HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 treat users to thousands of synthesized and acoustic sounds, dialed in through eight fantastically new instruments: the sleek virtual analog Trium synthesizer, Auron for granular oscillation, Voltage delivers extra punch, World Instruments and World Percussion, HALiotron, the Model C organ emulation and the B-Box step sequencer for beats and drum patterns.
Both HALion and HALion Sonic now feature nine new effects including VST Amp for superb guitar and bass effect sounds and Auto Filter for seamless sound morphing. Based on Yamaha’s Motif technology, FlexPhraser offers complex arpeggios, now sporting the user phrase editor to create custom patterns and phrases.
In addition, HALion 5 comes with two new sound sources, introducing the granular synthesis engine for creating beautiful sonic textures and the tone-wheel organ simulation with nine organ and percussion drawbars. Also new to HALion is the slicing mode that allows users to adjust audio material to fit any beat or track. Two new MIDI modules feature MIDI Player to load MIDI files that can be edited and triggered remotely. Drum Player is a step sequencer conceived and designed to play drum beats and rhythms.
This update introduces true multi-core support. A single HALion instance can now access all CPU cores and make good use of all the power available inside your computer.
A new preference on the options page allows you to choose how many cores can be employed by HALion. This is helpful to control the performance available to HALion in order to properly share cores with other applications, such as Cubase or Nuendo.
Time-stretching and pitch-shifting
HALion now offers dedicated time-stretching and pitch- shifting functionality based on the AudioWarp algorithms also used in Cubase and Nuendo.
There are two different modes for different types of audio material available in the sound editor of a sample layer: a "Solo" mode for solo instruments that allows the correction of formants and a "Music" mode which is optimized for time correction of polyphonic audio material such as drums.
New file browser A new file browser has been added to facilitate browsing
through the file structure and preview audio files instantly.
There is a search function included in the browser that lets you find your desired sounds with just a few clicks. Additionally, containers like ISO, HSB, VST Sound, GIGA and others can be browsed in the import window immediately.
For enriching the sound, the numbers of oscillators used on each oscillator channel can be set to a maximum of eight. By editing the "detune" and the stereo "spread" of the oscillators channel, the sound can be further widened.
Additional sound editor improvements
MIDI modules of the same type (e.g. FlexPhraser) can be edited together if selected.
New navigation icons on top of the sound editor.
Expression on amp level can now be deactivated.
Headroom level for importing samples can be adjusted.
he distortion parameter is now available in the
Default startup preset You can now determine which preset will load on starting
up HALion 4.
To specify a default preset, go to the multi-program save/load drop-down menu above the instrument slot rack and click "Save as default".
The new multi-program loading option lets you define whether a multi-program is cleared before loading a new multi-program, or if it is kept in RAM.
Drag and drop operations from Cubase 6 to HALion 4 are now possible if the directory name containing the sample includes an umlaut.
External MIDI inputs no longer respond only to the first MIDI channel.
The "4.0" at the beginning of a quadraphonic program will not be displayed in the Cubase 6 MediaBay.
When using the filter envelope as a source, the filter attack now works as expected.
Recording MIDI in the standalone version of HALion 4 now works correctly.
When playing the first note after initial loading of a project, the volume for programs which use the amp section for zones no longer sounds too loud.
The state of lock buttons and selections are maintained when closing and reopening the HALion 4 plug-in window.
Volume and Pan MIDI CCs on the same MIDI channel now restore correctly in multi-programs.
Changing values via up/down keys works now correctly in non-floating windows.
When using key commands for moving zones, the root key no longer jumps to G8.
The assignments of modulation modules, e.g. mono LFO, remain fully maintained.
When changing values in the modulation matrix with the mouse wheel, unwanted scrolling does not occur.
When exiting the HALion 4 standalone application, the exit dialog no longer needs to be clicked twice.
The modulation wheel in the HALion 4 user interface now responds to all MIDI channels.
In the envelope view the G/H key commands for zooming in/out are no longer interchanged.
The "Missing files" dialog can be closed and is no longer displayed twice (Mac OS X only).