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HALion Sonic 2

HALion Sonic 2 offers 2,500 first-class instruments and myriad creative options to captivate and inspire you, and to form the heart of your creative process.

Have you activated HALion Sonic 1 since May 15, 2013? Then you get a free Grace Period Update to HALion Sonic 2!

Key features

  • Powerful yet simple to use music production workstation
  • Outstanding library including over 2,500 synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments
  • Powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, tone-wheel organ simulator and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis
  • 24 high-end filter types including unique morphing filters
  • FlexPhraser for dynamically driving beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases
  • Wide range of first-rate audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation and many more
  • MediaBay sound management system for immediate access to thousands of sounds
  • Stage optimized workflows with dedicated player view, rapid building of keyboard splits or layers, and switching of entire multisetups with a single command
  • Full VST Expression 2 support for smart articulation editing in Cubase

New in HALion Sonic 2

This unique software workstation breaks new ground in terms of instrument quality, versatility and ease of use. Comprising 2,500 first-class synths, acoustic and hybrid instruments that cover almost every conceivable style, HALion Sonic 2 also includes a vast array of sound-shaping options, FX and filters. 

What you get

Ultimate virtual workstation

Full sonic power

A powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, a tone-wheel organ simulator and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis — HALion Sonic 2 offers a staggering level of sonic variety, with everything you need to bring your musical ideas to fruition. From ultra-realistic sample-based instruments to out-of-this-world granular textures, the HALion Sonic 2 audio engine delivers at the highest level.

Studio and Stage

With its ease-of-use, absolute stability and pristine audio quality HALion Sonic 2 has been designed to excel in the studio as well as on stage. HALion Sonic 2 is a true virtual workstation with 16 instrument slots each loaded with presets that can be routed to the 16 stereo outs and saved as Multi presets for your next performance. Create keyboard splits and switch to the dedicated player view for live performances. The included stand-alone version lets you launch HALion Sonic 2 outside of your DAW for use as a quick access scratch pad; the metronome and record functions mean you’ll be ready when inspiration strikes.

Performance advantage

With its reliability and dazzling audio quality, HALion Sonic 2 not only meets the requirements of professionals today, but also provides the best-sounding audio engine ever to be developed by Steinberg. Featuring multi-core support, the efficiency provided by sample compression technology and the RAM Save Mode, HALion Sonic 2 is the new creative powerhouse at the heart of your production.

Outstanding library

The Library

HALion Sonic 2 features a remarkably extensive library including over 2,500 patches comprising both synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments. Created through a collaboration of sound designers from Steinberg and Yamaha, the world-class library combines simple, immediate and playable expressiveness with superb sounding instruments and exclusive sounds. HALion Sonic 2 covers an enormous range of styles, all the way from finest acoustic instruments to legendary synthesizers, club sounds and soundscapes, from ultra-realistic drum kits to the latest electronic beats. HALion Sonic 2 introduces more than 1,000 new sounds in 8 brand new instruments with quick access macro pages such as the Auron granular synthesizer, Model C tone-wheel organ and the B-Box drum sequencer.

Read all about the new instruments and listen to demos


Based on Yamaha’s legendary Motif Technology, the FlexPhraser in HALion Sonic 2 adds stunning phrases and complex patterns to your sounds. Beyond dozens of different arpeggio types, FlexPhraser is the perfect tool for playing complete instrument patterns in sync to the host with a touch of a single key! With the new user phrase editor, you can create your own patterns and phrases, letting you set velocity and pitch for sounds in up to 32 steps, while harnessing the additional power of two controller lanes driving even more parameters like filters and effects.


The highly intuitive design of the integrated MediaBay sound management system makes organizing and finding the desired samples, layers and presets a breeze. HALion Sonic 2 minimizes search times with instant access to any sound within the huge content library.

Full sonic control

Each instrument from massive HALion Sonic library comes with eight predefined Quick Controls, offering lightning fast access to the most important settings for that sound. The eight SoftPads not only allow you to trigger specific notes or fire a phrase sequence from the FlexPhraser module, but also to take snapshots of chords which can then be triggered in a different order to create new chord progressions. All SoftPads and Quick Controls inside HALion Sonic 2 feature MIDI Learn support and can be assigned to a MIDI controller in nanoseconds.

In the mix

High quality effects

With its complete suite of 56 audio effect processors, including gems like the REVerence convolution reverb from Cubase, the unique Morph Filters or the acclaimed VST Amp simulation, HALion Sonic 2 delivers that professional extra-touch in the mix or on stage — right out of the box. All effects can be directly added to each program or layer, implemented as an AUX effect send or routed to the master output. HALion Sonic 2 introduces 9 sumptuous new effects including VST Amp simulation, Auto filter, Wah Wah, and many more.


Read more on the FX

Mix page

The Mix Page offers full access to the instrument slot settings, comprising level and pan as well as the AUX effect sends and the output selector. Each of the 16 individual outputs can be freely assigned to any of the 16 instrument slots, making routing and mixing smooth and convenient.

Cubase integration

Perfect workflow with Cubase

HALion Sonic 2 integrates perfectly with Cubase: insert your VST workstation as a VST Instrument or as an Instrument Track. The MediaBay integration also makes the process of finding and working with presets much faster and simpler.

VST Expression 2

HALion Sonic 2 supports VST Expression 2 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.

Why HALion Sonic


HALion Sonic 2 is loaded with an arsenal of mind-blowing loops and instruments for the discerning producer. HALion Sonic 2 combines a powerful synth engine with a drum and instrument sampling engine and sound editing capabilities. There are over 2,500 programs that allow producers to create fresh new hits in a breeze. The included sweet-sounding audio effects in HALion Sonic 2 provide all that is needed to let beats and melodies sound punchier, louder and dirtier: high-end reverbs, delays, modulation effects, dynamic processors and it just goes on and on! HALion Sonic 2 includes over 1,500 FlexPhrases to inject even more energy into any project.

Composers and Studio Musicians

HALion Sonic 2 offers a complete range of world-class acoustic, electric and electronic instrument sounds along with a wealth of drums, effects and more. Featuring a single sound library that appeals to composers and session musicians and found in one powerful, integrated and inexpensive instrument. For all those who focus on making music rather than fiddling with synth parameters, HALion Sonic 2 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.

Live Musicians

Live musicians searching for a powerful workstation need to look no further: HALion Sonic 2 delivers a plethora of premium-quality contemporary sounds along with splits and layers, over 1,500 FlexPhrases and the ability to create song chains by switching Multis — all in one virtual instrument. And thanks to HALion Sonic 2’s Quick Controls and SoftPads, tweaking sounds on stage has never been faster or easier. HALion Sonic 2 is the all-in-one answer to live performers looking for absolute sonic freedom.

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