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Take the electronic stylings of the cult Swiss electronic band Yello, stir in the visually interactive approach of iOS, and you’ll end up with something as profoundly cool as Yellofier, a free app for taking sampled sounds – including your own – and turning them into radically cool and wild musical passages. The depth of programming possibilities is really impressive, and it’s not hard to quickly whip up something that could pass as dance music or original electronica with minimal effort or musical skill.
One way to start with Yellofier is to simply record yourself making some wacky sounds using the built-in microphone; the app automatically slices your recording into discrete sound samples, assigning a color pad to each slice, plus it’s easy to adjust slice points to your own taste. If you’re shy, there are some excellent sounds built right into the app, as well as tons of songs and accompanying sounds that you can download for free. Once you’ve created your sounds, you'll have the ability to build up to four separate tracks of sequenced passages using different combinations of sounds. Each “track” is made up of 16-step tiles, with up to 100 tiles total per track.
Tap on an individual tile icon and you’re taken into the real meat of Yellofier, the event sequencer, where you'll lay down your individual sound hits and assign effects to them by choosing from the eight effects tiles. These include echo, glitching, reversing, bit reducers, and more, and changing the sound of the effect is accomplished by twisting the icon onscreen. You lower or raise the volume of a step by swiping your finger up and down, with visual feedback showing you the results.
Creations can easily be uploaded to SoundCloud, emailed to friends (as an AAC file), sent to AudioShare (for further use in other apps), or exported as an uncompressed WAV file, which pretty much covers all contingencies. Our only gripe is that the effects tiles are unlabeled, which can be a bit frustrating as you’re learning the interface.
The bottom line. A commercial app of this depth and breadth would be a revelation, but for free, it’s just short of miraculous. Yellofier is an instant iOS classic.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later
Innovative visual interface. Super easy to use. Instant audio gratification.
No labels for the effects icons.