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Makers of Pianoteq Talk Piano Modeling, Developing for Linux

Aug 27, 2010, 07:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Kirn)

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"Pianoteq is an effort to model, rather than sample, acoustic pianos and other instruments on the computer. Now in its third major release, its interface and sound generation have each matured. Using mathematical models in place of recorded sounds, an entire grand piano fits in just a few megs of space, rather than requiring several DVDs, and the software maker claims the results can be more natural and playable.

"Pianoteq, which runs as do its rivals on Mac and Windows, is also unusual in providing support for the Linux operating system – something some developers have claimed isn't practical with commercial music software. And a new "Player" addition, announced this month, makes it more affordable. In addition to software development, the team has even launched an extensive piano restoration effort: http://www.pianoteq.com/kivir

"I've been impressed with my time playing with Pianoteq's software. That's especially meaningful to me, as my background in music has been on acoustic pianos, back to when I was literally old enough to reach the keys for the first time. But I also wanted to know more about how this software developed. Its rigorous approach to modeling has attracted a lot of attention in the virtual instrument world, and the fact that it targets Linux alongside Mac and Windows challenges notions that commercial software can't make it on the free operating system."

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