Steinberg announces the release of HALion Sonic, the premier VST workstation instrument and successor to the Hypersonic 2 VSTi. HALion Sonic combines a sample library with a powerful sampling and synthesis engine. HALion Sonic supports both VST and AU plug-in formats and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.5 as well as Windows 7 and Windows Vista, which also includes a native x64 version. HALion Sonic is now available for EUR 249.
With more than 1,200 synths, hybrid and acoustic instruments spanning across 12 GB of hard drive, the included library is the upshot of a strong collaboration between Steinberg and Yamaha sound design teams. A maximum of 20 articulations per instrument cover a generous scope of playing styles for various instruments, while support for Steinberg's VST Expression technology allows for real-time control of all HALion Sonic articulations within Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5. The integrated MediaBay sound management system delivers direct access to all sounds, instruments, presets and phrases and features musically oriented categories and tagging functionality.
HALion Sonic's Multi Program Rack provides 16 simultaneously loadable instrument programs, each with its own four-way effects rack, including boutique-style effects such as the REVerence convolution reverb. The morphing filters comprise a versatile set of 24 filter types which seamlessly switch between four filters in real time. Also included is the powerful FlexPhraser module which drives beats, arpeggios and complex musical phrases, including automatic switching of articulations.