MIDI remote capabilities enhanced, Sound Categories refined 10/03/05
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HALion 3.1 sports several new features as well as numerous enhancements, and
is available now for all registered users via download at ftp.steinberg.net.
A new feature already seen in Steinberg's HALion Player product is
Q-Controls. These user-definable controls offer lightning fast access to up
to eight parameters directly on the Macro-page or in an extra, floating
window. Individually adaptable for each and every loaded program in HALion
3.1, Q-Controls also automatically switch to their assigned parameters when
a new program is selected. Many new libraries by renowned content creators
have already been engineered to include predefined Q-Controls best suited to
shaping each specific instrument. User-defined Q-Controls settings are saved
with each HALion program or bank, and can also be recalled as a preset.
This new system is integrated with another new feature: the HALion MIDI
Learn mode. Allowing lightning fast assigning of MIDI controllers to almost
any sound-forming parameters within HALion, the MIDI Learn function in
HALion 3.1 allows MIDI CC data to be instantly "learned" (automatically
assigned) to any of the eight Q-Controls. This allows quick and easy
integration of MIDI controller hardware to make using the Q-Controls more
direct and tangible.
The unique Sound Categories system introduced with HALion 3.0 has been
refined to offer more categories, including individual drum instruments such
as snares, cymbals, kicks and high hats. With HALion 3.1, HSB content is
also automatically sorted into the appropriate categories which are
displayed as individual coloured folders in the Browser windows.
Also new to HALion 3.1 are ReWire compatibility as a standalone application,
offering users of ReWire host applications such as Pro Tools® all the
advantages of the HALion sampler platform. HALion 3.1 also sees the
introduction of a new advanced disk streaming mode, further improving the
disk streaming performance available.
Price and availability The update to HALion 3.1 is now available as a
download from the Steinberg website.