Universal Audio (UA) has introduced LUNA, a new music creation, recording, and analog-style production system consisting of a UA Thunderbolt-equipped audio interface, LUNA Application, LUNA Extensions, and LUNA Instruments.
LUNA will be available as a free download for Apollo and Arrow Thunderbolt audio interface owners (Mac only) in Spring 2020.
The LUNA Recording System features include Apollo interface integration, built-in Neve Summing, Multitrack Tape Emulation, and new LUNA Instruments.
LUNA’s hardware-software integration is designed to allow quick routing and recording audio through DSP-powered UAD plugins with low latency via the new Accelerated Realtime Monitoring feature.
Built-In Neve Summing
LUNA is also equipped emulated audio summing circuitry from the Neve 80-Series audio mixing consoles designed by Neve Electronics in the 1960s and early 1970s, featuring the harmonic sound of the Neve 1272 summing amplifier.
Integrated Multitrack Tape
LUNA’s audio transport offers integrated Multitrack Tape emulation via the included “Oxide” LUNA Extension. Users can choose to further explore various magnetic tape sounds with the Studer A800 Tape Recorder Extension (sold separately).
All-New LUNA Instruments
LUNA also works with new software-based LUNA Instruments — bringing Universal Audio’s work in electrical and acoustic modeling, sampling, synthesis, and signal processing to virtual instruments for the first time.
At launch, available LUNA Instruments will include:
- Moog Minimoog — developed in partnership with Moog Music, the Moog Minimoog is an emulation of the archetypal 1971 Moog synthesizer
- Ravel grand piano — a model of a Steinway Model B grand piano based on UA’s sampling, physical modeling, and new Ultra-Resonance technology
- Shape — a complete creative toolkit with vintage keys, drums/percussion, guitar/bass, orchestral content, and realtime synthesis, courtesy of Universal Audio, Spitfire Audio, Orange Tree Samples, Loops de la Creme, and more — included free in LUNA
LUNA will be available as a free download for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and Arrow audio interface owners for macOS systems and is shipping in Spring 2020. LUNA is not compatible with Apollo FireWire or Apollo Twin USB.