I just bought Cubase 7.5 and Halion 5. I’m installing on a MacPro. Should I install Halion Sonic2 and it’s content as part of the Cubase installation, or just skip it and install the full Halion 5. I want to have all the content available. (Not sure if all of the Halion Sonic2 content is included in the full Halion install or not.) Thanks.
I can’t remember if the HALion 5 installer includes the HS2 content but if you just install both, you will be sure to have all the content. If you don’t want the HS2 Instrument, you can uninstall it independently from the content.
The Cubase dvd’s have Halion SE2 content which is compleletly different from the Halion 5/Halion Sonic2 content.
Since the Halion Sonic SE engine (part of the cubase package) is a smaller brother from Halion 5, the content is included in the content available to the bigger members of the family. So you will see 3 different synths when everything is installed properly:
- Halion 5
- Halion Sonic 2 (comes bundled with Halion 5)
- Halion Sonic SE2
The combination of Cubase + Halion 5 gives you the following content in the Halion 5 browser:
- Halion 4 content
- Halion Sonic Factory content
- Halion SE2 Pro
- Halion SE2 Artist/hybrid
- Halion SE2 Basic
In halion Sonic SE2 you will only see the Halion SE2 content.
In halion Sonic 2 you will have the content of Halion Sonic SE2 and Halion Sonic Factory content.
WHen editing in Halion 5 and Halion Sonic 2, best remember that the Halion Sonic SE2 content is copy protected. So you do not see anything below the macro pages. This is a bit confusing when going through things the first time.
Have fun !