HALion Sonic SE 3 and HALion 6 Trial

Hi all,

HALion Sonic SE 3 and the trial of HALion 6 (including HALion Sonic 3) will be released in the first week of April.

You won’t need a dongle to run SE 3 nor the H6 trial and both will be available free of charge on our website. The trial will have all features and libraries of the full version and will require a 30GB download.

If you already have HALion 5 installed and you want to try HALion 6, please keep in mind that the HALion 6 trial will be installed over your HALion 5 installation. Your HALion 5 license won’t be replaced, but the application will. After the trial period has ended and have to re-install HALion 5 (or use a backup) if you decide not to purchase the HALion 6 license. If you want to use HALion 6 permanently, you can just purchase the update or full version in our online shop and then enter the activation code in the eLicenser Control Center. There is no need to download the 30GB again.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Thanks Matthias

Could you give details on how we keep our Halion 5 license and what is the best way to backup Halion 5 before installing the trial?



your H5 license won’t be affected by the trial. The H6 trial will just be placed next it in the eLicenser.

If you are working intensively with customs tags and ratings in the HALion MediaBay, you could backup the mediabay3.db file. After the trial period has ended you should remove HALion 6 from your system and re-install HALion 5 and then copy the mediabay3.db file back in the HALion folder.

Many thanks.

Hi all,

the trial version is now online!

HALion Sonic SE 3 is also available for download:

Just installed the Halion Sonic SE 3.
I’m very happy it’s finally out.

Two questions if I may:

Do I need to use the activation code?
Seems to run quite happily without it, probably seeing the Cubase 9 license. Even as standalone.

In Cubase mediabay, the thumbnail pictures for user created libraries appear under Halion 6 and Halion Sonic instruments only, even though they were created as HSSE libraries. They do load and work correctly in HSSE. Will this be fixed with a Cubase update?
Or does it mean the user library is faulty?

Yes, the SE 3 is covered by Cubase Pro 9.

I will check with the MediaBay team and let you know.

Does HALion Sonic SE 3 replace SE 2 on install? Or do they run as separate plugins?

Yes, but think of SE3 as an upgrade of SE2; projects that were created with SE2 will load SE3 instead and will sound exactly the same, at least, that has been my experience.

You’ll see one plugin listed called HALion Sonic SE and it’s version will be 3.

Why do I have to subscribe to a spam list only to get a free download for a licence that is covered in my Cubase licence ?

This download is obviously intended for people who don’t have Cubase. Future free Cubase updates should already come with HS SE 3.

They need your email to create a MySteinberg account in case you don’t have one. If you do, just use that email and the download link will be sent straight to your inbox.

Nonetheless I have to check the box that I am willing to get spammail and i don’t want that Ind I am fairly sure that such practices are forbidden in the EU

You are getting a top-class VSTi for free, and all that is asked is that you register the same way all other Steinberg customers do. You can easily opt out of the newsletter (sent infrequently) which is nevertheless one of the best ways to stay informed about Steinberg products. We all know what spam is, but I personally have never received any email from Steinberg that I would classify as spam.

While I feel just as strongly about giving up any personal information, there has to be some exchange of communication to do business at all; for example, you gave an email address in order to join this forum in the first place. If you feel it is illegal, then you should reference what law you feel is being broken and I’m sure Steinberg would be very interested to address any such issues.

Finally, I think Steinberg’s approach overall is fairly balanced, certainly compared to companies who, for example, require one to sign up to Facebook (and “like” them!) in order to enter a competition.

Hello, I’m new on the forum. I have a problem with Halion Sonic SE 3 on Cubase Elements 10. I have to import a .fxp file on Halion but I dont’t see the “import” function both on Halion and Mediabay. I also tried to drag the file on both 2 but they didn’t allow me to drag it. Have you gota solution for this problem? Thank you so much for your help


I know what I am about to share is totally different than original topic, though, …
I am not able to view the MGuitar sounds in Dorico 3.5, using Halion SE 3 = 3.4 (New version).

Is it due to the directories or something else ? Wish I could download the pics from the program.
Maybe in a few days.
Here’ s my post from another area on the 'net:

I did a post last week about the MGuitar sounds. Tonight I followed all the steps and now realized, … it seems to be for Cubase, though shows up on the Dorico / HALion list also.
Do I need to White list it within Dorico (3.5)
I did go back into Dorico, and MGuitar does not show up after downloading and running the expander program for the sounds.

(below shows the MGuitar plugin-under the HALion sounds).

Thanks for reading; hope to hear back this year. :~)

K. Kennard

Hi I purchased cubase pro 11, first time user, is halion included or do I have to buy it separately, thanks

Halion Sonic SE3 is included.

If you want Halion 6 or Halion Sonic 3 then you need to buy those separately.

Okay thanks

Hi so when I downloaded cubase pro 11 I didn’t get the the Halion Sonic SE3 that’s included, what can do? Uninstall then reinstall?

Did you download and install Halion Sonic SE3?

Was it a new Cubase installation?

Steinberg download assistant should give you several items to download when you select Cubase 11. The Cubase application itself, several content sets and also instruments like Halion Sonic SE, Retrologue, Padshop, Groove Agent SE.