HALION SONIC Eductionl Edition,
Explore Unlimited Sonic Dimensions
Sonic is Steinberg 's premier VST workstation instrument featuring a
staggering array of over 1,200 firstclass synths, hybrid and acoustic
instruments - best suited for a wide range of styles.
Performance to the Power of 4
on Steinberg's latest next-generation sampling and synthesis
technology, HALion Sonic is the go-to composition and production
instrument, offering the complete range of sound shaping and creative
editing features sound designers expect from studio-grade instruments.
At the core, HALion Sonic offers four extremely powerful, yet easy-to-use sound engine modes:
Disk-Streaming Sample mode
Disk-Streaming Sample Engine in HALion Sonic reduces the amount of
memory needed for playing back a complex sample-based instrument.
Samples needn't reside entirely in memory, but instead, HALion Sonic
reads the samples while playing directly from the hard drive. Thus,
perfectly suited to drive the breathtakingly sounding and greatly
detailed tonal acoustic instruments that are included in HALion Sonic's
extensive sound library, the Disk-Streaming Sample mode enables
multiple articulations for ultra-realistic performance techniques, such
as legato, staccato and key release sounds.
sound editing requires dedicated tools to get the most out of a beat.
For that reason, HALion Sonic is equipped with a special Drum mode,
providing all the tools needed to produce studio-grade drum tracks.
Drum mode editor gives an instant overview of the loaded drum sounds
and how they map across the virtual keyboard. Each drum sound can be
individually adjusted and tweaked with a complete set of the Pitch,
Filter and Amplifier effects together with the corresponding envelope
settings. In addition, each drum hit can be assigned to one of the up
to 16 stereo outputs for further mixing and processing in the host
Sliced Loop mode
Sonic's dedicated Sliced Loop mode for using and abusing loop-based
beats comes with the same comprehensive set of sound-shaping parameters
as the Drum mode editor.
Sliced-Loop mode allows for playing individual slice hits or the
entire loop or both by dividing the key range into two halves: the
lower half of the keyboard triggers the loop while the upper half plays
the individual single slice hits. All loops can be synced to the host
project tempo for always playing in match.
The sophisticated FlexPhraser module (see below)
triggers the slices of the loop with their original timing and order
and offers various settings to create entirely new variations of
existing loop material. The order of slices can be randomized for even
greater creative possibilities. All loops can be exported as a MIDI
triggered slice sequence to the host sequencer via drag and drop for
further editing and tweaking.
Virtual Analog Synthesis mode
fully editable Virtual Analog Synthesis Engine of HALion Sonic produces
the most distinctive of sounds with an incomparable own character -
setting it clearly apart from standard analog style soft synths.
multiple oscillator types (Sine, Triangle, Saw or Square), additional
sub and noise oscillators with different wave shapes and algorithms
deliver pure quality - from the deepest low end and the creamiest,
punchiest basses to razor-sharp leads that cut through the mix nice and
For creating interesting electronic spectra, any of the sound sources can be mixed almost freely by four algorithm types:
- PWM mode (pulse width modulation)
- SYNC mode:
provides different hard-sync oscillators where each is a combination of
a master and slave oscillator for producing the typical rich sync-sound
- CM mode
(cross modulation): provides a combination of two oscillators where a
master oscillator is modulating the pitch of a slave oscillator
(Sine, Triangle, Saw or Square) at audio rate
- XOR mode: compares two square waveforms with a
XOR operation resulting in a sound close to ring
modulation of the third oscillator
straightforward, subtractive-synthesis section offers full access to
all sound-sculpting parameters, including the ability to assign all
waveform parameters of OSC1, OSC2 and OSC3 as modulation destinations
in the versatile Modulation Matrix. The resulting signal from the
oscillators is sent to the Filter and Amplifier sections for further
sound shaping, offering a full range of sounds and timbres for the most
demanding synthesis tweaking experts.
Unique Morph Filters
Sonic comprises unique morphing filters that guarantee new sonic
levels! The beautiful set of 24 filter types feature a warm and
saturated sound with character for gentle or aggressive coloring of the
sounds. Simply put, we offer the finest analog sounding filters in the
industry: low-pass, high-pass, bandpass types with selectable octave
slopes from six to 24 dB, self-oscillating and with saturation support.
The extremely versatile and powerful filter section can be configured
as single filter, two filters in parallel or serial connection.
that's not all: the unique metamorphosis filters support seamless
morphing between up to four of the 24 different filter characteristics.
By setting up envelopes, it's possible to create the most ambitious
metamorphosing sound textures ever heard. Morphing can also be done in
real time by simply assigning to a Quick Control or the HALion Sonic
Sphere Controller to morph between different filter types and settings.
In the Mix
Mix Page offers full access to the instrument slot parameters of HALion
Sonic, comprising the level and pan settings as well as the AUX effect
sends and the output selector. Each of HALion Sonic's 16 individual
outputs can be freely assigned to any of the 16 instrument slots.
Included Audio Effects
its complete suite of 16 audio effect processors, including gems like
Cubase 5 REVerence convolution reverb or the exceptionally sounding
rotary cabinet emulation, HALion Sonic delivers that professional
extra-touch in the mix or on stage - right out of the box.
EQ: StudioEQ, GraphicEQ
Dynamics: Compressor, Limiter, Gate, Expander
Reverb and Convolution: Reverb, REVerence
Modulation: Chrous, Tremolo, Flanger, Phaser, Vibrato, Rotary
Sonic redefines quality and variety for workstation instruments with
over 1,200 new programs and over 850 layers across 12 GB of
custom-recorded samples. Created in collaboration with the Yamaha sound
design team behind Yamaha's legendary MOTIF synthesizers, this totally
new and studio-quality world-class library brings simple, immediate and
playable expressiveness with superb sounding instruments and exclusive
sounds! The library 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.
All instruments and sounds
were recorded with great passion to detail using finest microphones and
much sought-after analog gear to capture every sound nuance accurately.
An immense arsenal of instruments is ready to be played, with intricate
sonic transitions right at your fingertips!
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acoustic instrument sounds in HALion Sonic's extensive sound library
offer multiple articulations for recreating realistic sounds and
performance techniques, such as legato, staccato and key release sounds
which are often used on acoustic instruments but unavailable or
difficult to realize on electronic keyboards. These instrument sounds
can change their articulation in real time - for example, while playing
a classical guitar voice, you can switch between playing normally and
playing high harmonics.
VST Expression is an ultra-intuitive new
concept to make working with instrument articulations as easy as it
should be. Instead of handling all those MIDI controllers for switching
articulations, it allows seamlessly and transparently 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 5.
designed VST Expression Maps and corresponding Cubase Track Presets for
each available instrument sound with articulations ensure smooth and
tight integration into the Cubase 5 Key and Score Editors. The
articulation commands are separated from note events for editing and
will be played back directly with the appropriate sounds. For example,
articulations noted in the Score Editor can be played back immediately
by an instrument from the sound library in real time. The other way
around works as well: when recording articulation changes, for example,
the key switches and the correct symbols are automatically added in the
each of the up to 20 natural and expressive articulations per
instrument assigned to a flexible key switch, HALion Sonic is perfectly
suited to take full advantage of the acclaimed VST Expression system in
MediaBay Sound Management
highly intuitive design of the integrated MediaBay sound management
system makes organizing and finding the desired samples, layers and
presets a breeze! HALion Sonic minimizes searching times due to the
immediate access to any sound within the huge content library - just in
the blink of an eye.
MediaBay is Steinberg's media file
management system best known from Cubase 5, supporting the VST Sound
standard that is part of VST3. The MediaBay has been extensively
reworked with expanded features and many performance and usability
improvements. This includes faster searching and browsing, an overall
improved performance and a more advanced and transparent tagging
The new Category Filter browsing improvement allows to narrow down
categories and results from any direction. In addition, the MediaBay
shows the number of existing files that are found in each category
accurately. There are numerous other enhancements that put sound
management in HALion Sonic on a new level.
VST Sound- Expandable
on, HALion Sonic supports future special expansion packs in Steinberg's
universal media management format VST Sound - for even more creative
power! Sound libraries from Steinberg or third-party manufacturers in
VST Sound format can be directly accessed through HALion Sonic's
Unprecedented Control and Flexibility
HALion Sonic reaches a new level in intuitive handling and control, thanks to its clear and transparent layout.
Sonic gives you total control and offers the complete range of
sound-shaping and creative editing features you expect from
studio-grade instruments. All of its features have been implemented
with a focus on usability: HALion Sonic is just as easy to use on a
hectic stage as it is in the creative environment of a studio.
individual instrument editors give detailed access to almost all
sound-sculpting parameters, including envelopes, filters, multiple
articulation settings and the versatile Modulation Matrix.
instrument sound of HALion Sonic's massive library comes with eight
predefined Quick Controls, offering spontaneous and lightning fast
access to the most important sound parameters of layer and program. The
eight 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 different sequence for
various chord progressions.
SoftPads and Quick Controls inside HALion Sonic have MIDI Learn
support. The setup is no rocket science: A simple right click on the
element that you want to control with the MIDI device, the selection of -Learn CC- plus a quick movement of the MIDI device's controller -it's
that easy! In addition both axis of HALion Sonic's Control X/Y sphere
can be assigned per MIDI Learn to different parameters to seamlessly
morph between them ' especially useful for HALion Sonic's unique
Made to be Played Live...
Sonic shines when performing live: building keyboard splits and layers
to layout, for example, bass, piano and a lead sound across the
keyboard is absolutely effortless thanks to the many visual help
functions. Almost any parameter assigned to a Quick Control or the
HALion Sphere X/Y controller can be tweaked live using any MIDI
controller - ensuring the artist is always in full command while
With the so-called Multi-Chain feature, entire
Multi-Setups can be switched with a single key or button push on a
master keyboard. By stepping through a list of up to 128 predefined
Multi Programs, HALion Sonic is always ready to perform the next song!
included professional standalone application provides a slick and small
interface that gives access to the most import sound parameters - a
great choice for performing live.
on Yamaha's Motif Technology, each Program of HALion Sonic features up
to five arpeggio and phrase players, so-called FlexPhrases. Complete
MIDI multi-channel FlexPhrases can be mapped across the keyboard or the
virtual drum pads and start an entire inspiring backing just with a
single fingertip. Beyond dozens of different arpeggio types,
FlexPhraser is the perfect tool for playing complete instrument
patterns in sync to the host with a touch of a key! The possibilities
are sheer endless!
massive library included in HALion Sonic comes ready with over 1,500
patterns consisting of more than 1,200 arpeggios and midi phrases and
over 300 construction sets - full of driving beats and complex tonal
phrases, plus intelligent automatic articulation switching. All phrases
are organized in 11 categories: Construction Sets, Classic Arp, Synth
Sequences, Chord Sequences, Bass, Guitar and Plugged, Organ, Strings,
Brass, Drums and Percussion.
Each program and each layer has its
own FlexPhraser module. Depending on the type of layer, FlexPhraser
offers a different functionality:
FlexPhraser can playback anything from basic synth arpeggios over
dynamic drum phrases to realistic accompaniment phrases for guitar,
bass, piano, etc. The included selection from over 1,500 phrases suites
a wide range of musical instruments and styles. Depending on the
selected phrase, FlexPhraser makes use of live playing input to modify
the phrases in real time. This allows to increase the complexity of an
instrument by playing one to four keys, or to re-harmonize phrases by
playing different chords.
- With Loops: FlexPhraser
triggers the slices of the loop with their original timing and order.
You can trigger a transposed version of the loop as well. In addition,
the order can be varied with a random function and
the resulting slice sequence can be exported to Cubase as a host sequencer via drag and drop.
Seamless Integration into Cubase 5
Sonic integrates perfectly with Cubase 5. HALion Sonic can be inserted
into the VST Instrument Rack or directly into any instrument track.
Plus, it is the first VST Instrument to offer full support of VST
Expressions out of the box - for full articulation editing inside
Cubase 5! The MediaBay integration also makes the process of finding
and working with presets much faster and simpler.
Quick-Idea Scratch Pad
when just playing along, the quick-idea scratch pad feature guarantees
that all flashes of inspiration are recorded. Simply hit the record
button and HALion Sonic records everything - played all the tunes
inside your head will never go to waste anymore! Recorded sequences can
be played back (e.g. for rehearsal purposes) or exported as a standard
MIDI file. It is also possible to load MIDI files and play them back as
integrated metronome is a useful tool to help musicians keep a constant
tempo while practicing or to simply hear their recorded ideas at
different speeds. Directly select MIDI input and Audio output Ports,
the Tempo setting, or the included MIDI file player - without ever
entering a dialog that blocks you away from the music.
Full Undo & Redo
Sonic's full multi-step Undo/Redo support for nearly all operations and
the per program edit history gives the artist the safety needed when
creating and editing personal precious unique content. Now there is
really no excuse to tweak and experiment with every parameter found
inside HALion Sonic to enhance the sound!