Steinberg HALion Digital Sampler (Macintosh And Windows)

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The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the software. A more powerful system may be required for certain tasks or larger projects.

Mac
* Supported operating systems: Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6
* Power Mac G5 2 GHz minimum / Intel core Solo 1.5 GHz
* 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
* 4 GB free HD space for installation
* DVD drive required for installation
* CoreAudio compatible audio hardware
* USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key and USB port required**
* Internet connection required for license activation
* For using as plug-in or ReWire slave device, a VST2, AU (tested in Logic 7.2 and Digital Performer 4.6 only) or ReWire compatible host is required.

Windows
* Supported operating systems: Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista* and Windows 7*
* Intel/AMD processor 1.6 GHz minimum
* 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
* 4 GB free HD space for installation
* DVD drive required for installation
* Windows MME compatible audio hardware (ASIO compatible audio hardware required for low-latency operation)
* USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key and USB port required**
* Internet connection required for license activation
* For using as plug-in or ReWire slave device, a VST2, DXi2 or ReWire compatible host is required.

* The included HALion 3 64-bit version natively supports the 64-bit versions of Vista and Windows 7.

** The USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key (USB copy protection device) required to run this product is not included. Customers who do not own a USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key must purchase one separately. The same USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key copy protection device is then used for all Steinberg products that require it.
(82 ratings)
Submitted January 18, 2007 by a customer from yahoo.com
"HALion is NOT a sampler!"
I have already replaced this product with Image-Line's DirectWave SAMPLER. It's a much better, much more complete product at 1/4 the price of HALion. It even sounds better too.

Sound
HALion sounds okay. It's a soundbank player, it sounds just like all the others.

Features
HALion really falls short of its potential. You should HALion is not really a sampler! It can't sample, and it can't even do any kind of waveform editing. Its lack of sampling and waveform editing MIGHT be okay if the drag-and-drop functionality were really useful. But as it is, you cannot (for example) drag/drop a region from a Cubase audio part into a HALion sample slot. It's weird, but it's easier (!!) to do sampling on a rack-mount unit than it is to use HALion. Just remember: HALion is not a sampler, it is a SOUNDBANK PLAYER. Your wallet will thank you.

Ease of Use
It's fine as a "soundbank player". But if you want to create your own sounds, it's not a good choice. Have a look at Image-Line's DirectWave if you need full sampling capabilities from a soft-sampler.

Quality
Low marks here. I believe Steinberg intentionally misleads customers on this product. When I first got it I was amazed that not only does this "sampler" not sample, it can't even do TRIM! WOW! I figured they'd get around to releasing an update that dealt with these problems, but nothing. They're still misleading customers read more about this product. I've tried to get Steinberg to do something about this, without success.

Value
This product is a complete joke. If you need it for sampling and you buy it you will feel like an idiot. At least I know I sure do.

Manufacturer Support
Steinberg is still misleading customers about this product. I've tried to get them to do something about it, without success.

The Wow Factor
Steinberg's slick marketing tricked me into buying this "non-sampling" sampler. If you need a soundbank player, great. If you want to record and create your own unique sounds, please don't make the same mistake I did.

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