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HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:10 pm
by Matthias Quellmann
Hi all,

Today we are very happy to announce the immediate availability of the latest major versions of Steinberg’s popular virtual instruments, HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2.

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With a massive library update, several new effects, lots of new features and improvements, these iterations of HALion and HALion Sonic have made a big leap forward.

Please visit http://www.steinberg.net/halion for detailed information about the new instruments inside HALion and HALion Sonic, the new effects and the sound design features.

We have created several videos that introduce all the latest features as well as quick start videos for those of you who are new to HALion and HALion Sonic.

Please also have a listen to the demo tracks and demo phrases on the product pages.

The updates from recent version are now available for download only through the Steinberg Online Shop. http://www.steinberg.net/en/shop.html

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:25 pm
by Cantankerous
w00t! Great job Steinberg! Many users are going to be very happy with these updates no doubt!

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:31 pm
by JMCecil
thumbs hi!

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:44 pm
by G-string
bit niffed that I debated so long weather to get h4 and then bought it and then a month later h5 comes out ,but hay ho that's my fault .

Brilliant update couldn't of asked for more really ;)

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:45 pm
by popajoe
Thanks :P

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:20 pm
by gmontano
Does the HALion 5 license also cover HALion Sonic 2?

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:02 pm
by JoDell19
Hello,

I am curious to know if I buy Halion 5, do I need Halion Sonic 2? Are there features in HS2 that are not in Halion 5? Does purchasing H5 give you HS2 for free? Any clarity will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:09 pm
by Cantankerous
JoDell19 wrote:Hello,

I am curious to know if I buy Halion 5, do I need Halion Sonic 2? Are there features in HS2 that are not in Halion 5? Does purchasing H5 give you HS2 for free? Any clarity will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
HALion 5 contains 110% of what HALion Sonic 2 offers and then even more on top of that! All the modules, synths, presets, effects and functionality of HALion Sonic 2 is completely intact in HALion 5, but through a slightly different, more module interface than that of HALion Sonic 2. If you want full functionality and tweakibility, HALion 5 is the way to go, if you just want a simple playback machine, HALion Sonic 2 is great!

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:16 pm
by Ed Doll
gmontano wrote:Does the HALion 5 license also cover HALion Sonic 2?
Yes, it does. The installer is included in the HALion 5 package.

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:44 pm
by beerbong
- fixed -

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:59 pm
by mr.roos
Ed Doll, please confirm that this will interface with C6.5, including the drag and drop part feature and the mixer interface showing multiple channels? Thank you.

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:06 pm
by Cantankerous
beerbong wrote:Where is the update from 4? Please allow us to purchase and download entirely online because you are missing a very large piece of the market by limiting sales to stores.

For example it will take AT LEAST 1 month in Canada to get any product from Steinberg via my local retailer.

It's ridiculous and bad for business.

Why does it take so long from the primary distributor in Canada? Because they don't even have Halion products and Updates in the system! This is quoted from Long and Mcquade.
Hi there,

I obtained my copy this morning, online, via the Steinberg store and I am in Canada. It was a download update from HALion 4.

http://www.steinberg.net/en/shop/buy_pr ... ion-5.html

You should be able to do the same. I have purchased Cubase 7 last December from the online store, without issue.

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:52 pm
by beerbong
edited: I see it now, my mistake.

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:37 pm
by Cantankerous
beerbong wrote:edited: I see it now, my mistake.
NP, at least you are able to get it now. Have fun!

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:53 pm
by Timo
Ed Doll wrote:
gmontano wrote:Does the HALion 5 license also cover HALion Sonic 2?
Yes, it does. The installer is included in the HALion 5 package.
Perfect. :D

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:48 pm
by TheNavigator
Yes, even the installer is as it should be.

I hope Cubase 7.5 or at least 8.0 will be of the same overall level of quality.

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:12 am
by zephonic
I upgraded from HalionSonic to Halion4 on May 19, am I eligible for the free upgrade to H5?

If yes, do I get the free upgrade to HS2 as well?

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:54 am
by G-string
zephonic wrote:I upgraded from HalionSonic to Halion4 on May 19, am I eligible for the free upgrade to H5?

If yes, do I get the free upgrade to HS2 as well?
http://www.steinberg.net/en/support/grace_period.html

and yes halion 2 is included

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:49 am
by G-string
some plonker was in such a rush yesterday to buy H5 that he didn't realise he bought H4 well within the grace period . :lol:

Ive sent Matthias a private message to see if this can be refunded . ;)

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:01 pm
by mr.roos
mr.roos wrote:Ed Doll, please confirm that this will interface with C6.5, including the drag and drop part feature and the mixer interface showing multiple channels? Thank you.
Hm, my question is falling on deaf ears. :cry: I guess I will wait for the trial download and answer my own questions..................

Cantankerous? Your signature says C6 and yet you say you purchased C7. Are you perhaps using Halion5 in C6? Can you record a loop in the keyboard and drag the results to C6? Does the C6 mixer interface with the multivoice Halion5, like C7 does? Or will it only function this way with C7?

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:43 am
by Cantankerous
Hi there,

I apologize for not responding quicker. In all honesty, I am currently using Cubase 7 and have not updated my signature, sorry for the confusion!

Though I cannot be 100% certain, I am fairly certain you will not have an issue with HALion 5 and Cubase 6.5 and all of its functions. I was using HALion 4 with Cubase 6.5 and it worked flawlessly. HALion 5 is not much different at all in terms of how HALion works, just new stuff added. Perhaps someone can chime in specifically, but I don't think drag and dropping of midi from HALion to Cubase 6.5 will be an issue as HALion 4 and Cubase 6.5 allowed drag and dropped to and from the two applications for samples etc. I have seen no mention at all about Cubase 7 being needed to full HALion functionality, in fact, HALion is not made to be a Cubase only sampler, it can work in other VST2/VST3 hosts and no limitations have been mentioned in using hosts other than Cubase.

Best of luck!

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:16 pm
by mr.roos
Thanks, Cantankerous. Hopefully there will be a trial download soon. Frankly, H5 seems like a must have on so many levels. Um, that said, I still wish Steinberg would spend more time on the DAW side of things! :lol:

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:50 pm
by Migra
Can I buy the online upgrade $99.00 for my Halion 4 EDU license? Will it work? Or is it there a Halion 5 EDU Upgrade?

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:40 am
by Cantankerous
Migra wrote:Can I buy the online upgrade $99.00 for my Halion 4 EDU license? Will it work? Or is it there a Halion 5 EDU Upgrade?
you will be fine with the update it offers for $99.

Re: HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 released

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:42 pm
by zizi
Please, implement VST3Preset import from Padshop and Retrologue. (just core snapshot, without FX section)
I really need it due limitations of the Halion 5 automation rules (8 custom parameters per slot)

EDITED:
Request added to "Feature Requests and Suggestions" section https://www.steinberg.net/forum/viewtop ... 97&t=45464
Thanks!