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NAMM news: HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3 and Absolute 3 announced

January 19, 2017


Today the NAMM show opens its doors: four days of presenting musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting and we’re in the middle of it all, announcing the forthcoming releases of our VST sampler, HALion 6, alongside the HALion Sonic 3 workstation and Absolute 3 collection.

The HALion 6,  HALion Sonic 3 and Absolute 3 will be available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from February 9, 2017. Product availability may vary depending on reseller.

Customers who have activated HALion 5, HALion Sonic 2 and Absolute 2 since December 29, 2016, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3 and Absolute 3, respectively.

New features in HALion 6:

  • Next-generation wavetable synthesis for stunning resynthesis and unheard sound creations
  • Smart live-sampling engine for direct recording, mapping and playing of sounds
  • Macro Page Designer for convenient user interface creation for user instruments and commercial libraries
  • HALion Script for advanced instrument programming and custom MIDI modules
  • Convenient Library Creator for compiling custom instruments with the greatest of ease
  • 6 new instrument libraries including brasses, two beautiful grand pianos, strings, cutting-edge wavetable synthesizer and eerie cinematic sounds
  • 3-band Resonator with 14 different filter configurations and integrated LFO
  • Expanded compatibility options with native 64-bit AAX support


New features in HALion Sonic 3:

  • Massive 20 GB library expansion with over 1,000 new presets, in 5 new acoustic instrument libraries, including two grand pianos, a horn section, strings and cinematic sounds
  • New wavetable synthesizer with over 300 cutting-edge sounds for modern electronic productions
  • 9 new effects including 3-band Resonator, Vintage Compressor, Tube Saturator and many more
  • Expanded compatibility options with native 64-bit AAX support

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