New Features

The following list informs you about the most important improvements in HALion and provides links to the corresponding descriptions.

New Features in Version 7.0.0


  • The MediaBay has been redesigned to allow for an easier and quicker search. You can choose from filter tags that are proposed by the MediaBay based on your search settings, you can configure attribute menus to narrow down the search results, and you can save your search settings as presets to use them when looking for similar content. Furthermore, with the Synchronize Filter Settings with Selected Slot button, you can instruct the MediaBay to use the search settings last used for the selected slot, which makes it easier to exchange a program with a similar program, for example. See MediaBay.

Spectral Synthesis
  • With the new spectral zones, you can use spectral re-synthesis as a sound source. See Zone Types.

  • You can now re-synthesize your samples by means of spectral zones and the spectral oscillator. This allows for a wide range of creative sound editing. See Spectral Oscillator Section.

FM Synthesis
  • With the new FM zones, you can use frequency modulation as a sound source. See Zone Types.

  • In the FM Oscillator section of the Zone Editor, you can set up the new FM zones. See FM Oscillator Section.

Envelope Editing
  • The Envelope section has been redesigned, and several new editing functions are available. The new Shaper envelope mode has been added. Furthermore, the Pitch and User envelopes now have a Bipolar button, allowing you to switch the envelopes from unipolar to bipolar, and vice versa. See Envelope Section.

  • With the Edit tool, you can now edit multiple selected envelope nodes much more conveniently than in previous versions. See Node Editing.

  • The entire modulation concept has been improved. For example, parameters that can be modulated are now indicated by small triangles in the Zone Editor, making it easier to locate them. See Modulation.

  • You can now assign and edit modulation sources and destinations not only in the modulation matrix, but in dedicated modulation rows in the Zone Editor. See Modulation Rows in the Zone Editor.

  • You can now directly jump to the edit section for a modulation source or destination from within the modulation row. See Modulation Parameters.

Wavetable Synthesis
Macro Page Designer
  • In the Templates Tree, templates with attached scripts are shown in a different color. Furthermore, you can edit the script parameters in the Properties section, open a connected script for editing, or create a new script for a template. See Templates Tree.

  • You can now use SVG graphics in your macro pages, allowing for smoother scaling of elements. See Resources Tree Elements.

  • You can use decors in the Macro Page Designer, that is, definable rectangles of a fixed or scalable size that allow you to create simple graphical switch states without the need for a bitmap resource, for example. See Resources Tree Elements.

  • You can create color resources in the Macro Page Designer and use them in Font and Decor resources. See Resources Tree Elements.

  • Via the Resources Tree, you can now export SVG graphics to a folder in your system, to use them on other macro pages. See Resources Tree Context Menu.

More New Features

Load Dialog
  • When loading programs, layers, and multi-programs, you can now switch between the MediaBay and the File System pages. See Load Dialog.

Wavetable Oscillator
  • The following new functions have been added to the wavetable oscillator: Acceleration and Target Speed allow you to further modify the Speed parameter. Hold allows you to hold the last spectrum. The display now offers a channel selector. Furthermore, a Filter section was added. See Oscillator Tabs.

  • In addition to the two polyphonic LFOs, HALion 7 offers an X-LFO for synth, sample, grain, FM, spectral, and wavetable zones. This can be used to modulate two-dimensional XY parameters. See X-LFO.

  • The Decompose function allows you to split your samples into their noise and tonal components and to edit those components separately. See Decompose Page.

Wavetable Editor
  • The Sample tab in the Wavetable Editor has been redesigned, and several new functions have been added: You can now show a spectrometer in the waveform display, the Wavetable Creation Sensitivity parameter was added for the modes Spectral and Spectral Voiced, and the Zone Info Bar was added at the top. Furthermore, the Fixed Mode option was replaced by the new Window Size option, allowing you to manually specify the window size for the wavetable markers, either individually for each channel or for all channels. With the Include Window in Range option, you can instruct HALion to cover the entire sample when importing wavetables. See Sample Tab.

  • The Spectrum Analyzer tab was added to the Wavetable Editor, allowing you to show the frequency spectrum of the oscillator output. Furthermore, a channel selector is now available for the 3D Map, 2D Wave, and Spectrum Analyzer tabs. See 3D Map, 2D Wave, and Analyzer Tabs.

  • Several new parameters were added to the Spectrum tab of the Wavetable Editor. You can now switch the view between linear level and dB level. You can specify whether you want the frequency display to be linear or logarithmic. You can show/hide the spectral envelope, and you can set the formant resolution. Furthermore, you can copy and paste the phase spectrum across different waves, or randomize the phase spectrum. See Spectrum Tab.

  • The Wavetable Editor now contains a Filter tab, allowing you to apply filters to individual waves or to the entire wavetable. See Filter Tab.

  • The parameters Pitch Envelope Playback and Channel Configuration were added to the wavetable overview section. See Wavetable Overview.

  • The REVerence effect now allows you to import and use your own impulse response files. See REVerence.

  • The new Studio EQ 24 effect was added in the EQ category. See Studio EQ 24.

  • The new Bass DI Driver effect was added in the Distortion category. See Bass DI Driver.

  • The new Bass Overdrive effect was added in the Distortion category. See Bass Overdrive.

  • The new Clipper effect was added in the Distortion category. See Clipper.

  • The new VST Bass Amp effect was added in the Distortion category. See VST Bass Amp.

  • The new Bass Octaver effect was added in the Pitch Shift category. See Bass Octaver.

  • The new Bass Chorus effect was added in the Modulation category. See Bass Chorus.

  • The new Bass Phaser effect was added in the Modulation category. See Bass Phaser.

  • The Compressor effect in the Dynamics category has a new High Ratio parameter. See Compressor.

  • The new Oscilloscope effect was added in the Tools category. See Oscilloscope.

Last but Not Least

Section and Module Presets
User Interface Improvements
  • At the top of the Options Editor window, a navigation bar now allows you to show/hide and lock/unlock the different sections. Furthermore, the layout and spacing of the editor were optimized. See Options Editor.

Options Editor
  • The Performance section in the Options Editor now contains the streaming settings. Furthermore, the parameter Host Automation Resolution has been added. See Performance Section.

  • In the Edit section, the following parameters were added: Apply Modulation Destination Depth in Live Displays, Home Screen, Pop-up Value Meter, Maximum Number of Results in MediaBay/Browser, External Bitmap Editor, and External SVG Editor. See Edit Section.

Slot Rack
  • When empty slots are hidden, you can now click the plus sign under the lowest slot in the Slot Rack to open the Load Program dialog. See Loading Programs into Slots.

Loading Init Programs
  • You can now load one of the available Init programs via the Slot Rack context menu. See Slot Context Menu.

User Icons
  • You can assign your own user icons to programs, so that they are displayed in the Slot Rack and in the program slot section at the top of the window. See Adding User Icons to Programs.

Tagging Editor
  • You can now edit the attributes of the selected program in a dedicated editor. See Tagging Editor.

Sound Editor
  • In the Sound Editor for programs and layers, you can now show and hide the different sections. See Managing Sections.

Fingered Glide Mode
  • The Fingered parameter has an additional option: Any. This allows you to glide the pitch between any new note that is played legato. See Voice Control Section.

Note-off Trigger
Zone Editor
  • The Sample Oscillator section now has two pages: Mode and Sample. The AudioWarp functions have moved to the Mode page. All sample-related parameters can be found on the Sample page. See Sample Oscillator Section.

Sample Oscillator
  • You can now adjust the markers for Loop Start, Loop End, Start Range, and Release Start by dragging the corresponding marker lines in the waveform display. See Sample Oscillator Section.

Grain Oscillator Waveform Display
  • You can now adjust the markers for Loop Start, Loop End, Start Range, and Release Start by dragging the corresponding marker lines in the waveform display. See Sample Tab.

Sample Editor
  • The Sample Editor toolbar now only shows the tools for the selected tab. See Toolbar.

Loop Range
  • To change the loop range, you can now move the Loop Start and Loop End markers together. See Setting up a Loop.

MIDI Controller Assignments
  • You can change the MIDI controller for a MIDI controller assignment in the MIDI CC editor. See MIDI CC Editor.

Program Tree
  • The Program Tree offers a prelisten section for sample and granular zones. See Program Tree Toolbar.

  • You can now open the editor for the selected Program Tree element using the context menu command Open Editor in New Window. This function is also available in the Edit category of the Key Commands dialog. See Program Tree Context Menu.

Sample Import
  • Velocity $ was added as a new Pattern in the Mapping Options section of the Import Samples dialog. It allows you to import samples that only contain the high velocity in the file name. See Import Samples Dialog.

Parameter List
  • A filter bar has been added to the parameter list, allowing you to search for parameters containing specific text strings. See Toolbar.

Library Creator
  • Clear Sub Preset Names was added to the Options section. This allows you to remove all sub preset names from all sub preset selectors before creating a VST 3 preset container. See Options.

Trigger Pads
  • The Browser has been redesigned to allow for an easier and quicker search for files. The Filter by Sound Component pop-up menu was added to the toolbar of the results list. See Toolbar.