New DAWs are not something we see every day, so when you get one from a company as well established as Universal Audio, its got to be worth a look right?
We held off for a while as its going to need a little time to get up to speed, but on initial release, Luna was not called a DAW but recording system. It also is linked to UA Apollo hardware only - you need that DSP to get the benefits of the realtime DSP processing and Unison enabled preamps. Another limitation is that it is currently Mac only. So a tough sell - apart from the fact that its free of course.
Luna has also had an accellerated development cycle, with new updates coming almost every couple of weeks - this based on user feedback and feature requests, means that it is rapidly advancing.
Pro user Steve Evans - who's just moved into a new studio, took a look at what Luna can and can't do.
LUNA Minimum System Requirements
Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo or Arrow UA audio interface (click here for a list of supported models)
Mac computer with available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 port*
macOS Mojave 10.14 or Catalina 10.15
UAD Software v9.11.1 or higher (download now)
600 MB available storage on macOS system volume
SSD storage required for sample-based LUNA Instruments