Artists' testimonials, paper and blog reviews, awards etc.
The synthesizer is definitely a lot of fun and is equipped with sufficient possibilities. You can create wonderful silky pads, powerful basses and very nice sequences.
Music Nation 2019/02
While not an overly deep synth in single layer mode, the ever-increasing complexity of dual LFOs, arpeggiator and effects on each layer, combined with the flexible modulation matrix, this monster synth is capable of sounding absolutely huge. [...] Though the instrument excels at bass sounds, the pad and string capabilities are phenomenal. The layer effects and unison voices can produce huge pad and string sounds totally outside the capabilities of the original hardware, but at the same time providing a flexible and very modern sound.
Making Music 2018/06
I have fired up plenty of software synths in the past and the battle to sculpt sounds an be a long and trying one. With the LUSH-101 almost any control you tinker with has an immediate and tangible effect on the sound. For beginners the LUSH-101 is an exercise in instant gratification. I lost a considerable amount of time just playing with the arpeggiator. Glorious time. [...] If you’re not sure where to start with the LUSH-101 then any one of the 1,600 factory presets would be a good starting point. In fact, much like the other D16 group plugin I love (the PunchBox) the LUSH-101 has been a starting point for several tracks I have created recently. In terms of recommendations it doesn’t get much stronger than that.
The LuSH-101 produces the typical analog sound of Roland synthesizers of the 1980s. For me it sounds very convincing and at the same time independent due to the many useful extensions compared to the SH-101. Even with full polyphony, additional modulations and effects it always keeps its own character, which distinguishes it from other synth plug-ins. The arpeggiator/gater also deserves special praise with its countless possibilities and clever operation. Despite the many controls, you can understand the most important functions of the D16 LuSH-101 even without a manual. The manual explains in detail and understandable what everything is possible. The original Roland SH-101 came on the market as an inexpensive entry-level synth, D16 Group has further developed the template into a comfortable synthesizer workstation. D16 Group LuSH-101 is not a new release, but at least for me a new discovery that has excited me and therefore editorial tip!
Bedroom Producers Blog 2015/06
The sound quality is quite possibly the closest to analog I’ve ever heard. I might even boast that LuSH-101 is “more analog than analog”. The oscillators are crisp and clear, the filter has a special character I’m sure Roland SH-101 purists are looking for, and the unison engine is a savage beast.
Attack Magazine 2013/02
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.
Future Music 2013/02
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.
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.
Computer Music 2013/01
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)
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.
Computer Music 2012/12
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.
Wusik Magazine 2012/12
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.
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%
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.
LuSH-101 is a proper monster synthesizer that is capable of producing high quality sounds. Beyond the SH-101 comparison, LuSH-101 offers so much more than the recreation of a classic. The layering system is really nice, especially for designing dynamic pads. I am also well impressed with D16 Group’s fast response to user requests/critique. If the first update and the list of upcoming improvements are anything to go by, it looks like LuSH-101 will only get better with time.