Steinberg - Hypersonic 2

Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today announced that Hypersonic 2, the long-awaited update to its successful Hypersonic music workstation product, will be available soon. Featuring 1.7 GB of top-quality sounds, 1800 factory presets, four sound generation engines as well as excellent resource efficiency, Hypersonic 2 will be available in November 2005.

“This update extends the strengths of the Hypersonic concept considerably by adding even more quality sounds and more creative potential while still being exceedingly resource-efficient,” comments Helge Vogt, Steinberg’s Product Manager for Virtual Instruments. “Hypersonic 2 should prove a great asset to musicians, composers and producers who are looking for an all-round musical content and sound source that is easy to use and allows the free flow of musical ideas while playing and composing,” Vogt adds.

Combining the best of Steinberg’s sound generation technology with top-rate sample content, Hypersonic 2 features not only a 1.7 GB huge sound library but also four specially engineered synthesizer engines. Over 1800 factory presets offer a massive range of first-class sounds that cover the full range of modern and classical instruments and sound sources including pianos and keyboards, strings and wind instruments, drums and percussion, guitars and basses, drum loops, sound FX and much, much more.

Hypersonic 2 has been engineered to run at maximum CPU efficiency, and features a unique, lossless playback engine that provides significant performance advantages. Up to 1024-voice polyphony across a maximum of 32 outputs is available per instance, with further “under-the-hood” enhancements providing very low CPU load, RAM usage and patch loading times.

Hypersonic 2 also incorporates a range of features to aid swift editing over the enormous range of sounds included. The mixer panel provides full control for panning, output channel and FX levels per patch, while the new patch editor allows speedy access to every sound-shaping parameter. Hyperphrase – a new polyphonic arpeggiator with MIDI file import – is also included, further extending the creative options available. Hypersonic 2 also features the successful HyperKnobs editing concept first seen in Hypersonic 1, offering tailored controls for each patch that allow quick, effective sound tweaking for the most important parameters.

Hypersonic 2 also includes exciting new features for live keyboarders using its immense sonic palette on stage. A new live play mode allows the dynamic loading of patch sets into memory whilst another set is being played. Because the patch change can be triggered with any MIDI controller such as the Mod Wheel or any key, keyboarders playing Hypersonic 2 live can swiftly and dynamically integrate new sounds directly into their performance without even having to look at the computer screen.

Hypersonic 2 is ready for Windows XP and Mac OSX, and supports the VST, DXi and AU standards; ReWire support allows easy integration into Pro Tools® software. A standalone version is also provided.

Hypersonic 2 - The Ultimate Virtual Music Workstation

Hypersonic 2 is Steinberg’s multi-purpose music workstation that not only offers thousands of top class sounds, but is incredibly CPU and RAM efficient. Four powerful synthesis engines, 1.7 GB of top quality sounds, 1800 stunning factory presets: that’s an almost overwhelming array of sounds, effects and instruments ready for use in just about any musical style or sound design application. And thanks to the unique and proprietary sample optimization technology, each instance is exceedingly efficient with computer resources, with each instance offering up to 1024-voice polyphony across 32 stereo outputs. Hypersonic 2 is also startlingly easy to use – instant access to crucial parameters for each individual patch means a smooth, efficient and creative workflow. Hypersonic 2: that’s state-of-the-art music creation at your fingertips.

Hypersonic 2 Main Features

* Four high quality sound generation engines – sample playback, analog synthesis, FM Synthesis and Wavetable Synthesis
* 1800 factory patches + 100 Combis + 135 Drum & Percussion Kits + 111 Drum Loops
* 1,7 GB finest sample content total Hypersonic 2 sound palette covers any musical style in top quality – be it pop, classic, dance, hiphop, rock or even country music
* General MIDI Hypermodule GM4 included, playback any General MIDI file
* Excellent performance: 1024 voices polyphony, 32 stereo outputs, 16 MIDI channels (per instance)
* Hyperphrase (polyphonic arpeggiator) with 200 categorized phrases included, featuring MIDI file import
* Combi chain feature – switch combinations of multiple patches per program change / controller chain
* Hyper Knobs for fast and effective sound tweaking
* Full patch editor – get access to hundreds of parameters for unlimited creative options
* Integrated super-fast search engine simplifies finding the right sounds
* Integrated mixer with level, pan, output, FX1-4 send
* Integrated MIDI keyboard
* MIDI Learn for all editing knobs
* Expansion bay for up to 5 sound/sample library expansions or synthesizer modules
* Supports all major formats: VST, DXi, AU + Rewire for easy Pro Tools® Integration
* Standalone version with multiple-out support included

Top reasons for updating to Hypersonic 2

* 800 brand-new and super high-fidelity Patches
* 1000 revised factory patches
* 1,7 GB finest Sample Content - more than double the size of Hypersonic 1.0
* New and improved Drumkits - especially the electronic department has been significantly expanded
* New XXL instrument versions – bigger multisample versions of many important instruments
* Full patch editor – get access to hundreds of parameters for unlimited creative options
* Hyperphrase (polyphonic arpeggiator) with 200 categorized phrases included, featuring MIDI file import
* Combi chain feature – switching combinations of multiple patches per program change / controller chain
* 5 new effect types: high quality reverb, reverse reverb, diffuser delay, bi-phaser, tube drive
* Improved graphical user interface
* MIDI Learn for all editing knobs