Steinberg has announced a new update for its HALion Symphonic Orchestra
VST instrument that provides support for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, as well as new 'light' programs for customers using 32-bit versions of Windows. HALion Symphonic Orchestra is the latest Steinberg product to be made available in a 64-bit version, coming after the release of Cubase 5 for 64-bit Vista. Cubase 5 and HALion Symphonic Orchestra fully support VST Expressions, a new technology that offers dramatically enhanced handling of large sample libraries.
Helge Vogt, Steinberg's Marketing Manager for Cubase and HALion, told us, "Producers and composers using Cubase 5 and HALion Symphonic Orchestra 1.5 together will fully benefit from all the advantages a 64-bit environment has to offer. The huge increases in the amount of addressable memory space in 64-bit systems mean that many more instruments and articulations can now be used simultaneously, freeing up more creative potential. And with the new VST Expression technology in Cubase 5, all those articulations can now be used much more productively and intuitively. This can potentially revolutionize the way that large orchestral libraries like HALion Symphonic Orchestra are used in a creative context."
The update also includes a new soundbank featuring 'light' versions of each instrument. Specially engineered to use less memory than the full versions, it allows customers running 32-bit systems to employ even more articulations and instruments.
Cubase 5 includes a 90-day trial version of HALion Symphonic Orchestra 16-bit Special Edition, which Cubase 5 owners can upgrade to the full 16-bit version for â‚¬99.00 in the Steinberg Online Shop.
Pricing and Availability:
The update to HALion Symphonic Orchestra 1.5 is now available as a download to all registered owners of HALion Symphonic Orchestra, including customers with the 16-bit Special Edition, at the Steinberg website.