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HALion 4 - Getting Started

HALion 4 is the newest incarnation of Steinberg's powerful VST sampler. In this series, Steinberg guru Mark Struthers shows you how to get this powerful sampler up and running, as well as coverage of its features and functions.

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First Look 11m:08s

Set up preferences including input and output routing, key commands and discover differences between the standalone version and the plug-in version.


The Scratch Pad 8m:20s

Discover how to use the Halion 4 scratch pad to rehearse and record ideas prior to incorporating them into a project as a MIDI file.


Screen Sets 5m:15s

See how to adapt the ostensibly complex UI and save the result as a screen set ready to be implemented at a later date.


Exploring the Halion UI 3m:20s

Here you'll take a further look at the complex Halion 4 user interface prior to analyzing and deconstructing a Multi to get a good idea how they are created.


Analyzing Multi Programs 6m:52s

By exploring how an existing Multi is constructed to build a complex and professional sound, you'll be able to see how to create your own.


Importing & Integrating Samples 8m:53s

Extending your knowledge of preset Multis, here you'll see how to import audio samples to run alongside synthesized sound to create richer and complex sounds. Additionally, you'll see how the integrated media bay allows for easy searching and accessing of sounds.


How Halion Creates Sound 3m:36s

Learn how Halion 4 is much more than an audio sampler by taking in detailed information about synthesized audio creation.


Editing Samples 10m:05s

See how to easily manipulate audio samples, or zones in Halion terminology, to become more creative.


Further & External Editing 3m:35s

Discover how to manipulate the length and playback of audio samples using the integrated looping functions while also being introduced to editing audio externally.


Mapping & Effects 7m:50s

See how to add to a Multi by adding further audio samples and map them across a specific key range prior to editing in an audio editor, such as Steinberg's Wavelab.

Mark Struthers

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

Having a father with a recording studio and having played guitar since being a 14 year old kid, I quickly got into recording. But, the purchase of a Tascam 244 Portastudio was a breakthrough in realizing what I wanted to do.

2. What training have you had?

I taught myself to play guitar and keyboards and found it a remarkably calming and mathematical experience learning the rules of intervals within a scale and how they can take you to any chord.

3. When did you get into recording?

The purchase of the cassette based Tascam 244 lasted a fair few years until I moved up to a Roland VS880 which then linked in to building a purpose built commercial multimedia studio around 15 years ago mainly running Steinberg and Adobe software.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Thankfully, nobody famous enough to have an ego. Instead 100's of happy Joe Public clients.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

My degree is in English and Teaching and I was a grammar school teacher for over 10 years before changing direction and working solely from my studio. recording music and filming for clients.

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