I know many of you like me, are constantly looking for the best sounding plugins and instruments.
Short of pulling a huge piano into your bedroom, studio, or office, finding that dope piano sounds is a quest!
I’ve seen it all, from the hardware workstations, to dedicated digital pianos, and even the most recent trend of HUGE multi gigabyte sample based pianos.
True, they all have their plus and minuses, but a sample is still a sample.
What if you could have an instrument that “creates” sound the exact same way a real piano does? No samples, just hammers hitting strings and all interacting with the body of the piano creating that classic sound we all love.
Well….you can 🙂 I guess dreams to come true!
Enter Pianoteq! They sent over this physically modeled piano instrument for review, let’s check it out.
What the heck is it?
Man, basically it’s a technology that models all the parts of the piano and uses some pretty much sci-fi calculations to generate the sound in real time.
It, like a real piano, reacts to you and how you play. And all the parts are active at once, hammers, strings, duplex scale, pedals, cabinet, all of it.
Piano is a complex instrument, and even though there are some awesome sampled pianos, with various levels of velocity, key noises, and such, it’s still a sample at the end of the day.
Pianoteq is referred to as the “fourth generation” of piano.
First generation: acoustic piano (1698)
Second generation: electro-acoustic piano (1929)
Third generation: sampled piano (1984)
Fourth generation: modelled piano (2006)
“Pianoteq is the first piano belonging to the fourth generation, developed in order to go beyond the limitations of the third generation and to become a versatile and innovating tool.
It is in fact the first virtual piano factory — it can produce new brands as well as copies of historical instruments.”
How versatile is it? How easy to use?
First off for me, I need something that I can get to using quickly. Many complex sample libraries involve a lot of key-switching and such that the player needs to do in order to get the best results.
I don’t want that, I want to pull up the instrument and play, like a real instrument, let the way I interact with it determine what sound I get.
It’s very easy to use and also very versatile. I can get grand pianos, stage pianos, electric pianos or historic instruments like harpischords and pianoforte.
I can even create vibraphone sounds with it! All with NO SAMPLE, that’s amazing.
And, if that wasn’t enough, I can create my very own piano models, with my own cabinet size, resonance, mic positions all that, and create a sound that is totally unique to me!
I could make a piano with a 200 foot cabinet if I want to lol. Possibilities are endless man, this technology is really superb.
Okay, okay, so it’s easy and versatile, but does it really sound good?
This is, in my opinion, the BEST sounding piano plugin available. The way the instrument reacts to my playing, it’s just fun to play!
You know with some sample pianos, it just doesn’t “feel” right. I mean they sound good, but there are little subtle things that remind you that you’re playing a sample.
Maybe velocity isn’t as responsive as you’d like, or the release noises happen too randomly.
All that is gone, and all you get is a dope sounding piano, that takes up about as much space as a few mp3 files.
Go get it or at least try it
Heck man, just go over to pianoteq and try the demo, you’ll be amazed I promise.
let me know what you think below, leave me a comment
You think I’m crazy? let me know lol.