Steinberg has today announced a new, playback-only version of its HALion virtual sampler. Tailored to newcomers to virtual sampling, HALion Player puts many of the next-generation technologies available on the HALion sampling platform behind a sleek, no-frills interface. Supporting VST, DXi and AU formats, HALion Player can handle any HSB, FXP or FXB files created for HALion 3.
With an SRP of only $89.99, HALion Player includes the full HALion 3 sound library, consisting of a broad selection of instrument and drum sounds, and utilizes the surround-capable HALion 3 playback engine. HALion Player also offers the outstanding Waldorf filters and disk-streaming power that have helped establish HALion 3 as one of the top virtual samplers available today in terms of both sound quality and performance.
While HALion Player can't create new programs from scratch, the unique Q-Control concept introduced in the new HALion 3.1 version provides HALion Player with an adaptable set of sound-shaping controls. All HALion libraries include predefined Q-Controls which have been assigned to a certain set of parameters by the content creator and are chosen to ideally suit shaping and forming sound for that program. This allows a high degree of flexibility in altering and shaping sounds with HALion Player, while keeping functional clutter to a minimum.
The HALion Player program loading facilities unify finding, selecting and loading a sound for quick, no-hassle access to even the largest HALion sample libraries. HALion Player also offers 256-voice polyphony delivering pristine32-bit audio to 256 possible audio outputs into the mixer of the host application.
Price and availability
HALion Player will be available through authorized Steinberg dealers for $89.99 SRP in February 2005. HALion Player customers will be able to upgrade to HALion 3.1 for only $299.99.
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