- A “VST” is a software plugin format that uses your computer to emulate a real or imaginary musical instrument or effect. So a piano VST would be a software version of a real piano. You would more accurately call it a “VST Instrument” or “VSTi” in order to show that it’s a plugin that makes sound rather than an audio effect plugin, which is usually what “VST” refers to.
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Hi, i am unable to load Pianoteq VST under S1. Even I checked and reset black list, update the vst locations. Is there anything i am missing or simply Pianoteq is not supported? Note: i have iMac Catalina and pianoteq v6. I have so many piano sample libraries and VST plugins, but Pianoteq is something unique. It is not simply a collection of samples. It is an entire instrument with incredible depth and features, where you can create and shape the perfect piano sound for any music production you work on. Pianoteq Studio Bundle 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.
Are you looking for the Ultimate Piano VST Plugin for Your Music?
Perhaps you want a dreamy cinematic piano, or a soft romantic piano, or a bright pop piano, or a creepy dissonant piano…
In fact, you can get every single piano sound you can imagine with this incredible piano plugin.
Why? Well, because this is not a traditional sample library of a recorded piano. It is based on physical modeling, and it is called Pianoteq.
NOTE: This review is on the latest version Pianoteq Pro 7.
Every single aspect of a piano has been modeled with advanced algorithms. From the strings to the hammers. From the acoustics to the sympathetic resonance.
And you can really feel the end result, which has an incredible attention to the details, and creates a wonderfully dynamic, deep and authentic sound.
There are several different packages (versions) of Pianoteq 7 that you can choose between: Pianoteq Stage, Pianoteq Standard and Pianoteq Pro. They have some small differences in the options you get in the engine, but more importantly, they include a different amount of instrument packs.
Because with Pianoteq you can actually access a huge range of other instrument packs, like electric pianos, chromatic percussion etc. Check out this full list of instrument packs: Pianoteq Instrument Packs.
However, just the acoustic piano pack on its own is huge. You get a range of grand pianos with lots of variations, as well as upright and pop/rock pianos, and even historical pianos. And with all the presets, and incredible sound shaping capabilities you get on each instrument, you can pretty much create any tone and mood you want for your piano sound.
The interface is very simple and straightforward, and gives you access to all important aspects to change the sound. You can then click on each of these modules to dive deeper and start experimenting with specific parameters. Here are the main interface modules:
You can set the overall tuning frequency, as well as temperament. Default is the standard 440Hz with equal temperament. But you can even go in and change the tuning each note, and also set advanced parameters for the tuning.
This is where you set the overall tone with hammer hardness for different dynamics (piano, mezzo and forte), as well as a the density for the harmonic overtones to 8 degrees. You can also adjust hammer noise etc.
Here you practically design the “virtual piano”, with string length, soundboard parameters, sympathetic resonance etc.
Set the response curve for dynamics in regards to velocity (how hard you hit the keys) from ppp to fff. You can even do a calibration of your own MIDI keyboard to set a perfect velocity curve for the MIDI keyboard response and playing style you have. If you switch this view you can also calibrate your sustain pedal and aftertouch.
Choose the final output to be stereo, mono, binaural etc. And the magic starts when you go in and change microphones, adjust the position and perspective, set different outputs per microphone etc.
Here you can adjust damper position, sustain pedal noise level, key release noise etc. But there are also parameters for mallet bounce, equalizer, and an entire FX section with delay, reverb, EQs, tremolo, chorus etc.
Pianoteq 7 also has some very cool advanced features that I really enjoy. Here are the best ones in my opinion:
You can layer 2 or more sounds, and set different levels for each layer. When you are in the “layers” mode you can even click the random button which creates a new mix of layers by randomly selecting a sound preset for each layer.
Now morphing might look like “layering”, but it is not a simple cross-fade of two audio sources like you usually get with layers. No, morphing is way more advanced, as you actually create a brand new instrument by fusing the morphing layers into one single coherent instrument. You can also mix the morph layers depth on the final output. And even add more “ingredients” as they call the different instruments you use for morphing.
You can start with any instrument preset, and then click the small dice button, which will randomize all parameters of the sound…and in doing so you actually create a totally new and unique instrument. Incredibly fun to use, especially in combination with the morphing/layering modes.
I have so many piano sample libraries and VST plugins, but Pianoteq is something unique. It is not simply a collection of samples. It is an entire instrument with incredible depth and features, where you can create and shape the perfect piano sound for any music production you work on.
Now another bonus you get from physical modeling is that the plugin itself takes up so little hard drive space on your computer, and a tiny RAM footprint in your DAW.
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There is no limit to the use of technology and with advancements in technology, musicians can now get access to thousands of features and options. This technological advancement benefits musicians too. Anyone who owns a digital piano can get connected to a variety of virtual instruments and devices using MIDI interface and plug-ins. VST plug-ins give you option of using your digital piano for recording or you can even make it a controller for getting control over your computer. A variety of software are also available that enables you to connect to different banks of sound with combination of effects and sounds from various virtual instruments. Thus you do not only have access to sounds of your digital piano but you can go beyond the limits and use other tones and effects to make your performance even better. These options give you more chances of adding versatility to your performance and practice sessions.
Things You Will Need:
Before giving you details on how you can and should use VST plug-ins with your digital piano, here is a list of things that you will be needing:
- Digital piano
- Computer system
- Sound card
- VST plug-ins and software
Digital Piano: In order to use this option, you should have a digital piano that supports MIDI or USB connectivity. Many of the reasonable quality digital piano and most of the new models would have either MIDI port or USB connectivity or both.
Computer System: The next most important thing is to have a computer system with a fast speed and good space. Your computer processor system should be fast and must have a reasonable size RAM so that you can quickly and easily save and transfer your music samples and plug-ins with your computer system.
Sound Card: In order to enjoy better quality of sound and for increased expression, you should have a good quality sound card installed with your computer system.
Virtual Studio Technology VST Plug-ins: This plug-in technology enables you to connect your digital piano with the software. Software would have various sounds stored in it and with the plug-ins you will be able to trigger those sounds as you play keys of the piano. Plug-ins could be sounds of various instruments, audio or MIDI effects and more.
Software – Plug-ins could not work on their own but they would need a software to host them. You will find thousands of free software available and some are FL studio, Cubase etc.
Using Digital Piano with VST Plug-ins:
Now that you have everything ready and checked, follow these simple tips for VST plug-ins:
Connect your digital piano with your computer with the use of either MIDI port or USB connectivity port (whatever available with your particular model of digital piano. Connect through sound card and install the plug-ins software.
Now run the software over your computer system and configure your digital piano.
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You are now ready and can use any sounds or effects that are stored in your VST library just by pressing your digital piano keys. Sound will be triggered by pressing keys.
Different VST plug-ins are available at varied prices. You can get a demo version of a software and check if it works well for you. Many a times, you will get a better quality at a better price paid. However beginners would do well with basic plug-ins only and as you progress, you can find some advance ones too. When choosing plug-ins remember that some may be offering you great sound samples but may take a lot of space on your disk. So keep space in mind too.
You can consider simulations that make use of mathematical calculations for reproduction of sound. However they would not be able to exactly replicate the acoustic piano sound but they will closely replicate. With simulations, you will be able to save space with their low requirement of storage space and get more flexibility. But these would work with a fast processor as calculations would need a powerful processor.
Some good VST plug-ins are:
- Akoustik Piano
- mda Piano
- The Classic Effects
- TruePianos etc.
If you are not sure of how to use these plug-ins, do not worry. You can find tutorials of these plug-ins online on their websites or on YouTube. You can also check manuals or can ask questions on related online forums.
With the use of these VST plug-ins, you will be able to explore a wide world of different sounds and effects and you would not need to buy more of the other instruments and devices that otherwise would cost a good amount of money and consume a lot of space. With different types of VST plug-ins and software available, you get to choose the one with the options you need. You will find ones that are free and commercial software with plug-ins too. The only requirement is that you should have a reasonable computer system with a fast processor and a large amount of space for data storage. Using VST plug-ins is not difficult and by following these simple steps you will be able to explore the different instrument sounds and effects with your digital piano.