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Smart phones and tablets have made creative possibilities almost endless for musicians and audio aficionados who may not have access to expensive equipment. There are many paid apps that offer impressive tools to create songs, grooves and sound bites, but I haven’t ran across many free ones that are comparable until now.
Yellofier isn’t just another music making app. Instead of providing users with just a set of prerecorded bites, users can make music from virtually anything. Record the birds singing outside, beat box funky sounds or create a drum clip by tapping on a desk with a pen. Regardless of the noises users decide to record, Yellofier makes it possible to turn them into customized songs.
I instantly fell in love with the interface. When it’s time to record a note, simply tap on Record/Slice. When sounds are recorded, they are assigned to a set of eight different color blocks. Each recording is automatically cut into slices that can be adjusting by just sliding a finger onto the screen. Once sounds are recorded, users can then go back and tap on Edit Song to start arranging.
In order to arrange a song, patterns must be created to form rhythms and melodies. This is accomplished by dragging the samples onto the 16 block grid and dragging on different effect patterns. Users can also adjust the beats per minute (BPM) in the upper right corner. The effects can then be adjusted by swiping to the left or right on each block or the volume can be adjusted by swiping up or down on the blocks. The app can randomly create a rhythm for users who just aren’t quite sure what will work best, and it’s also possible to drag and drop sound clips from one of four different Yello Sound Libraries.
When it’s time to arrange the song, users can work quickly by dragging, dropping and rearranging the different rhythms into one of the four rows of open slots. Once users have the perfect song, it can be saved or shared not only in an email but also to Soundcloud and AudioShare. It’s also possible to import sounds and songs from this section as well.
While more sound editing options may be on my wish list, I’m completely satisfied with what Yellofier currently offers. From an intuitive interface to a wide range of creative possibilities, it’s everything users could want from a sampler app. The best part is that it is entirely free and void of ads, in-app purchases and log-in screens. Since no musical background knowledge is required, I highly recommend that everyone add this one to the their app library.