Not sure if people are interested but I thought I’d write a short review on a modeled piano VST called Pianoteq.
I’ve hunted for modeled piano VST for quite some time and had my eyes on Pianoteq a few years ago, but the previous versions just didn’t quite “make it” in comparison to the best sampled libraries. But the latest version nails it and I think I’m not turning back. Goodbye 20 gigs piano libraries and welcome tidy, clean and CPU efficient system that allows you to actually remake the whole piano in a few seconds.
For me the most imporant factor in any piano VST is the feeling that it gives when you dabble around. Does it feel and sound intuitive or is it “off”. This is one of the first VSTs that instantly gave me the feeling of actually playing a real instrument, it was just pure fun to play with. Minor tweaks to the parameters and voila, you are actually playing a different piano.
I especially love the fact that you can really make “unrealistic” pianos that still sound real. For example one solo Pianoteq tune I improvised just got approved on AJ and on it I really wanted to create really long and resonating sound that you can’t really create easily with real piano nor sampled libraries.
That tune is basically straight and raw Pianoteq, no extra effects or mastering plugins used. It is that good.
- very CPU efficient
- requires minimal amount of harddisk space
- very clean and tidy UI with helpful hover infoboxes on each parameter
- very intuitive modeling that feels natural even with plastic non hammered keyboard
- not the cheapest VST if you go for the Pro, but I still say it gives a lot of value for the buck
- base sound variation libraries are a tad bit expensive (50$ each)
If you are hunting for your first good piano VST or are thinking of getting rid of sample based pianos, you should check out Pianoteq, it is very probably going to be my “go to” library for a long time.