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Steinberg Halion 5 MacOS/ Windows

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Steinberg Halion 5 VST Sampler

Steinberg’s HALion VST sampler is a powerfully inspirational virtual sampling and sound design instrument that forms the heart of modern sound creation and production environments.

The latest version of Steinberg’s HALion VST sampler adds new features that extend the boundaries of virtual sampling and sound design software. New instruments and sound sources, an added granular synthesis engine, new effects, a slicing mode and much more complement the myriad capabilities that have made HALion an indispensable tool for pro musicians, producers and sound designers worldwide. An extensive sound library, a vast array of audio creation tools and ultra-expressive sound modules combine with a next-generation interface to create a powerfully inspirational instrument that forms the heart of modern sound creation or production environments.

Steinberg Halion 5 Key Features:

  • State-of-the-art sampler and sound creation system tailored to the demands of professionals
  • Up to 192 kHz, 32 stereo outputs and 6-channel surround support
  • Powerful multi-timbral audio engine with disk-streaming sample playback, tone-wheel organ simulator and high-end virtual analog and granular synthesis
  • Outstanding library including over 2,500 synthesized sounds and breathtakingly authentic acoustic instruments
  • Flexible user interface with multi-monitor support allows you to customize and save your own windows and screen sets
  • AudioWarp provides cutting-edge time-stretching and pitchshifting functionality
  • Full VST Expression 2 support for smart articulation editing in Cubase
  • FlexPhraser module drives beats, arpeggios and complex tonal phrases
  • MegaTrig for easy programming of playing styles and articulations
  • Wide range of high-end audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation and many more

What’s new with Halion 5?

New sound sources

With two new sound engines HALion 5 adds even more options to your creative tool set. The new granular synthesis engine turns your samples into fantastic new textures, adding a whole new world to your sonic palette. The breathtakingly authentic new tone-wheel organ simulation offers the sound of classic drawbar organs with nine organ and percussion drawbars. HALion 5 invites you to embark on new sonic experiments by combining multiple sound sources to create your own sou

New slicing mode

Slicing and reconfiguring audio is an essential producing tool these days. The new HALion 5 slicing mode allows you to remold any sample to fit with a beat or track. Not only is it flexible and easy to use, the HALion 5 slicing mode also uses first-rate algorithms that keep your sliced material sounding great; use the included filters to spice up each slice individually. Two automatic detection modes are complemented by manual marker editing for powerful one-stop solution for reworking samples.

FlexPhraser revised

FlexPhraser now sports a new user mode that opens up new sonic horizons. Create your own patterns and phrases with the new user phrase editor, which lets you set velocity and pitch for sounds in up to 32 steps, while harnessing the additional power of two 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!

New MIDI modules

Two new MIDI modules give you exciting new tools to build and play arrangements and drum tracks directly within HALion 5. The MIDI Player lets you load up to 8 MIDI files into dedicated slots that can then be edited and triggered remotely using the Trigger Pad feature. The Trigger Pad can also be used to drive the new Drum Player, which adds a step sequencer designed specifically to drive drum beats and rhythm tracks directly within HALion 5.

New instruments

HALion 5 features 8 new stunning instruments with over 1000 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 5 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.

New effects

HALion 5 introduces 9 sumptuous new effects: Crank out great guitar tone with VST Amp, 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 lose yourself for hours discovering the awesome possibilities 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.


What you will get with Halion 5?

More than a sampler

HALion combines the best in sampling technology with the latest in virtual analog synthesis to offer a fully integrated sound design environment for professionals. HALion 5 further extends the sound-creation possibilities through the addition of a granular synthesis engine and an ultra-authentic tone wheel oscillator. Plus, audio tools such as the new Slicing module and the Audio Warp pitch-shifting and time-stretching toolkit make audio material supremely malleable — reform and remold audio to suit your project and not the other way round. Build complex sample libraries on the fly, create cutting-edge synths and invent your own sound — all in one intuitive instrument.

Leave your acoustic fingerprint

From surgically precise EQing to ultra-expressive sound design tools: with a total of 59 first-rate effect processors, HALion 5 offers a plethora of creative options. Highlights include the REVerence convolution reverb, the flexible StudioEQ, and a captivatingly authentic rotary cabinet emulation. HALion 5 adds Steinberg’s renowned virtual amplifier VST Amp and the innovative Auto Filter tool for even more possibilities.

Mix it inside

HALion 5 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 5 features a total of 32 stereo output channels and 6-channel surround support.

Flexible user interface

HALion 5 incorporates the most efficient and 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.

Creativity from the get-go

HALion 5 supports you from the earliest stage of your production, including importing and mapping your sounds, letting you assign your sounds on-the-fly during the import stage and even extracting keyrange, velocity and root key information directly from the file name and transfering them to your program. The workflow-optimized HALion 5 mapping editor makes the mapping process easy and convenient. Fading between zones, easy ‘drag and drop’ and automatic gap filling are just a few features that are as useful as they are intuitive to use.

DIY Sound Programming: Yes, it’s that easy…

The second generation of MegaTrig in HALion 5 enables you to create advanced instrument articulations, highly expressive playing styles and sophisticated conditional triggering modules for innovative sounds without the arduous process of writing your own scripts. Explore the included range of presets or recombine them to create your own; MegaTrig can make all the difference between sounding like everyone else and inventing your own signature style.

Start experimenting

The HALion 5 Quick Controls give you instant access to all your most important settings. Quick Controls can be setup individually for every program, layer and FX setting to give you direct access at all times. QCs can also be automated in your host application to recreate your creative moment. And with unlimited Undo/Redo and the integrated Undo History you can try out all the amazing modulation opportunities and always have the option to go back to any sound.

A Slice of Rhythm: Reworking Audio

HALion 5 offers a new slicing toolkit for reworking samples into your project, including tools for slicing samples and loops on import, playing and moving individual slices on the beat grid and for manually editing and reshaping individual slices. Additional features include slice replacing, which allows you to replace slices with your own samples, ideal for reworking drum loops. Slices can also be exported as MIDI files, allowing the remapping of beats and phrases onto other instruments.

Complete Integration

HALion 5 effortlessly integrates into various VST applications, making excellent use of the advantages each tool has to offer. The seamless integration of HALion 5 into Cubase and WaveLab and the Advanced Integration support for Steinberg hardware make HALion 5 the premier VST sampler and sound creation system.

More VST than ever before

In its fifth incarnation, HALion reasserts its claim as today’s most powerful VST sampler by supporting Steinberg’s latest Virtual Studio Technology version, VST 3.5 for full articulation and controller editing inside Cubase! 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.


Steinberg Halion 5 System Requirements:


  • Windows 7/ Windows 8
  • Intel dual core CPU
  • Windows compatible audio hardware
  • VST 3 or VST 2 compatible host application for using as plug-in
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 17 GB of free HD space
  • Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
  • DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
  • USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
  • USB-eLicenser (not included)
  • Internet connection required for installation, activation, account setup and personal / product registration. 


  • Mac OS X Version 10.7/ 10.8
  • Intel dual core CPU
  • Core Audio compatible audio hardware
  • VST 3 or AU compatible host application for using as plug-in
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 17 GB of free HD space
  • Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
  • DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
  • USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
  • USB-eLicenser (not included)
  • Internet connection required for installation, activation, account setup and personal / product registration.