Hi people, I want to play with the demo of Pianoteq. I have a good computer but is my typing keyboard enough to try something or do I need a real keyboard to make things work?
Does your computer have a decent sound system conected to it. That would include either that your computer's internal line-out is very good or a good quality USB audio interface and some "quality" studio monitors". For most people is will be the weak link and the thing that prevents Pianoteq from sounding like a real piano.
Try this experiment: Find a CD with a recording of a solo piano performance. Pick a modern recording that is technically well made. Play it back on your computer. Does it sound as if there is a real piano there with you in the room? If not then Pianoteq hasn't a chance of sounding like one
You could just do come mouse clicks on a virtual keyboard to hear isolated notes. But I don't know if my ear is good enough to evaluate a piano by listening to isolated note. The other option would be to play a MIDI file.
In order to test your setup for live play, you need to play it live with a real MIDI controller. Part of the test will be to see if latency is acceptable and if your computer can handle large Polyphony numbers. Yes you might have a "good computer" but much depends on how it is set up and software drivers and so on.