We came across Klevgränd recently with the release of their Jussi vocal synth. Now they’ve turned their attention to the very under-served electric piano genre with a minimalist but beautiful virtual instrument called Tines.
It is ridiculous the amount of virtual electric pianos that have been released in the last few months. Waves, Spitfire Audio, e-Instruments and Spectrasonics have all been at it within weeks of each other. Klevgränd come at this from a different place. There’s no talk of sample sizes, of painstaking or meticulous sampling, or even acoustic modelling. They simply say that they wanted to create a cool keyboard instrument and Tines is the result of that endeavour.
They say that it’s not designed to be a vintage emulation, it’s designed to be a modern and playable instrument. It just so happens that it sounds a lot like a dreamy Rhodes piano that can be pushed into the realms of Wurlitzer. The plug-in consists of a 10MB .dll file – that’s it, no sample library. It’s really sweet to play. With just a handful of controls and no presets it is exactly what it is. There’s a bit of wobble with phasing, there’s a three band EQ, decay and “Air”. The velocity curve is really nice making it wonderfully expressive. The style and minimalism of the interface is just as charming as it was with the Jussi.
What a lovely thing. Check out the demo video below if you need convincing. Or better still go and download the demo version. It’s not quite tinkly enough to be my only Rhodes but for $12.99 and so a low impact on my system it might become my go-to electric piano.
It’s available on AU and VST formats for MacOS and Windows and also available for iOS. More information on the Klevgränd website.