling and new effects.

If you’re not familiar with Pianoteq, the first thing you need to know is that it’s not another sampled piano, instead Pianoteq uses physical modeling. In Pianoteq 4 the model has been improved. This is apparently the major reason the update took three years.

One great thing about Pianoteq is that new instruments are constantly being added and many of them for free (and when I say many, I mean the majority). In Pianoteq 4 there’s a new grand piano called D4, which is modeled after a Steinway D that served as reference when the new piano model was created.

The grand D4 comes with a wide selection of presets, from a perfectly tuned piano for classical or jazz music to a completely ruined piano, not forgetting Honky Tonk and prepared pianos. Moreover, its flexibility allows the user to modify many piano characteristics such as:
• Tuning: pitch and temperament, unison width,
• Voicing: hammer hardness, hammer noise, overtones adjustment,
• Design: soundboard properties, string length, sympathetic resonances,
but also the position of the microphones as well as their number, level and relative delay.

Pianoteq 4 also offers new effects: a convolution reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, amp, compressor and mallet bounce.

I personally think Pianoteq is a really interesting concept and I used it a lot until I decided to go with Kontakt for the majority of my software instruments (being a minimalist and all that, you know how it goes by now) and it had to take a step back. Pianoteq might not be for everyone and people have a lot of opinions about physically modeled vs sample-based instruments but if you’re looking for a virtual piano you should definitely check it out.