UAD LUNA is now free to use without the need to own UAD hardware

UAD LUNA DAW now free

UAD LUNA is now free to use without the need to own UAD hardware

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Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
January 15, 2024
 and first floated it on 
December 17, 2023
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Universal Audio Releases LUNA for Free

Universal Audio has announced the availability of its LUNA Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for free to all Mac users. This move enables musicians and producers to access LUNA's full suite of recording, editing, and mixing tools without requiring UA hardware.

Detailed Look at LUNA’s Features

  • Unlimited Tracks: LUNA allows for recording and playback of an unlimited number of tracks, accommodating extensive projects.
  • Built-in Mixing Tools: The DAW includes Analog Summing, Tape Machines, and Channel Strips, offering a seamless mixing experience.
  • Comprehensive Instrument Toolkit: ‘Shape’ provides a variety of sounds for completing tracks or initiating ideas.
  • Advanced Editing: Features such as Razor Blade and Polyphonic warp algorithms aid in efficient audio quantization.
  • Session Flexibility: LUNA supports the import of session data, allowing for easy recall of key moments and variations.
  • User-Friendly Design: The workstation is designed for ease of use, minimizing the need for navigating through modes and menus.

System Requirements: Compatible with MacOS 10.15 Catalina or newer.

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LUNA Pro Bundle for Advanced Users

The LUNA Pro Bundle, available for purchase for $399, enhances LUNA with a selection of UAD Plug-ins and LUNA Extensions, further expanding the workstation's capabilities.

Our View

Making high quality software available for free has to be applauded. Whilst the software is not available for Windows users, Mac users now have another high quality option, that is a viable alternative to Apple's own free DAW Garageband.

Compared to Garageband, LUNA has a few advantages:

  • Functional Depth: LUNA’s array of built-in tools and unlimited track count offers substantial functionality for recording and mixing.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: The transition to a free model provides significant value, especially for those new to music production or seeking an alternative DAW.
  • Ease of Transition: For users familiar with other DAWs, LUNA’s intuitive interface facilitates a smooth switch.


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