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iZotope Nectar Production Suite v2.02

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Treat Your Voice

Flawless vocal production is just a click away. From quick corrections to limitless creativity, Nectar 2 treats your voice to sweet results.


Highlights

Nectar 2 Production Suite bundles Nectar 2 with dedicated Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins.

KEY FEATURES

  • Get 11 vocal tools in one integrated plug-in, include real-time and offline pitch correction with a manual note editor, breath control, gate, compression, saturation, EQ, de-esser, doubler, limiter, reverb, and delay.
  • Rapidly audition different vocal sounds with professionally-designed Style presets.
  • Finesse your sound with surgical detail using powerful advanced controls.
  • Improve vocal production at all stages, from tracking through mixing.

Nectar delivers a complete set of 11 professional vocal tools and effects, including real-time and offline pitch correction, parallel compressors, breath control, a doubler, reverb, and much more. Optimized for use during both tracking and mixing, Nectar features a streamlined overview pane for swift adjustments to popular controls. And if you love getting under the hood, Nectar also offers advanced settings that let you finesse your sound with surgical detail.

Creative control. Sweet results.

Transform vocals or subtly enhance them with Nectar's extensive suite of creative vocal tools, both when mixing recorded vocals or when tracking your favorite vocal artist.

  • Add warmth and grit to your vocal with five Saturation models including Analog, Retro, Tape, Tube and Warm. A unique graphical display and simple roll-off EQ make it easy to further sculpt your sound.
  • Easily thicken your vocal tracks by adding up to four additional pitched and panned voices with the Doubler.
  • Dial a slapback echo into the Delay module to instantly magnify your vocals and achieve a classic rock sound.
  • Instantly capture the Motown vocal flavor with two analog-modeled Compressors that can be run in parallel.
  • Smooth out your vocal tracks and help them sit well in the mix with a Reverb specifically designed for vocals.
  • Add loudness while mixing with the Limiter, or engage it while tracking to catch any rogue audio clipping.

Nobody's perfect. Let Nectar fix it.

Even the biggest superstars might need a little help here and there. Bring out the best in any vocal performance with Nectar's corrective tools.

  • As a first step to vocal enhancement, add tonal clarity and presence with Nectar's transparent EQ.
  • Reduce unwanted or exaggerated "ess" sounds from your vocals with the intuitive De-Esser, primed for smooth results thanks to extensive hardware modeling.
  • Clean up vocal takes with the Gate to simply silence room tone or other unwanted noise.
  • Get breathtaking results! Automatically remove unwanted breaths from recordings with the Breath Control module, featuring intelligent detection that saves you from time-consuming editing.
  • Correct errant notes in your vocals automatically with real-time Automatic Pitch Correction, or easily create the robotic pitch effect made popular by Cher, T-Pain and Kanye West.

Get under the hood. Get Advanced.

Nectar's most frequently accessed controls are readily available in the Main view, but there's so much more to Nectar than first meets the eye.

  • Click the Advanced View button to uncover powerful settings and controls for each of the 11 vocal tools.
  • Operate Nectar in Tracking mode for low latency performance that's perfect for live recording, or switch over to Mixing mode for higher-quality processing and lookahead calculations to optimize your results.
  • Fix just one out of tune note with Manual Pitch Correction, or manually tune your entire vocal track with deep control and flexible graphical editing.
  • With the custom signal flow, re-route Nectar's modules to quickly customize your vocal chain and get the precise sound you're looking for.
  • Three simple steps. One perfect vocal.

Getting started with Nectar is as easy as 1, 2, 3. (And you just might be done at 1!)

  • Pick your Genre and Style: Nectar comes with dozens of built-in Styles that set up the plug-in's Main View and the underlying effect chain. Configure 11 modules with just one click for immediate results.
  • Adjust in the Main View: Each Style has unique producer-level controls that let you quickly adjust settings like Presence, Drive and Grit. Experiment to personalize your sound, then tackle the Levels and Space. If needed, clean up the vocal with the De-Esser, Breath Control, Gate and Pitch Correction.
  • Drill down into the Advanced View: Seasoned professionals expect the ability to tweak the nitty-gritty details, and Nectar's Advanced View is a tweaker's delight. If you're just getting started with vocal production, look to the Advanced View as an educational resource. Study the settings in your favorite Styles to understand what defines different genres from the 40s to today. You'll be inventing your own Style in no time

 

 

Compare Nectar 2 and Nectar 2 Production Suite

  Nectar 2 Production Suite Nectar 2 Standard Edition
Harmony Module

Add harmonies to your vocal tracks for lush choruses or melodic backing vocals. Experiment with intelligent automatic settings or define your own with a MIDI controller.

Reverb Module

Add classic space and character to your vocals with an authentic modeling of the EMT 140-modeled stereo plate reverb unit.

Pitch Editor Plug-in

Stay in tune without ever leaving your DAW. The new Pitch Editor plug-in gives you deep control in a flexible workspace, making pitch correction simpler than ever.

 
Refined DSP & Note Detection

Transparently correct pitch and get natural-sounding results with Nectar 2's refined DSP and note detection.

 
ReWire Control

Avoid jumping back to your DAW's transport controls by using ReWire technology to navigate the Pitch Editor workspace.

 
Vibrato Control

Easily enhance or reduce the vibrato in your vocals to fine-tune your performance.

 
Note Auditioning

Quickly spot-check pitch with just a single click on individual notes.

 
Breath Control Plug-in

Automatically remove unwanted breaths from recordings, with intelligent breath detection that saves you from time-consuming vocal edits.

 
FX Module

Unleash your creative potential with 7 new effects that allow you to reimagine your vocal sound. Includes distortion, modulation, and time-based effects.

Presets

Recreate classic and modern vocal styles at the click of a button with over 150 new presets in a wide variety of genres.

Overview Panel

Make quick adjustments in the streamlined Overview panel, or switch to Advanced View to tweak each module's powerful settings and controls.

New EQ Filters

Dial in a subtle bass cut or treble boost transparently with new Baxandall and Pultec-inspired Vintage shelf filters.

Key Detection

Define your track's key easily with Nectar 2's Key Detection, helpful for informing both pitch correction and harmonization.

Enhanced Metering

See how your settings affect your sound with enhanced metering in every module, helping you to make informed decisions about your vocal production.

Meter Tap

Seamlessly integrate with Insight, iZotope's essential metering suite. Each instance of Nectar can be visually monitored via an internal Meter Tap.

Redesigned Interface

Inspired by Ozone 5 and Alloy 2, the new, larger interface makes even more controls accessible on the front of the plug-in, helping you click less to achieve your desired results.

 

Harmony Module

You'll always have backup singers by your side with Nectar 2's new Harmony module. Want great-sounding harmonies quickly? Nectar 2 intelligently generates in-key harmonies using the lead vocal as a guide. Feeling more hands-on? Define your own custom harmonies by playing notes on your MIDI controller. Whichever method you choose, Nectar 2 provides flexible, natural-sounding vocal accompaniments to enrich your vocal production.

  • Automatically add in-key harmonies to your vocal tracks, then easily adjust their gain, pan, delay and more with an intuitive X/Y pad control.
  • Define your own unique harmonies by using MIDI Control mode, which allows you to compose up to 12-voice accompaniments on-the-fly with a MIDI controller.
  • Tailor the settings for only your harmonized accompaniments with Solo Voices mode, which allows you to to audition the module's added voices independent of the guide vocal.
  • Choose from suggested keys with Nectar 2's Key Detection, or quickly set the track's key yourself to inform harmonization.


Plate Reverb

There's nothing like a reverb for creating rich, harmonic space and presence for your vocals. Inspired by a timeless classic, Nectar 2's reverb is fully revamped to model the iconic EMT 140 plate reverb. Combining retro feel with modern technology, the Reverb module captures the distinctive warmth and density of the EMT 140 while providing unique controls that were physically impossible in the original device.

  • Add classic space and character to your vocals with an authentic modeling of the EMT 140-modeled stereo plate reverb unit.
  • Create overdriven, vintage reverb textures with the Saturation Control, which simulates a popular effect of the original EMT 140 preamp.
  • Experiment in real time with controls never possible in the original, like Pre-delay, Cutoff Filters, Width, and Decay.

Real-time Pitch Correction

Effortlessly correct off-key notes in your vocals automatically with real-time Pitch Correction. Nectar's Pitch Correction algorithm preserves the original formants and timbre of your vocals to give you more natural-sounding results, rather than scaling the formants along with the pitch.

  • Correct errant notes in the pitch of vocals without losing the original character of the performer’s timbre.
  • Choose from a variety of preset scales or create custom scales.
  • Drop the snap-to-grid speed to 0ms for full-on robotic mode, or use 30-60ms for more human-sounding, transparent results.
  • Transpose your vocals anywhere between an Octave Up or Down.
  • Get a prioritized list of suggested keys for your song, after usually just one verse and chorus, with Key Detection.
  • Recreate the robotic pitch effect made popular by Cher, T-Pain, and Kanye West.


Pitch Editor [Production Suite]

Stay in tune without ever leaving your DAW. The new Pitch Editor plug-in, bundled as part of the Nectar 2 Production Suite, makes manual pitch correction simpler than ever. Nectar 2's enhancements include a refreshed interface for graphical pitch editing and improved visual feedback, all within a resizable window. With a workspace that's easy to navigate and a workflow that's easy to follow, your vocal track will be pitch-perfect in no time.

  • Get optimal, transparent, and natural results with Nectar's refined note detection and digital signal processing.
  • Avoid jumping back to your DAW's transport controls: navigate the timeline within the plug-in seamlessly by using the iZotope ReWire Device.
  • Enhance or reduce vibrato simply with one control to fine-tune your performance.
  • Quickly spot-check pitch with just a single click on individual notes.

Breath Control [Production Suite]

Automatically remove unwanted breaths from recordings with the new Breath Control plug-in, bundled as part of the Nectar 2 Production Suite. Featuring intelligent detection that can separate breath sounds from sung or spoken vocals, the Breath Control saves you from time-consuming and tedious manual editing. Nectar will take your breath away, but keep you sounding natural.

  • Aggressively reduce all breaths to a specific level when using Target mode.
  • Transparently attenuate each individual breath by a set value when using Gain mode.
  • Control the process used to detect breaths by adjusting the Sensitivity control.
  • See the impact of your settings and monitor Nectar's processing with intelligent metering views.
  • Fine-tune your settings by using the Breaths Only feature to audition what's being removed.

FX Module

Tired of traditional vocal treatments? The new FX module is your new vocal playground. Unleash your creative potential with 7 new effects that allow you to reimagine your sound, whether it's dark, dramatic, or completely destructive. Experiment with deeper customization via tempo controls and the ability to adjust the FX signal flow in a series or parallel.

  • Mangle your voice with Distort effects: Overdrive and Decimate.
  • Create otherworldly vocal sounds with Modulate effects: Phaser, Flanger, and Chorus.
  • Add creative space and impact with time-based Repeat effects: Shred and Rollout.

Presets

Recreate classic and modern vocal styles at the click of a button with over 150 new presets in genres like Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Indie, Jazz, and Voice Over & Dialogue. Each preset is a custom configuration of Nectar 2's modules, giving you a professionally designed effects chain for immediate results, along with the power to edit and customize as you please.

  • Sculpt your sound freely using up to 8 filters and over 10 filter types.
  • Transparently dial in a subtle bass cut or treble boost with new Baxandall filters.
  • Create complementary EQ shapes with a single node using Pultec-inspired Vintage Shelf filters.

De-Esser

Sibilance, or distracting "ess" sounds, can plague vocal tracks of all kinds, whether sung or spoken. Reduce unwanted or exaggerated sibilance with Nectar 2's intuitive De-Esser, primed for smooth results thanks to extensive hardware modeling inspired by the DBX 902 De-Esser.

  • Reduce sibilance consistently, regardless of your vocal's changing volume, through Nectar 2's intelligent processing.
  • Customize the "ess" detection by making adjustments with the Frequency control.
  • Check the impact of gain reduction and other settings through new metering views, then adjust to taste.

EQ

As a first step to vocal enhancement, add tonal clarity and presence with Nectar's transparent EQ. Featuring the best of iZotope's award-winning EQ design, you'll get high-quality processing, a wealth of filter options, and a flexible graphical interface.

  • Sculpt your sound freely using up to 8 filters and over 10 filter types.
  • Transparently dial in a subtle bass cut or treble boost with new Baxandall filters.
  • Create complementary EQ shapes with a single node using Pultec-inspired Vintage Shelf filters.

Compressor

Use Nectar 2's Compressor to shape the dynamics of your vocal track, whether you wish to reduce the dynamic range of a recording, make the track more consistent in volume, or increase its average level. With a workflow that makes it trivial to set up parallel compressors with post filtering, you can instantly capture signature sounds like the Motown vocal flavor.

  • Customize your compression by choosing between four different compressor types: Digital, Vintage, Optical, and Solid State.
  • Perform parallel compression simply, without extensive routing, and easily mix between the two paths.
  • Sculpt the tone of your compressed vocals with the shelf filters on the second compressor.&nbspl

Additional Features and Modules

  • Add warmth and grit to your vocal with five Saturation models, including Analog, Retro, Tape, Tube and Warm. A unique graphical display and simple roll-off EQ make it easy to further tailor your sound.
  • Dial a slapback echo into the Delay module to instantly magnify your vocals and achieve a classic rock sound.
  • Clean up vocal takes with the Gate to easily silence room tone or other unwanted noise. The added Floor control allows you to preserve some noise floor for smoother results.
  • Add loudness while mixing with the Limiter, or engage it while tracking to prevent audio clipping.
  • Operate Nectar in Tracking mode for low latency performance that's perfect for live recording, or switch over to Mixing mode for higher-quality processing and lookahead calculations to optimize your results.
  • Make quick adjustments in the streamlined Overview panel, or switch to Advanced View to tweak each module's powerful settings and controls.
  • Seamlessly integrate with Insight, iZotope's essential metering suite—if you own Insight, each instance of Nectar can be visually monitored via an internal Meter Tap.
  • Get the precise sound you're looking for by customizing your vocal chain: simply re-order Nectar's modules to adjust the signal flow or right-click to restore the default.

 

Nectar Production Suite System Requirements

Supported operating systems:

  • Windows: XP SP3 or later, x64, 7, 8
  • Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later (Intel-based Macs only)

Plug-in formats:

  • AAX (Pro Tools 11)
  • RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10)
  • VST and VST 3
  • Audio Unit

Plug-in host compatibility:

  • Nectar 2 works as plug-ins in popular hosts* like Pro Tools, Cubase, GarageBand, Logic, Ableton Live, Reaper, StudioOne, Audition, SONAR X2 & X3, ACID, Vegas, Sound Forge, and many more.
  • *Please note: The Pitch Editor plug-in included with Nectar 2 Production Suite is not compatible with some hosts like Sound Forge, GarageBand, ACID, Audition, and Samplitude.
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