Nectar 2 Standard Edition

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Nectar 2 Standard Edition

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. Bring a vocal track to life with the only complete set of tools designed specifically for voice. Add impact with modeled plate reverb, harmonic saturation, and a wealth of creative effects. Stay in tune and remove distracting breaths without tedious, time-consuming editing. Instantly transform a single vocal take into a dynamic, harmonized ensemble. Whether you're tracking or you're mixing, Nectar 2 delivers professional vocals in an instant.

 

Key Features

  • Explore 11 powerful tools in one plug-in: Harmony, Plate Reverb, FX, Pitch, Delay, De-Esser, Saturation, Compressors, Gate, EQ, and Limiter.
  • Finesse your sound with surgical detail using powerful advanced controls.
  • Improve vocal production at all stages, from tracking through mixing.
  • Rapidly audition different vocal sounds with 150+ presets, in a variety of genres from classic to modern.

 

The best of digital innovation and analog character. 

Whether you're a producer, engineer, musician, or voiceover artist, Nectar 2 helps you easily recreate classic vocal styles or create brand-new ones—all thanks to a wealth of intelligent tools designed specifically for voice.

 

New inspiration for powerful production.

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 harmonies to your vocal tracks for lush choruses or melodic backing vocals. Explore the new Harmony module to play with intelligent automatic settings, or define your own with a MIDI controller.
  • Create rich, harmonic space and presence for your vocals using the redesigned Reverb module, a dedicated model of the legendary EMT 140 stereo plate reverb unit.
  • Expand your palette of vocal sounds, whether subtle or out of this world, with seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
  • Add warmth and grit to your vocal with five Saturation models, including Analog, Retro, Tape, Tube and Warm.
  • Instantly capture the Motown vocal flavor with two analog-modeled Compressors that can be run in parallel.

 

Quick corrections for perfect takes.

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.

  • Reduce unwanted or exaggerated "ess" sounds from your vocals with the intuitive De-Esser, primed for smooth results thanks to extensive modeling inspired by the DBX 902.
  • Add tonal clarity and presence with Nectar's transparent EQ, now including new Baxandall and Pultec-inspired filters.
  • Clean up vocal takes with the Gate to silence room tone or other unwanted noise with ease.
  • Add loudness while mixing with the Limiter, or engage it while tracking to prevent audio clipping.

 

Simple solutions for flexible workflows.

Dive into Nectar 2 with a simple workflow to get immediate results, or dig deeper to reveal intuitive advanced controls.

  • Make quick adjustments in the streamlined Overview panel, or switch to Advanced View to tweak each module's powerful settings and controls.
  • Hear instant results with over 150 new presets inspired by current and classic vocal styles.
  • Operate in Tracking mode for low latency performance that's perfect for live recording.
  • Switch over to Mixing mode for higher-quality processing and look-ahead calculations to optimize your results.
  • Get the precise sound you're looking for by customizing your vocal chain: simply re-order Nectar's modules to adjust the signal flow.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.
  • Correct errant notes in your vocals automatically with real-time Pitch Correction, or recreate the robotic pitch effect made popular by Cher, T-Pain and Kanye West.
  • 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.

 

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 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.


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