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Pianoteq3 For Linux: A Product Review

Jun 30, 2009, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"The program is vastly praised by its users, but in order to feel the love you've had to run a Windows machine or a Mac box. Until now, that is. The latest release introduces various new attractions, and the one that interests me the most is support for a native Linux version. Check it out, commercial music software's finest virtual keyboard instrument is now available for Linux.

"Physical Modeling
By the early 1990s the established traditional methods of subtractive, additive, and FM audio synthesis were well-represented in a variety of hardware implementations. Sound samplers were becoming increasingly sophisticated, and computer capabilities were advancing towards realtime audio synthesis and sample playback. Synthesizer manufacturers began to explore new approaches to audio synthesis, eventually finding marketable results in vector synthesis, granular synthesis, and physical modeling.

"Physical modeling represents a radical departure from traditional synthesis methods. Instead of setting values for waveforms, filters, and amplifiers physical modeling presents the user with parameters based on the material and structural characteristics of an instrument."

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