Hello, I am a new poster here, though I have lurked about for quite some time. I am an enthusiastic Halion user and I am posting to encourage others to check it out.
What prompted me to write was a pretty damning topic by Michiel re: Halion and his Bosendorfer sample library. I have a LOT of respect for his products, but his \'tests\' were, from my experience, simply not the Halion I know and love.
The Halion -I- use has had simply wonderful streaming since before Kontakt was even around, and provides much better results than Giga on pretty much every front. The newest version imports Giga libs very well indeed and the Waldorf filters are great.
But what is really cool about Halion, other than it\'s UTTER reliability, is the depth of programming power under the hood. It\'s use of folders and Mega-Trigg lets one do amazing things that you have to -use- it for a while to truly appreciate. Perhaps someone else can chime in to support my statements.
What Halion has -not- had is great 3rd party support. This is, frankly, Steinberg\'s fault---they never met a great idea they couldn\'t muck up with crap marketing, but hopefully, with the proper education, developers will see that Halion really does set the standard for softsamplers.
If not Michiel, I hope we can convince others of the truth of my statements so that developers will expand the offerings in native Halion format.