imgHamburg, Germany (August 14, 2013)—Steinberg Media technologies GmbH has released the HALion 5, its newest VST sampler and sound creation system, along with the HALion Sonic 2, a VST workstation.

HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 provide thousands of synthesized and acoustic sounds, dialed in through eight new instruments: the virtual analog Trium synthesizer, Auron for granular oscillation, Voltage for extra punch, World Instruments and World Percussion, and 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 guitar and bass effect sounds, and Auto Filter for sound morphing.

In addition, HALion 5 comes with two new sound sources—the granular synthesis engine for creating sonic textures, and the tone-wheel organ simulation with nine organ and percussion drawbars. The slicing mode 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.