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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Feb 2019 > IZOTOPE Nectar 3 £249

IZOTOPE Nectar 3 £249

iZotope’s update to Nectar adds AI learning and a raft of new features, but is it food from the gods, or a dish best served cold? Alex Holmes tucks in…

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IZotope has updated its Nectar vocalproduction suite to version 3, with a tasty new GUI and intelligent mixing features that bring it in line with Neutron and Ozone. On the surface, many of the modules remain the same and include two compressors with four algorithms; two EQs; a de-esser; a gate; a stereo delay with five saturation modes; a Dimension module (chorus, phaser and flanger effects); real-time pitch correction; a Harmony module; a smooth plate reverb; and a limiter. Phew! If you dig a little deeper, though, it’s clear to see that this is a substantial new release with some impressive tricks up its sleeve.

THE AMBER NECTAR

As expected, Nectar 3 includes iZotope’s AI learning technology, this time in the form of Vocal Assistant. After selecting from Vintage, Modern or Dialogue modes, and whether you want Light, Moderate or Aggressive intensity, the plug-in listens to your audio and spits out a custom-made preset including character EQ, level balancing, compression, subtractive EQ, de-essing and pitch correction (if required); and finally reverb. As with Neutron and Ozone, this is just a starting point, and you’ll want to make adjustments to taste, but the results are pretty decent. In particular, the overall Character EQ and Dynamics control helps lift the top end of the vocal in an effective and tasteful manner.

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The first issue of MusicTech of 2019 is on sale now! This issue we’ve compiled the very best advice, insight, tips and general music making wisdom from our archive of interviewees to arm you with all the knowledge you need to enhance your compositions this year. We’ve also got the first part of a massive guide to scoring and orchestration, interviews with The Streets’ keyboardist Mike Patrick and industry innovators Aston Microphones, a huge review of Cubase Pro 10 and our usual mountain of tutorials, tips and guides. Enjoy the issue!