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About the Program Versions
HALion Sonic SE comes in two versions: one is installed together with a Steinberg DAW, the other can be downloaded for free from the Steinberg website.
How You Can Reach Us
Click the Steinberg logo in the top right corner of the control panel to open a pop-up menu containing items for getting additional information and help.
About the Documentation
The documentation is available online and can be downloaded in PDF format from steinberg.help
Setting Up
The following sections describe how to use the free version of HALion Sonic SE as a plug-in in different host applications.
Window Overview
The application interface follows a fixed-size single window concept.
Buttons
Value Fields
Using Key Commands
Presets
HALion Sonic SE offers two types of presets: section/module presets and VST presets. Section and module presets store and recall the setup of a specific component on the HALion Sonic SE panel. VST presets contain all information necessary to restore the complete state of the plug-in.
Plug-in Functions Section
The plug-in functions section at the top of the window gives you access to global functions that affect both the currently loaded programs, and the general working of the plug-in.
Plug-in Name and Steinberg Logo
Toolbar
Performance Controls
The performance controls are located in the lower part of the window.
Quick Controls
Quick controls allow you to remote-control any parameter inside the program.
Trigger Pads
You can use the trigger pads to trigger single notes or whole chords and to switch between FlexPhraser or arpeggiator variations.
Options Page
Managing Your Sounds
If you are using the version of HALion Sonic SE that is part of a Steinberg DAW, the sounds that come with the program are available in the form of programs, layers, and multis.
About Programs, Layers, and Multis
Loading Programs
HALion Sonic SE can load the program content that comes with Steinberg’s DAWs and VST Sound Instrument Sets, as well as any compatible user content created with HALion 6.
Slot Rack
The Slot Rack has 16 slots. Each slot can hold a program, that is, you can work with 16 programs at the same time.
Managing and Loading Files
You can use the MediaBay to manage, navigate to, and load different file types.
Editing Programs
You can make settings for the programs and their layers on the Edit page.
Editing the Factory Content
Which content is available for HALion Sonic SE depends on which Steinberg DAW you are using. However, even though the available programs and layers may differ between versions, they use the same macro page.
Included Instruments
Depending on the Steinberg DAW that you are using, you can find additional instrument content that was created using two instruments: Trip, a virtual analog synth, and Flux, a wavetable synth.
Trip
Trip is a virtual analog synth that comes with three oscillators, a sub oscillator, a ring modulator, and a noise generator.
Flux
Flux is a wavetable synth that uses HALion’s wavetable synthesis. It provides two main wavetable oscillators, a classical sub oscillator, and a flexible noise generator.
Automation Page
All assigned automation parameters are shown on the Automation page.
Setting Up Automation
MIDI Page
The MIDI page gives you access to the MIDI slot parameters of HALion Sonic SE.
MIDI Controllers
You can assign the parameters volume, pan, mute, solo, send FX 1–4, and the quick controls of each slot to a MIDI controller. In addition to the slot parameters, you can also assign the parameters of the AUX FX and most of the edit parameters.
Mix Page
The Mix page gives you access to the audio parameters of HALion Sonic SE. This comprises the level and pan settings, as well as the AUX effect sends and the output selector. To monitor the output levels, each slot also features a level meter.
Effect Handling
Library Manager
HALion Sonic SE’s Library Manager allows you to register and to manage libraries that have been created with HALion 6 and newer. It also displays all libraries that were created earlier and therefore were installed with a classic installer.
Library Manager Editor
All libraries are displayed in the Library Manager, either on the Managed or the Installed tab. For each library, an icon, the name, the manufacturer, as well as its total file size are shown.
Making Preferences Settings
You can configure the standalone version of HALion Sonic SE in the Plug-In Preferences dialog.
Preferences Dialog
The Plug-In Preferences dialog has several pages on which you can make settings.
Selecting the MIDI Input and the Audio Output
Scratch Pad
The scratch pad allows you to record and play back MIDI files in Standard MIDI File format. You can load existing MIDI files and you can record your own files and save them.
Loading a MIDI File
You can load MIDI files in Standard MIDI File format (file name extension .mid).
Saving a MIDI File
Master Volume