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Universal Audio has released the LUNA Recording System, a full featured music creation, recording, and analog style production system shaped by over 60 years of analog audio exploration.

LUNA transforms UA's Apollo interfaces into fully integrated recording systems. The LUNA Recording System consists of a UA Thunderbolt equipped audio interface, the LUNA Application LUNA Extensions, and LUNA Instruments.

Key LUNA Recording System features include its deep Apollo interface integration, built in Neve Summing, Multitrack Tape Emulation, and all new LUNA Instruments.

Deep Apollo Integration - Fast, Natural Workflow

LUNA Recording System's tight hardware software integration allows quickly routing and recording audio through DSP powered UAD plugins with no discernible latency via the new Accelerated Realtime Monitoring feature. Accelerated Realtime.

UA says Monitoring is poised to be a major revelation for those unaccustomed to working on a $10k+ DSP assisted recording system; music production will instantly seem more robust, dependable, and intuitive, without latency or monitoring hassles.

Built-in Neve Summing - Instant Classic Console Sound

LUNA Recording System offers precisely emulated audio summing circuitry from the Neve 80 Series audio mixing consoles designed by Neve Electronics in the 1960s and early 1970s, featuring the harmonically rich sound of the Neve 1272 summing amplifier. Far beyond a "summing plugin," Neve Summing is a LUNA Extension built in to the fabric of LUNA's mixer and can instantly transform a clean technical mix into a classic sounding recording filled with energy and life.

Integrated Multitrack Tape - Warmth and Punch on Demand

LUNA's audio transport features integrated Multitrack Tape emulation via the included "Oxide" LUNA Extension providing sonic qualities commonly described by audio engineers as "warmth" and "cohesion" on every desired audio or instrument track. LUNA Recording System users may choose to further explore various magnetic tape sounds with the optional Studer A800 Tape Recorder Extension (sold separately).

All new LUNA Instruments - Realism to Fuel Inspiration

LUNA is further distinguished by all new software based LUNA Instruments bringing Universal Audio's expertise in electrical and acoustic modeling, sampling, synthesis, and signal processing to virtual instruments for the first time ever. The resulting software instruments are described as "ultra-realistic, responsive, and alive with inspiration."

At launch, available LUNA Instruments will include:

  • Moog Minimoog: Developed in partnership with Moog Music, the Moog Minimoog is an accurate emulation of the archetypal 1971 Moog synthesizer.
  • Ravel grand piano: A model of a Steinway Model B grand piano based on UA's proprietary sampling, physical modeling, and new Ultra Resonance technology providing all the sonic nuance of this studio classic.

Price: LUNA is a free download for Apollo and Arrow Thunderbolt audio interface owners (Mac only).

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