Piano V

Universal piano expression

Discover the finest array of production-worthy pianos, from luxurious German concert grands to contemporary metal and glass-framed designs, brought to life with dynamic physical modeling and infused with unprecedented tonal control - all in a single instrument.

The perfect
production piano

The piano is the most played, recorded, and emulated instrument in the world, and finding the right one can be a challenge. Piano V aims to change that.

Distilling the most essential, experimental, and inspiring piano models into a single instrument, Piano V uses advanced physical modeling to recreate not just the perfect piano sound, but authentic mechanical and sonic behavior. Enjoy a full customizable piano studio right in your DAW.

Any type of piano

Warm classical, punchy hip hop, platinum pop, shimmering cinematic; from the timeless to the most outside-the-box piano concepts, Piano V’s 12 models cover an entire spectrum of ebony & ivory sound to breathe new life into your production, performance, and composition.

Ultra-real, no samples needed

Say no to heavy sample libraries and inconsistent sonic response - Piano V’s engine represents a real-time simulation of the physics and acoustics of a piano, guaranteeing consistency, authenticity, and flexibility that transcends the real thing.

Instant customization

More impact? Deeper harmonics? A wider sound? Any adjustments you need are no more than a click away. Piano V’s advanced engine gives you total control over the behavior of your piano - no tools or tuning forks required.

Studio included

Experiment with mic positions, immerse your piano in real acoustic space, and polish every aspect of your sound without ever leaving Piano V’s interface. This is a full production piano studio, fully equipped to slot the finest piano sounds seamlessly into your projects.

A priceless
line-up

Imagine having 12 customized spaces, each containing a different model of piano, surrounded by equipment to maximize its sonic potential.

Piano V brings these magnificent instruments to life in the virtual sphere like never before.

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    American Grand

    A warm, balanced sound with plenty of projection, ideal for classical performance clarity.

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    German Grand

    A softer, resonant sound brimming with luxurious character; the quintessential grand piano.

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    Japanese Grand

    Pristine, modern, and bright, this grand offers a more contemporary sound that makes every note shine.

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    Pop Grand

    An immediate, crystal-clear sound that commands attention, perfect for cutting through any mix.

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    Classical Upright

    Warm, dynamic, and harmonically rich, this contemporary upright swaps projection for intimacy.

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    Jazz Upright

    A modern upright boasting a rounder and more mellow sound, ideal for expressive blues and jazz.

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    Pop Upright

    A close sound with huge dynamic range; perfect for contemporary pop mixes where a grand is too much.

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    Piano-bar Upright

    Sentimental and a little rough around the edges, this upright comes full of quirk and character.

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    Plucked Grand

    A grand that swaps hammers for plucks, producing an organic stringy sound with unique resonance.

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    Tack Upright

    With altered hammers, this upright boasts a sharper, more metallic attack on each note.

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    Glass Grand

    Urgent, edgy, and bold in the higher frequencies, this glass-framed design is for those outside-the-box moments.

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    Metal Grand

    Bold and bright, this metal-framed piano brings distinct overtones suited to modern cinematic and ambient sounds.

The universal
musical instrument

The piano isn’t just the most successful keyboard in history. It’s also the first velocity-sensitive one, with a sound so infectious it influenced literally every style of music.

Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) invented the piano as we know it. He called it the pianoforte, which translates as “soft loud.” It was hardly the first keyboard instrument — the organ and harpsichord came well before — but they played notes at more or less the same volume. Cristofori felt something was missing, and devised a hammers-and-strings action that allowed notes to speak not just louder but also harmonically brighter when played with more force. At first, the musical establishment said what they always say when new technology disrupts the status quo: “Meh, people won’t get it.” Like so many times before and after, they were wrong.

Discover the history of Piano

This ability to express nuance made piano the go-to instrument for composers. Now, they could sit at home and work out the notes, parts, and all the dynamics that might eventually be played by sections of an orchestra. Of course, the piano also helped the composer become the performer, which led to some backlash about keyboard technology putting acoustic musicians out of work. (Sound familiar?)

By the late 1700s, James Broadwood added the sustain pedal, cementing the piano’s dominance with the Classical period in full swing and the Romantic just on the horizon. Barely a hundred years later, the piano found itself a fixture in any venue where music education or performance was called for. The piano made it to rock ’n’ roll by way of gospel then jazz, and the composer’s instrument of the 18th century became the singer-songwriter’s workstation of the 20th. Even hard-driving punk and metal that ridiculed keyboards as wimpy found a place for the piano — just ask The Clash, Faith No More, or Spinal Tap. And where would countless house and hip-hop tracks be without well placed piano chords and riffs?

Today, the piano keyboard is the gateway to music creation. Even top producers who play a different primary instrument make sure they know their way around piano, while composers such as Steve Reich and Nils Frahm keep pushing the instrument in new tonal directions. That’s part of why we think it’s so important to give you a modeled piano that can sound as traditional or as experimental as you please.

Phi:
Physical modeling

Our engineers recreate every aspect of the original instruments, down to the finest vibrations for a response that sounds and feels as tangible as the real thing.

Physical modeling uses mathematical models and algorithms to recreate the material reactions and unique interplay of both physical and electronic components. Its development has been pioneered since the ‘70s, with major breakthroughs from Stanford University in the USA and IRCAM in France opening the doors to exciting new methods and concepts.

It’s these breakthroughs that form the basis of Phi®, our exclusive physical modeling technology that allows us to perfectly mimic the resonant and mechanical behavior of an instrument. No details are left out of the equation, from the transient detail of the attack to the harmonic structure as the note releases; from the type of material the instrument is made of to the size and tonal properties of the room it was played in.

This provides a huge level of expression and finesse to musicians and producers, far exceeding the possibilities of sampling, and even the original instruments themselves.

Intuitive
control

Piano V’s main window gives you only the most essential controls you need to adjust your sound in real-time. Tweak, customize, and play uninterrupted.

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01. Choose your model

Quickly switch between any of Piano V’s 12 models for quick comparisons, so you can hone in on the perfect piano for your project.

02. Refine your sound

4 versatile controls, 4 focused ways to change your sound in an instant. Find the perfect type of response, clarity, and character to suit your style.

03. Shape your space

Dial in whatever degree of ambience your piano needs with the Reverb control, from dry room space to drenched convolution reverb.

Your custom
piano studio

There’s often more to the final sound of a piano than meets the eye. Piano V’s Model panel takes you deeper into each instrument’s mechanical behavior, musical response, and even the mics used to record it. Impossible piano flexibility made effortless.

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01. Action

Pianos are physical, kinetic instruments; Piano V allows you to go beyond the real thing by tapping into their mechanical behavior, from adjusting hammer action to refining their dynamic response. Create a piano action that’s truly your own.

02. Acoustics

Shape the projection and resonance of any of the 12 piano models to suit your performance or production. Lift the lid for a full sound, adjust the soundboard’s response, and even dial in Duplex resonance for colorful harmonic overtones.

03. Mics

Choose how your piano is captured by cycling through multiple mic configurations to suit any style, incorporate room sound into the mix for an immersive feel, and inject some extra stereo width for those cinematic chorus moments.

04. Strings

Tailor your piano’s tuning to maximize resonance, introduce dissonance, or create unique harmonic content to fit your mixes. You can even age your strings with a single click for that characterful worn-in sound.

05. Noises

The strings aren’t the only thing that makes sound on a piano. Dial in additional noise from hammers, keys, and pedals for that real instrument-in-motion feel.

06. Keyboard

Match Piano V to your playing style and calibrate it to match any MIDI controller simply by playing the way you play - Piano V does all the work. The world’s quickest and easiest velocity curve editor.

Effects
included

More than finishing touches, Piano V’s Effects section works in perfect harmony with its physical modeling engine to boost, sharpen, and sculpt your piano sound to its full potential.

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01. 3-band Equalizer

Notch out troublesome frequencies or give the top end some air with Piano V’s precise 3-band parametric EQ.

02. Preamp & Compressor

Lift Piano V in a mix, dial in the perfect dancefloor stabs, or create an artificially cranked sound using the Preamp and Compressor from our proprietary Bus FORCE for whatever degree of heat and pressure your sound needs.

03. Reverb

Play Piano V inside virtual concert halls, clubs, studios, and other virtual acoustic spaces using a simple but state-of-the-art convolution reverb.

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Hear it
in action

Before experiencing Piano V for yourself, check out these original sound demos to hear how it perfectly mimics a concert grand, a studio staple upright, and even a mythical plucked piano - you won't find these sounds anywhere else.

Black Forest

(Joshua Fielstra)

Beautifully ominous neo-classical piano piece showcasing the brand new Piano V3 physical modeling.

West Coast Cool

(Joshua Fielstra)

Contemporary jazz piece showcasing the Piano V3 upgraded physical modeling.

La Goutte D'or

(Alix Logiaco)

Soulful and groovy modern track with the Piano V3 carrying the main riff and melodic variations.

West Coast Cool Grand

(Joshua Fielstra)

Voices

(Jonathan Leonard)

4 different V3 presets are combined in succession, each adding an additional harmony.

Creative Layers

(Diego Tejeida)

Creative pianos are made when layering the Piano V3 with other Arturia VST's.

Arches

(Jonathan Leonard)

The Piano V3 is a versatile and dynamic modern instrument suitable for dance, jazz and many urban styles. This piece includes Pigments.

Preset
library

For when you need quick results, Piano V’s expansive preset library offers expertly-crafted sounds to cover every type of piano and every type of style - and then some.

The Big Easy

(Joshua Fielstra)

A sharp-toned piano at the back of the roadhouse ready for Zydeco, boogie, or jive.

Neglected Upright

(Jerry Kovarsky)

An aged upright piano that is slightly out of tune and uncared for, but not too far gone.

Romantic Piano

(Jerry Kovarsky)

A warm and mellow piano sound, perfect for solo playing.

Contraballet

(Joshua Fielstra)

A gentle but articulate tone ideal for neo-classical and minimalist pieces.

Chick Ish

(Jerry Kovarsky)

The German Grand shaped into a sound inspired by the late, great Chick Corea. Critical parameters to adjust are Hammer Hardness, Dynamics, and Hammer Noise.

Billys Boogie

(Jerry Kovarsky)

Emulating the sound of Little Feat's B. Payne in the late '80s to early '90s, this is more digital/sampled piano sounding than real acoustic.

Included in
V collection

Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

    Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

Phi® Powered

State-of-the-art physical modeling designed to provide real material depth to our acoustic and electro-acoustic virtual instruments.

With advanced mathematical algorithms, our engineers recreate every aspect of the original instruments, down to the finest vibrations - for a response that sounds and feels as tangible as the real thing.

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Main Features

Virtual Instruments playable in a DAW (Live, FL Studio, Logic,...) or standalone with a MIDI keyboard.

Advanced Physical modeling engine (no samples needed)

12 different piano models to choose from

  • American Grand
  • German Grand
  • Pop Grand
  • Jazz Upright
  • Piano-bar Upright
  • Pop Upright
  • Classical Upright
  • Glass Grand
  • Metal Grand
  • Japanese Grand
  • Plucked Grand
  • Tack Upright

4 flexible macro controls for quick sound tweaking

Customizable mechanics and dynamics

  • Hammer action
  • String age
  • Unison detuning
  • Stretch tuning
  • Dynamic range
  • Lid position
  • Soundboard, Sympathetic, and Duplex resonance

Velocity Curve editor to match your keyboard action

Multiple microphone positions

Customizable Mechanical noises

  • Pedal Noise
  • Key noise
  • Hammer noise

MTS-ESP ODDSOUND microtuning compatibility

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Work with ASC

  • An elegant and simple solution to help you install, activate, and update your Arturia software instruments.

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