Germany-based Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH announced on Thursday that HALion String Edition 2 is now shipping. The new edition offers a 9GB library of solo and ensemble strings including violins, violas, cellos and double basses. Performed by a live orchestra, all instruments are provided in a large variety of articulations. HALion String Edition 2 also features RealAmbience, a new technique that offers a full, 3D concert hall sound with no artificial reverb, according to Steinberg. HALion String Edition 2 is available now for $399; registered owners of HALion String Edition Vol. 1 can update for $149.