Ravel™

Ravel

Exclusively for LUNA Recording System

$299.00

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$299.00
3.5/5
(18 reviews)

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The most expressive and realistic software piano ever made.

Universal Audio's first acoustic instrument model, Ravel, is a breathtaking emulation of a Steinway Model B grand piano.* Building upon UA's industry-leading physical modeling techniques, Ravel goes far beyond other piano plug-ins and sample libraries with its unprecedented realism and resonant dynamics.

Exclusively for LUNA Recording System, Ravel gives you an immaculately captured, iconic studio grand piano recorded at United Recording Studios (formerly Ocean Way Studios) by famed engineer Allen Sides with his vast collection of vintage mics. Purpose-built for modern music productions from pop to rock, R&B to hip-hop, and more, Ravel gives you album-ready sonics and inspiring playability.

Now You Can:

Play and record the most organic, responsive, and expressive software piano ever made

Harness UltraResonance technology for unparalleled realism, dynamic sensitivity, and timbral characters

Easily mix between close and room mics, expertly placed by Allen Sides at United Recording

Animate your tracks with unique reversed-piano sounds that can add thrilling textures and haunting atmospheres

The Ultimate Model of a Model B

The Ultimate Model of a Model B

The 6' 11" Steinway Model B is the most recorded studio piano for a reason, delivering the ideal, mixable studio grand sound as heard on countless modern hits, across every genre. Its rich tones blend perfectly with drums, bass, electric guitar, and other surrounding instruments — never muddying up mixes and instead giving you a balanced, mix-ready piano track every time.

Introducing UltraResonance<sup>™</sup> Technology

Introducing UltraResonance Technology

Sympathetic string resonance — or the phenomenon of undamped strings and the soundboard vibrating in response to other strings being played — is often the Achilles’ heel of virtual pianos. Using proprietary modeling and sampling techniques, UA's exclusive UltraResonance technology exactingly recreates these complex interactions, giving you the airy, evolving palette of harmonics that allows notes to melt into each other. From soft muted notes to languid, pillowy nuances, UltraResonance sets a new benchmark in resonance and realism.

Simple Control of Perfectly Placed Mics

Simple Control of Perfectly Placed Mics

Designed to give you a professional, record-ready sound right out of the gate, Ravel's easy-to-use interface lets you sculpt your piano sounds with three pairs of hand-chosen vintage mics from famed engineer Allen Sides' mic locker. Featuring only the controls you need, Ravel ensures you'll never get lost in confusing menus. Easily tweak Ravel's Volume, Tone, and a microphone Close/Room slider, letting you go from intimate tones to a lush room sound, and everywhere in between.

More Modern Textures

More Modern Textures

Looking to add drama, suspense, or other left-of-center timbres? Ravel's Reverse feature lets you easily add unique atmospheric piano sounds. Use the Mix control to add in subtle reverse textures to your normal piano playing, or go completely "backwards" for all kinds of fun. You can even “play the control” for surprising real-time performance changes.

*All trademarks are property of their respective owners, and used only to represent the instruments modeled as part of LUNA software.

Watch The Reviews

      Key Features:

      Exacting model of the legendary studio grand piano, the Steinway Model B

      All-new UltraResonance™ technology captures all of the complexity, overtones, and sonic beauty of true "damper pedal down" and "soft pedal" behaviors

      Recorded at United Recording Studio by multi-Grammy winning engineer Allen Sides using his personal collection of mics and preamps

      Flexibly adjust between close mics sound and a beautiful room sound

      Reverse feature for easily adding atmospheric backwards piano sounds to your creative palette

      Customer Reviews

      Ravel

      Overall Rating

      3.5/5
      (18 reviews)

      K. Kim

      August 8, 2020

      Fantastic

      Need no other words

      S. Hwang

      July 3, 2020

      I would give 5 stars...

      Because of the pedal noise... this is too much.. and uncontrollable....

      D. Dyer

      June 15, 2020

      pedal noise. why!!!???

      I would give it a solid 5 if it were not for the pedal noise emulation. I'm sure UA will fix it but until then I can't justify the price tag.

      P. Coffin

      June 7, 2020

      Sustain Pedal is obnoxious.

      I'll change this to 5 stars when they add a way to control the volume of the sustain pedal. It is a good pedal lift sound, but WAAAAAAY too loud. Until that's changed, I agree with the others who say this is unusable. Its a shame, because it was expensive and it would sound absolutely incredible without that pedal lifting louder than the notes all the time.

      C. Vela

      June 4, 2020

      Sustain pedal sound cannot disable

      I kind of can't believe this was released without the ability to turn that sound off. I also bought this without realizing you cannot turn that off. Unusable until that is fixed. Otherwise a great sounding piano.

      l. batterbury

      June 1, 2020

      The Sound of the Stars.

      Adele. Elton John. Paul McCartney. Queen. Journey. Billy Joel. The list goes on...
      Each one of these artists have an unmistakable sound. With all one thing in common. Their tracks include a Grand Piano. And this my friends is the closest you'll get without recording it yourself or going to a studio and paying thousands. The main key to this instrument is how expressive it is.... Absolutely Beautiful. And i own a lot of piano Vsts. Buy this, Its worth it.

      K. Gnos

      May 27, 2020

      Sustain Pedal way too loud

      I bought the Ravel before testing it thoroughly. I find I cannot use it because the sustain pedal sounds are way to loud, and I could not find a setting to make them softer or turn them off. Until that is fixed, it is useless for me.

      S. Shaw

      May 22, 2020

      A decent piano overall

      Ravel has a special sound that I've never heard on other piano instruments, probably because of the way UA models the resonance of strings. But it lacks a bit of authenticity compared to my favorite concert grand VI. I think it will work great in a denser mix, but not really when playing solo. Still, a great value when purchased with the creator bundle.

      R. Keefe

      May 20, 2020

      Sounds amazing but..

      This Piano is fab. Lovely rich bottom end and is eminently playable. Its really does make you play in a slightly gentler way thus getting more out of the tones. However.. as its Luna only it just isn't feasible for me. Please make it non-native and then it will be my go to piano. For now, I will have to be content with messing around with Ravel Lite.
      Great job on the piano though UAD.

      J. McGuire

      May 13, 2020

      4.5 out of 5 stars - The Best Software Piano on the Market

      Don't let the overall rating fool you- the Ravel is the first software instrument for LUNA, and arguably shouldn't even be listed among the standard UAD Plug-Ins you know and love. So, let's get this out of the way: Yes, it requires LUNA to run. You can't pop it into Console and record in Pro Tools or Logic via the Console Recall Plug-In. I also wish it was possible, and knocked off half a star. But that is just the way it was built and is the extent of the Ravel's downside.

      On the plus side! The Ravel is leaps and bounds better than any software piano I've ever played. And that covers (what feels like!) all of them! I have others where I've said: "Wow, that's close to a grand piano sound!" Ravel is different. It sounds pretentious to say, but I can't think of a better way to describe it: Ravel "feels" like a grand piano. The sound, response, overly limited and straightforward controls, and even the nuances you get when playing a real Model B; they're all there. Still using the same old MIDI controller, it gives such a realistic experience that you have to try it to appreciate fully.

      M. Bentel

      May 12, 2020

      Inspirational

      The moment I start playing i felt like writing, its amazing its a piano, its a lot cheaper than the model its emulating and the mics and studio time to record one, I bought the Luna bundle, because i loved the authentic sound, I wish i had a bigger keyboard to really get the full benefit , I haven't heard a better piano , if you want a piano for piano this is the one

      P. GARREAU

      May 9, 2020

      Good but...

      I have a Nordstage2 keyboard 88. Even if I follow unconditional UAD (hard and soft) the sound of Ravel is very good but I do not return any added value to the library of my Nord knowing that the sound banks are free.

      M. Galesi

      April 22, 2020

      Great potential, too limited

      This piano sounds like no other virtual piano before! stunning and very realistic. However, like mentioned before, the fact that is LUNA only, the limited controls and the few glitches present don't justify the cost. Would be great to see it available for other platforms and possibly still running as a native plugin.

      P. Mansson

      April 14, 2020

      Very Realistic

      Sounds great and Very Realistic, my new go to piano1

      J. Lucas

      April 14, 2020

      Sounds amazing, but...

      This piano sounds amazing and is very tempting but the fact that it is Luna exclusive is very limiting for the price. If I pay this much for an instrument, I want to have the flexibility to be able to use it live as well as in the studio. And live for me means having either MainStage or Ableton compatibility.

      R. Callahan

      April 13, 2020

      Good stuff

      Overall the samples of this piano are fantastic and playability is great right when it opens. I do wish there were additional controls and settings for things such as pedal noise. But I know this will only get better with updates. Nice work Universal Audio!

      J. Ducasse

      April 12, 2020

      Nice... but limited

      Very good Grand piano, sounds great but still needs some control improvements. So, kind of an expensive dedicated virtual instrument for now, specially considering some other massive concurrents in this field that are much more versatile. I’m sure it’ll improve and get cheaper in the future. I’ll wait...

      B. Robb

      April 11, 2020

      So Close to the real thing.

      This is an amazing sounding piano. I can't believe it. It feels very much like a studio grand and the micing is impeccable.

      You can tell it was rushed to release. The damper sound is super weird and loud and there is not control over it. Recording at 96 KHZ is not practical at this time it starts to break up. Would like control over that. I can't wait till this gets cleaned up cuz it's gonna sound so good.