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The most expressive and realistic software piano ever made.

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, giving you album-ready sonics and inspiring playability — perfect for modern music productions from pop to rock, R&B to hip‑hop.

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Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware.

UAD Native plug-ins run on both macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer and Windows 10 and 11. Go to our UA Support page for system requirements.

  • 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

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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.

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      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


      Overall Rating


      L. Brown

      September 21, 2023

      Great Sound!

      Great Sound!

      N. O'Donnell

      September 17, 2023


      I’ve not seen mixed reviews like this before on a UA plug-in. I kind of understand why. It’s very realistic, lovely to play by itself or with a piano vocal, but in a dense mix it just doesn’t hold. There is too much room even in the close mics. I think I know what the team was going for but they missed the mark on the practicalities of it sitting in a mix. If you you are going to have multi mics you need you close mics to be almost bone dry and snappy to hold up in a full band mix. First UA plug I’ve not given a 5 star….what a bummer. I want to love this…unfortunately I can imagine it’d all need to be rethought and samples re-recorded in order for an update to really help.

      h. Shin

      September 16, 2023

      Like Real !

      specially High part feel so good !

      S. Jamitzky

      September 12, 2023

      Great, but you need to tweak it.

      The basic sound is very clean. You need to tweak it to make it sound great! It's possible! A little bit of soul is missing though.

      A. Chamberlist

      September 2, 2023

      I think a number of people don't get this plugin...

      I think the UA marketing team may have been asleep at the switch... The beauty of this plugin is the integration of the Ocean Way room with the piano. The room + piano IS the instrument. Criticisms of the plugin being too "roomy" don't wash when one considers the obvious intent. I purchased and I love it.

      O. Kudin

      August 18, 2023

      Piano with soul!

      I don't understand the hate for this product.
      For me as a pianist and producer, this is one of the best VST instruments.
      Yes, there are not many settings in it! Yes, this is minimalism.
      Sometimes it seems to me that people are lazy and want everything to be ready "as if by magic". At the same time, they do not want to set up their own unique sound. Literally 50+ years ago, it took days to get the sound you want!

      RAVEL sounds like a real Steinway that I've been playing for a very long time!
      If you want to add cinematic and atmosphere - plugins to help you.
      It's a raw instrument that can make a great track.

      K. Jackson

      July 25, 2023


      Sounds good !! Especially the reverse feature.

      G. Merino

      July 21, 2023


      For the first time I have to make a bad review of a UA product. I don’t understand what happened here, this piano doesn’t feel natural, it’s sounds cheap, poor, weak, thin and roomy. I have many vst pianos and this one is the worst by far, totally unusable for me.
      I have to say that I really like the GUI, is very simple and quick to set, only lacks a velocity curve adjustment (like the Electra, witch is awesome).
      It’s a shame that the Ravel sounds so bad. I own every virtual instrument from UA and they’re great. I hope UAD take note about this and fix it.

      R. Liano

      July 18, 2023

      Very average, 99% chance I'm never using it.

      I wanted to love this but in a shootout with 5 other piano plug ins and five of us in the studio, this came in last. Lacks tweakability, very roomy sounding, glad I got it on sale so it's a less painful waste of money.

      R. Kennedy

      July 17, 2023

      Get Pianoteq instead

      Or maybe Keyscape if you can afford it (I e never tried it but it must be good at that price and it gets high ratings. Pianoteq is far better value for pianists - much more versatile and basically sounds better. Try both demos and you’ll agree. Ravel will appeal to the cinematic folk but not pianists. But as I say it is too expensive - ok at sale price though.

      a. G. Santos

      July 15, 2023

      excellent timbre

      Very good piano, the timbre is excellent; only problem is that the license only releases online.

      A. UEBEL

      July 14, 2023

      Amazing Piano RAVEL

      Merci au TEAM Universal Audio
      pour ce Piano RAVEL de très bonne facture et qualité

      I. Matmati

      July 13, 2023

      More detailed than any other I could listen to

      The texture of sound is very ok. And contrary to many others VST for Steinway (Pianoteq, Arturia, etc.) you don't have this clumsy sound in the 3rd octave. Some find it too roomy. Not in my book. The "dry" VST I could test are weird because the sound is unnatural and adding a reverb does not really change the basic tone. Maybe it's a lack of harmonics, don't know. Anyway, for the price this one is really a bargain and the most pleasing one for jazz sound.

      V. German

      July 8, 2023

      Great grand piano!

      Great grand piano, fits well in the mix, punchy sound. Not quite right for jazz, but good for pop and rock music

      V. German

      July 8, 2023

      Great grand piano!

      Great grand piano, fits well in the mix, punchy sound. Not quite right for jazz, but good for pop and rock music

      J. Anaka

      July 5, 2023

      Ok But Not Great

      hard to complain at 59.00 has a few presets that are okay if you are looking for distant tones.

      M. TRAP

      July 2, 2023

      Not a great piano

      This is my opinion and nothing more.
      I've found this piano really poor in combinations and great sound as i aspected....
      Sorry uad ;)

      P. Searles

      June 23, 2023


      I enjoy an old upright as much as a Steinway. They just make different music. This piano is gorgeous and different to others. It has more of a realistic space than Keyscape and my favourite Pianoteq model, the Steingraeber. I find it richer and more musical in the resonance, and much more expressive. The big test was slamming them all into a Fairchild and in this case Ravel blew the others away It was still alive and expressive and sounded even better. The vst world is full of piano geeks of course, but as a composer who writes a lot of piano music for ads, this thing is beautiful. I'll still use different pianos for different jobs but I really love this one. Another win for UAD.

      L. Sun

      June 22, 2023


      The sound is not very good. And UA's no refund policy makes customers very unhappy.

      L. Sun

      June 22, 2023


      The sound is not very good. And UA's no refund policy makes customers very unhappy.