Yes, you don’t have to do anything else once you install Cubase 6, just leave your C5 installed and C6 will find H1 (no need to install it again from the H1 disc that comes with C6). People without an already installed H1 (e.g. from C4 or C5) can optionally install it from the disc that comes with C6 – handy also for those building a new system and wanting backwards compatibility.
Now this is the hard question! I compared a project that used 4 H1 instrument tracks and one Embracer with the same project using 4 MIDI tracks into one HSSE, and one Embracer. The patches are the S90ES piano, Music Man fingered bass, Stereo GM kit and the “Lovely Ensemble”. The latter seems to have been tweaked a bit, but overall I can’t say the difference jumps out at me – at least not with that small selection of instruments. Nevertheless the S90ES piano alone is worth the entire H1/HSSE
As for CPU usage, both versions are very low on the ASIO meter, so it’s really hard to tell … I’ll look for a better test with more tracks. First impressions though are that the HSSE version is harder on CPU, however this must be offset by the fact that the HSSE patches all have their own reverbs etc., so I’ll be turning these off, using multiple audio outs from HSSE and then doing sends from the mixer to one or two reverbs instead, at which point I’d expect less CPU hit.
My experience too. It seems you can’t change patches in a project that used H1 … I assume this is to encourage users to migrate projects to HSSE. I don’t mind, I want to do that anyway … a multi-timbral HSSE is way better than multiple H1 instrument tracks any day!
I had the same problem following an upgrade from C4 to C6 so I copied the presets from:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\Cubase 4\VST3 Presets\Steinberg Media Technologies\HALionOne
C:\ProgramData\VST3 Presets\Steinberg Media Technologies\HALionOne
which resulted in HalionOne in C6 showing all presets. I’m not sure if the “problem” is by design or just that HalionOne in C6 isn’t looking in the right place for the presets, perhaps it would be different on a clean install.
I did the same thing on the OSX platform…except I only copied over the HALionOne folder. That’s because dragging the entire VST3 Presets folder doubled up listings in everything else. I’m posting this because the pathways are a little different on the Mac platform.
This is what I did:
Applications/Cubase 5/Contents/VST3 Presets…copying the VST3 Presets folder to:
Then I opened the copied VST3 Presets\Steinberg Media Technologies (Applications/Cubase 6/Contents) pathway and deleting everything but the HALionOne folder.
My HAlionOne preset count then jumped from 41 to over 700.