LUSH 2 by D16 – Gear Review


Lush 2 by D16

Lush 2

Introducing Lush 2: A Multilayer Polyphonic Synthesizer by D16, crafted to provide an expansive world of sonic manipulation in alignment with the developer’s meticulous D16 specifications. This synthesizer offers an extensive array of tools within its interface, including an automatable SYNC LFO, drawing parallels with the anticipation-inducing UDO Super 6 Binaural synthesizer. Enriching the experience is a suite of effects including chorus, filter, phaser, rotary speaker, and tremolo. D16 proudly hails Lush 2 as their pinnacle SH101 emulator, and as a seasoned user of their plugins, I concur entirely. It has seamlessly become my go-to plugin, consistently delivering exceptional versatility to my studio productions over recent weeks.

I have embraced the habit of revisiting past projects, reinvigorating them with fresh perspectives, and Lush 2 has been a transformative asset. The Lush 2 VST, utilized across ten projects, yielded remarkable outcomes. One particular highlight involved enhancing a Pad section by infusing tremolo, infusing a dynamic sonic fluctuation that injected newfound potency into the composition.

From a technical standpoint, Lush 2’s graphical user interface (GUI) exudes tactile aesthetics reminiscent of the mid-80s classic SH101. Its sleek, vintage charm is accompanied by three adjustable skin sizes (BIG, middle, and small), a thoughtful inclusion catering to users like myself who may require visual assistance. Each preset brings a unique dimension, from soaring leads to an array of drum loops, entrancing with its phasing effects. Experimenting with layering, duplicating audio channels, and applying presets from the list remarkably integrates harmoniously, while judicious panning imparts a sense of familiarity with Lush 2’s functionalities.

Lush 2’s capacity to harness 16 sounds for intricate outcomes is a boon, bolstered by the ensemble module adaptable across six preset topologies. The signal routing permutations appear exhaustive, providing ample scope for creative experimentation. The most gratifying feature is the automation of multiple fx processors. Granting profound creative mastery.

D16’s esteemed supporters encompass eminent figures in the Techno realm—Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, and Stephan Bodzin—all of which vouch for the unparalleled quality woven into D16’s product lineup.

My profound admiration for D16’s prowess is reinforced as their product line evolves with remarkable strides. The new Lush 2 stands as a testament to their innovation and dedication. Let’s delve into the developer’s perspective, shedding light on what the VST can infuse into your setup:

The Quintessential Synthesizer: Your Sonic Swiss Army Knife

Unveiling one of the most potent VST plugins, designed with user-friendliness and imaginative sound design at its core. Lush 2 possesses the transformative ability to spatially and spectrally metamorphose productions across genres, all within its adaptable audio spectrum.

A Journey into Vintage and Beyond

Within Lush 2’s Ensemble section, a captivating array of vintage device emulations awaits, encompassing modulating delights such as BBD-based choruses, Solina-inspired ensembles, rotary speakers, as well as an assortment of original tremolos, auto-panners, and more. Yet, this is merely the inception. Tandem Multi Filters offer a vast selection of 40 filter types, spanning dual shelving EQs, low/high/band-pass models, formant filters, and a rich collection of vintage and contemporary phasers.

Empowerment Through Modulation

LUSH 2 empowers soundscapes through its many Modulators, ushering in movement and dynamism into any production. Tweak the cutoff/centre frequency modulation, offset the tempo-sync-able, phase-adjustable LFO, the envelope Follower driven by input amplitude, and the rhythmic 16-step Step arp sequencer.

Unfettered Pathways

Each Modulator independently intertwines with the Filter and resonance, birthing intricate signal amalgamations. The Multitude of automatable FX permit parallel or serial signal flow across six topology choices, dictating the Ensemble’s placement within the sonic chain.

Amid this mastery lies Lush 2, offering not only the standard features such as a resizable GUI and a categorized preset browser full of over 1600 preset types, but also the ability to enhance beats, enrich bass lines, embellish vocals, animate pads, and infuse life into keys and FX. Lush 2 transcends multilayer synthesis, traversing sonic realms with seamless prowess.

Previous supporters of D16 plugins are Techno A-listers Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing & Stephan Bodzin who said this about them: “Actually the whole product line of d16 is made of stunning quality”.

Lush 2 Key features

Some other features of Lush 2 by D16 include:

    • Multi-core support for better performance
    • Multilayer architecture with 16 independent Layers (per-layer properties): Up to 32 voices of polyphony, MIDI channel, Keyboard zone, Audio output
    • Synthesis: Oscillators of uncompromising quality, filters with an incredibly natural warmth and character, and best-in-class effects
    • Mixer: Parametric EQs (1 per channel strip), Compressors (1 per channel strip)
    • Several GUI sizes
    • MIDI-learn functionality
    • Tag-based preset browser
    • Over 1600 presets

To connect with D16 and learn more about Lush 2 and their related products on social media visit:

Here are the system requirements for Lush 2 by D16:

  • Windows 7 or newer. Intel x86 / AMD x86Software. VST2 / VST3 / AAX compatible host application (32-bit or 64-bit).
  • Mac OS X 10.13 to macOS 13. Intel x86 / Apple SiliconSoftware. VST2 / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host application (64-bit only).
  • RAM min.: 8 GB1


You may also like...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.