Swedish App Developer Klevgrand always had some pretty unique interface design for their apps. The watercolored, handdrawn elements are really nice on the eye and lead to experimentation rather than trying to dial in exact values. When I saw that they had released a take on one of my go-to instruments, the electric piano, I couldn’t hide my excitement and had to check out Tines…
Tines - Electric Piano
by Klevgränd produkter AB
Tines - Electric Piano
Tines emulates an electric piano. With internal effects like a stereo tremolo, a multiband distortion panel and a subtle roomy reverb Tines can sound like anything between a dreamy slick Rhodes to a nasty Wurlitzer. A finetuned velocity curve makes it a joy to play Tines on an external keyboard.
• AUv3, works with AUv3 compatible hosts like Garageband, Cubasis, AUM etc.
• Tremolo depth and speed (XY pad) with phase offset
• Variable decay time
• Variable Air (room) amount
• Multiband distortion
Note: Tines in stand-alone mode does not support IAA, Audiobus or MIDI. You can play it using the keys at the bottom, but that’s it. We recommend using Tines with AUv3 compatible hosts.
iPhone 6 or later is recommended.
iPad 4 or later is recommended.
Documentation is available at https://klevgrand.se/products/tines
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Tines is a Rhodes style electric piano with a little more than a handful of parameters to tweak. There’s volume and air (which is a room reverb), stereo phase controls, 3 band multiband distortion and the characteristic tremolo that you can tweak with an intuitive XY pad modulating the wobble depth and speed. With these limited controls you can create everything from a dreamy Rhodes to an in-your-face Wurlitzer sound.
It’s not strictly modelled after a any specific vintage instrument, but tries to capture the the general aestethic in a modern and playable context. In the beginning I found the sparse interface on a pink pastel brush stroke beautiful but a bit misleading for an electric piano. It felt more natural on Klevgrand’s pad instrument for example. But once you hear the neatly modelled electric piano, you forget to look at the screen anyway and jam away!
This app is available for iOS as AUv3, but you can also get it as VST & AU for OSX and Windows.
Fun fact: The name Tines comes from a small component in the original Rhodes Pianos developed by Fender.