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 HALion by Steinberg is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
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Product HALion
Developer Steinberg
Price (MSRP) €349
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 5.1.10  - Released
 5.1.10  - Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AIFF, Akai, EMU, EXS24, Giga, HALion, Kontakt, LM-4, REX, Roland, SDII, SF2 (SoundFont), WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionDongle (USB-eLicenser)

HALion can load almost every sound library available on the market and offers numerous tools to shape and even radically reinvent sounds.


  • 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.
  • 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.
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