I want to start by saying I am extremely pleased with Halion 4 thus far. Getting around to assigning automation this morning was a blast, however, I have run into 2 main short comings, both dealing with the same issue. The visualization/feedback of automation is horrid, practically non existent. Allow me to explain.
1.) The info line does not display automation information in the format/reading that would be expected from said parameter. The info line gives a generic 0-100, not ms, note values, db etc. If I am automating a sync’d rate change, I expect the info line to tell me which note value I am editing. If want to jump from 1/4, to 1/8, to 1/16 etc, this is what I expect to see in the infoline, not 0-20-60 etc which have absolutely no meaning on what I am editing. So much time is wasted trying to decrypt what the info line value is in relation to what I am editing. I am constantly changing the values in the info line and having to go by ear as to what I ‘think’ it should be as I don’t have proper feedback.
This leads me to my next issue.
2.) The knobs etc of Halion 4 do not change or chase in relation to the automation. I tried to get around problem 1 by trying to get a visual feedback of the values in Halion 4 while they were occuring during playback. Nope. Not going to happen. If I automate a filter cutoff, the cutoff knob of Halion 4 sits there as decoration. It does not turn in relation to the automation taking place. I could leave the cutoff knob reading 800hz, automate a filter cutoff opening to 20khz and at the 20khz point the knob is still reading 800hz .
These two should seriously be considered to be addressed in a future update. This makes automation in Halion a real chore, especially with so many parameters able to be automated it is a real time waster the way it is currently implemented or lack there of. I know the above two are possible as many of my other plugins have both proper info line read back of what is going on parameter wise as well as have the knobs, buttons, faders etc chase/display what is going on during the reading back of automation.
Keep up the great work Steinberg, Halion 4 is fantastic but I feel there is some work yet to be done on it before it can be truly user friendly and fun to use.