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Future development

Take a look at planned development of LuSH-101 and see how we want to improve it in the future! Move your mouse over the timeline to learn more.
AAX
Native AAX support for all Protools users.
Additional skins
Different themes.
New features
- Second insert effect slot for yet richer sounds

- Additional tempo modifiers for synced LFOs to give more control

- New destinations in Modulation Matrix for greater expression

- Improvements in parameters' handling, automation and MM assignation
New features
Function Knobs - more details soon
There is much
more to come

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Overview

The only synthesizer you need

LuSH-101 is a synthesizer created from modules that can be found in many modern virtual synthesizers, all combined into a single compact and logically intuitive design. However, this basic simplicity combined with its multilayer architecture turns it into an easy-to-use but extremely powerful instrument that can be programmed and tweaked quickly, almost effortlessly leveraging its maximum potential.

The multilayer architecture guarantees that both the sound design possibilities and number of unique situations in which LuSH-101 can be used are virtually limitless. Layered sounds can be created simply by assigning the layers to the same MIDI channel; the results can sound as massive as anything imaginable! Assigning the layers to different keyboard zones allows you to create even the most sophisticated splits. Of course, you can always assign the various layers to different MIDI channels for 8-part multitimbral usage. And, virtually any combination of splits, layers, and multitimbrality is possible with just a single instance of LuSH. With each layer working as an independent synthesizer with its own polyphony, parameters, enhanced arpeggiator, and a palette of only the finest insert effects, LuSH-101 can push your creativity to unprecedented levels!

Want to express yourself even more? In addition to a very sophisticated MIDI-learn implementation, an advanced modulation matrix is built into each layer. Even the Arpeggiator's MIDI output can be used as a modulation source, unleashing your creativity to build complex sequences and progressions.

LuSH also comes complete with a powerful built in mixer, complete with layer-independent parametric equalizers and compressors. Three send effects in superb quality allow you to put the finishing touches on the final output.

LuSH plays perfectly in any genre. For funkier styles, the Gate may be used instead of the VCA for instant staccato sounds full of energy and rhythmic pep. When creating Ambient or Chillout, longer attack and release times along with the smooth, rich spaciousness of the built-in reverb are enough to satisfy even the most ardent purists. Is Dubstep or Drum & Bass more your thing? No problem! Filters modulated by the LFOs and envelopes in conjunction with Unison mode can lead to the sickest, nastiest, and most novel vibrations—your sound system won't know what hit it (and you won't, either), so watch out! No matter what you want to play or how you want to use it, LuSH will get the job done.

Sound like never before

LuSH-101’s uniquely accurate sound has been achieved only through experience: countless hours have been spent analyzing classic analogue synthesizers, and then designing and implementing DSP algorithms with close attention paid to every component in the signal path—not just the approximating the overall output. We deliver to you a synthesizer built on oscillators of uncompromising quality, filters with incredible natural warmth and character, and effects each at the absolute top of their class.

Innovative oscillator algorithms developed by D16 make LuSH-101 sound exactly like a sampled hardware analog synth—but without the sampling! There is no aliasing in the oscillators, even at 22kHz from the note’s base frequency. Vibrato and pitch bend do not affect the spectral quality of the oscillators, allowing LuSH-101 to sound completely authentic under all conditions.

A problem present in many virtual analogue synths is that the harmonics of generated sound waves start to disappear well below (and up to) the Nyquist frequency, causing the them to sound dull and lacking in clarity and punch. LuSH-101 was designed from the ground up to avoid this, resulting in a very rich and clear sound, even from the simplest waveforms!

Resonance is constant across the entire frequency domain, which makes the filter sound totally authentic, especially when controlled via the envelopes or an LFO. Turning resonance to maximum and turning all the oscillators down will produce a pure and pleasant sine wave as the filter is driven into self-oscillation, exactly as with true analog gear. Of course, keyboard tracking can also be applied to the filter for a smooth, adjustable cutoff gradient across the keyboard range.

Sound examples

Awards


Reviews

SoundBytes Magazine, March 2014
» This synth has a very high quality sound, and you may find (as I did) that sometimes there is just no need to use its many layers to get an awesome sound from it. However, it is great to have those extra layers available. It can create some monster presets, as long as you have a modern PC or Mac. [...] D16 Group has done an excellent job combining many useful features into LuSH-101. It has a great sound quality, good modulation options, and its multiple layers can create huge presets. «
Wusik Magazine, December 2012
» You will see just how impressive LuSH-101 can be using just a single layer with no effects coloring the result [...] It's superb and is only going to get better. It's well worth your effort in giving it a try. «
Computer Music, January 2013
» LuSH-101 truly is the spiritual successor to Roland's diminutive classic. Despite being vastly more powerful and complex, it takes inspiration from that timeless, faultless interface to present a synthesizer that's a joy for the experienced programmer and as easy for beginner to get into as any virtual instrument we've ever tried. [...] It sounds beautiful, and it confidently proves that even after 30 year of progress, some great ideas just don't go our of fashion. (Rated as 9 of 10) «
Future Music 02/2013
» LuSH-101 is stunning - sonically superlative, extremely versatile, inspiringly self-contained, and as easy to use as Roland's classic orginal, yet much more powerful. [...] With bite and aggression to spare, and plenty of low-end welly in the trunk, it excels at bass and lead lines. «
Attack Magazine, 11/02/2013
» Overall, LuSH-101 sounds fantastic. Although D16’s bold assertion that it’s “the only synthesiser you need” may be a slight exaggeration, it’s impossible to deny the huge sonic potential and versatility on offer here. Being so heavily inspired by the SH-101, it obviously caters well for all the classic 101 staples: rubbery techno basslines, acidic arps and mono leads, among others. [...] Perhaps most importantly, as well as sounding excellent, LuSH-101 really is a lot of fun to play with. [...] It’s great that we finally have a good SH-101 emulation on the market, and even better that it adds so many excellent features to make the sound even more versatile.(full article you can find here) «
macProVideo Jan 29, 2013
» There are fat basses, multi-layered leads and some excellent tempo-based patches among the 1600 included. Tailoring sounds is simple, thanks to the layer system and building your own isn’t too arduous either. I’m willing to bet though that you’ll spend quite a while going through the presets and having fun: there is a lot here for anyone producing electronic music. (full article you can find here) «
Computer Music, December 2012
» LuSH-101 truly is the spiritual successor to Roland's diminutive classic. Despite being vastly more powerful and complex, it takes inspiration from that timeless, faultless interface to present a synthesiser that's a joy for the experienced programmer and as easy for a beginner to get into as any virtual instrument we've ever tried [...] An absolute classic taken to dazzling new heights, LuSH-101 proves to be well worth the wait. «
Beat, December 2012
» Den Titel „Beste SH-101-Nachbildung am Markt“ verdient das Plug-in mit seinem direkten, durchsetzungsfähigen Sound ohne Frage. Dank spannender Erweiterungen wie der hervorragenden Effekte und der Multilayer-Architektur ist es dabei weit mehr als nur eine erstklassige Emulation, nämlich ein leistungsfähiger Allrounder mit großem Kreativpotenzial und einem riesigen Fundus inspirierender Presets. «
Waveformless, 11/2012
» LuSH-101 not only captures the sound of the 101, but jettisons it into the present day and expands on the sound significantly without losing the original character that makes that simple synth such a classic. Three years of development may seem like a long time to some of us, but after working with LuSH-101, the painstaking detail and design work that went into this synth becomes obvious [..] Simply put, this synth is a beast. If you’re a fan of the classic Roland sound, this should be a no-brainer. They’ve nailed the sound and opened up whole new worlds of sound with the added features and immaculate-sounding effects. (read full review here) «
Audiodesk, 11/2012
» All in all, D16 has provided a great synthesizer with LuSH-101. You 8 adetailed emulation of the famous Roland SH-101, aswell of the Roland JP-8000 supersaw at once, rounded with a highly usable mixer environment, which makes this synthesizer very versatile. Equipped with high quality internal effects and flexible modulation matrix, packed into an excellent GUI. The manual is very well documented, and answers every open question. The factory presets are top-notch, same as the sound quality of the synthesizer itself [..] rating: 98% (read full review here) «

Testimonials

» Another absolutely brilliant and useful product from D16! The level of detail and complexity of sounds you can achieve with this synth is spectacular. «

Allen Morgan


Listen to the audio examples and experience for yourself the astonishing sound quality LuSH-101 has to offer. See for yourself how the highest quality modeled components and a total lack of all the traditional VA synthesis weak points result in a sound as unforgettable as it is inspiring!

Sounds superb in any setting!

LuSH-101 lets you create presets for single layer, for all 8 layers at once (including the mixer settings), but also allows the creation of presets for smaller blocks of parameters such as the arpeggiator and the mixer’s send effects. LuSH-101 delivers undeniably impressive results in virtually every sonic category. A generous factory library of more than 1600 presets of every type is included. Whether the presets themselves fit perfectly in your arrangements as is, or serve only as starting points for you own mad creations, you'll find ample ammo here to express your unique musical vision and derive inspiration for many years to come.

A carefully prepared, categorized and hierarchically arranged bank always let you find exactly what you're looking for—from massive basses, to complex sequences, to the toughest-sounding synthetic percussion you've ever heard, you'll find it all here. Huge, inspiring arpeggiator performances of unusual sophistication and scope will draw you in instantly from the first key press. Plus, most of the factory presets make extensive use of the Modulation Matrix to make the sounds that much more expressive and flavorful; LuSH-101 was designed to be a musical instrument first and foremost, and therefore the factory presets were designed with playability and personality in mind.

To top it all off, an intuitively designed preset browser keeps everything organized and easy to locate, even when dealing with something as huge as the included library. In order to ensure that exchanging them remains as straightforward as possible, presets are managed in a file-based manner, rather than in some proprietary, esoteric format that makes backup and sharing a pain. Your sounds are yours to do with as you please, and LuSH makes it incredibly easy!

Presets in LuSH-101 were made by team of the best sound designers from around the world, guaranteeing a huge diversity of character and style; from Dubstep to Drum & Bass; from Trance, to Techno, to House, to Complextro; from the established to the cutting-edge, you'll find it all here—and none of it static or sterile, but alive, full of personality, and eminently tweakable!

Video - Tutorials

Basic usage - Getting started
Basic usage - Using timbres
Basic usage - Synthesis part 1
Basic usage - Synthesis part 2
Basic usage - Synthesis part 3
Basic usage - Synthesis part 4
more comming soon...

Video - Audio analysis

High resonance filter frequency sweep spectrum
Alias free sawtooth waveform
Other synths' oscillators - Sawtooth wave
Alias free Hardsync on Sawtooth oscillator (the high-end of frequency domain)

Full Features

  • Multi-core support for computers equipped with multi-core processors for better performance.
  • Multilayer architecture with 8 independent Layers (per-layer properties)
    • Up to 32 voices of polyphony
    • MIDI channel
    • Keyboard zone
    • Audio output
    • Synthesis
      • Oscillators (Saw, PWM, Noise), with Supersaw and HardSync options
      • Sub Oscillator (5 waveforms)
      • Self-oscillating, high-quality, multimode filter
      • Passive high-pass filter
      • Up to 8 voice unison with Tune, Cutoff and Panorama spread
      • 2 LFOs with optional tempo synchronization and re-triggering modes (Trig, Gate, Arpe, None)
      • 2 envelopes with re-triggering modes (Trig, Gate, LFO1, LFO2)
    • Insert effect (selectable algorithms):
      • Chorus
      • String Ensemble
      • Phaser
      • Flanger
      • Distortion
      • Vowel filter
      • Decimator
      • Tremolo
    • Modulation Matrix (modulation sources):
      • Note velocity
      • Pitch bend
      • Modulation wheel
      • Expression pedal
      • Sustain pedal
      • Keyboard’s aftertouch
      • Note pitch
      • Arpeggiator’s output
    • Arpeggiator
      • Step sequencer (Gate and Tie per step)
      • 6 Run modes (Up, Down, Up and Down, Down and Up, Random, Manual)
      • Chord mode (Gater)
      • 3 Hold modes (Normal, Toggle, Trigger)
      • Shuffle
      • Tempo multiplier (Full notes, Dotted notes, Triplets)
  • Mixer
    • Parametric EQs (1 per channel strip)
    • Compressors (1 per channel strip)
    • Up to 11 freely-assignable stereo output busses per instance
    • Send FX’s (Reverb, Chorus, Delay with tempo sync)
  • Presets
    • Over 1600 factory presets
    • 5 preset categories (whole synth, single layer, Arpeggiator, Reverb, Delay)
    • Advanced, file-based preset browser
  • Miscellaneous
    • Advanced MIDI learn
    • Parameter mapping for VST / AU automation
    • Selectable GUI size

System requirements

PC

OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
CPU: 2.8 Ghz with SSE (i7 based 3.7 GHz recommended)
RAM: 1 GB (1.5 GB recommended)
Software: VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac

OS: 10.6.x or 10.7.x
CPU: Intel based 2.8 Ghz with SSE (i7 based 3.4 GHz recommended)
RAM: 1 GB (1.5 GB recommended)
Software: AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

It's not a standalone program so you need a host application to use it.
Hardware requirements/recommendations are based on estimates performed on available computers at D16 Group HQ, and therefore cannot cover all possible configurations available on the market. CPU usage may vary widely depending on the manner in which the product is used. Factors that may contribute to variance in CPU usage include the number of layers active in a patch, the global quality setting, project sample rate, and patch complexity (i.e., the number and types of modulation routings, effects usage, number voices, including unison, etc.)

In order to form a better understanding of how LuSH-101 will behave within your current setup, we highly recommend downloading the demo and giving it a try.
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