Steinberg HALion Sonic 2 Software Synthesizer

Software Workstation with with 15GB Sound Library, 2,500 Factory Instruments, MediaBay Sound Management, and VST Expression Support - Mac/PC VST 3, VST 2 (for activation in the US only)
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Steinberg HALion Sonic 2 Software Synthesizer
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The Core of Your Creative Process

Steinberg HALion Sonic 2 is a powerful software workstation that gives you stunning instrument quality, amazing versatility, and fluid ease of use. HALion Sonic 2 is packed with 2,500 awe-inspiring sounds, including top-flight synths and acoustic and hybrid instruments that cover any musical style. You also get a plethora of sound-shaping options, filters, and effects. With an intuitive design that puts the latest sound-generation technologies at your fingertips onstage and in the studio, this powerhouse instrument will captivate and inspire you. Say hello to the new core of your creative process: Steinberg HALion Sonic 2.

Steinberg HALion Sonic 2 - What's New at a Glance:
  • Eight stunning new instruments to juice your creativity
  • Updated FlexPhraser opens up vast sonic horizons
  • Nine luscious new effects
Eight stunning new instruments to juice your creativity

HALion Sonic 2 rocks eight new instruments with over 1,000 new sounds and presets that will juice your creativity in exciting new ways. Mind-blowing synths, incredibly authentic acoustic instruments, exhilarating percussion rhythms - they all conspire to rocket your creativity to dizzying new heights. But there's more! HALion Sonic 2 also adds the seductive sonic possibilities of granular synthesis, as well as a jaw-dropping new tone-wheel organ.

Updated FlexPhraser opens up vast sonic horizons

HALion Sonic 2's powerful FlexPhraser now features a new user mode that opens up vast sonic horizons. A new user phrase editor lets you create your own patterns and phrases, setting velocity and pitch for sounds in up to 32 steps, while leveraging the additional power of two controller lanes to drive even more parameters such as filters and effects. You can import MIDI files to quantize the arpeggiator to an existing groove, and export phrases to Cubase as MIDI files for further editing.

Nine luscious new effects

HALion Sonic 2 rolls out nine luscious new effects. Create amazing guitar tone with VST Amp, get down with Wah Wah, and generate otherwordly soundscapes with Auto Filter. Warm up your digital recordings with Tape Saturator, and get lost for hours exploring the mind-bending potential of Ring Modulator. And if that's not enough, HALion Sonic 2's Step Flanger, Vintage Ensemble, Envelope Shaper and Octaver deliver all the creative options you've ever wanted - and quite a few you've never imagined.

Steinberg HALion Sonic 2 Features:
  • Powerful, easy-to-use music production workstation
  • Incredible synthesized sounds and breathtaking acoustic instruments
  • Outstanding library including over 2,500 instrument sounds created by top sound designers
  • Robust multi-timbral audio engine
  • Disk-streaming sample playback and virtual analog and granular synthesis
  • Wide range premium audio effects, including REVerence convolution reverb, VST Amp simulation, and more
  • Stage-optimized workflows with dedicated player view, rapid building of keyboard splits or layers, and switching of entire multi-setups with a single command
  • Seamless integration with Cubase
Steinberg HALion Sonic 2: the core of your creative process!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Sampler
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
Format VST 3, VST 2
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Dual-core CPU, Compatible Core Audio Hardware, 4GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel/AMD Dual-core CPU, Windows-compatible Audio Hardware (ASIO-compatible Recommended for Low-latency)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7
Manufacturer Part Number 45050

Customer Reviews

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Very powerful and high quality

This is a fabulous product. The sound quality is awesome, and there is a lot more power and flexibility in this thing than I ever realized before purchasing it. It may not be a sampler, but the fact that there are so many preset sounds right out of the box and that any of these sounds can be tweaked in so many ways means that the possibilities are truly endless. One thing I'd like to mention is that you list this product as being compatible only with VST, but in fact I have discovered it is also compatible with AU. I use it on a Mac Pro, and I can run it from either Cubase 7.5 or Logic Pro X, both of which I own.
Music background: songwriter/composer

The Quality is There

I won't ever say something is five stars, because I know it might have some downfalls I haven't discovered yet. But after taking this product right out the box and installing it seemingly added some punch to my arsenal of sounds. I'm still learning it, but its user friendly and easy to navigate. For 2500 stock sounds and with the endless layering capabilities, the potential outcome is amazing. I'm glad I purchased this and I only just scratched the surface.
Music background: Student, Producer, Songwriter, Composer
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