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v3.3 iZotope Nectar Plus

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iZotope Nectar Plus
  

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Vocals, in the mix

Updated with improved Unmasking controls and key detection, Nectar 3 Plus is the most powerful audio plug-in for vocal production, polish, and mixing.

Control your Unmasking

Vocal Assistant: Unmask talks to other iZotope plug-ins to send information and clean up audio in your mix that’s clashing with your vocal. You can visualize the Unmasking via a new EQ window in Neutron, Relay, or Nectar 3, and control the effect with a new Amount slider. Turn on the Dynamic setting, and Nectar 3 Plus tracks the vocal and ensures the unmasking only occurs when the voice is present.

* Vocal Assistant: Unmask works in Nectar 3 Plus, Relay, and Neutron 3 Standard and Advanced

Improved Unmask

With intelligent, assistive vocal mixing, once time-consuming tasks like dynamics processing, EQ cuts, and de-essing can now be performed with precision in seconds.

Why Nectar 3 Plus?

A complete vocal chain

12 vocal-focused processing modules offer the treatment you need for any type of vocal. Get DSP for harmonies, doubling, saturation, and much more.

Your new go-to vocal EQ

Nectar 3’s powerful fluid EQs can track the harmonics of your vocal signal, letting you make cuts or boosts that follow your pitch.

Surgically sculpt and polish

Compress, de-ess, mix harmonies, and more within a fluid, resizable UI. Nectar 3 is a complete vocal production envrionment in one plug-in.

Nectar 3 Features

Vocal Assistant

One of the most challenging aspects of vocal mixing is tailoring your channel strip to the style and abilities of your vocalist. Vocal Assistant makes this easier than ever by analyzing the content of your vocal performance and generating an effects preset form-fitted to the nuances of your singer and your music.

IMPROVED!
Vocal Assistant: Unmask

In larger mixes, vocals often are competing with other instruments like guitars, pianos, and cymbals. Nectar 3 Plus helps you manage masking, with an improved Vocal Assistant Unmask that uses Inter Plug-in Communication to let you place your vocal at the forefront of the mix. Now you can control the EQ on your masking track, allowing you to scale back the Amount for more subtelty, or engage Dynamic and Sidechain mode for EQ that responds dynamically to the vocal or the masking source.

* Vocal Assistant: Unmask works in Nectar 3 Plus, Relay, and Neutron 3 Advanced

Relay

Included with Nectar 3 Plus, Relay is an easy utility plug-in that lets you adjust the gain, pan, and width of any track in your session. Relay also communicates with Nectar, Neutron, Insight, and other compatible iZotope plug-ins to help you balance and unmask your mix.

Melodyne 5 Essential & RX 8 Breath Control

Nectar 3 also offers the power of Celemony’s industry-standard pitch correction, along with RX’s world-class breath removal. Achieve the cleanest vocal recordings you’ve ever produced.

Equalizer

The only EQ you’ll ever use

Two 24-band EQs come equipped with Dynamic and Follow modes for adaptive tone crafting.

Pitch

Perfect intonation, every time

Get transparent or extreme pitch correction and color to taste with an array of creative parameters.

Dimension

Subtle or dramatic modulation

Dimension includes chorus, flanger, and phaser effects to add movement and depth to your vocal.

Harmony

Instant vocal accompaniment

Add up to four additional voices and stack your harmonies to fit your vocal performance’s register.

Compressor

A dynamics module like you’ve never seen

Two compression modules ensure dynamic balance and add unique character to your vocals.

Reverb

Versatile and realistic spacial effects

Add natural space for a subtle “halo” effect or dial in a gigantic wash of reverb with intuitive controls.

De-esser

Focused hiss removal

Tame sibilant vocal sounds in seconds with Nectar’s new De-esser module.
2017_08-10 MGMT photographed at Beckett Mansion for Columbia Recirds.

MGMT Artist Presets

Free preset expansion pack

This hand-crafted collection from MGMT’s Ben Goldwater taps into the sonic character of Nectar 3’s latest and greatest vocal processing to inspire your next psychedelic adventure.

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Nectar Comparison Chart

 Nectar ElementsNectar 3
Melodyne 4 essential
RX 7 Breath Control
Vocal Assistant
Assist Mode
Unmask Mode
Global
Relay plugin
Auto Level mode
Output pan
Output width
Output limiter
Bypass Gain Match
Wet/Dry module controls
EQ
Follow EQ mode
EQ modules 12
Solo Band mode
Dynamic mode
Vocal Assistant EQ integration
Pitch
Pitch module
Improved pitch tracking
Delay
Dimension
Chorus
Flanger
Phaser
Harmony
Compressor
Compressor modules 12
Vocal Assistant compressor integration
Digital mode
Optical mode
Vintage mode
Solid State mode
Reverb
De-esser
Gate
Saturation

 

Nectar 3, Relay, and RX 7 Breath Control

  • Mac: OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) Pro Tools 10 only; OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks)–macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Windows: 7–10

Plugin Formats:

AU (32 & 64–bit), AAX (64–bit, real-time), AAX-AS (64–bit, Audiosuite). RTAS (32–bit, real-time), DPM-AS (32–bit, Audiosuite), VST2 (32 & 64–bit), VST3 (32 & 64–bit)

Supported Hosts:

Ableton Live 9 – 10.1, Cubase 9.5 – 10, Digital Performer 9, FL Studio 20, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8, Pro Tools 10 – 2019, Reaper 5, Reason 10, Studio One 3 – 4, Audition CC 2018, Premiere Pro CC 2018

If you are running Mac OSX 10.15 (Catalina) please read our knowledge base article before installing – Learn More

Melodyne 4 essential

Operating Systems:

Mac: 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

Version 3.3 (plus) released September 30, 2020

Enhancements and Changes:

  • New automatic key detection in the Nectar Plus Pitch module.
  • New advanced Unmasking controls appear in Neutron 3.2 and Relay 1.1 when unmasking Nectar Plus instances.
  • Unmask EQ curve display.
  • Adjustable Unmask EQ amount.
  • Dynamic Unmask EQ toggle with optional Sidechain input.
  • Includes RX 8.1.0 Breath Control & Relay 1.1.0
  • Fixed an issue where Nectar would not stay hidden in Visual Mixer if removed from view.

 

Version 3.1.0n released December 23, 2019

Enhancements and Changes to Operating System Support:

  • Added support for installation on macOS 10.15 (Catalina).
  • Updated installers to include the latest version of Relay (v1.0.4).

Version 3.10 released July 31, 2019

  • Nectar 3.1 plug-ins can be selected as source plug-ins in Neutron 3 Mix Assistant (available in the Neutron 3 mothership plug-in and Neutron 3 Visual Mixer)
  • Enhancements to real-time DSP performance.
  • Added Japanese translations to the Nectar 3 help documentation.
  • Improved module Mix slider sensitivity for finer Mix amount adjustments.
  • Various UI enhancements.
  • Various bug fixes.

Tips for Mixing Vocals

In this tutorial, the instructor uses iZotope Neutron 2 but you can use whatever tools you have on hand. The song he uses is Blank Offender by Soft Pyramids.

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