For start I’m telling you that I’m not a big fan of Halion (the full-version sampler), since I have too much invested in Kontakt, literally and figuratively. That doesn’t mean Halion is bad, just redundant for me. So, I would not spend $350 on Halion, but I was lucky I bought a Halion Sonic SE to Halion Sonic upgrade when it was on sale for $99 years ago and I thought, what the heck, with another $99 I’m getting Halion Sonic 2, which is supposedly much better than the SE version I just got with Cubase 7.5.
Well, for $99, I believe it was TOTALLY worth it. Halion Sonic 2 is a MUCH MORE CAPABLE instrument compared to its predecessor, and even more compared to the SE version you get with Cubase 7.5 at no extra expense (which is really a little more than a demo…) While I don’t care much for its real-world instrument emulation, the creative possibilities are quite intriguing and I’m definitely having fun with my new toy.
Now, would I have bought it for $249? Probably not.
What do you think? Personally, I believe that Steinberg should offer Halion Sonic 2 for $99 to every Cubase 7.5 registered user. I’m pretty sure many would buy it.