BLUR is a set of four stereo samplers that playback simultaneously via a midi keyboard. Each sampler is loaded with thirty two un-duplicated samples that can be arranged in over a million possible combinations to produce interesting textural sounds suited to atmospheric work. A million? Multiply 32 x 32 x 32 x 32 and you get 1048576… If you are a mathematician and want to tell us this is nonsense please do so.
Each sampler is capable of playing forwards or reverse, has movable start and end points for playback, loop start and end points, loop fade parameters and loop in release.
Amongst other obvious controls, the samplers each have a dedicated 3 band-eq, pan and mute.
BLUR has two main FX (Reverb and a Graincloud delay) plus an LFO. The LFO is routable to six different parameters.
BLUR also has a (Time)Stretch, a Tape(noise) effect and a (Stereo)Width dial.
BLUR’s main modulation feature is an XY pad arranged along the top of the samplers that can be used to: 1.Shift focus between the different samples during live playback.
2. Change reverb level or pitch during playback. This is achieved by the dropdown menu just below the BLUR logo.
This is also routed to CC 1 or the mod slider on a midi keyboard (other CC mappings are CC14-17 to the Sample Select dials).
BLUR is good at producing stabs, pads, sound fx and intriguing ambience. BLUR is not designed to be a faithful reproduction of a meticulously recorded piano, for example, nor is it much use as a synth. Treat it as a one-hit wonder (remember Trevor Horn’s Fairlight Stab?) or a provider of slow-moving atmosphere tracks and quirky rhythms and you will be rewarded with some surprisingly creative combinations.
BLUR is monophonic and requires the full version of Native Instruments Reaktor 6.