HALion 4 — VST Sampler & Sound Creation System
By fusing the inspiring and powerful tools of a next-generation sampling environment with the creative potential of a first-class synth engine, HALion 4 ushers in a new era in professional sound design. The hybrid character, along with in-depth editing tools and the most efficient yet flexible desktop concept ever witnessed in a virtual instrument set HALion 4 clearly apart from traditional software samplers. Add to this an outstanding range of studio-grade effect processors, a world-class library and one-of-a-kind features, such as MegaTrig or VST 3.5 support, and you have the new global standard for creative sound design.
Expand your universe
Mix it inside
HALion 4 incorporates a state-of-the-art mixing engine with powerful routing options for complete control over your signal flow. There are virtually no restrictions — create an unlimited number of buses per Program and Layer and freely route the signals as desired. Each bus holds controls for level, pan, mute and solo as well as eight insert slots. What’s more, HALion 4 features a total of 32 stereo output channels and 6-channel surround support.
Leave your acoustic fingerprint
From precise correction to intense coloring — with a total of 44 studio-grade effect processors, HALion 4 tremendously enhances the sound designer’s toolbox. Highlights include the REVerence convolution reverb, the truly universal StudioEQ, and a captivating rotary cabinet emulation. Plus, innovative tools such as the unique morphing filter section and the FlexPhraser arpeggiator are right there to further fine-tune your sounds.
More than a sampler
HALion 4 combines the best in sampling technology with the very latest in virtual analog synthesis to offer a fully integrated sound design environment
for professional demands. Build complex sample libraries on the fly, create cutting-edge synths and invent your own sound — all in one intuitive instrument.
Flexible user interface
HALion 4 incorporates the most efficient yet flexible user interface ever witnessed in a virtual instrument, allowing you to undock, move and resize windows, create function tabs and save entire screen sets — ideal for multi-monitor setups and perfect for keeping you focused.
Best practice for creativity
Creativity from the start
When it comes to importing and mapping your sounds HALion 4 lends you a hand right from the start. HALion 4 let’s you assign your sounds on-the-fly during the import and is even able to extract keyrange, velocity and root key parameter directly from the file name and transfers them into your program. The workflow-optimized HALion 4 mapping editor makes the mapping process easy and convenient. Fading between zones, easy drag’n’drop and automatic gap filling are just a few feature that you won’t want to miss any more.
Programming sounds isn’t rocket science — not any more
The second generation of MegaTrig in HALion 4 enables you to create advanced instrument articulations, sophisticated playing styles and impressive conditional triggering modules for innovative sounds without bothering your head about writing page-filling scripts. With plenty predefined conditions that can individually be combined, you can bring your sound to the next level.
The new Quick Controls of HALion 4 are ready to become your truest assistant in your sound design environment. The Quick Controls can individually be assigned to every program, layer and fx parameter to give you direct access your sounds and can also be automated in your host application to capture your creative moment. And with the unlimited undo and redo and the integrated Undo History you can try out all the amazing modulation opportunities without having regrets.
Experience perfect synergy
Integration through and through
HALion 4 effortlessly integrates into various VST applications, making excellent use of the advantages each tool has to offer. The seamless integration of HALion 4 into Cubase and WaveLab and the Advanced Integration support of Steinberg hardware make HALion 4 the premier VST sampler and sound creation system.
More VST than ever before
In its fourth incarnation, HALion reclaims its rightful place as today’s most powerful VST sampler by supporting Steinberg’s latest Virtual Studio Technology version, VST 3.5. With its groundbreaking VST Expression 2 feature, Note Expression, individual note events now contain their own set of controller data when played polyphonically, therefore offering you a whole new creative approach to sound design.
Developed for professional aspirations
Compatibility all the way
HALion 4 supports all the major library and sampler formats. Providing true backward compatibility to HALion 3 means that all HALion 3 sound and effect parameters are preserved in this latest version. Running in both VST and AU plug-in hosts as well featuring cross-platform compatibility for 32 and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 make HALion 4 the perfect tool for audio designers and music producers using different machines and systems.
The novel sample paradigm around HALion 4 has proven itselfthrough several of Steinberg’s latest VST instruments, such as HALion Sonic, HALion Symphonic Orchestra and the highly acclaimed The Grand 3 piano suite. With its utmost reliability and highest sound quality, HALion 4 not only meets the requirements of professionals today, but also provides the best-sounding sample engine ever to be conceived and developed by Steinberg.
Quality content for sparkling results
The fourth incarnation of HALion features a 15-gig sound library of the most detailed audio material, including the complete sound collection of the appraised HALion Sonic workstation. With a smorgasbord of opportunities provided to you through the 1,600 factory presets to hand, HALion 4 truly covers the entire sound palette of each genre.