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Free Windows VST plugins (32 and 64-bit).

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Reviewed By fatalstrategies
August 6th, 2022

For enthusiasts of musical indeterminacy and experimental composition, this little-known free (!) MIDI-only plug-in is a dream come true, and dangerously habit forming. It employs a rules-based method based on visual input from the user, arranging interactive elements in puzzle-like grid, optionally tweaking their behavior in a more detailed "advanced view." There is no limit to how many instances you run (at least in Reaper, sorry to the other reviewer..) therefore you can place it on several tracks and effectively "plant a garden," the result is continuous, non-repeating generative music which unfolds "the same but different" every time you click play (the MIDI output can be captured to the file any time.).

Its most obvious usage is for chords and melodic material, but I have also used it to: compose shifting polyrhythmic drum patterns, randomly trigger samples, even using the note output to generate CC automation patterns (or any patterns... for anything..) which are at once consistent and ever evolving.

Approach it with a little patience and a lot of curiosity, you will be rewarded with that proverbial child-like thrill of discovery you perhaps forgot you were even capable of; the process becomes equally rewarding to the product. This thing would make John Cage and Brian Eno proud.

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Reviewed By Boy Wonder
June 10th, 2022

First, the good: Transition is fairly unique in what it does - create random notes based on several parameters you can set such as scale, octaves, frequency, etc. Further manipulation by utilizing creative tools in the activity pad area ensures whatever Transition comes up with is very original. Already, I've created 25-minute ambient tracks as well as one long 50-minute opus with it and it sounded good.

And now, the bad: For some reason, and I can't contact CodeFN42 to find out why, you can't load more than one instance of Transition in Cubase or Studio One. I'm guessing this is the same with other DAWs although I haven't tried. When you do attempt it, the DAWs either lock up or shut down right away, thus my intended goal to set up one Transition in 1/4 time and the other in 1/8 or 1/16 is never achieved.

Common sense would suggest that I'm trying to force the DAWs to use multiple clock rates which they can't do, but using CodeFN42's own RandARP in multiple instances with different timings does work, so it must be a Transition bug. Like I'd said before, I couldn't reach the dev about a solution. Anyway, I can always record one track of 1/4 Transition then go back and create a 1/16 take. It's just be nice to have two or more of them going at the same time to make sure what was being concocted makes musical sense.

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Reviewed By elviecho
November 9th, 2021

A great plugin, like all the CodeFN42 stuff!
Set note order, octave order and swing to random and... pow, you are Roy Ayers. :-).

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Reviewed By groumpf
October 4th, 2021

I was searching a plugin that could replace the JS MIDI arpeggiator plugin in Reaper (which doesn't work very well) and not too complex. It does well. Thanks.

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Reviewed By Jopmanajop
November 24th, 2018

Wow, that's really impressive! Easy to use, so much fun. You can easily dive in without reading manual or figuring out all these incredible functions. Instrument for uncontrollable melodic mess. It took me just several minutes to fall in love with this little tool. And it's for free, i can't believe that. Endless possibilities and fun. With "random" and "probability" it is easy to go from generic pattern to complete chaos, in any preferable key. It's like you're not writing music anymore with this "bots and obstacles" window, just playing fun game. I love it.

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Reviewed By kingfear
November 9th, 2018

I use this for not it's intended purpose, but as a random midi-gate. With proper settings, you can get only 20% notes through, or whatever you might need. It's not really meant for that so there's few caveats, as in you need to define the note length which also happens to define the frequency of the "gate". So it's not going to rally match your incoming notes perfectly.

But it's extremely lightweight, does something that I haven't found anything else to do. Except Hypercyclic which is unstable & available only as 32-bit -- also is way more random. Actually to be honest, I am not sure it even can do the same thing... but I am erring on the side of caution. I seem to recall it tends to prefer adding random notes instead of working like a gate.

But RandArp also works as a random arp, as intended. But I never use it as such.

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Reviewed By inkwarp
March 6th, 2015

these are amazing plugins for anyone working with MIDI a lot, and just what i have been looking for. i have already made some great melodic tune-age today with Chordz but i urge everyone interested to go to their website and check out their other plugins. great stuff. (oh and it's all free!)

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Reviewed By No_Uhe_in_my_machine
March 5th, 2015

As owner of the Xfer Cthulhu, I must say I got admired with this one. The way that the notes and chords are organized are great, and there's also the option to create and save you owns.

Now this is very good. I mean, this is free, and you can't beat the price on this.

Nobody can say that is limited, as I already referrer I got myself a copy of Cthulhu, and I love it.

This just got my attention for the name, but after using it, this thing got me.

Versatile, easy to use and setup, well organized, and haves a friendly GUI too.

A good find, and the developer also have some nice tools too on the page.

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