Steinberg HALion Symphonic Orchestra puts the awesome emotive power and sheer sonic majesty of a full symphonic orchestra under your total control. Evocative scores, exquisite arrangements, emotive ac... Click To Read More About This Product
Steinberg HALion Symphonic Orchestra puts the awesome emotive power and sheer sonic majesty of a full symphonic orchestra under your total control. Evocative scores, exquisite arrangements, emotive accompaniments: HSO is the ideal, cost effective virtual symphony orchestra for composition, production, and preproduction in music, TV, film scoring, and game sound.
The luxuriously extensive digital content provided on HALion software's 3 double layer DVDs spans over 1200 instruments recorded in the very highest fidelity using top-of-the-range equipment. Capturing every nuance and detail of a full palette and dynamic range of strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, the massive 27GB library includes an almost inexhaustible range of articulations and expressive playing techniques. The vast HSO library is so versatile that the HALion Symphonic Orchestra sounds just as great in an R&B production as it is in a baroque chamber piece.
HSO offers over 15000 samples, each in both 16-bit and 24-bit versions (27GB total), and organized in more than 45 groups and 1250 programs of solo, tutti, and ensemble instrument sounds in various playing styles and articulations. The wide selection of playing techniques allows full control over a range of articulations including crescendo, decrescendo, accents, half- and whole-tone trills, bowing, portamento, pizzicato, and expressivo by using innovatively programmed facilities like key-switches, crossfades among others.
The content for HALion Symphonic Orchestra was painstakingly recorded in 24-bit using top-grade equipment to ensure the highest sonic fidelity, and was performed by one of Europe's leading orchestras under the direction of Claudius Brüse. HALion Symphonic Orchestra provides a full, richly detailed orchestra with its full range of vibrant, evocative sounds, instruments, and textures. The wealth of recording expertise of Claudius' team is reflected in the accuracy of the reproduction of these exquisite instruments with a breathtaking transparency — right down to the finest detail. Thanks to its outstanding sound quality, realism, and expressiveness, HALion Symphonic Orchestra is the virtual instrument of choice if you want maximum orchestral output with a single computer system.
Keeping the instrument easy to use was a top priority throughout the HALion Symphonic Orchestra development process. It puts all the important playing techniques and articulations at the your disposal without overwhelming with too many parameters and options. All of the 1250 programs are clearly organized in detailed categories and make finding the right sound as easy as possible thanks to the well-thought-out library structure and the ability to access any sound within a maximum of 2 mouse clicks.
The single-window interface lets you tweak their sounds quickly and intuitively. Each program features 8 predefined Sound Edit knobs which offer control over the most important sound-shaping parameters like the Body & Air controls to easily add warmth, presence, and richness. Key-switching allows for quick and easy changing of articulations in real time by using specially assigned keys below the usual playing range.
The unique Crescendo Controller feature allows users to seamlessly blend samples of a note that is already playing between different dynamic characteristics in real time with a configurable controller. This avoids cumbersome operations required in other orchestral libraries such as having to load different articulation programs across several MIDI channels and setting up complicated keyboard splits for being able to trigger them. A range of flexible tools such as the definable crescendo Controller, the key-switches, crossfades, and cross-switches make this instrument as expressive as it is joyful to use.
Low resource use
The advanced disk-streaming mode and efficient CPU performance both help the composer to effectively focus on composing rather than technology. Under the hood, HALion Symphonic Orchestra is highly optimized for exceedingly efficient computer resource use. The included special economy versions of many programs can further reduce demands on the computer's resources, freeing up power for other processing tasks. In addition to the immaculate 24-bit sound set, every single sample and program is included as 16-bit variant for ultimate user flexibility and choice between computer performance and highest audio fidelity.
HALion Symphonic Orchestra includes Steinberg's RAMSave technology, first seen in Steinberg's HALion 3 virtual sampler. It allows for highly efficient use of the host computer's RAM. RAMSave allows the freezing of the instrument and automatic unloading of unneeded samples from memory, resulting in low RAM usage and faster project load and save times.
The RealAmbience feature offers true recorded ambience that can be perfectly blended into any mix or production. Using no artificial reverb, RealAmbience builds extraordinarily convincing environments such as from concert halls to smaller, more intimate sound stages—with fully adjustable ambience time and wet/dry balance.
HSO connects to everything
HALion Symphonic Orchestra supports all major plug-in formats such as VST, DXi, and AU. ReWire support offers easy integration into Pro Tools. Also included is a multi-out capable standalone version for using HSO without a host application.
HALion Symphonic Orchestra suits almost any musical style — from classical to contemporary — and captures the full emotive power of an entire orchestra, making it a fascinatingly rich and versatile orchestral library that sounds just as powerful and emotive in the context of a movie as in a dance music production. While the huge HSO library has been painstakingly constructed to form a uniquely playable virtual orchestra, the individual sounds can also be quickly adjusted to let them sit even better in a mix. Individual sections blend perfectly to create that silky, crystal clear, and detailed sound that only a top orchestra can produce.
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Ok, this product is actually pretty decent to be honest. The sounds are good in my opinion, and with a little tweaking and articulation, you can definitely get some real sounding instruments. But the reason I give it three stars is because I think it's way overpriced. I owned this before I owned East West's Symphonic Orchestra and EWSO is much better for the price. One problem I have with this program is that it is not 64-bit compatible which restricts the amount of RAM used (hopefully this will change in the future). If Steinberg lowers the price on this software then it would probably be a good deal, especially for someone looking to make realistic sounds on a budget, but if you are looking to spend this amount of money, just buy the East West products.
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