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Steinberg Halon Sonic

VST Workstation



  • HALION SONIC

    HALion Sonic is Steinberg's premier VST workstation, featuring the latest sampling and synthesis technologies, a world-class library and an intelligent user interface that excels in the studio as well as on stage.



    Why HALion Sonic

    HALion Sonic is Steinberg's premier VST workstation, featuring the latest sampling and synthesis technologies, a world-class library and an intelligent user interface that excels in the studio as well as on stage.

    HALION SONIC AT A GLANCE

    HALion Sonic is Steinberg’s 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.

    Testimolials of our bea-testers

    “- The sounds are way better than anything else that Steinberg ever produced.
    - I like the fact [that] keyswitches [are] being used (->pro!)
    - The Organs kick ass!
    - The synth engine sounds very good (analog) to me
    - The FX section is very good
    - Love the quick access knobs!”

    “Best fun is just hooking up keyboard and jamming on it — really cool sounds.”

    “That's (for me) the cool thing about HS — not only can you edit every factory program so that it fits perfectly — this is easy. From the first Alpha on I was fascinated how straightforward it is to get into the editor and understand how the layers work and how the program is constructed - and then tickle it into my "personal perfect" - even without touching the Docs. I think this is one of the main coolness of HS - it's nearly no effort to understand. Okay, for the _real_ highness (FlexP?) I have to glance in the manual, but the "building blocks" are really easy to find. I fully understood the synth section of HS. Simple and yet powerful. I had more fun playing with this than with my Radias, though the Radias has tons of buttons and I love buttons :-)”

    “I've been a HALion user for many years. And the HALion Sonic samples simply amaze me as I preview each patch. And the amount and way one can modify them is a pleasure. Flawless, intuitive interface.”

    “Excellent piece of software indeed. And despite of my initial doubts the sound quality is nothing short but excellent!”

    “Stunning piece of kit. It is an excellent tool. Very deep and useful.”

    “For years I heard folks raving about Hypersonic. As a result of my beta-testing experience with HALion Sonic, I now completely understand why. The elegant design, the ease of use and the broad range of excellent sounds make for a satisfying user experience. The sounds are inspiring. As soon as I load up the first sound, I'm already "in gear..." The HS palette is rich and diverse. I can' wait for this to hit the market.”

    “I'll add a +1 to that — Final is very stable here, and solid sound design throughout too.”

    “Oh, man, sorry about the blather — but I'm working on a Rhumba (Andalusion Malfouf) for my friend. The Nylon Guitar effects are awesome! High string XXL with harmonics, fret noises, all on one channel! It'll put you right there in the Cabaret!The learning curve is gentle, very gentle, and it makes it easy to use. No need to understand waveforms, oscillators, all that, so non-techies should love this. I'm finding myself using this far more than most of my (many) synth plug-ins, as it is quicker, far, far quicker to put together a good sound. Been a blast. Wish I could've reported more bugs for Steinberg, but I can't fault good engineering! Incredible box of sounds.”

    “Just put together a quick post score for a short video yesterday and this morning and used HALion Sonic. It was really nice to be able to have so many great high quality sounds in one VST. It was also very easy to use the multiple outputs to route the drumkits and other sounds which again increases the overall value and desirability for this instrument. It will definitely be in a lot of users start up Template or the go-to plug-in to start with creating ideas. Great job overall. Thanks again for all the new patches!!! The sounds are really fabulous and the ability to work with them in powerful ways will set it apart in some very exciting ways and hopefully open up new avenues of creativity. Those looking for a workstation replacement VST will be very pleased with this instrument. I have been very thankful to have been a part of team.”

    “I was paging through some of the sounds in stand-alone mode, and thought I'd try to assign the 8 MIDI sliders on my controller to the 8 control knobs and see if they were persistent. Turns out that they are — if I call up new sounds into a slot, the controller MIDI assignment stay active. I have been having a lot of fun on the percussion sounds - playing loops while adjusting filter settings live sounds like a lot of stuff i hear on the radio every day. I also tried this with motion based pads, and came up with some really evocative soundscapes. VERY nice job. … I don't think people often stop to appreciate that the work of putting a complicated technical product together is just as much of a passionate and creative enterprise as making music…”

    “Sounds are nice, congrats to the whole HALion Sonic team. For sure a nice synth and sample player. I love the design, and the samples sound great!”

    Details

    explore unlimited sonic dimensions

    HALion Sonic is Steinberg’s premier VST workstation instrument featuring a staggering array of over 1,400 firstclass synths, hybrid and acoustic instruments — best suited for a wide range of styles.

    performance to the power of 4

     

    Based on Steinberg’s latest next-generation sampling and synthesis technology, HALion Sonic is the go-to composition and production instrument, offering the complete range of sound shaping and creative editing features sound designers expect from studio-grade instruments.

    At the core, HALion Sonic offers four extremely powerful, yet easy-to-use sound engine modes:

    disk-streaming sample mode



    The Disk-Streaming Sample Engine in HALion Sonic reduces the amount of memory needed for playing back a complex sample-based instrument. Samples needn’t reside entirely in memory, but instead, HALion Sonic reads the samples while playing directly from the hard drive. Thus, perfectly suited to drive the breathtakingly sounding and greatly detailed tonal acoustic instruments that are included in HALion Sonic’s extensive sound library, the Disk-Streaming Sample mode enables multiple articulations for ultra-realistic performance techniques, such as legato, staccato and key release sounds.

    drum mode

    Drum sound editing requires dedicated tools to get the most out of a beat. For that reason, HALion Sonic is equipped with a special Drum mode, providing all the tools needed to produce studio-grade drum tracks.

    The Drum mode editor gives an instant overview of the loaded drum sounds and how they map across the virtual keyboard. Each drum sound can be individually adjusted and tweaked with a complete set of the Pitch, Filter and Amplifier effects together with the corresponding envelope settings. In addition, each drum hit can be assigned to one of the up to 16 stereo outputs for further mixing and processing in the host application.

    sliced loop mode

    HALion Sonic’s dedicated Sliced Loop mode for using and abusing loop-based beats comes with the same comprehensive set of sound-shaping parameters as the Drum mode editor.

    Sliced-Loop mode allows for playing individual slice hits or the entire loop or both by dividing the key range into two halves: the lower half of the keyboard triggers the loop while the upper half plays the individual single slice hits. All loops can be synced to the host project tempo for always playing in match.

    The sophisticated FlexPhraser module (see below) triggers the slices of the loop with their original timing and order and offers various settings to create entirely new variations of existing loop material. The order of slices can be randomized for even greater creative possibilities. All loops can be exported as a MIDI triggered slice sequence to the host sequencer via drag and drop for further editing and tweaking.

    virtual analog synthesis mode

    The straightforward, subtractive-synthesis section offers full access to all sound-sculpting parameters, including the ability to assign all waveform parameters of OSC1, OSC2 and OSC3 as modulation destinations in the versatile Modulation Matrix. The resulting signal from the oscillators is sent to the Filter and Amplifier sections for further sound shaping, offering a full range of sounds and timbres for the most demanding synthesis tweaking experts.

    The fully editable Virtual Analog Synthesis Engine of HALion Sonic produces the most distinctive of sounds with an incomparable own character — setting it clearly apart from standard analog style soft synths.

    The multiple oscillator types (Sine, Triangle, Saw or Square), additional sub and noise oscillators with different wave shapes and algorithms deliver pure quality – from the deepest low end and the creamiest, punchiest basses to razor-sharp leads that cut through the mix nice and clean.

    For creating interesting electronic spectra, any of the sound sources can be mixed almost freely by four algorithm types:

    • PWM mode (pulse width modulation)
    • SYNC mode: provides different hard-sync oscillators where each is a combination of a master and slave oscillator for producing the typical rich sync-sound
    • CM mode (cross modulation): provides a combination of two oscillators where a master oscillator is modulating the pitch of a slave oscillator
      (Sine, Triangle, Saw or Square) at audio rate
    • XOR mode: compares two square waveforms with a
      XOR operation resulting in a sound close to ring
      modulation of the third oscillator

    unique morph filters

    HALion Sonic comprises unique morphing filters that guarantee new sonic levels! The beautiful set of six filter types — with 24 shapes for each of them — features a warm and saturated sound with character for gentle or aggressive coloring of the sounds. Simply put, we offer the finest analog sounding filters in the industry: low-pass, high pass, bandpass types with selectable octave slopes from six to 24 dB, self-oscillating and with saturation support. The extremely versatile and powerful filter section can be configured as single filter, two filters in parallel or serial connection.

    But that’s not all: the unique metamorphosis filters support seamless morphing between up to four of the 24 different filter characteristics. By setting up envelopes, it’s possible to create the most ambitious metamorphosing sound textures ever heard. Morphing can also be done in real time by simply assigning to a Quick Control or the HALion Sonic Sphere Controller to morph between different filter types and settings.

    in the mix

    The Mix Page offers full access to the instrument slot parameters of HALion Sonic, comprising the level and pan settings as well as the AUX effect sends and the output selector. Each of HALion Sonic’s 16 individual outputs can be freely assigned to any of the 16 instrument slots.

    included audio effects

     

    With its complete suite of 44 audio effect processors, including gems like Cubase REVerence convolution reverb or the exceptionally sounding rotary cabinet emulation, HALion Sonic delivers that professional extra-touch in the mix or on stage — right out of the box.

    EQ:
    StudioEQ, GraphicEQ
    Dynamics:
    Compressor, Limiter, Gate, Expander
    Distortion: Amplifier
    Reverb and Convolution: Reverb, REVerence
    Modulation: Chrous, Tremolo, Flanger, Phaser, Vibrato, Rotary
    Delay: MultiDelay

    In addition, HALion Sonic features no less than 28 legacy effects from HALion 3.

    world-class content

    HALion Sonic redefines quality and variety for workstation instruments with over 1,400 new programs and over 850 layers across 13 GB of custom-recorded samples. Created in collaboration with the Yamaha sound design team behind Yamaha’s legendary MOTIF synthesizers, this totally new and studio-quality world-class library brings simple, immediate and playable expressiveness with superb sounding instruments and exclusive sounds! The library 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 instruments and sounds were recorded with great passion to detail using finest microphones and much sought-after analog gear to capture every sound nuance accurately. An immense arsenal of instruments is ready to be played, with intricate sonic transitions right at your fingertips!

    View factory sound listing (version 1.0)

     


  • 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

    performance to the power of 4

     

    The exquisite sound engine that powers HALion Sonic builds on Steinberg’s 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 Sonic’s 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.

    world-class content

     

    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 Yamaha’s 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 Steinberg’s 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.

    unprecedented control and flexibility

     

    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.

    HALion 3 is endowed with the novel RAMSave technology. This new feature was developed specifically for HALion to make it easier to work with memory-hungry sample programs. If you like working with sophisticated samples of instruments such as drum sets and string sections, you’ll love the substantially reduced RAM demand and faster loading times.

    Impressive new insert and send effects abound. Boasting 27 high quality effects, the new FX section is ready to rise to every sound-sculpting challenge. Effects may be applied to individual samples, sample groups or even entire programs. The new routing options let you patch effect signals directly into the host application’s VST mixing console.

     

     


  • Specs

    Minimum system requirements

    The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the software.

    mac

    • Supported operating systems: Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6*
    • Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz processor
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Approx. 13 GB of free HD space
    • Display resolution 1024 x 768 Pixel (1280 x 800 Pixel recommended)
    • CoreAudio compatible hardware
    • DVD-ROM drive with dual layer support
    • USB component port for USBeLicenser/Steinberg Key (license management)
    • USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key (not included)
    • Internet connection for license activation
    • VST 2, VST 3 or AU compatible host for using as plug-in

    windows

    • Windows Vista and Windows 7
    • Pentium/Athlon 2.0 GHz dual-core CPU
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Approx. 13 GB free of HD space
    • Display resolution 1024 x 768 (1280 x 800 recommended)
    • Windows DirectX compatible audio hardware (ASIO compatible audio
      hardware recommended for low-latency performance)
    • DVD-ROM drive with dual-layer support
    • USB component port for USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key (license management)
    • USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key (not included)
    • Internet connection for license activation
    • VST 2 or VST 3 compatible host for using as plug-in
     


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