Press Release from Steinberg
Steinberg has today announced a
new, playback-only version of its famed 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. Capable of playing any HSB, FXP or
FXB files created for HALion 3, HALion Player offers an affordable, high
quality sample content playback module for VST, DXi and AU.
HALion Player provides a low-cost yet high-quality way of playing any of
the hundreds of commercially available HALion libraries, including
samples by some of the finest content creators in the industry, such as
Scarbee, Garritan, Wizoo, the Vienna Symphonic Library and many more.
With an SRP of only €89.00*, HALion Player includes the full HALion 3
sound library, consisting of a broad selection of highest quality instrument
and drum sounds, and utilizes the award-winning, 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 advanced 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 pristine 32-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
€89.00* from February 2005. HALion Player customers will be able to
upgrade to HALion 3.1 for only €299.00*.