Nectar Tutorial

iZotope Nectar 3 Explained®

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  • Welcome to Nectar 3 4:56

    Welcome to Nectar 3

    See how the new interface is laid out, and take a quick tour around the main elements of the GUI.

  • Auto Level Mode 4:46

    Auto Level Mode

    See how the new ALM feature is used to dynamically adjust the input gain +/- 3dB in order to ensure it is hitting the target level, and how to set the brickwall limiter on the output.

  • Vocal Assistant 7:31

    Vocal Assistant

    Hear how the Assist and Unmask machine learning algorithms work in a mix. The Assist module creates optimal processing settings for the lead vocal. The Unmask algorithm is used to establish some corrective EQ on a guitar bus that helps the vocal sit on top better.

  • The Pitch Module 5:58

    The Pitch Module

    Learn how to use this module to effectively and creatively tune vocals by adjusting the incoming notes to conform to a specified key and scale.

  • The Gate Module 6:31

    The Gate Module

    Explore the parameters of the gate module as they are used to eliminate headphone bleed on a lead vocal; and on unwanted background noise in a voice over recording.

  • Working with the EQ Module 6:05

    Working with the EQ Module

    Explore the powerful EQ window and learn about the different filter shapes and shortcuts available.

  • Dynamic Processing Modes 6:58

    Dynamic Processing Modes

    Learn how to use Nectar 3's dynamic gain mode to dynamically adjust the gain of an EQ band based on the level of the input signal, and dynamic frequency mode to dynamically update the frequency of an EQ band in response to harmonic frequency content changes over time.

  • Creating Harmony Parts 7:14

    Creating Harmony Parts

    See how the Nectar 3 Harmony module is used to intelligently generate harmony notes based on applying the key and scale settings to the incoming melody.

  • MIDI Controlled Harmony Parts 6:13

    MIDI Controlled Harmony Parts

    Learn how to set up Pro Tools and Logic Pro X to use live MIDI input as the basis for generating harmony parts in Nectar 3's Harmony module.

  • The De-esser Module 4:09

    The De-esser Module

    Discover how this module is used to control vocal sibilance. Follow along as the Listen mode is used to tweak the detection range, the threshold value is set to control the amount of sibilance reduction, and some post EQ is added.

  • The Delay Module 7:54

    The Delay Module

    Hear how delays are used not just to generate repeats, but to thicken and add a sense of space to a vocal. The five unique saturation models and the LFO based pitch modulation are put to work adding warmth and depth to the vocal.

  • The Dimension Module 7:01

    The Dimension Module

    Explore three unique modulation effects that duplicate the input signal, and then modify the duplicate with different methods of altering the pitch or time via built in LFO modulation.

  • The Compressor Module 6:48

    The Compressor Module

    Compression is used to maintain consistent levels and shape the tone and character of a vocal track. Hear how the four algorithms, along with the other auto gain and controls, are used to impart a smooth and even sounding quality to the vocals.

  • The Saturation Module 4:16

    The Saturation Module

    Nectar 3's saturation module, with seven different models, is capable of producing anything from subtle warmth to intense vocal distortion. Hear the various models in action, at different positions in the module chain.

  • The Reverb Module 5:32

    The Reverb Module

    Hear how the Nectar 3 EMT 140ST based plate reverb algorithm is used on a vocal duet. The built-in post EQ filtering allows us to emphasize the sweet spot of the reverb while minimizing potential harshness and muddiness in the upper and lower ranges of the frequency spectrum.

  • RX 7 Breath Control 4:00

    RX 7 Breath Control

    Explore this useful and intuitive tool included with Nectar 3, that is used to reduce breaths between vocal phrases.

  • Melodyne Essential Quick Start Pt. 1 7:16

    Melodyne Essential Quick Start Pt. 1

    Learn the basics of transferring audio and navigating around the Melodyne Essential interface.

  • Melodyne Essential Quick Start Pt. 2 5:47

    Melodyne Essential Quick Start Pt. 2

    Discover how the basic pitch and time macros work, and explore ways to manually alter the pitch, timing, and transitions between individual notes.

  • Breaking All the Rules! 9:04

    Breaking All the Rules!

    Explore a very unconventional approach to creating an effects return with Nectar 3.

  • Nectar 3 in Action 4:34

    Nectar 3 in Action

    Listen to a final playback of the song Take You Back by A Friend Called Fire, featuring several instances of Nectar 3, Relay, and Breath Control.

Product Overview

Eli Krantzberg shows you everything you need to know to get going with iZotope Nectar 3, including using it creatively in your productions with this in-depth video tutorial series.

Eli welcomes you and begins with an introduction to the Nectar 3 interface and main elements found in its GUI. Then its right into the Auto Leveling Mode and how to use it to dynamically adjust the input gain to ensure it’s hitting the target level, as well as how to set the brickwall limiter on the output.

Next Eli focuses on the Vocal Assistant feature and how its Assist and Unmask machine learning algorithms work in a mix, plus in-depth coverage of the Pitch Module and Gate Module.

Moving on you’ll then discover the EQ Module, Dynamic Processing Modes, how to create vocal harmonies, MIDI controller integration so you can play in your harmony lines into your DAW, and much more.

Eli then goes over more modules in-depth such as the De-esser, Dimension, Compressor, Saturation, and Reverb modules, showing you their features and functions including how to utilize them in your productions.

Wrapping it all up, Eli demonstrates the RX7 Breath Control feature which is used to reduce breaths between vocal phrases, gives you a crash course in the included Melodyne Essential software, and then some “in-action” videos tying everything you’ve learnt all together.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to iZotope Nectar 3 or just want to see what it can do for your tracks and productions, this is the perfect series to watch… Checkout “Nectar 3 Explained®” today.

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