MESSE06: Steinberg Announces HALion Symphonic Orchestra

New integrated orchestral library and player gives easy access to full symphony orchestra      29/03/06
MESSE06: Steinberg Announces HALion Symphonic Orchestra


Steinberg Media Technologies has announced a new symphonic VST instrument and library: HALion Symphonic Orchestra.
A 27GB library, integrated easy-to-use player, RealAmbience adjustable recorded reverb and range of playability features combine to form a new orchestral composition and production tool.
Helge Vogt, Steinberg’s Product Manager for Virtual Instruments told us, “HALion Symphonic Orchestra is without doubt one of the best-sounding and most playable instruments of its kind. We’ve paid a lot of attention to making these exquisitely detailed instruments and articulations easy to find, parameters easy to tweak and the interface easy to navigate. This product doesn’t just offer top- quality content, but unlike most competing products, it makes those instruments really playable.�
Played by a leading European orchestra, the expansive 27GB HSO library encompasses a vast array of articulations for strings, woodwind, brass and percussion including crescendo, decrescendo, accents, half and whole tone thrills, bowing (where applicable), portamento, pizzicato, expressivo and many more. 1250 programs offer solo, ensemble and tutti sounds for almost every instrument, with innovatively programmed facilities like key-switches and crossfades providing easy use of complex sample groups.
An innovative feature first developed for HALion String Edition 2, RealAmbience adds the real reverb tails of the included instruments which were recorded live after the instrument stopped playing. The RealAmbience control dynamically and discretely blends in these additional samples as desired, recreating a genuine concert hall inside modern computer-based production environments.
HSO includes a range of performance optimization features from Steinberg’s award-winning HALion 3 sampler, including the advanced disk streaming system and RAMSave technology, which allows unneeded samples to be unloaded from RAM, further saving precious system resources. To offer users a direct choice between top quality and player performance every one of the 15,000 unique samples is included in both 24-bit and 16-bit versions. Many of the HSO programs are also included as ECO versions, for even further optimized performance.
Supported Formats
Supporting VST, DXi, AU as well as ReWire for easy integration into Pro Tools®, HALion Symphonic Orchestra also offers a stand-alone mode capable of playing out to multiple outputs.
Price and availability
HALion Symphonic Orchestra will be available in the second quarter of 2006 for €499.00*. (*SRP includes 16% German VAT. Prices subject to regional variations.)
Existing HALion String Edition customers can upgrade to the new HALion Symphonic Orchestra, while owners of any competing orchestral sample product can make use of Steinberg’s trade-in offer which they tell us is very attractively priced.
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