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System requirements

HALion 6 and HALion Sonic 3

Mac OS X


macOS 10.12 / 10.13 / 10.14 / 10.1564-bit Windows 7*/8.x/10
VST 3, AAX or AU compatible host application for using as plug-inVST 2, VST 3 or AAX compatible host application for using as plug-in
64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor (Intel i5 or faster recommended)
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
30 GB free HD space (90 GB required during installation)
1366 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
OS compatible audio hardware**
Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal/product registration. Additional downloads are required for the installation.
*Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Microsoft.NET Framework 4.0 and Platform Update for Windows 7 Find out more
**ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance

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Updates and manuals

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HALion 6
HALion Sonic 3

Getting Started with HALion

Check out this video series that will quickly familiarize you with HALion and boost your sound design skill set.
This playlist offers pretty much everything essential to sound design, from shaping your own sound with the many oscillators, filters, modulators and effects to finishing your custom HALion library. Watch each video closely to see the magic happen in HALion and adapt what you learn to your daily music production routine. You will be excited about the creative power that HALion has in store for you.

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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

HALion Sonic SE 3

The streamlined VST workstation HALion Sonic SE 3 lets you load and play the SE libraries shipping with Steinberg’s digital audio workstations, VST Sound Instrument Sets for HALion and the custom user libraries created within HALion 6.

HALion Sonic SE 3 free download

HALion 6 – Supported import formats

File extension
AIFF mono / stereo .aiff / .aif
AIFF multichannel .aiff / .aif
AKAI S-1000 CD-ROM only ISO
S-3000 / Mesa CD-ROM, .s3p, .sp only ISO
S-5000 / S-6000 Program .akp
APPLE Apple Loop .aiff / .aif
EMU Esi .esi
EXS24 EXS24 mkI .exs
EXS24 mkII .exs
GIGASTUDIO Gigastudio 1-2.5 .gig
Gigastudio 3 .gig Excluding encrypted content
HALion HALion 1/2 Programm .fxb & .fxp
HALion 3/4 .fxb & .fxp, HSB
Kontakt Kontakt 1 - 4.1 Excluding encrypted content, scripted content & containers
KURZWEIL K2000 / K2VX .krz
K2500 .k25
K2600 .k26
REX 2 .rx2
SOUND DESIGNER 2 mono / stereo .sd2
SOUNDFONT 2 Soundfont 2 .sf2
WAV mono / stereo .wav
multichannel .wav