D16 Lush-101: Not Just a Software SH-101 Clone

Poland based D16 Group’s new virtual synth Lush 101 is apparently due for release soon. I get the impression that this could be a real treat for anyone looking for a totally roided up virtual version of the classic Roland SH-101. The demos sound great (see below), and D16 have a history of making terrific sounding software emulations of classic gear; just check out their Drumazon and Nepheton if that for some reason happens to be news to you.

You might recall D16’s proposed SHIOTOR synth that was expected to see the light of day years ago. Lush-101 seems to be what that project ended up becoming, and as someone who eagerly waited for an opportunity to purchase a copy of SHIOITOR I’m happy that to learn that is finally close to a release date.

While Lush-101 is obviously based on Roland’s classic SH-101, it’s not a mere clone as its features (including both multi-timbrality of polyphony) and parameters greatly outnumber those of the old Roland. Personally, I find that to be the best approach to take with these kinds of recreations: Don’t just try an make a copy of the original, instead use today’s technology to improve upon it. Interestingly, that philosophy is also shared by another great music software company from Poland, namely PSP Audioware, whose Old Timer and Vintage Warmer plugins can be found in pretty much every single one of my Reaper projects.

 D16 Lush-101 Features:

  • 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 1700 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