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 Transition by CodeFN42 is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Transition
Product Transition
Developer CodeFN42
Price (MSRP)
Free
Type / Tags MIDI FX / Utility
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s) 
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
1.10
 
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System Requirements
Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Miscellaneous Information
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Transition is a generative MIDI sequencer. The basic idea is that bots move through a matrix of cells until they encounter a wall, another bot, or an obstacle.

When a bot hits a wall it will trigger a note, or a chord. The note/chord is based on the scale degree and octave settings of the wall cell. The output can be transposed up or down within the selected scale by incoming MIDI notes.

When a bot crashes with another bot they will both change direction. When a bot encounters an obstacle the effect on the bot is based on the type of obstacle (for example it can change direction, jump to another part of the matrix, change speed, or pause movement).

There are numerous settings you can edit to control the behavior of the bots and the MIDI output they generate. The various randomization features allows you to create more interesting and unpredictable output. Most of the parameters can also be automated.

Transition gives you an interesting and fun way to come up with new musical ideas. It can produce a chaotic random result, work more like a standard step sequencer, or something in between.

Freeware for Windows, both 32 and 64-bit.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Jopmanajop
November 24, 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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inkwarp
inkwarp
25 November 2018 at 12:14pm

yes it's fun. but for me it's crashing the s**t out of studio one...

can't complain for a freebie though..

Jopmanajop
Jopmanajop
25 November 2018 at 4:59pm

Actually, same here with Live, but in Reaper everything is ok.

firepile
firepile
28 November 2018 at 10:24pm

Please try version 1.02.

ccDuckett
ccDuckett
30 November 2018 at 5:51pm

Just curious- was this inspired by ToneCarver's Nova3 (which was itself inspired by Otomata)?

I've been enjoying Nova3 for a while now, and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pic of Transition.

PierreG
PierreG
26 November 2018 at 11:24pm

Super fun! Works good in Tracktion Waveform 9. One glitch, with a synth - VacuumPro cutting out after a lot of play, resolved by deleting the plug and re-inserting it, leading me back to more fun.

PierreG
PierreG
26 November 2018 at 11:52pm

Update: Inserting 2 or more instances into Waveform brings about crashes fairly quickly. Sure is fun before it bails! Hope this can be stabilized going forward.

firepile
firepile
27 November 2018 at 5:56pm

Are you using version 1.02? Just tested with 5 instances of Transition and 5 synths in Reaper, letting it run for 90 minutes, while recording the output. No crashes.

PierreG
PierreG
27 November 2018 at 7:18pm

Thanks for the heads up regarding v 1.02. I just downloaded and installed it yesterday, which was reporting as v 1.00 in the Waveform plugin browser under the Description Tag column. I Re-downloaded and installed today and Waveform still reports it as v 1.00, yet the plugs About shows it as v 1.02.

It's still crashing when I use more than one instance. : (.

PierreG
PierreG
27 November 2018 at 7:35pm

Thanks for the heads up regarding v 1.02. I just downloaded and installed it yesterday, which was reporting as v 1.00 in the Waveform plugin browser under the Description Tag column. I Re-downloaded and installed today and Waveform still reports it as v 1.00, yet the plugs About shows it as v 1.02.

It's still crashing when I use more than one instance. : (.

Update: Coming back into the edit after a crash, I started over with one instance, made a VacuumPro synth patch change as the edit was playing, then added another track / instance and it stayed functional. Repeated this pattern and have 5 tracks running great for over 10 minutes. Makes me wonder about VacuumPro interaction, in that as I first reported it cut out after a bit and needed to be reloaded.

This is a ridiculously fun plug, thank you!!.

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Transition

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