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Steinberg HALion 6 - Virtual Sampling and Sound Design Software

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Steinberg HALion 6 - Virtual Sampling and Sound Design Software
Key Features
  • Over 3400 Instrument Sounds
  • 32 Stereo Outputs, 6-Channel Surround
  • Multi-Timbral Audio Engine & AudioWarp
  • Sampling & Multiple Types of Synthesis
Steinberg HALion 6 is a virtual sampling and sound design software designed to deliver extensive virtual instruments, sampling and programming functions, and audio effects for sound designers, musicians, producers, and composers in studios and live performance applications. It features over 3400 instrument sounds and 60 effect processors, including six new instruments and nine new effects.
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Steinberg HALion 6 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2What's New in Version 6
  • 3General Features
  • 4Audio Effects
  • 5Advanced Features

Steinberg HALion 6 is a virtual sampling and sound design software designed to deliver extensive virtual instruments, sampling and programming functions, and audio effects for sound designers, musicians, producers, and composers in studios and live performance applications. It features over 3400 instrument sounds and 60 effect processors, including six new instruments and nine new effects.

If offers a multi-timbral audio engine with 32 stereo outputs and 6-channel surround sound. The AudioWarp function comes in handy for shifting pitch and stretching time. Live sampling allows you to record and edit samples, then trigger them in a variety of ways. Use virtual analog, granular, and wavetable synthesis methods to produce a wide variety of patches. The FlexPhraser enables easy arpeggiation and pattern creation, and the Phrase Editor allows you to create your own. Add audio effects including reverb, delay, compression, vibrato, and more.

Quickly access sound libraries and organize files via the MediaBay Sound Management System. Use the Macro Page Designer to set up your own user interfaces for faster access to the controls you like. Organize your favorite assets via the Library Creator and speed up your workflow with HALion scripting.

HALion 6 supports AAX, Audio Units, VST2, and VST3 plug-in formats, works in stand-alone mode, and is compatible with macOS and Windows. It includes HALion Sonic 3.

What's New in Version 6

  • Anima: A wavetable synthesizer with two wavetable oscillators, a flexible modulation section, and the powerful arpeggiator
  • Hot Brass: A high-energy multi-sampled brass section library with a fat, tight and authentic sound well-suited for contemporary pop, funk, reggae and soul productions
  • The Raven: A grand piano featuring a range of nuances, harmonic richness, and a natural, precise, and smooth playing feel
  • The Eagle: A grand piano offering a rich, transparent, and brilliant sound suited not just for traditional classic, but also modern pop, rock, and jazz productions
  • Studio Strings: An out-of-the-box string ensemble sample library tailored to film scores, pop arrangements, and live performances
  • Skylab: A granular synthesizer with a vast sample library filled with analog circuitry sounds and futuristic textures
  • Combi library: Combine acoustic instruments and synthesis patches to make rich sounds and multifaceted new instrument creations
  • A 3-band Resonator and eight new effects including the Vintage Compressor, Tube Saturator, and more
  • Phrase Editor: Create your own patterns and phrases, set velocity and pitch for sounds in up to 32 steps, and use the power of two controller lanes to drive even more parameters like filters and effects
  • Create custom user interfaces with the what-you-see-is-what-you-get Macro Page Designer
  • Record directly into HALion from any internal or external source and have your samples cut, mapped, and ready to play in no time with the new live-sampling editor
  • Use HALion Script to multiply your sound design opportunities with advanced instrument behavior and custom script modules
  • Create and export VST Sound libraries of your custom instruments with the help of the Library Creator
  • New Library Manager for user libraries
  • AAX support
  • Steinberg Download Assistant
  • Online scripting reference for HALion Script
  • Soft eLicenser copy protection

General Features

  • Over 3400 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, granular, and wavetable synthesis
  • Unlimited buses per program, each with level, pan, mute, solo, and eight insert slots
  • Up to 192 kHz sampling rate
  • 32 stereo outs and 6-channel surround outputs
  • 64 MIDI channels
  • Nine high-end filter types, 24 filter shapes, and X/Y control
  • AudioWarp for time-stretching and pitch-shifting control
  • Trium virtual analog synth
  • Auron granular synthesizer
  • Voltage two-oscillator analog synth
  • World Instruments sample library of instruments from around the world
  • World Percussion sample library of drum and percussion sounds from around the world
  • HALiotron keyboard model of classic unit from the '60s and '70s
  • Model C drawbar organ
  • B-Box 16-step beat sequencer
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Slicing
  • Simple integration with Cubase
  • Supports all major library and sampler formats
  • Backwards compatibility to HALion 3, 4, and 5
  • Full VST Expression 2 support for smart articulation editing in Cubase
  • Supports AAX, Audio Units, VST2, and VST3 plug-in formats and standalone use

Audio Effects

  • Resonator: 3-band formant filtering
  • Auto Filter: filter driven by the LFO and Envelope Follower
  • Tape Saturator: emulation of analog gear
  • Ring Modulator: multiplies two audio signals to produce wild effects
  • Envelope Shaper: manipulates transients by varying attack and release properties
  • Rotary: creates an effect similar to that of a rotating speaker
  • GraphicEQ: 10-band graphic equalizer with multiple response types
  • Limiter: low-distortion limiter with automatic release
  • Expander: classic expander with automatic release and low latency
  • Reverb: stereo room reflections to large spaces
  • Chorus: single-stage chorus
  • Flanger: highly-adjustable flanger with tempo synchronization capability
  • DJ-EQ: 3-band EQ similar to equalizers found on DJ mixers
  • Brickwall Limiter: hard limiter to ensure signal doesn't exceed a specified point
  • Tube Compressor: versatile compressor with tube simulation
  • Frequency Shifter: shifts each frequency by a fixed amount
  • VST Amp: amp simulator offering recreations of various amplifiers, speakers, mic types, and mic positions
  • Wah Wah: adjustable emulation of analog wah pedals
  • Step Flanger: flanger with sample-and-hold functionality
  • Vintage Ensemble: multi-chorus effect
  • Octaver: adds signals one and two octaves below the original
  • StudioEQ: 4-band parametric equalizer
  • Compressor: traditional compression with automatic release and make-up gain, selectable knee, and RMS/peak mode
  • Gate: noise gate with adjustable attack and release
  • Amplifier: guitar amp and speaker simulation with 14 amp and tube emulations and ten cabinet models
  • REVerence: true-stereo convolution reverb
  • Tremolo: tremolo effect with tempo synchronization capability and depth and phase controls
  • Phaser: phaser effect with variable filter stage, phase modification, and tempo sync
  • MultiDelay: multi-stage delay effect with variable filter
  • Tube Saturator: adds harmonics similar to those created by analog tubes
  • Maximizer: dynamics processor designed to increase loudness without clipping
  • VintageCompressor: compression modeled after vintage-style compressors
  • StereoEnhancer: modify the perceived width of stereo signals
  • Many more!

Advanced Features

  • All effects can be directly added to each program or layer, implemented as an aux effect send, or routed to the master output
  • FlexPhraser for dynamically driving beats, arpeggios, and complex tonal phrases
  • MediaBay sound management system for immediate access to sound 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
  • Each instrument comes with eight predefined Quick Controls, offering fast access to the most important settings for that sound
  • Eight SoftPads for triggering specific notes or phrase sequences from the FlexPhraser module, or taking snapshots of chords which can then be triggered in a different order to create new chord progressions
  • SoftPads and Quick Controls feature MIDI Learn support and can be assigned to a MIDI controller
UPC: 802240465478

Steinberg HALion 6 Specs

License TypeStandard
Supported Plug-In FormatsAAX, AU, VST2, VST3
Standalone OperationNo
Visual Impairment SupportNo
System Requirements
Supported Operating SystemsWindows 7 SP1
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
macOS 10.11
macOS 10.12
Memory RequirementWindows, Mac:
4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
Storage RequirementWindows, Mac:
30 GB 
90 GB (Temporary Files) 
CPU RequirementMac:
Intel Dual-Core  
AMD Dual-Core  
Display Resolution Requirement1366 x 768 (1920 x 1080 Recommended)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.5 x 5.5 x 0.6"
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