D16 Group LuSH-101
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D16 Group LuSH-101

LuSH-101, Virtual subtractive synth from D16 Group.

laurent BERGMAN 11/17/2012

D16 Group LuSH-101 : laurent BERGMAN's user review

« Simply excellent! »
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For specifications, please refer to the tab "Info".

Standard installation, nothing to report. No conflict, no bug in intensive use.

The English manual is very clear, in fact, if you want, you can find the instructions I wrote (also clear) in French on the website of D16 in the download page for the plug-in: )

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SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Very stable on a Macpro 8 x 2.4 gHz, 8 GB RAM, Logic Pro 9, MOTU 896 HD FW.

Attention, a recent configuration is preferable, the plug-in is proving quite intensive CPU resources.

No bug deplore intensive use, no crash!

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OVERALL OPINION

Aah, one enters the heart of the matter!

(I use it for several months in beta-test).

The interface is clear and intuitive as well as being enjoyable. We regret the absence of a generator of sinusoidal waveform, which can be imitated, however slightly using the filter with a lot of resonance and little cutoff.

We appreciate having an insert effect per layer (especially Decimator and distortion and filter effects for vowels required for dubstep for example). The effect of string ensemble is stunning as well. Overall, the effects are of good quality, as usual in D16.

Editing is simple, it goes to the essential fairly quickly, although initially, there is a tendency to mix brushes when you want to edit a layer when many of them are active. Layers can play on the same MIDI channel (the entire range of the keyboard or on different portions of the keyboard) or play on different MIDI channels.

The possibility of copy / paste settings from one layer to another layer is very convenient (plus Mac OSX: CMD + click "Prev" to copy and CMD + click "Next" to paste the settings) to keep the same setting Envelope 1 and 2 LFO's or portamento (among others), which saves considerable time when editing sound on several layers (layers).

We would have liked the option to choose between the triplet and dotted note in addition to the traditional resolution for the speed of LFO's with sync to the tempo of the host application (as is the case with Fazortan or Syntorus of the same brand) in this first version, which should be fixed soon.

We also appreciate the ability to save / load patches (all settings of a previously saved layer) in any of the eight layers, which is also a great time saver.

Sync mode can also go further in sound research. The unison mode with settings tuning, pan and filter cutoff frequency well thicker sound. Supersaw function is also interesting to enrich its leads and strings.

The modulation matrix is ​​not rest, it is quite complete and will evolve in future updates of the source to some destinations TIE is quite interesting to use the arpeggiator, but do not worry, other combinations of sources / destinations are as interesting!

The presence of the mixer is also a plus, for each layer with a compression section with the usual basic settings, a 3-band EQ with parametric mid band to a switch Pre / Post compressor. It also has a reverb, a delay and a chorus effect send control for each layer, this item can also be placed in pre or post fader. The routing to different audio outputs is also facilitated via the mixer (or the panel via "Options / In-Out").

Regarding control Lush-101 Midi, its assignment to an external controller is also simple with the table assignment Midi (Midi Map) via the panel "Option / Midi control" or via the function "Midi Learn".

To control through automation, as the standard (VST or Audio Unit) only has 128 parameters and the number of parameters of Lush-101 far exceeds the number of entries, D16 has integrated a mapping of assigning parameters to the host application via the panel "Options / Parameters" with a No. column parameter for the host application and a corresponding column in the internal parameter Lush-101.

Side tone, the bass sounds are good, subtle strings, leads pass mix well, cover factory presets lot of musical styles and can get a pretty good idea of ​​the potential of this instrument.

I must say that, having thoroughly tested, especially during the beta testing phase, it is a very powerful synth with a huge potential.




The +:
. Bran, grain
. The enormous potential
. Quality effects
. Copy / paste settings layer
. Audio outputs for separate layers
. Loading / saving stamps
. The arpeggiator well thought


The -:
. Consumption of CPU resources
. Missing resolutions triplet and dotted note for the LFO's in sync
. No generator sinusoidal waveform

But these negatives will be corrected in future updates (not sinusoidal).

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