Wednesday, August 30, 2006


"Pianoteq is the result of an academic research and results in what we call the fourth piano generation. This is the very first, and only, piano available that belongs to this generation.

First generation: acoustic piano (1698)
Second generation: electro acoustic piano (1929)
Third generation: sampled piano (1984)
Fourth generation: modelled piano (2006)

The first generation of pianos began with Cristofori's pianoforte in 1698 which came to maturity at the end of the 19th century with the acoustic grand pianos. It was followed in the 20th century by the second generation electro-acoustic pianos and the third generation sampled pianos where each note is a recording of how it sounded during a specific moment in time, not taking into account the complexity of the instrument.

Pianoteq is the first and only 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."

Title link takes you there, including samples.


  1. Man, what a pretentious bit of PR. Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch.

    "I'm off to play the Graand Piaano. Pardon me while I fly my ae-ro plane."

  2. Seems to me many people would consider the old Roland MKS20/RD1000 the first "modelled" piano, even if it didn't use the kind of computer techniques currently used in physical modelling.

  3. *cough*yamahavl1*cough*

  4. The VL1 did not model pianos - just A SERIES OF TUBES.

    I do agree that Roland's SA synthesis should be hailed as the first modeled piano technology. The PR on this product is nauseating.

  5. It's a shame the PR is so obnoxious, because it sounds really good.

  6. Ya, it sounds pretty good for sure.

    Someone should email them to change the PR strategy.

  7. the General music promega 3 digital piano might be using modelling to make piano sounds. I'm not sure about it as i don't have enough info... Their webpage states that modelling is used in this machine tho...

  8. I shot them an email. I tend to ignore PR myself. In the end it's all about what the product can do on it's own aside from any messaging behind it. It's not the product's fault. ; )

  9. pr or not, who cares. This thing lets you play an amazing sounding piano on a crappy computer. I wouldn't even consider early piano sounds like roland's to be apart from any other synthesized sound. Sound modules, sound like sound modules. This thing dosen't sound like a sound module, so i think they do have a first of it's kind. I just stumbled upon this product yesterday, and i plan on ordering it based on the audio samples from the website. This product is perfect for me, because even on my modern laptop, Gigantic multisampled multiple gigabyte piano plug-ins will not perform at low-latency with out glitching. The buffer on the fireface goes down to 48 samples, but i could not even run a gigasampler steinway, at 1024 which is unexceptable for a performance instrument. I'm hoping the pianoteq will play at 48 samples buffer.


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