It's been over six months since Universal Audio launched the LUNA Recording System and music creators everywhere are taking advantage of this fantastic software. If you haven't checked out LUNA for yourself and are a Mac user with a Thunderbolt Apollo interface, you can download it for free right here.

Universal Audio has remained busy updating LUNA; adding new features, improving existing ones, and fixing any issues users may have been having. In order to keep you current with each new version of the software, we've decided to create a running tab of every change made when an update becomes available. Continue below to find out what's new in Version 1.1, which was released on October 6, 2020.

What's New In Universal Audio's LUNA Recording System Version 1.1

New

  • Track Groups
    • New GROUPS panel in Tracks column to display and work with group
    • Create/Edit Track Groups with editing, mixing, and insert grouping attributes
    • New Track Group: Command + G
    • Suspend Groups: Shift + Command + G
    • Toggle Selection Grouping: Control + G
    • Show/Hide all tracks in a group
    • Command + Click Show/Hide to show only group tracks
    • Right click on or drag tracks to groups list to create/add to groups
  • Session Versions
    • "Save New Version" command creates separate session versions within the session package
    • "Save Bookmark" command creates a permanent marker of the state of the session, for any desired production milestone, that can be restored exactly at any time
    • Versions window allows access to Versions, Bookmarks, and their notes
  • MIDI Clock Output
    • New Settings Panel MIDI Tab
    • Song or Pattern clock modes for exact timeline synchronization or groovebox pattern triggering
    • +/- 200ms clock offset to compensate for MIDI data transmission and external device latencies

Improved

  • Numerous stability and general performance improvements
  • Performance of grouped fader movements is improved
  • ATR-102 AUTO CAL LED turns red when parameters no longer match calibrated settings
  • Improved visibility of very short clips when zooming out

Fixed

  • Resolved an issue that could prevent a session from loading completely when opened from the macOS Finder
  • Resolved an automation editing issue that could cause newly created tracks, buses, or plug-in instances to disappear
  • Resolved an issue that could cause offline mixdown to hang indefinitely
  • Resolved an issue that could cause audio artifacts with Instrument track processing while in ARM mode
  • Resolved a rare issue that could cause audio clips to appear offline when reopening a session
  • Resolved an issue that could cause the INSERT focus browser to remain visible after assigning and insert and exiting the browser
  • Resolved an issue that caused fader volume dB display and other visible parameter values to show values from earlier in the session, rather than the playhead location
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when displaying the Master Tape focus browser
  • Resolved a conflict with Native Instruments background services that caused issues, including LUNA Instruments with blurred graphics
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent plug-ins on ARM-enabled buses from loading when reopening a session
  • Resolved an issue that prevented multiple copy and paste operations of the same insert
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent large sessions from reopening with the correct location and zoom settings
  • Playback of MIDI CC data is no longer modified by editing CC automation on unrelated areas in the timeline
  • Removing a Neve Summing extension with previously written automation no longer causes incorrect automation levels
  • Removing a plug-in when automation is written no longer leaves stale automation
  • Toggling power for plug-ins and LUNA Extensions no longer writes automation for all automatable parameters
  • Resolved an issue that caused an empty session window to appear when including "/" while renaming a session
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when Ctrl-clicking on certain knobs in the mixer view or monitor section
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent grid lines from drawing when changing the time signature in a session with negative bars
  • Plug-in windows are no longer unexpectedly closed while swapping insert assignment positions
  • Resolved an "Unable to set the preset" error that could occur after assigning a plug-in
  • File Open and Open Recent menu options now function correctly when an alternate window is focused
  • Resolved an issue that prevented correct adjustment of linked ATR-102 Record/Repro parameters on tracks in a selection group
  • The "Copy Mix to Cue" command can now be undone
  • Resolved an issue that could cause "Unable to subscribe to path" error when undoing or redoing
  • Newly created buses are now selected automatically when created
  • Resolved an issue that caused Steinberg HALion Sonic to display an error when inserted

 

 


Prior Updates To Universal Audio's LUNA Recording System

Version 1.0.9

September 8, 2020

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New

  • ATR-102 Master Tape Recorder LUNA Extension
    • Master Tape Assignment for Buses and MAIN enables analog tape summing workflows
    • Ampex ATR-102 Master Tape LUNA Extension is now available for 14 day demo and purchase, and free for all current owners of the UAD version
  • MP3 Export
    • When exporting a Mixdown or Clips, you can now select MP3 as the file type option, and set VBR or CBR settings

Improved

  • Changes from drawing, dragging, and trimming automation are now audible immediately as they are edited
  • Accuracy and smoothness of fade curve editing has been improved

Fixed

  • Resolved a crash that could occur opening the Tape Machine Focus Browser
  • Resolved an issue that could require an additional login for the CREATE page when using LUNA in certain countries
  • Resolved an issue that prevented the Teletronix LA-3A from loading in existing sessions
  • Resolved an issue that could cause plug-in windows to be placed behind LUNA application windows
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when renaming a session
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when deleting tracks
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent soloed buses from passing audio when reopening a session
  • Resolved an issue that could cause artifacts during offline mixdown of multitimbral instruments
  • The Default Fade Shape option now applies to all fades, whether created with the Fade tool or keyboard shortcuts
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent tape Saturation control changes from displaying correctly in all LUNA windows
  • Move To Next/Previous Bar commands now function in Mixer view
  • Hidden tracks are no longer visible in the mixing workflow's Universe view
  • Tape Reel graphics in the Machine assignment Focus Browser now match the machine configuration
  • An Instrument track's Fit setting is restored when opening a session

Version 1.0.8 (Supplemental Build 1723)

August 7, 2020

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Known Issue

  • For optimum results, update any Native Instruments plug-ins to their latest versions

Fixed

  • Resolved a crash that could occur when closing a plug-in window while adjusting controls
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when reordering tracks to top of tracks list
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when opening Tape Machine controls view

 

Version 1.0.8

August 5, 2020

New

  • Direct Output Delay Compensation
    • All SEND and OUTPUT routings to Apollo LINE and MON outputs are now aligned
  • Discard Recording Shortcut
    • Punch out of record and move the recorded wav file to the trash: Shift + Command + "."
  • Tape Assign Hover Functions
    • Direct navigation to global assignment and control panels
    • Easier access to secondary track controls and functions

Improved

  • Timeline drawing and track resizing use less GPU resources

Fixed

  • Resolved track mixdown delay compensation for tracks feeding buses with latency that are not in the mixdown
  • Resolved an issue which could cause artifacts when recording from Apollo Virtual inputs or with ARM disabled
  • Resolved a brief hang that could occur when dragging or trimming clips
  • Resolved an offline mixdown issue that could delay audio from instrument tracks with MIDI data at the exact start of the session
  • MIDI note playback is no longer cut short on first loop after recording
  • User-generated AU plug-in icons are no longer removed when installing UAD software
  • Navigate To Next/Previous Bar commands now scroll timeline view
  • CUE BUS assignments are reflected immediately in CUE OUTPUTS window
  • Resolved issue when pasting volume automation from multiple tracks
  • Resolved "Unable to Set Preset" issue that could occur while searching INSERT focus browser
  • Values typed into track volume popover are applied correctly to all tracks when selection grouping is enabled
  • Trim Clip To Selection command no longer changes selection when there are multiple track versions
  • Resolved issue with focus channel Tape Saturation adjustment when using selection grouping
  • Pressing apply works on the first attempt when changing time signatures at bar 1
  • Resolved MIDI note recording issues while loop recording data from channels 2-16
  • POWER modifier correctly toggles Neve Summing bypass
  • OUTPUT routing assignment no longer disappears from focus channel after collapsing and expanding the mixer row

 

Version 1.0.7

July 14, 2020

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New

  • Trim Shortcuts
    • Trim From Clip Start: A
    • Trim From Clip End: S
    • Trim Clip to Selection: Command+T
  • Session Folder
    • New Luna sessions are created within a parent folder
  • Default Export Location
    • Export Clips/Mixdown creates "Exported Files" subfolder within new session's parent folder

Improved

  • Feedback Form
    • Choose report topic for analysis categorization
    • Enhance analysis with System Profile and Log options
    • "Remember Me" option for additional reports
  • Improved progress bar visibility

Fixed

  • Resolved an issue that could prevent track duplication after deleting track versions
  • 32-bit fixed (non-float) WAV files now import successfully
  • Export Mixdown no longer hangs if a track is in ARM mode when mixdown begins
  • Resolved "unable to touch a control" error that could occur when swiping over mute or solo switches with multiple tracks selected
  • Resolved a rare crash that could occur while playing or editing MIDI
  • Undo clip move now restores previous selection
  • MIDI notes recorded from channels 2-16 preserve channel data when edited
  • Resolved an error that could occur when adjusting Softube Amp Room plug-in controls
  • Control change undo now works with Soundtoys plug-ins
  • LUNA Extensions and Instruments purchased in demo period now reflect the updated license state
  • Resolved display flickering issue that could occur while editing fades
  • DISCOVER panel no longer requires separate login

 

Version 1.0.6

July 1, 2020

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IMPORTANT: LUNA sessions opened in v1.0.6 cannot be opened in earlier LUNA versions due to file format changes.

New

  • Drag/Drop MIDI to Tracks
    • Drag/drop MIDI from Finder or plug-in window directly to existing track
  • Reverse Audio
    • Right-click waveform to reverse selection via contextual menu
  • Neve Summing and Tape Extension Automation
    • Automate and edit parameters of Neve Summing, Studer A800, and Oxide LUNA Extensions
  • Clear All Automation
    • Edit > Clear All Automation to delete all automation data on tracks within edit selection
  • Clear Recent List
    • Clear recent sessions in CREATE panel via right-click or File menu

Improved

  • Added Copy/Paste of compatible automation types such as sends to other sends
  • Improved MIDI loop recording performance
  • Log In window remains open if another application is focused
  • Audio Units plug-ins added in ARM mode are disabled with a notification

Fixed

  • Resolved an issue that could prevent tracks from being hidden
  • Resolved an issue that prevented playback of newly recorded audio clips for several seconds
  • Resolved an "unable to sync session metadata" error that could occur when tracks lost cue assignments
  • Resolved an issue that could cause all plug-ins to appear in an "Other" folder
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent UAD plug-ins from activating on buses in ARM mode
  • Exported WAV files now recognized by MPC hardware
  • Tape machine C and D no longer appear blank when changing machine type after assignment
  • Resolved an issue that prevented plug-in presets from displaying
  • Resolved an error that could occur selecting overwritten presets for Audio Units plug-ins
  • Disabled plug-ins that are dragged to another insert are no longer enabled
  • Fixed hotkeys that use the "=" key position on German and Austrian keyboard layouts
  • MIDI CC automation value updates made during playback are now audible immediately
  • Resolved an issue that caused grid lines to disappear when changing time signature
  • Save Copy As no longer allows replacing an open session
  • Renaming an open session to the same name as a previously deleted session no longer causes an unexpected error
  • Resolved an issue that could cause fader levels and automation to appear offset for tracks routed to a Neve Summing bus
  • Resolved an issue with log in case sensitivity that could prevent log in for web views in the CREATE panel
  • LUNA Documentation link resolves correctly again
  • Resolved 74 additional internal bug reports

 

Version 1.0.5 (Supplemental Build 1634)

June 11, 2020

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Fixed

  • Resolved macOS notarization issue preventing application launch on some Catalina systems

 

Version 1.0.5

June 10, 2020

New

  • "My Universal Audio" Plug-in Folder
    • Top folder in inserts focus browser shows only owned and active demo UAD plugins
  • Timeline Auto-Scroll
    • New Bars|Beats ruler icon for automatic scrolling in timeline view
    • New Navigation menu option for automatic scrolling in timeline view
  • Rename Exported Files
    • Double-click to rename files in Export Mixdown and Export Clips views
  • Snap Drag and Drop/Duplicate Clips
    • Snap clips to original timeline position by holding control while dragging clips to different tracks
  • Move/Select to Next and Previous Bar
    • Press [ or ] to go forward and backward one bar
    • Press 1 or 2 on the keypad to go forward or backward one bar
    • Add Shift key to extend selection by one bar
  • Heal Separation Command
    • Repair separated clips that have aligned content
    • Edit>Heal Separation or Command + H

Improved

  • Better offline mixdown speed when exporting multiple tracks
  • Double-click anywhere in track automation lane to add new automation breakpoint
  • Plug-in windows open on correct display on multi-display systems
  • Better visibility of automation data on Instrument tracks

Fixed

  • Resolved rare issue that could cause incorrect recorded file lengths when punching in with pre-roll enabled
  • Resolved issue that could prevent displaying of Shape Expansion presets
  • Unexpected automation data no longer created when editing clips on tracks routed to a Neve Summing bus
  • Mixer view no longer scrolls to wrong track when selecting tracks in large sessions
  • Showing/hiding tracks no longer cancels SPILL
  • Simple pan mode state is now restored when reopening sessions
  • Click drag tempo field only adjusts current value when session contains multiple tempos
  • Addressed an Audio Units plug-in load issue for MOTU MachFive and other older plug-ins that report channel information differently
  • Resolved 59 additional internal bug reports

 

Version 1.0.4

May 26, 2020

New

  • Track Toggle Shortcuts
    • Record: Shift+R
    • Input: Shift+T
    • Solo: Shift+S
    • Mute: Shift+M
  • MIDI Chase - MIDI note and controller data playback now follows transport and playhead changes
  • Drag Tempo Value - Drag in the Control Bar’s BPM field to dynamically adjust session tempo
  • Playback Input Monitoring (Requires UAD Software v9.12) - Record-enabled inputs are now audible during playback in Console Tracking Mode
  • Open/Close All Folders Shortcut - Option+Click any Focus Browser folder to open/close all folders
  • Save Focus Browser State - Folder open/close state of all Focus Browser views now saved
  • MIDI Clip Rename - Double-click at top of any MIDI clip to rename the clip

Improved

  • Command+W shortcut no longer closes session
  • Improved timing of MIDI played from computer keyboard in MIDI Keyboard Mode
  • Option+Click ‘do to all’ modifier for mixer switches no longer affects hidden tracks
  • Track name display works inside Audio Units plug-ins that support this feature
  • Notification when deactivated routing assignments prevent audio feedback
  • Toggle Mixer/Timeline shortcut works on keyboard layouts with "=" on keys 0, 6, 7

Fixed

  • Resolved crash that could occur while progress bar is displayed
  • Resolved case where mixdown file was not time-aligned with original source
  • Resolved rare issue causing clips to appear as if recording when stopped
  • Instrument tracks no longer process live MIDI input during offline mixdown
  • Resolved an issue preventing initial assignment of Tape Machines to slot C and D
  • Undo now works when plug-in windows are closed while controls are being adjusted
  • Fader dB values now match fader positions when exiting Trim automation mode
  • Clips selected on multiple tracks separated by a bus now move correctly
  • Horizontal mixer scrolling behavior after renaming tracks
  • All Kontakt MIDI connections are now restored when session is reopened
  • Tape VU Meters on Instrument tracks now show signals in ARM mode
  • Resolved Send/Cue knob value brightness issue
  • Transposing all MIDI notes within a marker area no longer deletes the marker
  • Fader value display returns to correct value when exiting Trim automation mode
  • Logic Pro X AAF files containing "+" in audio filenames now import correctly
  • Resolved 36 additional internal bug reports

 

Version 1.0.3

May 6, 2020

New

  • Trackpad Zoom – Pinch trackpad with two fingers on Timeline to zoom in/out horizontally

Improved

  • Resolved several specific issues that could cause metadata errors when opening session files
  • Audio Units plug-ins with transport controls are now synchronized to LUNA's transport and timeline
  • Playback metering uses less GPU resources
  • Improved visibility of grid lines in WARP view and automation data in track parameter views
  • Resolved several issues with plug-in insert drag/drop functions
  • Next/Previous Marker navigation shortcuts update playback and are now available in Mixer View
  • The Consolidate shortcut (Shift+Option+3) now works with numeric keypads
  • New "Hide Selected Tracks" option when right-clicking track labels in Mixer view

Fixed

  • Resolved MIDI recording issues when Pre-Roll is enabled at beginning of timeline
  • Resolved audio processing and metering issues with Waves compressor plug-ins
  • Certain Audio Units instrument plug-ins now maintain pitch when sample rate is changed
  • Resolved note shift issues when imported MIDI file clips are edited
  • Duplicating no longer creates unexpected automation ramps
  • Resolved issues with Copy/Paste header buttons for plug-ins
  • Resolved timing issues with tempo sync plug-ins inserted on bus tracks
  • UAD plug-ins in active demo period no longer display in red disabled state
  • Export now works as expected when more than 10 clips with same name are selected
  • Resolved erratic control Undo after adjusting Tape Saturation
  • Tape Saturation adjustments are now mirrored in Alternate windows
  • Resolved state display issues when replacing tape machines
  • The Import Tempo dialog now appears again if the first Import Tempo dialog was canceled
  • Resolved browser arrow key navigation issue after inserting plug-ins
  • Resolved 48 additional internal bug reports

Known Issue

  • Audio Units plug-ins requiring Steinberg eLicenser cannot be used with macOS Catalina.
    A workaround is available with macOS Mojave. Visit this KB article for details.

 

Version 1.0.2

April 21, 2020

Improved

  • Improved shortcut modifier key handling on international keyboards
  • Improved GPU resource utilization (may decrease fan speeds on some systems)
  • Login credentials are now properly retained when Remember Me option is checked
  • Markers are automatically assigned different colors when created
  • Command+A shortcut now selects all Warp markers on a track in WARP view
  • Numerous general stability enhancements

Fixed

  • The Content Location selector no longer causes LUNA to become unresponsive when many storage volumes are mounted
  • Resolved issue preventing installation of LUNA Instrument content to external storage
  • Consolidate command now correctly renders Clip Gain
  • Metronome is no longer muted when solo is enabled on a bus
  • "Save a Copy As" now offers the option to overwrite existing session files
  • Sessions closed due to Apollo hardware disconnection now open correctly without having to relaunch LUNA
  • Studer A800 CAL control now updates correctly when recalling presets
  • Tape Machine Copy and Paste modifiers now function reliably
  • The MIDI Keyboard Mode menu item now remains active when a floating plug-in window has focus
  • Copy and Paste now work correctly in the DISCOVER panel
  • Resolved 66 additional internal bug reports

 

Version 1.0.1

April 10, 2020

Fixed

  • The following UAD Direct Developer plug-ins are now available for use within LUNA:
    • UAD Auto-Tune Realtime Advanced
    • UAD Oxford Dynamic EQ
    • UAD Oxford SuprEsser DS
    • UAD MDWEQ5-3B
    • UAD MDWEQ5-5B
  • Resolved cases where Audio Units plug-ins could crash LUNA when opening or interacting with the AudioUnits plug-in GUI
  • Resolved cases where downloading or transferring LUNA Instrument content could crash LUNA
  • Improved communications with iLok licensing services

Known Issue

  • In some cases, web content in LUNA's sidebar CREATE panel may not be visible.
    Workaround: Select any other LUNA panel, then return to the CREATE panel.
    (This issue is fixed in LUNA v1.0.2)

 

Version 1.0.0

April 7, 2020

Initial release of LUNA Recording System

  • Available in LUNA v1.0.0:
    • Shape Creative Toolkit LUNA Instrument (free)
    • Moog® Minimoog LUNA Instrument
    • Ravel™ Grand Piano LUNA Instrument
    • Spitfire Audio LUNA Instruments
    • Oxide Tape LUNA Extension (free)
    • Neve® Summing LUNA Extension
    • Studer A800 Tape LUNA Extension

Known Issue

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