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A make preferred by Chopin apparently - very nice addition and free to boot!


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Thanks for the heads-up BazC - a nice early Christmas present for Pianoteq fans...gotta love Modartt!

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You're welcome, I like it a lot, it has the depth of the K1 without so much weight. It's great for ragtime and bluesy stuff as well as classical and baroque. Very versatile instrument!


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That Pleyel is my new favorite! Time to update my signature I guess. smile

It's the first KIViR instrument that's actually useful as more than a curiosity IMO. Although I love the harpsichords and bells and carillons too.

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To my ears the demo has nothing to do with a period Pleyel as may be heard on numerous recordings. It's just the same ringing metallic sound that can be heard on all other Pianoteq models. After listening to it for more than 30 seconds I begin to ask myself if that's actually a piano or a gipsy's cimbalom. I still believe in Pianoteq but whenever I try to share a constructive criticism on the Pianoteq forum, I face the fanatic "Pianoteq Taliban" people who are ready to declare a sacred war on me just because I dared to think the sound could have been better.

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Originally Posted by Martin C. Doege
That Pleyel is my new favorite! Time to update my signature I guess. smile


Yes I think I'll be using it a lot, it certainly eclipses the earlier KIViR instruments, it would be nice if they updated the older ones with what seems to be new algorithms used on the K1 and Playel.

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I still believe in Pianoteq but whenever I try to share a constructive criticism on the Pianoteq forum, I face the fanatic "Pianoteq Taliban" people who are ready to declare a sacred war on me just because I dared to think the sound could have been better.


Yes that's kind of how I feel whenever I have the gall to mention Pianoteq on this forum only to be met with howls of derision from the sampling zealots here. If you use phrases like "After listening to it for more than 30 seconds I begin to ask myself if that's actually a piano or a gipsy's cimbalom." I'm not surprised your comments are met with hostility.

For the record I think Modartt have pretty much cracked it with the latest models, the K1 and Pleyel sound as close to real piano to me as makes no difference, yes the best sampled pianos probably sound better but frankly I don't care. I think Pianoteq is astounding software which is only going to get even better.

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Yes I think I'll be using it a lot, it certainly eclipses the earlier KIViR instruments, it would be nice if they updated the older ones with what seems to be new algorithms used on the K1 and Playel.


I suppose those historical instruments are mostly commissions for museums, so as soon as a version is done (e.g. the Érard), there's probably no money left to improve the instrument later. So maybe there should be a commercial add-on for historical instruments to provide some financial incentive to the PT developers.

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Yes that's kind of how I feel whenever I have the gall to mention Pianoteq on this forum only to be met with howls of derision from the sampling zealots here. If you use phrases like "After listening to it for more than 30 seconds I begin to ask myself if that's actually a piano or a gipsy's cimbalom." I'm not surprised they're met with hostility.

For the record I think Modartt have pretty much cracked it with the latest models, the K1 and Pleyel sound as close to real piano to me as makes no difference, yes the best sampled pianos probably sound better but frankly I don't care. I think Pianoteq is astounding software which is only going to get even better.


Yes, the K1 and Pleyel are light years ahead of what PT used to stand for (e.g., the terribly-sounding C3). So those who still criticize the sound are now mostly just trolling I think.

The main remaining weakness of PT where sampled pianos excel are probably the fortissimos. But otherwise it's pretty decent and the difference to an excellent sampled piano is no longer that great IMO. Add to that the facts that PT needs very little hard drive space and doesn't use a dongle like Ivory, which are also important considerations for some.

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BazC, that's what I feel really. I know it may sound offensive but the sound is closer to a Cimbalom. I can try to use non-offensive words like "lacking woodiness" but it would be too abstract.


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Seriously? Sorry but find it hard to believe you really mean that, I've never heard a Cymbalom in the flesh but I just googled it and listened to a few recordings and nothing in Pianoteq (apart from the Cymbalom!) sounds remotely like that. Is it really possible that we hear such drastically differing sounds when we listen to the same thing? Granted at the highest velocities there's maybe still a tiny bit too much metallicity in PTQs sound but in saying that I think I'm being extraordinarily picky.

You have to admit too that going on to a developers own forum and basically saying "your product still sounds like crap" is likely to upset a few people? Whatever, I love the new pianos and so do plenty of others so I'm sure Modartt will continue to do well.

For what it's worth I have been victim of the Pianoteq zealots on the PTQ forums and I'm a PTQ enthusiast so I do understand where you're coming from!


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In fact, I can't remember saying "crap" or any other bad word on the Pianoteq forums. I haven't even brought the cymbalom comparison. What I was talking was "metallic sound". People there seem to be offended even by that.


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Sorry mate but I'm forced to take your statements with a pinch of salt. I just did a search of the Pianoteq forums and the only thread I can find here where you make criticisms of Pianoteq you started in a confrontational manner and received quite reasonable responses for the most part. I believe one person did suggest if you don't like PTQ you should use something else - quite a reasonable if not friendly suggestion. Hardly declaring a Jihad is it?

At any rate I agree there are a few over there who get overly defensive about Pianoteq it annoys me too. It also annoys me that any mention of Pianoteq here always seems to warrant a barrage of criticism - that's the internet for you I guess.


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Where is the confrontation in my post???


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You're kidding right?

"First of all I would like to kindly request all those Pianoteq-fanatics who are ready to kill somebody for not liking Pianoteq to just skip that thread."


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I wanted a peaceful discussion that's why I have requested those people to stay aside. I can't understand your point. If you feel offended by something like that, then you probably recognize yourself in the description. If you recognize yourself in that description and still answer, then you are the one who starts the confrontation, not me.

By the way, I did a little research and found that really funny topic where you show the urge to disclose and punish the criminals who dared to open the Pianoteq archive and check what's inside grin That still deservs a good portion of laughing but it seemed you didn't like my comment at all then and you seem very serious about preserving the holiness of your Pianoteq religion, so I will respect that wink


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OK I agree you were'nt trying to pick a fight then and you're not now either. I'm a Pianoteq fanatic and you're a sweet innocent who's just trying to help.

Gosh I've been so blind!


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If you notice, my question was towards Pianoteq creators. They answered to me and in fact it was very peaceful discussion if we ignore the usual zealot stuffing.

I was asking if I should expect Pianoteq to be upgraded, if it has reached its limit, etc. and a guy (not a developer) told me he didn't care if I use Pianoteq or any other software. But my question was not "guys, do you care if I use any other software piano". So, in other words he told me that I either believe in God without asking questions, or switch to another religion. Here comes the misunderstanding - I am looking to use Pianoteq as a software which I believe it is, and not as a Holy Scripture or something like that.

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Originally Posted by CyberGene
BazC, that's what I feel really. I know it may sound offensive but the sound is closer to a Cimbalom. I can try to use non-offensive words like "lacking woodiness" but it would be too abstract.


I didn't like it neither, at first.

BUT I had the chance to try the last version (trial 3.6) with external DAC and good headphone (AKG 240). I can assure that, after few tweakings, it sounds REALLY authentic! I completaly changed my mind about Pianoteq.


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the new user preset for the K1 (used in the 'la campanella' demo just under the pleyel) seems quite interesting as well

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(If you're getting a metallic sound, try adjusting the velocity curve in PianoTeq. Something else I've been experimenting with lately is adjusting the damper pedal curve fairly dramatically, creating a deep dip to the right. Doesn't affect any metallic qualities, but I'm finding that my half-damper pedal has been releasing the "dampers" too quickly.)


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