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    Welcome to Nectar 3

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Working with the EQ Module

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    RX 7 Breath Control

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

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    Melodyne Essential Quick Start Pt. 1

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

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    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.

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    Breaking All the Rules!

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

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    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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bromineion
Submitted 2 months ago

Was surprised by how much more there was to learn

I didn't think there would be THAT much I had overlooked about this plugin but I was wrong. Good job Eli

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Reason, Studio One


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andrealorusso
Submitted 4 months ago

Very Helpful

I discovered all the useful features of this plug-in

I am a: Hobbyist


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Skyline_UK
Submitted 6 months ago

Perfect for my requirements

The videos are a model of clarity and very easy to follow. Highly recommended.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar


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Daron Macke
Submitted 6 months ago

Super Helpful!

Eli does a wonderful job of breaking down the ins and outs of Nectar 3. It's a must watch for anyone needing a quick, yet thorough run through of Nectar and all its components.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cubase, Pro Tools


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Bmsongs
Submitted 6 months ago

Nectar for Dummies

Eli does it again! Complete, very understandable, clear, concise, overview of Nectar. Thanks Eli. Well worth watching.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician


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Rubes
Submitted 6 months ago

Good useful run-through

After watching I was convinced to upgrade from Nectar 2, which I like a lot. The assistant and the ease of using melodyne 4 really sold me. He does a good job of explaining everything. Only fault is he sometimes goes over an a/b comparison a little too fast, but easily remedied by going back and playing part again.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Studio One


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metamorphis8
Submitted 6 months ago

Excellent Tutorial

Eli Krantzberg's tutorials are the template that other instructors on Groove 3 should follow. They are clear, concise, and convey the necessary information succinctly. This particular tutorial checks all the above boxes, and provides most of the information necessary to understand Nectar 3.

I am a: Musician


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

GuiGautreaux
Submitted 6 months ago

Right to the point!

As expected from Eli's work, this series goes right to the matter and practical use of Nectar's 3. Day-to-day applications are shown everywhere.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
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DonLTurner
Submitted 6 months ago

More than I expected

I was surprised and pleased by the quality of the features of Nectar 3, but also by the quality of the video explanations of how to use the software. An easy five stars from me.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Studio One


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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bromineion
Submitted 2 months ago

Was surprised by how much more there was to learn

I didn't think there would be THAT much I had overlooked about this plugin but I was wrong. Good job Eli

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Reason, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

andrealorusso
Submitted 4 months ago

Very Helpful

I discovered all the useful features of this plug-in

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Skyline_UK
Submitted 6 months ago

Perfect for my requirements

The videos are a model of clarity and very easy to follow. Highly recommended.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Daron Macke
Submitted 6 months ago

Super Helpful!

Eli does a wonderful job of breaking down the ins and outs of Nectar 3. It's a must watch for anyone needing a quick, yet thorough run through of Nectar and all its components.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cubase, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Bmsongs
Submitted 6 months ago

Nectar for Dummies

Eli does it again! Complete, very understandable, clear, concise, overview of Nectar. Thanks Eli. Well worth watching.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Rubes
Submitted 6 months ago

Good useful run-through

After watching I was convinced to upgrade from Nectar 2, which I like a lot. The assistant and the ease of using melodyne 4 really sold me. He does a good job of explaining everything. Only fault is he sometimes goes over an a/b comparison a little too fast, but easily remedied by going back and playing part again.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

metamorphis8
Submitted 6 months ago

Excellent Tutorial

Eli Krantzberg's tutorials are the template that other instructors on Groove 3 should follow. They are clear, concise, and convey the necessary information succinctly. This particular tutorial checks all the above boxes, and provides most of the information necessary to understand Nectar 3.

I am a: Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

GuiGautreaux
Submitted 6 months ago

Right to the point!

As expected from Eli's work, this series goes right to the matter and practical use of Nectar's 3. Day-to-day applications are shown everywhere.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

DonLTurner
Submitted 6 months ago

More than I expected

I was surprised and pleased by the quality of the features of Nectar 3, but also by the quality of the video explanations of how to use the software. An easy five stars from me.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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iZotope Nectar 3 Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Was surprised by how much more there was to learn I didn't think there would be THAT much I had overlooked about this plugin but I was wrong. Good job Eli
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I discovered all the useful features of this plug-in
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect for my requirements The videos are a model of clarity and very easy to follow. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Super Helpful! Eli does a wonderful job of breaking down the ins and outs of Nectar 3. It's a must watch for anyone needing a quick, yet thorough run through of Nectar and all its components.
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nectar for Dummies Eli does it again! Complete, very understandable, clear, concise, overview of Nectar. Thanks Eli. Well worth watching.
Date published: 2018-11-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial Eli Krantzberg's tutorials are the template that other instructors on Groove 3 should follow. They are clear, concise, and convey the necessary information succinctly. This particular tutorial checks all the above boxes, and provides most of the information necessary to understand Nectar 3.
Date published: 2018-11-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good useful run-through After watching I was convinced to upgrade from Nectar 2, which I like a lot. The assistant and the ease of using melodyne 4 really sold me. He does a good job of explaining everything. Only fault is he sometimes goes over an a/b comparison a little too fast, but easily remedied by going back and playing part again.
Date published: 2018-11-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Right to the point! As expected from Eli's work, this series goes right to the matter and practical use of Nectar's 3. Day-to-day applications are shown everywhere.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from More than I expected I was surprised and pleased by the quality of the features of Nectar 3, but also by the quality of the video explanations of how to use the software. An easy five stars from me.
Date published: 2018-11-11
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