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The Steinberg HALion Sonic 2 Workstation offers 2,500 first-class instruments and myriad creative options to captivate and inspire you, and to form the heart of your creative process.
This unique software workstation breaks new ground in terms of instrument quality, versatility, and ease of use. Comprising 2,500 first-class synths, acoustic, and hybrid instruments that cover almost every conceivable style, HALion Sonic 2 also includes a vast array of sound-shaping options, FX, and filters.
HALion Sonic 2 features 8 new stunning instruments with over 1,000 new sounds and presets that will fuel your creativity in new ways: stunning new synths rub shoulders with premier acoustic instruments, while the inspiring new drum rhythms will drive your creativity to new heights. HALion Sonic 2 also adds the intriguing sonic possibilities of granular synthesis, as well as an astonishingly authentic new tone-wheel organ. And to keep things simple, each instrument has a Macro page for direct access.
HALion Sonic 2 introduces 9 sumptuous new effects: Crank out great guitar tone with the famed VST Amp from Cubase, get funky with the new Wah-Wah and generate freaky new soundscapes with Auto Filter, heat up your digital recordings with the Tape Saturator, and get creative with the dark textures and spooky soundscapes of the Ring Modulator. And if that’s not enough, the Step Flanger, Vintage Ensemble, Envelope Shaper, and Octaver will give you all the creative options you’ll ever need for FX.
FlexPhraser sports a new user mode that opens up new sonic horizons. Create your own patterns and phrases with the user phrase editor, letting you set velocity and pitch for sounds in up to 32 steps, while harnessing the additional power of 2 controller lanes driving even more parameters like filters and effects. Existing MIDI files can even be imported to quantize the arpeggiator to an existing groove, and phrases exported to Cubase as MIDI files for further editing.
Powerful yet simple to use music production workstation
Extensive library including over 2,500 synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments
Powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, tone-wheel organ simulator, and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis
24 high-end filter types including unique morphing filters
FlexPhraser for dynamically driving beats, arpeggios, and complex tonal phrases
Wide range of first-rate audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation, and many more
MediaBay sound management system for immediate access to thousands of sounds
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
Key and velocity range
Recording feature with built in metronome
Disk streaming support
Produced by Renowned Sound Designing Experts
The HALion Sonic 2 sound library features 2,500 new programs, 15GB of custom-recorded samples at quality that can only be described as opulent. Created in cooperation with the team behind Yamaha's MOTIF workstations, the library combines dynamic expressiveness with superb sounding instruments and exclusive sounds.
Multi-Articulation Instruments with VST Expression Support
The extensive HALion Sonic 2 library includes many acoustic instruments with multiple articulations, recreating dynamics, and playing techniques such as legato, staccato, and key release. With full support for the revolutionary VST Expression system, both instruments allow full and direct control over those articulations from within Cubase.
Integrated MediaBay Sound Management
The integrated MediaBay sound management system makes organizing and finding samples, layers, and presets a breeze. With the HALion Sonic 2, the vast included library is immediately accessible for searching, browsing, categorizing, and tagging. Instant searching by typing keywords puts the entire 15GB library at your fingertips in a nanosecond. Moreover, the HALion Sonic 2 minimizes search times with instant access to any sound within the huge content library.
FlexPhraser sports a user mode that opens up new sonic horizons. Create your own complex patterns in sync to the host with a touch of a single key and phrases with the new user phrase editor, letting you set velocity and pitch for sounds in up to 32 steps, while harnessing the additional power of 2 controller lanes driving even more parameters like filters and effects. Existing MIDI files can even be imported to quantize the arpeggiator to an existing groove, and phrases exported to Cubase as MIDI files for further editing.
Full Sonic Power
A powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, a tone-wheel organ simulator, and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis, the HALion Sonic 2 offers a staggering level of sonic variety, with everything you need to bring your musical ideas to fruition. From ultra-realistic sample-based instruments to out-of-this-world granular textures, the HALion Sonic 2 audio engine delivers at impressive levels.
Studio and Stage
With its ease-of-use, absolute stability, and pristine audio quality the HALion Sonic 2 workstation has been designed to excel in the studio as well as on stage. HALion Sonic 2 is a true virtual workstation with 16 instrument slots each loaded with presets that can be routed to the 16 stereo outs and saved as multi presets for your next performance. Create keyboard splits and switch to the dedicated player view for live performances. The included stand-alone version lets you launch HALion Sonic 2 outside of your DAW for use as a quick access scratch pad and the metronome and record functions means you'll be ready when inspiration strikes.
With its reliability and dazzling audio quality, HALion Sonic 2 not only meets the requirements of professionals today, but also provides a good-sounding audio engine. Featuring multi-core support, the efficiency provided by sample compression technology and the RAM Save Mode, the HALion Sonic 2 is the new creative powerhouse at the heart of your production.
The HALion Sonic 2 Workstation features an extensive library including over 2,500 patches comprising both synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments. Created through a collaboration of sound designers from Steinberg and Yamaha, this library combines simple, immediate, and playable expressiveness with superb sounding instruments and exclusive sounds. The HALion Sonic 2 covers an enormous range of styles, all the way from finest acoustic instruments to legendary synthesizers, club sounds, and soundscapes, from ultra-realistic drum kits to the latest electronic beats. It also introduces more than 1,000 new sounds in 8 brand new instruments with quick access macro pages such as the Auron granular synthesizer, Model C tone-wheel organ, and the B-Box drum sequencer.
Full Sonic Control
Each instrument from the massive HALion Sonic library comes with 8 predefined Quick Controls, offering lightning fast access to the most important settings for that sound. The 8 SoftPads not only allow you to trigger specific notes or fire a phrase sequence from the FlexPhraser module, but also to take snapshots of chords which can then be triggered in a different order to create new chord progressions. All SoftPads and Quick Controls inside the HALion Sonic 2 Workstation feature MIDI Learn support and can be assigned to a MIDI controller in nanoseconds.
High Quality Effects
With its complete suite of 56 audio effect processors, including gems like the REVerence convolution reverb from Cubase, the unique Morph Filters, or the acclaimed VST Amp simulation, the HALion Sonic 2 delivers that professional extra-touch in the mix or on stage right out of the box. All effects can be directly added to each program or layer, implemented as an AUX effect send or routed to the master output. The HALion Sonic 2 introduces 9 sumptuous new effects including VST Amp simulation, Auto filter, Wah Wah, and many more.
The Mix Page offers full access to the instrument slot settings, comprising level, and pan as well as the AUX effect sends and the output selector. Each of the 16 individual outputs can be freely assigned to any of the 16 instrument slots, making routing, and mixing smooth and convenient.
Cubase Integration & Workflow
The HALion Sonic 2 Workstation integrates seamlessly with Cubase. Insert your VST workstation as a VST Instrument or as an Instrument Track. The MediaBay integration also makes the process of finding and working with presets much faster and simpler.
VST Expression 2
The HALion Sonic 2 Workstation supports VST Expression 2 for full articulation and controller editing inside Cubase. The VST Expression 2 makes working with instrument articulations as easy as it should be. Instead of handling all those MIDI controllers for switching articulations, it allows seamlessly integrated editing as well as full control over multiple articulations within the Key and Score Editors of Steinberg's award-winning advanced music production system Cubase.
The HALion Sonic 2 Wokstation is loaded with an arsenal of mind-blowing loops and instruments for the discerning producer. It combines a powerful synth engine with a drum and instrument sampling engine and sound editing capabilities. There are over 2,500 programs that allow producers to create fresh new hits in a breeze. The included sweet-sounding audio effects in HALion Sonic 2 provide all that is needed to let beats and melodies sound punchier, louder, and dirtier, high-end reverbs, delays, modulation effects, dynamic processors, and it just goes on and on. It also includes over 1,500 FlexPhrases to inject even more energy into any project.
Composers and Studio Musicians
The HALion Sonic 2 offers a complete range of world-class acoustic, electric, and electronic instrument sounds along with a wealth of drums, effects and more. It features a single sound library that appeals to composers and session musicians that can be found in one powerful, integrated, and inexpensive instrument. For all those who focus on making music rather than fiddling with synth parameters, HALion Sonic 2 is simply a dream come true. The included studio-quality library features up to 20 articulations per instrument for natural-sounding productions and covers an enormous range of styles. All the way from finest detailed acoustic instruments to legendary synthesizers, club sounds and soundscapes, from ultra-realistic acoustic drum kits to the latest electronic beats.
Live musicians searching for a powerful workstation need to look no further. The HALion Sonic 2 delivers a plethora of premium-quality contemporary sounds along with splits and layers, over 1,500 FlexPhrases and the ability to create song chains by switching Multis, all in 1 virtual instrument. And thanks to HALion Sonic 2's Quick Controls and SoftPads, tweaking sounds on stage has never been faster or easier. HALion Sonic 2 is the all-in-one answer to live performers looking for absolute sonic freedom.
VST Sound Expandable
The HALion Sonic 2 supports expansion packs in the universal VST Sound format for even more creative options. Sound libraries from Steinberg and third-party manufacturers in VST Sound format can be directly accessed through the MediaBay, an ultra-fast media database.
With the HALion Sonic 2 eight new powerful instruments are introduced to the factory library. Each instrument comes with an intuitive macro page for direct access, individual features, and a rich palette of presets that will fuel your creativity in new ways. Stunning synths rub shoulders with premier acoustic instruments, while the inspiring new drum rhythms will drive your creativity to new heights. HALion Sonic 2 also adds the intriguing sonic possibilities of granular synthesis, as well as an astonishingly authentic tone-wheel organ.
Housed within a sleek, ultra-modern interface, Trium is packed with features and options. This virtual analog synth has what it takes to become the centerpiece of your next production. Three multi-oscillators, additional sub, noise and ring oscillators, a great-sounding filter section, and fully-fledged arp module mean that Trium goes far beyond what could normally be expected of an included synth. An integrated modulation page puts all the most important sound-shaping parameters at your command, which is very handy considering that there's so much functionality to explore. And if you're not feeling all that creative, let the included presets inspire you.
Auron introduces a granular oscillator to HALion Sonic 2, expanding the sound spectrum with 150 presets for floaty pads, intriguing textures, and fascinating new timbres. Yet Auron also gives you the creative freedom to fritter away hours designing new soundscapes. The interface is easy to navigate, yet that simplicity belies the extent of the creative power available. With its arpeggiator module, Auron also lets you generate patterns and phrases from the granular synth signals. Auron is a 1-stop sound generator module whose granular synthesis with the potential to add captivating new sounds to your productions.
Electrify your next production with this awesomely punchy VA synth. Inspired by the world-famous analog synthesizers from yesteryear, Voltage adds the sonic range and monstrous power of true vintage style bass, and offers lead sounds that exude the character and warmth that has inspired several generations of electronic musicians and producers. Whether played in monophonic or polyphonic mode, Voltage's 2 oscillators feature connectible pulse-width modulation and a broad selection of wave shapes to bring that VA feel to your sounds. You can almost hear those virtual circuits crackle.
From West African balafons to Japanese shakuhachis, from Shona kalimbas to Turkish tamburs, there is a whole new world of instruments and percussion out there waiting to be discovered in the form of World Instruments, a sound module in HALion Sonic 2. Widen your horizons with over 50 melodic instruments from all over the world, and try out the accompanying tuning options to get a feel for musical styles and instruments you might not have known before. If you're looking to create dynamic and evocative soundscapes, try the fully-fledged arp section for even more inspiration.
World Percussion invites you to discover percussion instruments from all over the globe. Try the ashiko from sub-Saharan Africa, an Irish bodhrán, or the South Indian ghatam. Play one of the diverse drum and percussion kits included: there are kits that focus on specific countries such as Brazil or Turkey, and ones that feature sets of specific instruments such as whistles and tubes. Drag and drop support for MIDI files means phrases can be imported and exported, while performance parameters such as Groove and sound-shaping options including a filter and an amplifier setting give you even more creative options.
HALiotron is a painstaking reconstruction of the analog technology that was behind the hallmark sound of some bands in music history. Pressing just 1 key on the HALiotron will instantly evoke a timeless sound associated with Rock and Pop bands and songs from the 60s and 70s, and which has seen a strong resurgence in the last few years. Yet HALiotron adds the many advantages of a digital music production environment, including filters, envelopes and an amp section. Use the velocity of the keys to alter the response of the filter and amp sections for a remarkable sonic experience.
An authentic yet useful tonewheel organ emulation, Model C has the power to beguile and inspire, thanks to a signature sound that's been variously described as smoky, punchy, or silky. Nine drawbars for the organ and 3 drawbars for percussion faithfully recreate the sound of an old drawbar organ (without the problem of where to put it). Model C also includes a tonewheel oscillator and a highly realistic rotary effect as well as an amp section using emulations borrowed from the VST Amp effect. Model C also includes an FX section, with Reverb, Delay, Phaser, and Ring Modulator effects.
B-Box is a classic step sequencer for beats and drum tracks. Sixteen steps, each with velocity control, and thirteen instruments provide the tools for quick and easy beat production, while the integrated mixing section lets you tweak your sounds to perfection. Over 200 groove presets each with 5 patterns provide plenty of fodder should you need some inspiration. Individual outputs for the instruments give you plenty of routing options into your host application. B-Box also offers integrated effects in the form of reverb and delay, while Drag and Drop of MIDI files allows easy transfer of patterns to Cubase.
Nine Effects that Enhance Sound
VST Amp delivers fabulous guitar and bass tone, featuring authentic recreations of legendary amps and speaker models, mic types, and positions.
Auto Filter is a sound-morphing machine that will take you on a journey through new soundscapes, driven by the LFO and Envelope Follower.
Wah Wah is a faithful emulation of the best Wah pedals available. This simple yet flexible effect features parameters for frequency range, filter width, & gain range.
Tape Saturator heats up digital samples and recordings. This authentic recreation of analog gear can make the difference between sounding good and sounding great.
Step Flanger redefines the traditional flanger effect by adding a sample and hold section that subdivides the modulation signal into a definable number of steps.
Ring Modulator creates new sonic worlds by multiplying 2 audio signals; its simple GUI belies the radically new sounds that are just a few clicks away.
Vintage Ensemble is a new take on a classic ensemble-type chorus effect. It adds a shimmer and sparkle to guitars, keyboards, and other instruments.
Envelope Shaper is a powerful and useful tool that manipulates the transients of signals offering variable attack gain and length, as well as release gain.
Octaver is a highly creative effect useful for treating all manner of audio material, the Octaver adds signals 1 and 2 octaves below the input signal ease gain.
The reworked rotor speaker cabinet effect has very powerful editing capabilities such as independent Lo / Hi cabinet control, overdrive, and amp-simulation as well as slow / fast / stop modes.
This powerful and versatile equalizer offers full 4-band parametric control with variable response as well as analog-style peak filters.
This graphic equalizer comes with 10 bands and features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter and 3 different response types. This EQ also provides a global range control to handle the overall amount of equalization.
This is a classic compressor with auto-release, auto make-up gain, hard / soft knee, and RMS / Peak.
This is a straightforward low-distortion limiter with auto-release. It puts a hard ceiling on any signal and is also suitable for the master stage.
This is a flexible gate with independent attack, release, and auto-release controls.
This is a classic expander which also features auto-release and live mode for low-latency use.
This is a guitar amp and speaker simulation which features 14A and tube emulations and ten cabinet models to choose from. Additional controls resemble a classic guitar combo, also very useful on bass, organ, e-pianos, and synth sounds.
This is a highly adjustable reverb plug-in for creating realistic room ambience, and reverb effects in stereo formats. From short room reflections to cavern-sized reverb, this plug-in delivers high-quality reverberation and definitive early reflections.
Coming from the heart of Cubase 7, REVerence is a VST3-based high-end convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating sweet-sounding studios, theaters, rooms, halls, and more. With its true-stereo convolution technology, REVerence boasts independent controls for early reflections and the reverb tail. This first-class natural space simulation combines pure usability and a wealth of creative options with impressive sonic properties to add that extra sparkle and illusive 3D depth to any layer or program. REVerence includes over 45 exceptionally sounding impulses created at some of the world's most distinctive locations.
This is a single-stage chorus effect.
This is a classic tremolo effect with optional tempo sync, depth, and phase controls.
This is a powerful flanger with tempo sync mode and lots of parameters waiting to be tweaked.
This is a classic phaser with variable filter stage, phase modification, and tempo sync.
This is a classic and custom vibrato effect with depth control, suitable for emulating the famous organ sounds.
MultiDelay is a powerful multi-stage delay effect with variable filter stage.
In the Box
Steinberg HALion Sonic 2 Workstation
Limited 90-Day Warranty
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Mac OS X Version 10.7 / 10.8, Windows 7 / Windows 8
Native 32-bit and 64-bit version.
Mac OS: Core Audio compatible audio hardware Windows OS: Windows compatible audio hardware
ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance.
Windows DirectX, ASIO, or OSX CoreAudio
Mac OS: VST 3 or AU compatible host application for using as plug-in
Windows OS: VST 3 or VST 2 compatible host application for using as plug-in
17 GB of free HD space >14 GB uncompressed
1280 x 800 (recommended)
56 (audio FX)
Number of factory patches / combis / drum & percussion sets: >2,500