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HALion 5 - From Scratch to Patch

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  • Starting a New Patch 7:33

    Starting a New Patch

    Mark gives an introduction to HALion and shows some of the fundamentals of creating a ‘HALion’ program and how the elements of the program combine to construct the finished patch. Also, see how to create a new program ready to add various elements, such as a zone, to the patch.

  • Choosing a Zone Type 5:00

    Choosing a Zone Type

    Learn how to choose and utilize different types of ‘zone’ such as a ‘synth’ zone and rate a saved multi-program and vst preset for easier searching later.

  • Developing the Zone 5:43

    Developing the Zone

    See how to develop the chosen zone type by adjusting various ‘Halion’ editors, in particular by looking at using oscillators and the synth zone envelope editor.

  • Adapting Various Editors 7:18

    Adapting Various Editors

    Continuing the look at the various editors in the previous tutorial, here discover how to use multiple oscillators, including ‘noise’, to further adapt an individual synth zone. Additionally, filter adjustment is looked at too.

  • Adding Effects 5:44

    Adding Effects

    Watch how to embellish the edited synth zone by adding an extra ‘Bus’ effect and how to adapt an employed reverb effect. Also, see how to ‘save’ and ‘reload’ your specific effect adjustments.

  • Multiple Effects 6:12

    Multiple Effects

    Watch how to integrate and combine multiple effects to help make the overall sound of the synth zone sound more complex. Also, see how to enhance the synth zone by using the Voice Control editor.

  • Doubling Zones 4:18

    Doubling Zones

    See how to create richer sounds by doubling up ‘zones’ and, with the new synth ‘zone’, learn how to alter the pitch and create ‘sync’ effects using the Voice Control editor. Also, see how to use the Envelope editor to alter the ADSR of the raw sound.

  • Incorporating Layers 6:45

    Incorporating Layers

    Learn how to use Layers so that distinct ‘zones’ can be individually affected by the use of effects. See also how to use the Modulation Matrix to control various oscillators.

  • Including Samples 5:06

    Including Samples

    Watch the process of integrating a ‘sample’ zone – with a related audio sample - into a multi-patch to enhance existing ‘synth’ zones. See also the ramifications of using audio samples when a loop area is not set.

  • Adapting Samples 7:16

    Adapting Samples

    By using ‘HALion’s’ loop function in combination with Steinberg’s Wavelab, see how to adapt a sample so that an internal area within it continuously loops to allow for sustained playback of finite audio files.

  • Granular Synthesis 6:14

    Granular Synthesis

    Learn how to integrate an existing ‘Halion’ Granular Synth multi-program preset and, subsequently, strip it down so that it can be used in your own multi-program.

  • Using Instruments 2:50

    Using Instruments

    Watch how to reinforce the sound of the multi-program built in this course by including the ‘HALion’ instrument ‘Haliotron’.

Product Overview


HALion 5 is the latest and greatest virtual sampling instrument from Steinberg, allowing for deep, complex patch and sound creation. Let Steinberg guru Mark Struthers take you on a trip to planet HALion, where you'll learn how to wrap your mind around HALion 5's design and make a killer patch from scratch!

Mark starts with a lesson on creating your first HALion patch, and demystifies the elements used to construct the finished patch. Then Mark shows you how to "zone out", choosing from the different available zone types and then developing them further using oscillators and synth envelopes.

Next, Mark gives a deeper look into the HALion editors, additional oscillators such as noise and further filter adjustments. Adding effects is then explored, including how create effect busses, manage effect presets, combining multiple effects, doubling zones for richer sounds, using layers, the Modulation Matrix and more.

Wrapping up your HALion journey, Mark explains how to adapt samples so that an area within them continuously loops to allow for sustained playback, as well as how to integrate an existing 'HALion' Granular Synth preset and strip it down so that it can be used in your own multi-program.

If you're new to HALion 5 and want to make your own sounds and presets, this is the series to watch. Check out "HALion 5 - From Scratch to Patch" today.


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