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HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2: new features previewed

Announced last week, HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 are the new versions of Steinberg's sampler and plugin workstation respectively.

Both come with eight new instruments and nine new effects, while HALion 5 also benefits from a new granular synthesis engine, a tonewheel organ simulation, a slicing mode that enables you to adjust audio material to fit any track, and two new MIDI modules (MIDI player and Drum Player).

HALion 5 costs €349, while HALion Sonic 2 is €249. Downloadable updates and upgrades are available through the Steinberg Online Shop.

You can find out more about both products in the videos and spec lists below.

HALion 5: getting started

HALion Sonic 2: getting started

HALion 5: introducing the new features

HALion Sonic 2 and HALion 5: introducing Trium, Voltage, Auron and the new arpeggiator

HALion Sonic 2 and HALion 5: introducing B-Box

HALion Sonic 2 and HALion 5: introducing Model C and Haliotron

HALion Sonic 2 and HALion 5: introducing world instruments and percussion

HALion Sonic 2 and HALion 5: introducing the new effects

HALion 5 features at a glance

  • State-of-the-art sampler and sound creation system tailored to the demands of professionals
  • Up to 192 kHz, 32 stereo outputs and 6-channel surround support
  • Powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, tone-wheel organ simulator and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis
  • Outstanding library including over 2,500 synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments
  • Flexible user interface with multi-monitor support allows you to customize and save your own windows and screen sets
  • AudioWarp provides cutting-edge time-stretching and pitch-shifting functionality
  • Full VST Expression 2 support for smart articulation editing in Cubase
  • FlexPhraser module drives beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases
  • MegaTrig for easy programming of playing styles and articulations
  • Wide range of high-end audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation and many more
  • Cross-platform compatibility: Windows (VST 3, VST 2.4) and OS X (VST 3, AU) plug-in support, including standalone

HALion Sonic 2 features at a glance

  • Easy-to-use yet powerful premier music production workstation for synthesized sounds and breathtaking recreation of acoustic instruments
  • Outstanding library including over 2,500 instrument sounds created by top sound experts at Steinberg and Yamaha
  • Powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis
  • Unique morphing filters seamlessly blend between up to 4 of 24 filter types
  • FlexPhraser for dynamically driving beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases
  • Wide range of high-end audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation and many more
  • MediaBay sound management system for immediate access to the libraries
  • Stage optimized workflows with dedicated player view, rapid building of keyboard splits or layers, and switching of entire multi-setups with a single command
  • Full VST Expression 2 support for smart articulation editing in Cubase
  • Cross-platform compatibility: Windows (VST 3, VST 2.4) and OS X (VST 3, AU) plug-in support, including standalone
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.