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 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.