When I first heard about UA releasing a DAW with neve summing as a paid add-on my snake oil meter went off the charts! Cmon people its 2021! All major DAWs have their summing up to par and this is still fully digital so whats the benefit? A little extra saturation and a logo?
Finally got around to digging in and im pretty satisfied. This isnt another DAW v DAW summing test that turns into a rabbit hole of nulls. Its somewhat subtle but elevated enough to stand out above any other ITB sum. The stereo boundaries of your mix get a little extension and each element becomes a bit more defined in its place. I mean we're talking about summing here so even at extremes we're still splitting hairs. Nevertheless Id say its a solid 3/4ths of the sound youd be getting with a proper outboard sum but for nowhere near 3/4ths the price.
When time permits ive found myself stemming out certain subgroups to run them through this in LUNA. Nicely done folks, you got me! *adds to cart*
That extra 5% <3
Creamy as Hell. Sweet Analog Heaven
I just got done mixing a beat using this plugin after purchasing it recently and oh my GÔD. This is sweet heaven! I didn’t even stem it out. I just took the two track did a little voodoo on it. Put a touch of Oxide tape a Pultec Legacy Pro a F6 Dynamic to balance everything out. An API 2500 wit -0.3 GR and a Dangerous EQ on it on the pre-master channel and an Analyzer and this is amazing! All I can say is that NEVE is STILL very much alive! I placed it on Low Impedance to keep the bass stomping. IT BROUGHT THIS BEAT TO LIFE! It’s wide as hell in your face and analog as it could ever be. Everything sounds creamy and natural with a touch of fuzz. Oooooooh GÔD!
SO CLOSE TO THE REAL THING
I've used a real Neve console for several projects and this is plugin is for sure the closest thing I've heard to the real deal. Must have for running your master chain
The best summing
I recently purchased this summing amp. Blown away with the results from the first instance. well done UAD.
Fantastic Emulation of Classic Console Summing
This is a truly fantastic summing plugin/extension. Very nice color that can be very clean, or very saturated. The switchable impedance is a much appreciated feature. It's about time that someone emulated the final piece of the signal path on one of the most famous analog consoles ever.
Helps me work faster
The Neve extension sounds awesome. The sound I used to get by loading 2 or 3 other saturation plugins I can with just this one.
A really nice extension
I’m really been digging Luna... and instantly fell in love with the sound of the Neve summing extension. I’ve always found that my Apollo system entices me to commit to a tone when I’m recording and the Neve summing extension really helps me quickly dial in bus tones that are punchy and filled with character. I was sold trying the demo — and I encourage everyone to start with the demo. Play with with impedance switch and trim dials across a series of busses and the master buss. The Neve extension gets me to a place that I love more quickly than without and that’s amazing. Can’t wait to see how Luna evolves but I’m really enjoying it.
Another great product by UA. I'm continuously impressed.
je ne regrette pas cet achat, franchement les mixs changes c'est le jour et la nuit.
First off, Im digging UAD and Luna a lot. Ive been a long time protools user, a recording/mixing hobby-ist for close to 25 years now. My mixing method is based a lot on harmonic distortion and saturation, with less emphasis on eq and compression. “Less is more” is my motto. I really think they got something special here and can definitely replace protools in a short time. One thing that drew me to Luna was the neve summing. They mention the sound city documentary in the description and ever since seeing that doc a few years back I've chased that tone. Claiming this plugin emulates that is a tall order. Now, i know better than to think a plugin will perfectly imitate an 80 series console, but even if its in the ball park, im sold. After messing with this with the demos a few times (thank you UA for resetting the demos after each purchase!), and after actually purchasing it (on sale), I have some thoughts:
First off, this is not a $300 plugin. At all. Yes most UA plugs are baseline $300...but should not be. Im not gonna be one of those people who say “its only for luna so screw this plugin”...but i will totally agree its worth mayyyybe $150. Base price.
Heres a tip: take the neve preamp plugin from UA, put it on the first insert of your master buss. Set it to line or mic, you’re preference (experiment!) and jack the gain up to a click or 2 below distortion at the loudest part of the song, then gain/volume match with the trim knob. A/B that with neve summing and tell me which sounds better. I hate to say it, but I may be going back to the neve preamp method, given this doesn't really add much. Im glad i bought it on sale, cause you have to be nuts to buy any UA plugin at full price, especially this one. Maybe it will grow on me, but for now im giving it a break and chalking it up to a bad purchase on my part. However, thank you UA for all the great products!
Once you engage it, there’s no turning back. It just makes the sound so wonderfully dimensional. It’s hard to put into words, but it truly does provide that “record album” sheen on a good mix.
This is what's been missing!
I'm so glad I purchased this at 50% off! I use a Dangerous 2BUS lt analog summing mixer, which is great. This Neve adds what's missing from that box which are beautiful nonlinearities and analog console coloration with EXCELLENT 1272 amps emulation. Thank you UA for providing the access to analog tone!
WOW-A must have
WOW. All these people whining about how this extension is exclusively for LUNA. Print down your mixed STEMS, import them from your DAW into the FREE Luna software and take advantage of this INCREDIBLE extension. It's hard to put into words how amazing this extension is and what it does to your mix. It brings it to life, adds richness and widening, presence, and more. Do yourself a favor and drop the $300 on this extension. It will be one of the best decisions you'll ever make!
Only for LUNA...
UAD could have easily made this a plug in that works with other DAWs. I own almost every UAD plug in there is and they all work with any DAW...I will say this, I use the Neve MBP hardware for 2 Buss summing most often but prefer the Brainworks Masterdeck at times...
Exclusive to Luna!
Great! £299 for a plugin that can't be used elsewhere. It's not really a selling point. The price is a joke considering it's coding, and the fact I spent hundreds on UAD's Neve plugins already. They'll be more to follow so UAD can cash in further. I like the summing and Luna but don't get the price tag. I paid so much for the hardware (Apollo X8) and plugins
Great, but overpriced
Firstly, £299 is a joke. I already brought Neve plugins, so why can't these transfer to Luna. Seems like a new marketing plan to stings customers. £299 and it's only exclusive to Luna; sorry, no!
That said, I really like Luna, mainly because there's no noticeable latency. The integration is amazing. The simplicity is intuitive - I learned it in about ten minutes. I think I will track in Luna from now on, and mix in Logic. Good work guys!
Takes everything out of the box and welds it to your forehead
The depth and girth Neve summing are what I expected; the width and depth were an added bonus. Worth it's weight in Platinum...