Hi Kanefsky, Could you briefly explain to me how to use Pianoteq in Piano Marvel? How is the setup of your piano to computer and the settings in the software, PM and Pianoteq ? I have the program but don't understand much about it. And could that also replace the midi in Synthesia? Thank you in advance. You can also send it in a private message if you want.
I'm using a Mac, which as I noted makes everything a little bit easier, but the same thing is possible on a Windows PC as well. More on that in a bit.
It's simply a matter of running any program that can receive MIDI from your keyboard and convert it to piano sounds. Pianoteq is just one example which I mentioned because it's really easy to use. It doesn't require you to download huge sample libraries or use cumbersome copy protection (iLok). You can also download it and run it in demo mode to make sure everything works before you have to pay any money for it.
The idea is simply that you have two programs running at the same time independently from each other and both receiving MIDI from your keyboard. One of them turns the MIDI into high-quality piano sounds and the other one analyzes the MIDI and scores you on how well you're playing a particular exercise (and also generates music to accompany what you're playing).
You're not doing anything to configure PM so that it knows about Pianoteq or vice-versa. The only thing you really need to do in PM is turn down the virtual piano sound (under Instrument Settings) so that it's not generating low-quality piano sounds at the same time that Pianoteq is generating high-quality piano sounds. You only want PM to generate the accompaniment (and other things like the count-in or metronome) but not the notes that you're playing yourself.
For this purpose I'm just talking about running the simple standalone player application that Pianoteq and every other virtual piano comes with. They also come with plugins that are designed to be used with DAW software (Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic, etc.) but you don't need to mess with any of that stuff. Generally it's as simple as double clicking the standalone player application and then selecting which MIDI device you want to play sounds from. After that you could spend all day trying different piano sounds to find the one you like best but that's not required.
Now back to the Mac vs. Windows issue: On a Mac all of this is incredibly simple because on a Mac you can run two different applications (Pianoteq and PM in this case) and they can both receive MIDI from your keyboard and do their thing without either one caring about the other one at all. On Windows there's an issue where one application gets exclusive access to the MIDI device so that other applications can't use it at the same time. But there is a simple utility you can use that will make your keyboard appear to be two different MIDI devices so that you can simply tell Pianoteq to use MIDI device A and PM to use MIDI device B and they can do their thing without knowing that it's really just one device. It's like plugging an adapter into an electrical outlet so you can plug in two things instead of just one. Here's a link to the utility: https://hautetechnique.com/midi/midisplit/
I hope that helps. Let me know if I didn't explain it clearly enough or if you need more specific instructions.