The HALion line-up
HALion comprises the full range of advanced sampling and sound design capabilities. With its unprecedented functional depth and equally advanced user interface concept, HALion combines a comprehensive synthesis engine and a full set of virtual sampling features, an extensive sound library and complete access to all sound-shaping parameters. The latest version offers sample slicing, granular oscillator and much more.
HALion Sonic 2
Steinberg’s premier VST workstation is a uniquely creative instrument that offers a plethora of synthesized and acoustic instruments within one compact, easy-to-use interface. Designed for studio musicians, composers and live performers alike, HALion Sonic 2 includes an extensive library and a full synth engine with over 2,500 patches and a range of features that offer fast and flexible control.
HALion Sonic SE 2
HALion Sonic SE 2 offers a wide range of sounds for owners of Cubase. Highly compact yet surprisingly versatile, HALion Sonic SE 2 is a musical sketching tool that concentrates on the essentials: good sounds that are easy to access. HALion Sonic SE 2 includes a powerful virtual analog synthesizer and more than 50 studio-grade effects.
Concise comparison chart
|Supported platforms||Windows 7, Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10||Windows 7, Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.9||Windows 7, Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.9 & 10.10|
|Plug-in formats||PC: VST 3 & VST 2 Mac: VST 3 & AU||PC: VST 3 & VST 2 Mac: VST 3 & AU||Steinberg exclusive|
|Realtime audio FX||67||56||54|
|Number of factory patches/combis/drum & percussion sets||>2,800||>2,500||>1,400 (Cubase Pro 8)|
|Media file database management system||HALion MediaBay||HALion MediaBay||Cubase MediaBay|
|ArpeggiatorMIDI Player||FlexPhraser incl. User Phrase Editor MIDI Player with import||FlexPhraser incl. User Phrase Editor||no|
|Number of MIDI channels||64||16||16|
|Key and velocity range|
|Recording feature with built in metronome|
|Disk streaming support|
|Wave ROM size||>15 GB uncompressed||>14 GB uncompressed||>3 GB uncompressed|
|Synthesis methods||Sample-based Virtual Analog Granular Synthesis Tonewheel organ||Sample-based Virtual Analog Granular Synthesis Tonewheel organ||Sample-based Virtual Analog|
|Simultaneous insert FX||Up to 40 per program||Up to 20 per program||Up to 20 per program|
|Aux effects||4 busses, each with 8 inserts||4 busses, each with 4 inserts||4 busses, each with 4 inserts|
|Master effect slots||8||4||4|
|Stereo output channels||32 + 6 channel surround||16||16|
|Flexible user interface|
|Pads||8 pads||8 pads||8 pads|
|Stand Alone mode|
|Supported Hardware||Windows DirectX, ASIO or OSX CoreAudio||Windows DirectX, ASIO or OSX CoreAudio||Windows DirectX, ASIO or OSX CoreAudio|
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