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Why HALion

HALion 4 is more than a professional VST sampler. The fourth incarnation of HALion combines a state-of-the-art sample engine with an award-winning synth section and future-proof tools and effects. With a cornucopia of inspiring features and an ultra-flexible user interface, HALion 4 is a truly universal workhorse for professional sound designers, producers and musicians alike.


HALion 4 — VST Sampler & Sound Creation System

By fusing the inspiring and powerful tools of a next-generation sampling environment with the creative potential of a first-class synth engine, HALion 4 ushers in a new era in professional sound design.
The hybrid character, along with in-depth editing tools and the most efficient yet flexible desktop concept ever witnessed in a virtual instrument set HALion 4 clearly apart from traditional software samplers.
Add to this an outstanding range of studio-grade effect processors, a world-class library and one-of-a-kind features, such as MegaTrig or VST 3.5 support, and you have the new global standard for creative sound design.


More than a sampler

HALion 4 combines the best in sampling technology with the very latest in virtual analog synthesis to offer a fully integrated sound design environment for professional demands.
Build complex sample libraries on the fly, create cutting-edge synths and invent your own sound — all in one intuitive instrument.

Flexible user interface

HALion 4 incorporates the most efficient yet flexible user interface ever witnessed in a virtual instrument, allowing you to undock, move and resize windows, create function tabs and save entire screen sets — ideal for multi-monitor setups and perfect for keeping you focused.

Mix it inside

HALion 4 incorporates a state-of-the-art mixing engine with powerful routing options for complete control over your signal flow. There are virtually no restrictions — create an unlimited number of buses per Program and Layer and freely route the signals as desired. Each bus holds controls for level, pan, mute and solo as well as eight insert slots. What’s more, HALion 4 features a total of 32 stereo output channels and 6-channel surround support.

Leave your acoustic fingerprint

From precise correction to intense coloring — with a total of 44 studio-grade effect processors, HALion 4 tremendously enhances the sound designer’s toolbox. Highlights include the REVerence convolution reverb, the truly universal StudioEQ, and a captivating rotary cabinet emulation. Plus, innovative tools such as the unique morphing filter section and the FlexPhraser arpeggiator are right there to further fine-tune your sounds.

Creativity from the start

When it comes to importing and mapping your sounds HALion 4 lends you a hand right from the start. HALion 4 let’s you assign your sounds on-the-fly during the import and is even able to extract keyrange, velocity and root key parameter directly from the file name and transfers them into your program.
The workflow-optimized HALion 4 mapping editor makes the mapping process easy and convenient. Fading between zones, easy drag’n’drop and automatic gap filling are just a few feature that you won’t want to miss any more.

Programming sounds isn’t rocket science — not any more

The second generation of MegaTrig in HALion 4 enables you to create advanced instrument articulations, sophisticated playing styles and impressive conditional triggering modules for innovative sounds without bothering your head about writing page-filling scripts. With plenty predefined conditions that can individually be combined, you can bring your sound to the next level.

Start experimenting

The new Quick Controls of HALion 4 are ready to become your truest assistant in your sound design environment. The Quick Controls can individually be assigned to every program, layer and fx parameter to give you direct access your sounds and can also be automated in your host application to capture your creative moment. And with the unlimited undo and redo and the integrated Undo History you can try out all the amazing modulation opportunities without having regrets.

Integration through and through

HALion 4 effortlessly integrates into various VST applications, making excellent use of the advantages each tool has to offer. The seamless integration of HALion 4 into Cubase and WaveLab and the Advanced Integration support of Steinberg hardware make HALion 4 the premier VST sampler and sound creation system.

More VST than ever before

In its fourth incarnation, HALion reclaims its rightful place as today’s most powerful VST sampler by supporting Steinberg’s latest Virtual Studio Technology version, VST 3.5. With its groundbreaking VST Expression 2 feature, Note Expression, individual note events now contain their own set of controller data when played polyphonically, therefore offering you a whole new creative approach to sound design.

Production-approved system

The novel sample paradigm around HALion 4 has proven itselfthrough several of Steinberg’s latest VST instruments, such as HALion Sonic, HALion Symphonic Orchestra and the highly acclaimed The Grand 3 piano suite. With its utmost reliability and highest sound quality, HALion 4 not only meets the requirements of professionals today, but also provides the best-sounding sample engine ever to be conceived and developed by Steinberg.

Quality content for sparkling results

The fourth incarnation of HALion features a 15-gig sound library of the most detailed audio material, including the complete sound collection of the appraised HALion Sonic workstation. With a smorgasbord of opportunities provided to you through the 1,600 factory presets to hand, HALion 4 truly covers the entire sound palette of each genre.

Compatibility all the way

HALion 4 supports all the major library and sampler formats. Providing true backward compatibility to HALion 3 means that all HALion 3 sound and effect parameters are preserved in this latest version.
Running in both VST and AU plug-in hosts as well featuring cross-platform compatibility for 32 and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 make HALion 4 the perfect tool for audio designers and music producers using different machines and systems.


Top Features

  • State-of-the-art sound design environment developed according to the requirements of professional sound designers
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 32 stereo outputs and 6-channel surround support
  • Flexible user interface for customizing and saving windows and screen sets
  • Multi-monitor support for perfect overview of large projects
  • Virtual Analog Synthesis Engine offers multiple oscillator types, additional sub and noise oscillators and cross-modulation support
  • VST 3.5 and VST Expression 2 support for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single-note level
  • Flexible signal routing with free assignable buses per layer, virtual audio mixing console with 8 inserts per channel and 4 Aux sends
  • MegaTrig for easy programming of playing styles and articulations without page-filling scripting
  • Drag and drop for quick and easy sample mapping
  • Unlimited undo/redo plus Undo History for hassle-free sound experiments
  • Automatic on-the-fly mapping during import
  • Outstanding library with more than 1,600 instrument sounds created by top sound experts at Steinberg and Yamaha
  • 64-bit Disk-Streaming technology for high performance sample playback
  • Integrated MediaBay sound management system for immediate access to the library
  • Flexible Quick Controls per program and layer for instant access to sound and FX parameters and easy automation in the host
  • Unique morphing filters seamlessly blend between up to four of the 24 filter types
  • FlexPhraser module for dynamically driving beats and arpeggios, plus complex tonal phrases with automatic articulation switching
  • Wide range of audio effects on board including REVerence convolution reverb to fuel each program and layer with up to 8 insert effects
  • Multi-core support for unleashing the full potential of today’s multiprocessor systems (New in HALion 4.5)

  • Audio Warp provides cutting-edge time-stretching and pitch-shifting functionality (New in HALion 4.5)

  • Multi-oscillators for multiplying the density and fullness of synthesizer layers (New in HALion 4.5)

  • Advanced Cubase integration including seamless exchange of extended parameters like slice information and VST Expression Maps
  • Comprehensive import compatibility of HALion 3 sounds (FXP, HSB) and common formats as Giga, EXS and Kontakt
  • Professional standalone version included
  • Cross-platform compatibility with PC 32/64-bit (VST 3, VST 2.4) and Mac OS X 32/64-bit (VST 3, AU) plug-in support  


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