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HALion — Create the future

HALion is the most comprehensive virtual sampling and sound design system available today and excels the present creative process for producers and sound designers in all areas.

It covers the complete creative workflow from recording and sample editing to programming advanced synthesis and modulation setups. With HALion, create customized user interfaces and export ready-to-release instrument libraries with every step streamlined to the greatest extent.

The powerful set of oscillators for seamless sample playback as well as the next-generation synthesis make HALion a versatile creative tool in simply every situation. Its broad library includes thousands of high-class and deep-sampled instruments and cutting-edge synthesizer sounds for all kinds of musical genres.

Key Features

  • State-of-the-art sampler and sound creation system tailored to the demands of professionals
  • Advanced library creation tools including Macro Page Designer, drag-and-drop Library Creator and HALion scripting
  • Powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, tone-wheel organ simulator and high-end virtual analog, granular and wavetable synthesis
  • AudioWarp for cutting-edge time-stretching and pitch-shifting
  • FlexPhraser module drives beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases
  • Outstanding library including over 3,400 synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments
  • Flexible user interface with multi-monitor support allowing you to customize and save your own windows and screen sets
  • Wide range of high-end audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation and many more
  • Up to 192 kHz, 32 stereo outputs and 6-channel surround support
  • Cross-platform compatibility: Windows (VST 3, VST 2, AAX) and macOS (VST 3, AU, AAX) plug-in and standalone support
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What is HALion
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How to Load a Program
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How to Use Multiple Programs
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How to Design Your Own Workspace
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How to Navigate the Program Tree
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Getting Your Ears Around the HALion Synth Zone
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How to Create a Huge Sound with the New Wavetable
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How to Use the HALion Mixer
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How to Use External MIDI Controllers

Expand your universe

More than a sampler

HALion combines the latest sampling and synthesis technology with streamlined content creation tools to provide a fully integrated sound design environment for creative professionals and enthusiasts alike. HALion offers a wide range of cutting-edge sound generators from granular, virtual analog and wavetable synthesis to ultra-authentic tone wheel organ and powerful sample playback. Build complex sample libraries on the fly, create cutting-edge synths and invent your own sound — all in one powerful instrument.

Mix it inside

HALion includes 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 features a total of 32 stereo output channels and 6-channel surround support.

Live-sampling

HALion lets you sample sounds directly from your DAW, from any external source routed into HALion or internally from within HALion. The sample recording can be triggered manually, by threshold or MIDI events and thanks to the different automatic mapping modes your samples are ready to play in no time.

Flexible user interface

HALion incorporates the most efficient and flexible user interface presented 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.

Leave your acoustic fingerprint

From surgically precise EQing to ultra-expressive sound design tools: with over 60 first-rate effect processors, HALion offers a plethora of creative options. Highlights include the REVerence convolution reverb, the acclaimed VST Amp guitar rack and innovative Resonator filter.

Sound Zones

A creative tradition

Creativity from the get-go

HALion supports you from the earliest stage of your instrument production, from creating and mapping your sounds to exporting your final instrument with Macro Page and presets. The many workflow-optimized tools and features make the sound creation process easy and convenient.

Experience perfect synergy

Complete integration

HALion effortlessly integrates into various VST applications, making excellent use of the advantages each tool has to offer. The seamless integration of HALion into Cubase and WaveLab and the Advanced Integration support for Steinberg hardware make HALion the premier VST sampler and sound creation system.

More VST than ever before

HALion reasserts its claim as today’s most powerful VST sampler by supporting Steinberg’s latest Virtual Studio Technology version for full articulation and controller editing inside Cubase. VST Expression 2 makes working with instrument articulations as easy as it should be. Instead of handling all those MIDI controllers for switching articulations, it allows seamlessly integrated editing as well as full control over multiple articulations within the Key and Score Editors of Steinberg’s award-winning advanced music production system, Cubase.

Start experimenting

The Quick Controls give you instant access to all your most important settings. Quick Controls can be set up for every program individually, layer and FX settings give you direct access at all times. Quick Controls can also be automated in your host application to recreate your creative moment and with unlimited Undo/Redo that’s featured in the integrated Undo History you can try out all the amazing modulation opportunities and always have the freedom to go back to earlier sounds.

Developed for professional aspirations

A proven system

Steinberg’s ability to pioneer advances in audio technology nowhere else is as apparent as in its HALion product family. As it is the flagship of Steinberg’s latest generation of sampling instruments, HALion has been engineered to offer not only the advanced features and pristine audio quality but also the stability and reliability that pros expect. The advanced sampling engine and powerful multi-timbral sound creation toolset in HALion is the result of decades expertise in audio software engineering.

Quality content for sparkling results

HALion features a 30 GB sound library of the most painstakingly constructed libraries, including the complete sound collection of the acclaimed HALion Sonic workstation. Created by sound experts at Steinberg and Yamaha, the extended HALion library offers a smorgasbord of opportunities thanks to the many factory instruments and presets; the HALion library covers virtually every conceivable genre.

Compatibility all the way

HALion supports all the major library and sampler formats. True backward compatibility to HALion versions 3, 4 and 5 preserves all sound and effect parameters in this latest version. Running in VST 3, AAX and AU plug-in hosts as well as cross-platform compatibility for 64-bit editions of Windows  and macOS make HALion the perfect tool for audio designers and music producers using different machines and systems.

Next Steps

Instruments & FX

The sound library in HALion and HALion Sonic features thousands of programs and 30 GB of custom-recorded samples.

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Version comparison

HALion, HALion Sonic or HALion Sonic SE — check out the HALion line-up and find out which suits you best.

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