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iZotope Nectar v3

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Vocals, in the mix

Introducing Nectar 3, the most sophisticated set of tools designed for vocal production. Address every part of your vocal chain and get professional-sounding vocals in seconds with new machine learning features, stunning visualizations, and more.


Highlights

The next level of vocal mixing

From corrective to creative processing, all the way to the final polish, Nectar 3 ushers in a new era of mixing vocals with machine learning tools, modern workflows, and communication across your session.

 

Great vocals in isolation...

Vocal Assistant listens to your audio and gets you started with a custom preset, tailored to your unique vocal. Time consuming tasks like corrective EQ cuts, dynamics, and de-essing are performed with precision in seconds. Vocal Assistant will even intelligently set an optimal input level with Auto Level Mode to ensure a smooth performance. 

 

...and in the mix

Vocals are a big part of the mix, but they're not the only part. By communicating with the included Relay plug-in, Nectar will help place your vocal at the forefront of the mix, moving other competing mix elements out of the way automatically. Vocal Assistant: Unmask will communicate with any instance of Nectar 3, Neutron 2 Advanced (available separately), or iZotope Relay (included with Nectar 3) to create the perfect nest for your vocal.

 

A brand new EQ

  • Heads up displays - Experience EQ in a brand new way and stay in your creative zone, with powerful controls available directly from your selected EQ node.
  • Follow EQ - Follow EQ Mode will ride selected frequencies and their harmonics for unparalleled control of pitch information so you don’t have to make hours of corrective manual edits by hand.
  • Dynamic EQ - Dynamic EQ mode responds to the dynamic level of your audio, allowing you to make transparent cuts or boosts.

 

Professional clarity & polish

Nectar 3 is designed to work within any genre. In the audio examples below, we used Vocal Assistant, along with our own custom settings, to fit these vocals in the mix.

A match made in heaven: Melodyne 4 essential

iZotope has partnered with Celemony to include Melodyne 4 essential, giving you surgical, intuitive, and truly transparent pitch adjustment capabilities that are an industry standard in professional studios around the world. Nectar 3 is also bundled with iZotope RX Breath Control, which can intelligently detect breaths in dialogue or vocal recordings and automatically suppress them.

 

Catch every breath

Nectar 3 comes bundled with the magic of RX, the standard for audio cleanup and restoration. RX 7 Breath Control is designed to detect breaths in audio recordings and make them disappear, reducing time spent in the comping and editing stage.

The Vocal Chain Bundle and Music Production Suite 2 include even more time-saving restorative features from the RX family.

The pinnacle of audio plug-in design

Every module in Nectar 3 has been redesigned with your time and experience in mind. With new ways to interact with key module settings, a resizable interface, exciting metering animations, and new contextual selection settings, it’s a visual experience so smooth, you won’t want to go back to knobs and faders. 

  • EQ - Nectar 3 comes with two 24-band EQ modules offering nearly unlimited flexibility for both character and corrective processing. With Dynamic and Follow modes accessible from each node, it's the most advanced, intuitive EQ available.
  • Pitch - Get transparent (or extreme) pitch correction with Nectar 3's Pitch module. Automatically detect the register with Vocal Assistant, then adjust to taste with Strength, Speed, and Formant controls. Pitch also informs the register of your voices in the Harmony module, allowing you to more easily stack vocal harmonies.
  • Dimension - Add movement and depth with the modulation effects in Nectar 3's Dimension module. Dimension includes Chorus, Flanger, and Phaser effects, each with unique controls and an intuitive interface that lets you visually adjust and shape your tone.
  • Harmony - The Harmony module has been redesigned and improved, with the ability to add four additional voices easily within a spacious, contextual interface. Add natural harmonies, doubles, and textures with ease!
  • Compressor - Nectar 3 gives you two Compressor modules to ensure dynamic consistency and add unique character to your vocal. These compressors are perfect for vocalists, with five different modes that model popular vocal compressor types both old and new.
  • Reverb - Add natural space and character to your vocal with the Reverb module. Let Vocal Assistant set just the right amount for you to create a subtle "halo" effect, or use more extreme settings for a gigantic wash of verb.
  • De-esser - The De-esser module will tame your sibilant sounds in seconds. Visually adjust your threshold and cutoff filter right where you see the esses on the spectrum, or simply let Vocal Assistant set it automatically.

Compare Nectar Elements and Nectar 2 and Nectar 3

Vocal Assistant   Nectar Elements      Nectar 2        Nectar 3   
Vocal Assistant mode  
Vocal Assistant: Unmask    
Global Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Auto Level Mode    
Output: Pan    
Output: Width    
Output: Limiter    
Module Reordering  
Bypass: Gain Match    
Wet/Dry module controls    
Control within Neutron 2 Visual Mixer     
Experience Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Redesigned, fluid-like metering    
Fully resizable    
Contextual UI    
Heads up displays    
EQ Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
EQ module
2 EQ modules    
Follow EQ mode    
Dynamic Mode    
Solo-band mode    
EQ set by Vocal Assistant  
Breath Control Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Nectar 2 Breath Control plug-in    
RX 7 Breath Control plug-in    
Pitch Editor Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Register detected by Vocal Assistant  
Melodyne 4 essential    
Delay Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Delay module  
Echo mode (Improved in Nectar 3!)  
Analog mode (Improved in Nectar 3!)  
Digital mode (Improved in Nectar 3!)  
Tape mode (Improved in Nectar 3!)  
Grunge mode (new!)    
Dimension Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Dimension module    
Chorus (Improved in Nectar 3!)  
Flanger (Improved in Nectar 3!)  
Phaser (Improved in Nectar 3!)  
Harmony (Improved!) Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar3
Harmony module  
Up to eight voices    
Compressor (Improved!) Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Compressor module
Digital mode  
Optical mode  
Vintage mode  
Solid State mode  
Compressor set by Vocal Assistant  
Pitch (Improved!) Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Pitch module
Improved pitch tracking    
Reverb Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Reverb module
Reverb set by Vocal Assistant  
De-esser Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
De-esser module
De-esser set by Vocal Assistant  
Gate Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Gate module  
Close threshold (New in Nectar 3!)    
Gate set by Vocal Assistant    
Saturation Nectar Elements Nectar 2 Nectar 3
Saturation module  
Analog Mode  
Retro Mode  
Tape mode  
Tube Mode  
Warm Mode  
Decimate mode    
Distort Mode    

Nectar 3, Relay, and RX 7 Breath Control

  • Operating Systems:
    • OS X 10.8-10.14,
    • Windows: 7, 8, & 10
  • Plug-in Formats:
    • VST2, VST3, AudioUnit (Mac Only), AAX (Real-time & AudioSuite; 64-bit only), RTAS (Real-time & AudioSuite (DPM); 32-bit only)

Melodyne 4 essential

  • Mac OS: Intel Dual Core processor (Quad Core or better recommended), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), macOS 10.6.8 and 10.11.x to 10.13
  • Windows OS: Intel or AMD Dual Core processor (Quad Core or better recommended), 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (64-bit recommended), ASIO-compatible audio hardware
  • Activation: Computer-based or iLok USB dongle (2nd or 3rd generation), Melodyne 4 essential only computer-based. Internet access is required for activation

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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