Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Creativity First

Frankenstraße 18 b
20097 Hamburg

Tel: +49 (0)40 210 35-0
Fax: +49 (0)40 210 35-300

The HALion line-up

The HALion line-up


Concise comparison chart

HALion 5 logo HALion Sonic 2 logo
HALion Sonic SE logo
Supported platforms Windows 7, Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.7 & 10.8 Windows 7, Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.7 & 10.8 Windows 7, Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.7 & 10.8
64-bit support Logo green Logo green Logo green
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 59 56 54
Number of factory patches/combis/drum & percussion sets >2,800 >2,500 >1,400 (Cubase 7.5)
Media file database management system HALion MediaBay HALion MediaBay Cubase MediaBay
Arpeggiator
MIDI 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 Logo green Logo green Logo green
VST Expression Logo green Logo green Logo green
Recording feature with built in metronome Logo green Logo green
Disk streaming support Logo green Logo green Logo green
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
Multi-monitor support Logo green
Flexible user interface Logo green
Sample editor Logo green
Slicing Logo green
AudioWarp Logo green
Sample import Logo green
Multi Mode Logo green
FlexPhraser Logo green Logo green
Pads 8 pads 8 pads 8 pads
Quick Controls Logo green Logo green Logo green
Stand Alone mode Logo green Logo green
Expandable content Logo green Logo green Logo green
Supported Hardware Windows DirectX, ASIO or OSX CoreAudio Windows DirectX, ASIO or OSX CoreAudio Windows DirectX, ASIO or OSX CoreAudio

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