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SWA Masterclass HALion 6

By Walter Hunnicutt

$49.95

HALion 6 Masterclass tutorial provides you with nearly 3 hours of training that covers HALion 6 from start to finish. HALion is Steinberg’s flagship sampling workstation, but its capabilities go far beyond the typical sampler.

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The most comprehensive HALion tutorial

HALion 6 comes with an entire rack full of VST instruments covering all of the major types of synthesis as well as several more exotic methods. This includes the new Anima and Skylab synths which are granular and wave-table machines.

But all of this power and flexibility invariably brings complexity. In our Masterclass HALion tutorial  simplifies the material into logical chunks, covering the fundamentals and breaking through the “vocabulary barrier” and showing you step by step how the system works.

From the fundamentals of synthesis, through sampling and all the way to creating your own instrument and control panel to packaging and distributing your sound to the wider world.

Chapter 1. “Introduction and Structure” provides a brief history of the instrument and breaks down its default screen into easy to follow functional areas. We cover terms and conventions unique to HALion (even within the world of Steinberg) and explain the fundamental signal flow and workflow.

Chapter 2. “The User Interface” looks at the basic blocking-and-tackling of navigating the user interface (which can be as challenging as the HAL-9000 for which this VST is named!)

Chapter 3. “Working With Presets” uses the factory content to introduce the basic structure of a program tree and all its associated components. We look at how to locate, activate and use all of the sound-sculpting tools in the 26 editors and how to navigate between layers and nested-layers in the program tree to locate exactly what component you want to change, add or delete.

Chapters 4 and 5 “Build” start with an initialized, completely empty instance of HALion and walk you through the basic moves required to create your own sound from scratch using each of the zone types except sampling.

Chapter 6 ~ 8 “Sampling” gets its own chapter. We look at the routing configuration and channel set up required to create an audio feed directly to HALion. We also explore how use HALion to sample other VST instruments using the side-chain feature. We explore both the manual and automatic sampling and mapping options and even create a virtual acoustic guitar by sampling one in real time using the automatic features. Then apply flex-phrasing and mapping to give it an organic feel.

Chapter 7 “Working With Macros” covers how to create a custom control panel for your sounds using your own artwork and your own custom mapping to allow you to transform your unique sounds into VST Instruments. We conclude by walking through the Library Manager utility to package your new instrument into a VST Sound file for collaboration, distribution or even sale!

1 review for SWA Masterclass HALion 6

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    napier3 (verified owner)

    Walter Hunnicutt is a fantastic instructor. His Cubase courses are the best out there inasmuch as they are succinct, focus on useful, real world application, and are immensely helpful. This Halion course is the same. I’ve looked at a number of them from different providers and they either deep dive into the interesting but less useful esoteric side of things, or skim over essential info. Walter strikes a really nice balance between what you need to know to get things done, and what’s nice to know so you can go exploring. I only wish it were a bit longer…maybe there will be a “Halion Advanced” course at some point… 🙂

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Walter Hunnicutt

Walter has played piano since childhood, studying jazz and composition in college. He began recording professionally in 1986 and has worked on numerous albums and CDs over the years as well as creating and producing music for film and television. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin.

He and his wife Donna Hanson are partners in Combined Minds Media, LLC located in the central United States and specialize in the production of training courses for the music and aerospace industries.

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