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HALionOne Overview

HALionOne is a special version of Steinberg's award-winning HALion virtual sampler and puts hundreds of quality instruments at your direct disposal. The HALion One content is based on the same renowned Yamaha sample content used in its famed Motif series of synthesizers. It offers a perfect basis of sounds for nearly every musical genre.

HALionOne is a permanent feature for a row of Steinberg products by now. The differences are merely the size and diversity of the installed content and presets.

Starting with the release of Cubase (Studio/Essential/AI/LE) 4.1 and Nuendo 4 + NEK HALionOne can be now considered as a discrete product. While in previous Cubase versions HALionOne was installed locally with the respective Cubase version, we have changed the way how HALionOne is integrated into the system with the release of Cubase (Studio) 4.1 and Nuendo 4 + NEK.

The following products are using HALionOne (as of July 2009)

  • Sequel
  • Sequel 2
  • Cubase LE 4
  • Cubase AI 4
  • Cubase Essential 4
  • Cubase Studio 4
  • Cubase Studio 5
  • Cubase 4
  • Cubase 5
  • Nuendo 4 (with Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK) installed)

HALionOne is now a separate component which can be shared between applications. It only exists at one place, independently from the Steinberg applications using HALionOne.

A full install of a Cubase (Studio/Essential/AI/LE) 4.1 or Nuendo 4 (NEK) from DVD also installs HALionOne and its content. In this process a previous installed version of HALionOne + content will be moved to the now valid places in the system and a clean up will be performed.

An update install from an already installed Cubase (Studio/Essential/AI/LE) 4.0.x to version 4.1 (or higher) requires that you install HALionOne separately after that. This happens automatically after starting the 4.1 update installer. This installer will also clean up an old HALionOne installation and takes care to consolidate all files to a shared component.

File locations for HALionOne and its content

Although it is normally irrelevant to know where HALionOne and related files are installed for you as a user, here is an overview of the locations used in case troubleshooting is needed.

Global locations for content (HSB) files

  • Mac OS X
    /Library/Application Support/Steinberg/Content/HALionOne SoundBanks/
  • Windows XP
    \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Steinberg\Content\HALionOne SoundBanks\
  • Windows Vista or later
    \ProgramData\Steinberg\Content\HALionOne SoundBanks\
    or alternatively: \Users\All Users\Steinberg\Content\HALionOne SoundBanks\

Locations of the HALionOne plug-in as shared component

  • Mac OS X
    /Library/Application Support/Steinberg/VST2/
  • Windows 32 Bit
    \Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2\
  • Windows 64 Bit
    64 Bit Installation: \Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2\
    32 Bit Installation: \Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2\

Location of the VST3 presets for HALionOne

Basically, HALionOne only cares for its own content files. VST3 presets are installed and provided by the respective host application where HALionOne will be used in.

Advice for Sequel users on Mac OS X

If Sequel has been installed after(!) the installation of Cubase (Studio) 4.1 or Nuendo 4 + NEK and HALionOne you need to re-install HALionOne in order to properly use it in Sequel! To do that download the HALionOne installer from the respective download pages at the support section of the Steinberg website and start the installation again. If you are in possession of a Cubase (Studio) 4.1 or Nuendo 4 + NEK installer DVD you can find a matching HALionOne installer there as well. On the DVD have a look in the folder "Additional Content" > "Soundframe" > "HALionOne Soundbanks" and start the MPKG installer package.

Un-installation of HALionOne (Windows only)

For Sequel, Cubase (Studio/Essential/AI/LE) 4.1 and Nuendo 4 + NEK HALionOne is installed as a discrete component.  Un-installing Sequel, Cubase or Nuendo does not automatically remove HALionOne as well. Instead you will find an entry in the "Programs" menu of the Windows start menu named "Steinberg HALionOne", in there you can launch an un-installer. HALionOne and all of its content will be removed on one go then. As an alternative you can remove HALionOne from the Windows control panel "Add/Remove software". Please note that you need to remove HALionOne and each content package separately. We recommend to use the afore mentioned method.

Only after removing HALionOne it can be installed again or else the installer will complain about an already installed product on the system.


You can download the final installer here.

HALionOne 1.1 for Mac OS X
HALionOne 1.1 for Windows (32-bit)
HALionOne 1.1 for Windows (64-bit)

Moving content (HSB) files to another location

You can move the HSB content files to another location afterwards, though the capacities of todays harddisks should be large enough to handle some few hundred megabytes of content, even on a system harddisk. Therefore we recommend to use the default paths as suggested by the HALionOne installer.

If there is the need to move the content anyway there are three possible ways to do this:

  1. Move the content files to the desired location, then create shortcuts of all content files (links, "Alias" on Mac OS X) and place these shortcuts into the origin folder (see above: location of content). This is the ideal method of Mac OS X systems.

  2. Move the content files to the desired location, do not create any shortcuts. Instead load HALionOne into Cubase or Nuendo, with a right mouse click on top of the plug-in user interface select "Locate content" from the context menu. Select the folder where the content is placed on your system now. Pleae note: This does not work with Sequel!

  3. Recommended method for Windows: Un-install HALionOne completely (see section above), then re-install HALionOne and select the desired path where to put the content directly in the installer of HALionOne.

Initialising HALionOne

If an insistent problem with HALionOne occurs, e.g. problems with loading presets, respectively error messages of content not being found are displayed, it can help to delete all preferences files of HALionOne.

To do that, delete the folder "HALionOne" from here:

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP
    \Documents & Settings\<username>Application Data\Steinberg\
  • Windows Vista/Windows 7

Normally, all should be well afterwards. You possibly have to re-locate the content though. Load HALionOne into Cubase or Nuendo, with a right mouse click on top of the plug-in user interface select "Locate content" from the context menu. Select the folder where the content is placed on your system.


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