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Instruments & FX

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The instrument library

Produced by Renowned Sound Designing Experts
The HALion Sonic 2 and HALion 5 sound libraries feature 2,500 new programs, 15 GB of custom-recorded samples. And the quality can only be described as opulent: created in cooperation with the team behind Yamaha’s MOTIF workstations, the library combines dynamic expressiveness with superb sounding instruments and exclusive sounds.

Multi-Articulation Instruments with VST Expression Support
The extensive HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 library includes many acoustic instruments with multiple articulations, recreating dynamics and playing techniques such as legato, staccato and key release. With full support for the revolutionary VST Expression system, both instruments allow full and direct control over those articulations from within Cubase.

Integrated MediaBay Sound Management
The integrated MediaBay sound management system makes organizing and finding samples, layers and presets a breeze. With HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2, the vast included library is immediately accessible for searching, browsing, categorizing and tagging. ‘Instant’ searching by typing keywords puts the entire 15 GB library at your fingertips in a nanosecond.

VST Sound™ Expandable
HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 support expansion packs in Steinberg’s universal VST Sound format for even more creative options. Sound libraries from Steinberg and third-party manufacturers in VST Sound format can be directly accessed through the MediaBay, Steinberg’s ultra-fast media database.

The new instruments

With HALion Sonic 2 and HALion 5 eight new powerful instruments are introduced to the factory library. Each instrument comes with an intuitive macro page, individual features and a rich palette of presets.


Housed within a sleek, ultra-modern interface, Trium is packed with features and options: this virtual analog synth has what it takes to become the centerpiece of your next production. Three multi-oscillators, additional sub, noise and ring oscillators, a great-sounding filter section and fully-fledged arp module mean that Trium goes far beyond what could normally be expected of an “included” synth. An integrated modulation page puts all the most important sound-shaping parameters at your command, which is very handy considering that there’s so much functionality to explore. And if you’re not feeling all that creative, let the included presets inspire you.

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Auron introduces a brand new granular oscillator to HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2, expanding the sound spectrum with 150 presets for floaty pads, intriguing textures and fascinating new timbres. Yet Auron also gives you the creative freedom to fritter away hours designing new soundscapes; the interface is easy to navigate, yet that simplicity belies the extent of the creative power available. With its arpeggiator module, Auron also lets you generate patterns and phrases from the granular synth signals. Auron is a one-stop sound generator module whose granular synthesis with the potential to add captivating new sounds to your productions.

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Electrify your next production with this awesomely punchy VA synth, now included in HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2. Inspired by the world-famous analog synthesizers from yesteryear, Voltage adds the sonic range and monstrous power of true vintage style bass and offers lead sounds that exude the character and warmth that has inspired several generations of electronic musicians and producers. Whether played in monophonic or polyphonic mode, Voltage’s two oscillators feature connectible pulse-width modulation and a broad selection of wave shapes to bring that VA feel to your sounds: you can almost hear those virtual circuits crackle…

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World instruments

From West African balafons to Japanese shakuhachis, from Shona kalimbas to Turkish tamburs, there is a whole new world of instruments and percussion out there waiting to be discovered in the form of World Instruments, a new sound module in HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2. Widen your horizons with over 50 melodic instruments from all over the world, and try out the accompanying tuning options to get a feel for musical styles and instruments you might not have known before. If you’re looking to create dynamic and evocative soundscapes, try the fully-fledged arp section for even more inspiration.

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World Percussion

World Percussion invites you to discover percussion instruments from all over the globe: Try the ashiko from sub- Saharan Africa, an Irish bodhrán or the South Indian ghatam. Play one of the incredibly diverse drum and percussion kits included: there are kits that focus on specific countries such as Brazil or Turkey, and ones that feature sets of specific instruments such as whistles and tubes. Drag and drop support for MIDI files means phrases can be imported and exported, while performance parameters such as Groove and soundshaping options including a filter and an amplifier setting give you even more creative options.

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HALiotron is a painstaking reconstruction of the analog technology that was behind the hallmark sound of some the greatest bands in music history. Pressing just one key on the HALiotron will instantly evoke a timeless sound associated with Rock and Pop bands and songs from the 60s and 70s, and which has seen a strong resurgence in the last few years. Yet HALiotron adds the many advantages of a digital music production environment, including filters, envelopes and an amp section. Use the velocity of the keys to alter the response of the filter and amp sections for a remarkable sonic experience.

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Model C

A staggeringly authentic yet eminently useful tonewheel organ emulation, Model C has the power to beguile and inspire thanks to a signature sound that’s been variously described as “smoky”, “punchy” or “silky”. Nine drawbars for the organ and three drawbars for percussion faithfully recreate the sound of an old drawbar organ (without the problem of where to put it). Model C also includes a tonewheel oscillator and a highly realistic rotary effect as well as an amp section using emulations ‘borrowed’ from Steinberg’s VST Amp effect. But that’s not all: Model C also includes an FX section, with Reverb, Delay, Phaser and Ring Modulator effects.

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B-Box is a classic step sequencer for beats and drum tracks: 16 steps, each with velocity control, and 13 instruments provide the tools for quick and easy beat production, while the integrated mixing section lets you tweak your sounds to perfection. Over 200 groove presets each with 5 patterns provide plenty of fodder should you need some inspiration. Individual outputs for the instruments give you plenty of routing options into your host application. B-Box also offers integrated effects in the form of reverb and delay, while Drag and Drop of MIDI files allows easy transfer of patterns to Cubase.

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The effects

HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 introduce nine sumptuous new effects.


VST Amp delivers fabulous guitar and bass tone, featuring stunningly authentic recreations of legendary amps and speaker models, mic types and positions.


Auto Filter is a next-generation sound-morphing machine, that will take you on a journey through new soundscapes, driven by the LFO and Envelope Follower.

Wah Wah
is a faithful emulation of the best Wah pedals available. This simple yet flexible effect features parameters for frequency range, filter width & gain range.

Tape Saturator
 heats up digital samples and recordings. This authentic recreation of analog gear can make the difference between sounding good and sounding great.

Step Flanger 
redefines the traditional flanger effect by adding a sample and hold section that subdivides the modulation signal into a definable number of steps.


Ring Modulator creates new sonic worlds by multiplying two audio signals; its simple GUI belies the radically new sounds that are just a few clicks away.

Vintage Ensemble is an inspirational new take on a classic ‘ensemble’-type chorus effect. Vintage Ensemble adds a shimmer and sparkle to guitars, keyboards and other instruments.

Envelope Shaper is a powerful and useful tool that manipulates the transients of signals offering variable attack gain and length, as well as release gain.

Octaver is a highly creative effect useful for treating all manner of audio material, the Octaver adds signals one and two octaves below the input signal.ease gain.

From surgically precise EQing to ultra-expressive sound design tools: with a total of 67 (HALion) or 56 (HALion Sonic) first-rate effect processors, HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 offer a plethora of creative options. Highlights include the REVerence convolution reverb, the flexible StudioEQ and a captivatingly authentic rotary cabinet emulation.

The reworked rotor speaker cabinet effect has very powerful editing capabilities such as independent Lo/Hi cabinet control, overdrive and amp-simulation as well as slow/fast/stop modes.

This powerful and versatile equalizer offers full four-band parametric control with variable response as well as analogstyle peak filters.

This graphic equalizer comes with 10 bands and features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter and three different response types. This EQ also provides a global range control to handle the overall amount of equalization.

This is a classic compressor with auto release, auto make-up gain, hard/soft knee and RMS/Peak.

This is a straightforward low-distortion limiter with auto-release. It puts a “hard ceiling” on any signal and is also suitable for the master stage.

This is a flexible gate with independent attack, release and auto-release controls.

This is a classic expander which also features auto-release and “live” mode for low-latency use.

This is a guitar amp and speaker simulation which features 14 amp and tube emulations and ten cabinet models to choose from. Additional controls resemble a classic guitar combo, also very useful on bass, organ, e-pianos and synth sounds!

Easy-to-use 3-band parametric equalizer that resembles the EQs found on typical DJ mixers.

Brickwall Limiter*
Brickwall Limiter ensures that the output level never exceeds a set limit.

The maximizer raises the loudness of audio material without the risk of clipping.

Tube Compressor*
This versatile compressor with integrated tube-simulation allows you to achieve smooth and warm compression effects.

Vintage Compressor*
Vintage Compressor is modeled after vintage type compressors.

Coming from the heart of Cubase Pro, REVerence is the world’s first VST3-based high-end convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating sweet-sounding studios, theaters, rooms, halls and more. With its true-stereo convolution technology, REVerence boasts independent controls for early reflections and the reverb tail. This first-class natural space simulation combines pure usability and a wealth of creative options with outstanding sonic properties to add that extra sparkle and illusive 3D depth to any layer or program. REVerence includes over 45 exceptionally sounding impulses created at some of the world’s most distinctive locations.

This is a single stage chorus effect.

This is a classic tremolo effect with optional tempo sync, depth and phase controls.

This is a powerful flanger with tempo sync mode and lots of parameters waiting to be tweaked.

This is a classic phaser with variable filter stage, phase modification and tempo sync.

This is a classic and custom vibrato effect with depth control, ideally for emulating the famous organ sounds.

MultiDelay is a powerful multi-stage delay effect with variable filter stage.

This is a highly adjustable reverb plug-in for creating realistic room ambience and reverb effects in stereo formats. From short room reflections to cavern-sized reverb, this plug-in delivers high-quality reverberation and definitive early reflections.

Frequency Shifter*
A frequency shifter shifts each frequency of the input signal by a fixed amount.

Tube Saturator*
Tube Saturator enriches the sound by adding the characteristic harmonics of a saturated tube to the audio signal.

This plug-in expands the stereo width of (stereo) audio material.


                             *New in HALion 5.1. Not available in HALion Sonic!

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