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HALion 5

Steinberg’s HALion VST sampler is a powerfully inspirational virtual sampling and sound design instrument that forms the heart of modern sound creation and production environments.

In our exclusive video interview, film composer Paul Haslinger explains his view on composing, his approach to sound design and the essential role that HALion plays in his work.

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Key features

  • State-of-the-art sampler and sound creation system tailored to the demands of professionals
  • Up to 192 kHz, 32 stereo outputs and 6-channel surround support
  • Powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, tone-wheel organ simulator and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis
  • Outstanding library including over 2,500 synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments
  • AudioWarp provides cutting-edge time-stretching and pitchshifting functionality
  • Full VST Expression 2 support for smart articulation editing in Cubase
  • FlexPhraser module drives beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases
  • MegaTrig for easy programming of playing styles and articulations
  • Wide range of high-end audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation and many more
  • Flexible user interface with multi-monitor support allows you to customize and save your own windows and screen sets
  • Includes the full version of HALion Sonic 2

New in HALion 5

The latest version of Steinberg’s HALion VST sampler adds new features that extend the boundaries of virtual sampling and sound design software. New instruments and sound sources, an added granular synthesis engine, new effects, a slicing mode and much more complement the myriad capabilities that have made HALion an indispensable tool for pro musicians, producers and sound designers worldwide. An extensive sound library, a vast array of audio creation tools and ultra-expressive sound modules combine with a next-generation interface to create a powerfully inspirational instrument that forms the heart of modern sound creation or production environments.

New in HALion 5.1

With the free 5.1 update HALion gets many workflow improvements, convenience features and new tools to create sounds and get creative. New looping modes, new sample editing tools and the vintage playback modes are just some of the new features that are now available in the 5.1. Many of the improvements have been requested by the HALion users.

What you get

Expand your universe

More than a sampler

HALion combines the best in sampling technology with the latest in virtual analog synthesis to offer a fully integrated sound design environment for professionals. HALion 5 further extends the sound-creation possibilities through the addition of a granular synthesis engine and an ultra-authentic tone wheel oscillator. Plus, audio tools such as the new Slicing module and the Audio Warp pitch-shifting and time-stretching toolkit that is based on algorithms by zplane make audio material supremely malleable — reform and remold audio to suit your project and not the other way round. Build complex sample libraries on the fly, create cutting-edge synths and invent your own sound — all in one intuitive instrument.

A creative tradition

Creativity from the get-go

HALion 5 supports you from the earliest stage of your production, including importing and mapping your sounds, letting you assign your sounds on-the-fly during the import stage and even extracting keyrange, velocity and root key information directly from the file name and transfering them to your program. The workflow-optimized HALion 5 mapping editor makes the mapping process easy and convenient. Fading between zones, easy ‘drag and drop’ and automatic gap filling are just a few features that are as useful as they are intuitive to use.

Experience perfect synergy

Complete Integration

HALion 5 effortlessly integrates into various VST applications, making excellent use of the advantages each tool has to offer. The seamless integration of HALion 5 into Cubase and WaveLab and the Advanced Integration support for Steinberg hardware make HALion 5 the premier VST sampler and sound creation system.

More VST than ever before

In its fifth incarnation, HALion reasserts its claim as today’s most powerful VST sampler by supporting Steinberg’s latest Virtual Studio Technology version, VST 3.5 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.

Developed for professional aspirations

Why HALion 5


HALion 5 is loaded with an arsenal of mind-blowing loops and instruments for the discerning producer and combines a powerful synth engine with a drum and instrument sampling engine and extraordinary sound design capabilities. There are over 2,500 programs and over 850 layers that allow producers to create fresh new hits in a breeze. The included sweetsounding audio effects in HALion 5 provide all that is needed to let beats and melodies sound punchier, louder and dirtier: highend reverbs, delays, modulation effects, dynamic processors and it just goes on and on! HALion 5 includes over 1,500 Yamaha FlexPhrases to inject even more energy into any project. The flexible internal routing management lets producers implement HALion 5 easily into their producing environment and makes HALion 5 an irreplaceable part of the production.

Composers and musicians

HALion 5 offers a complete range of world-class acoustic, electric and electronic instrument sounds along with a wealth of drums, effects and more — all in a powerful yet inexpensive instrument that appeals to composers and session musicians alike. For all those who focus on making music rather than fiddling with synth parameters, HALion 5 is simply a dream come true. The included studio-quality library features up to 20 articulations per instrument for natural-sounding productions and covers an enormous range of styles: all the way from finest detailed acoustic instruments to legendary synthesizers, club sounds and soundscapes, from ultra-realistic acoustic drum kits to the latest electronic beats.

Sound designers

HALion 5 offers sound designers everything they need to turn their sonic vision to reality. Developed according to the requirements of professional sound designers HALion 5 is an user-friendly and intuitive to handle sound creation system of its own, that allows sound designers to map sounds fast and easy and generate complex programs without the need of scripting. The flexible desktop architecture of HALion 5 can individually be adjusted to each step of the creative process and fits gently into any professional environment. The in-depth editing opportunities of HALion 5 give sound designers the chance to create their own sound and the combination of sample and synthetic layers mixed with the powerful FX stage opens up the door to the next level of sound design.

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