Quick OverviewSoftware Steinberg Halion Sonic
HALion Sonic at a Glance
HALion Sonic is Steinbergs premier VST workstation that breaks new ground in terms of performance, versatility and ease of use. Over a thousand instrument sounds created by top sound experts at Yamaha and Steinberg offer a staggering array of first class synths, hybrid and acoustic instruments, covering almost any conceivable style. HALion Sonic is the long-anticipated successor to the highly acclaimed Hypersonic 2 workstation, and allows you to work more productively than ever before. Exclusive and comprehensive world-class content, an intuitive interface for seamless handling and the sheer endless possibilities of creating entirely new landscapes deliver truly unlimited sonic dimensions.Top Features
- Easy-to-use yet powerful premier music and production workstation for synthesized sounds and breathtaking recreation of acoustic instruments
- Outstanding library including over 1,400 instrument sounds created by top sound experts at Steinberg and Yamaha
- Powerful multi-timbral VST 3 audio-engine with 4 different modes: disk-streaming sample playback, highend virtual analog synthesis, dedicated sliced-loop and drum mode
- Unique morphing filters seamlessly blend between up to 4 of 24 filter shapes
- FlexPhraser module for dynamically driving beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases
- Wide range of audio effects on board, including REVerence convolution reverb
- Integrated MediaBay sound management system
- Stage optimized: dedicated player view, rapid building of keyboard splits or layers, and switching of entire multisetups with a single command
- Full VST Expression 2 support for smart articulation editing in Cubase 6
- Cross platform: Windows (VST 3, VST 2.4) and Mac OS X (VST 3, VST 2.4, AU) plug-in support, including professional standalone
The exquisite sound engine that powers HALion Sonic builds on Steinbergs latest sampling and synthesis technologies and offers four extremely powerful, yet easy-to-use sound engine modes at its core: high performance Disk-Streaming Sample Playback for breathtaking recreation of acoustic instruments including all articulations, a dedicated Sliced-Loop mode for using and abusing loop-based beats, a special Drum mode with all the tools needed to produce studio-grade drum tracks, and finally a complete and fully editable Virtual Analog Synthesis Engine offering multiple oscillator types and full access to all sound-sculpting parameters for the most demanding synthesis experts.
HALion Sonics flexible sound architecture includes unique morphing filters which seamlessly blend between up to four of the 24 different filter shapes and guarantees new sonic levels. Virtually unlimited polyphony provides enough creative headroom to max out the Multi Program Rack with up to 16 individual programs sounding at the same time. Each program and even each layer features its own effect rack with a total of four insert slots fueled by one of the 16 effect types, including gems such as REVerence or the or the exceptionally sounding rotary cabinet emulation.
HALion Sonic redefines quality and variety for workstation instruments with its 1,400 instrument sounds across 13 GB of uncompressed custom-recorded samples. Created by the Yamaha sound design team behind Yamahas legendary MOTIF synthesizers, this world-class library with up to 20 articulations per instrument covers an enormous range of styles, all the way from finest detailed acoustic instruments to legendary synthesizers, club sounds and soundscapes, from ultra-realistic acoustic drum kits to the latest electronic beats.
All included sounds with articulations feature real-time control and support for Steinbergs VST Expression 2, delivering easy articulation and controler editing in and tight integration with Cubase 6. The massive library also includes over 1,500 patterns for the FlexPhraser module that drives beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases, plus automatic articulation switching.
The highly intuitive design of the integrated MediaBay sound management system means you search less and produce more, with immediate access to any sound within the huge content library in the blink of an eye.
HALion Sonic reaches a new level in intuitive handling and control, thanks to its clear and transparent layout. Each instrument sound comes with predefined Quick Controls for fast and effective sound tweaking of layers and programs.
The eight SoftPads not only allow you to trigger specific notes, but also to take snapshots of chords which can then be triggered in different sequence for various chord progressions.
In the Studio HALion Sonic is the go-to composition and production instrument, offering the complete range of soundshaping and creative editing features expected from studiograde instruments. Yet, HALion Sonic also shines when
performing live: building keyboard splits and layers to layout, for example, bass, piano and a lead sound across the keyboard is absolutely effortless thanks to the many visual help functions.
Almost any parameter can be tweaked live using a MIDI controller. Programs and even entire Multi-Setups can be switched with a single key or push of a button on a master keyboard. With the so called Multi-Chain feature, entire Multi-Setups can step through a list of up to 128 predefined Multi Programs. The included standalone application and the dedicated player view ensure that the artist is always in full command while performing on stage.