some very good news for all Piano/E-Piano-Fans:
The company Modartt has developed for some years an excellent piano simulation (yes, it’s really more a simulation than a sampler - massive mathematics inside!). The best thing of all: They released their version 6 binaries not only for PC (amd64, i386) but also for Raspberry Pi (armhf) - and they also released a nice demo version of their software (try before buy)!
After an update of your Zynthian you will see: nothing new …
… but: Give webconf a try and point your browser to http://zynthian.local (or the IP of your Zynthian). You will see a new menu-entry named Software. There you can upload a binary of
Pianoteq. You can download the demo-binary from the webpage of Pianoteq and install the downloaded file via zynthian-webconf - Software. After a reboot you should see the new engine!
Note: The demo version stops playing after 20 minutes - you have to choose a new (or the same) sound again for the next 20 minutes. Also some black keys are disabled!
You can also install a licensed version. For activating the license you currently need the official UI and have to start Pianoteq via
ssh -X. We will describe this later inside the Wiki (or in the forum).
We want to ask Modartt for working together with Zynthian. For this we need to know, if you think about buying a license - so please let us know if you will do so.
P.S.: My absolute favorite is
MKI - Jazzy
P.P.S.: We are using Pianoteq6-Stage. There are other (and more expensive) versions, but they need more CPU power (this is also the reason for activating only 24 polyphone tones and not more). Also the full access to all parameters is currently limited and only fully working when using the included UI (you need to login with
ssh -X). This may change if we can work together with Modartt.