Lunaris 2 - Unparalleled Pads
Lunaris 2 - Unparalleled Pads
Lunaris 2 is the premier pads instrument for NI Kontakt.
For years Lunaris has continually reaffirmed itself as the industry standard for synth pads, for that is what Lunaris 2 is all about – pads and pads only. From analog pads to digital pads, string pads, cinematic pads, 80s-inspired pads, immersive ambient pads to everything in between. Explore deep space pads that take you to the outer reaches of the cosmos, rewind back to the 80s for some technicolor fare, and lose yourself among crystalline wavetable textures that sparkle like starlight. Lunaris 2 makes it easy to mix and match sound sources for instantly gratifying results. Sculpt and morph between the synth pads using the XY pad. Whether you are a composer, electronic musician, or sound designer,
Lunaris 2 packs enough to satisfy the most demanding of users, while providing a simple and intuitive interface for those who prefer to just pick a preset and play. Compared to its predecessor, version 2 improves and expands with sample drag and drop import, a freshly redesigned and larger interface, and the core sounds library is now brimming with over twice as many sound sources.
You will also find new effects, new features, and 530 presets (all pads!) created by fourteen world-class sound designers, including Venus Theory, Electric Himalaya, Echo Season, Bigtone, Stephan Baer, Michael Oakley, Yuli Yolo, Gahrn Audio, Lauge, Amphilium, Adam Pietruszko, S1gns of L1fe, State Azure and of course, Luftrum. Users of the original Lunaris can upgrade to Lunaris 2 for $39.
Lunaris 2 installs side-by-side with Lunaris as a separate product, therefore you can keep both instruments if you prefer. Lunaris 2 is 13.7GB, made for and licensed to the free Kontakt Player, so you do not need the full version of Kontakt to use Lunaris 2.
It will load without limitations in the free Kontakt Player or the full version of Kontakt v6.7.1 or later.
No other software or purchase is required to play Lunaris 2.
It can be loaded directly into any DAW, including Ableton Live, Logic, Reaper, Bitwig and Cubase. Lunaris 2 is fully NKS compatible and is installed directly in Native Access. Just enter the serial key, click install, and Lunaris 2 will be downloaded and installed on your system.
Download the Lunaris 2 PDF User Manual and explore the instrument before buying. There’s a German version of the manual available here Lunaris 2 PDF Handbuch. The original Lunaris (version 1) can still be ordered directly from Native Instruments.
What’s New in Lunaris 2?
Compared to its predecessor, version 2 improves and expands with sample drag & drop import, the most requested feature. It comes with a freshly redesigned and larger interface, and the core sounds library is now brimming with over twice as many sound sources.
Adapted from Bioscape, one of the new key features in Lunaris 2 is the creative and powerful motion recording function. This feature uses recorded automation to animate various instrument parameters over time.
You will find new effects to replace the legacy effects, such as Choral and Phaser, and a powerful dual Replika delay engine. The reverb is expanded with three times as many reverb types – ranging from small rooms to infinite lush plate reverbs.
Lunaris 2 comes with several new filter types, and a new control to adjust the sample start of each layer, to introduce a sharper transient on sounds which takes a while to evolve. This and much more, along with key tracking for the filter, amplitude, and optimized CPU consumption.
Lunaris 2 ships with 530 presets (all synth pads!) categorized by type and created by fourteen world-class sound designers, including Venus Theory, Himalaya, Echo Season, Bigtone, Stephan Baer, Michael Oakley, Yuli Yolo, Gahrn Audio, Lauge, Amphilium, Adam Pietruszko, S1gns of L1fe, State Azure and of course, Luftrum.
The User Interface
Lunaris 2 supports drag & drop. You can import your own sounds, synth pads or any other audio file and use them alongside the sound sources that come with Lunaris 2.
To import, just drag & drop any audio file onto the layer display. User samples will automatically be mapped to root note C3 and will be located in the User Sounds category. If there are loop points within a wave file, it will load with those loop points intact.
Notice the intended blue triangles to the left.
Pressing one of these selects that given layer. In addition, directly clicking on the layer number will also select that layer. The selected layer will now be in control of the envelope and filter settings.
The connection is shown via the lower blue triangle pointing inwards towards the control knobs.
Adjustments made to the ADSR envelope, the filter settings, tune, pan, or other controls, only affect the selected layer.
The XY pad and Motion Recording
This is a super creative way to inject motion and dynamics into your sounds. You can record the XY pad and freely crossfade between the sound sources. You can record the output of an inbuilt LFO or sequencer to affect different targets or gradually introduce effects such as reverb, the Replika delay, or distortion.
Choose different playback modes from forward, reverse, loop/stop, and ping-pong. Set the speed from normal to double or half speed, and make playback free running or retrigger from the start with each keypress.
The Motion Recording function is described in-depth in the Lunaris 2 PDF User Manual.
Modulation & Effects
The effects in Lunaris 2 are replacing the legacy effects in the original Lunaris, with new effects such as the Choral and Phaser and the powerful Replika delay unit, based on the dedicated Replika XT delay plugin. The Replika delay contains five high-fidelity algorithms, and you got 2 x Replika delays in Lunaris 2, in a dual serial mode.
The Reverb is a highly realistic convolution reverb. Replicating the behavior of classic hardware units such as the L300, L224, and the BRT7. There are 37 reverb types to select from.
More in-depth information about the modulation and the effects are found in the Lunaris 2 PDF User Manual.
Lunaris 2 Specs & Requirement
✓ 530 pads created by world-class sound designers
✓ 13.7GB cinematic Kontakt Player Library (full version of Kontakt not required)
✓ Downloaded & installed in Native Access, just enter serial and click install
✓ 240 high-quality multisampled synth pads sound sources
✓ 117 sound sources of field recordings, synth transients and synth textures
✓ NKS ready for Komplete Kontrol and Machine
✓ Official Native Instruments third-party library
Requirement: The free Kontakt Player v6.7.1 and later, or the full version of Kontakt v6.7.1 or later
Windows: Windows 10 or 11, Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM
Mac: Mac and Apple Silicon, macOS 10.14 (Mojave) 10.15 (Catalina) or macOS 11 or 12
Note: Lunaris 2 will not work on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and earlier versions, since these do not support Kontakt/Kontakt Player 6.7.1. See the full compatibility list on this Native Instruments page.
Lunaris 2 requires temporary free space during the automatic download and installation. Make sure to have at least 42GB available for the installation process.
Recommended: 16GB RAM and SSD drive for optimal performance.