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Nectar Explained®

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    Tutorial 1



    Get accustomed to the Nectar interface in this tutorial.

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    Tutorial 2

    General Settings


    Learn how to tweak Nectar's general settings to optimize its performance for your needs.

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    Tutorial 3

    Spectrum Settings


    Nectar has a powerful set of spectrum analysis tools, find out how they work and how to customize them to suit your workflow.

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    Tutorial 4

    Meters Settings


    Discover how the meters can be set to give you the readings that are most useful for you.

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    Tutorial 5

    EQ, Compression & Pitch Settings


    Explore how to set Eq, compression and pitch just how you want them. Find out where Nectar keeps your pitch files and map a new location if you wish.

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    Tutorial 6

    Basic Tweaking


    Learn the basics of using Nectar and a jump start to tweaking styles.

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    Tutorial 7

    Pitch Correction


    Watch how to use the Nectar pitch module to do either subtle or intense pitch correction and manipulation.

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    Tutorial 8



    If your singer was too close to the mic or the track was recorded with too much compression, these breath sounds may be too loud. Sometimes breaths can distract from a great performance. Making sure you use the Breath module right can ensure a breath free performance without latency problems.

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    Tutorial 9

    Noise Gate


    Discover another tool for removing unwanted noise. Find out what a noise gate is, how it works and optimizing it for vocals.

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    Tutorial 10



    Add some vintage sheen to your vocals using the Saturation module; find out how to get the settings just right to make your vocals sound like a classic.

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    Tutorial 11



    Take control of your vocal character with a fully loaded 5 band EQ. This session shows you how an equalizer works, the right band for the right job and the right curve to get it into shape.

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    Tutorial 12



    If your vocals don't seem to sit right in the mix then a compressor may be the tool for the job. Again, find out what they are, how they work and how to make sure you get the vocal sitting just right without squashing the life out of it.

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    Tutorial 13



    Learn to shush the sharp 'S' sounds with the De-Esser. It's easy to do when you know how.

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    Tutorial 14



    If you're struggling to get enough volume from your vocal but are constantly seeing the red clipping on your meters, you may need a limiter. This tutorial shows you how to maximize your volume and stop your clipping.

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    Tutorial 15



    Have you ever wished there was more than one of you to get that really big vocal? Nectar can give you not 1,2,3 or even 4, but 5 vocals from your single take. Work out how to tweak the gain, pan, pitch and delay to ensure you get a nice big vocal.

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    Tutorial 16



    Explore how to take that dry vocal and sit it in a new space. In this session learn how reverb works and how to make sure you get the right room settings for your vocal.

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    Tutorial 17



    Fed up of having to repeat yourself? Then let Nectar's cool delay module do the work for you. Russ shows you how to get the delay working just right.

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    Tutorial 18



    Presets are a great way of keeping customized styles at hand. This short video shows you how.

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    Tutorial 19

    Pitch Masterclass


    If you want to be a tuning wizard with Nectar then this tutorial shows you how to get forensic with it. At the end of the your tutorial you'll be able to do anything from step tuning to subtle tweaks.

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    Tutorial 20

    Extreme Pop Vocals


    Learn to get that hot pop vocal sound using lots of the tricks you've picked up in earlier sessions.

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    Tutorial 21

    Create Backing Vocals


    Explore how to create backing vocals from the main vocal track using the pitch and double modules.

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    Tutorial 22

    Advanced Style Edits


    See how you can take the front panel controls and make them work for you. Find out how with this quick tutorial.

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    Tutorial 23

    Backing Up Styles & Presets


    Never lose a style or a preset again, and find out where they reside on your computer and how to make a back up copy of them.

Watch plug-in guru Russ Hughes get under the hood of the awesome iZotope Nectar plug-in and show you how to get it working, just the way you want, and how to get the most from it to create great vocals in many different styles and genres.

Russ starts at the top with an introduction and overview, then gets into Nectar's settings and meters as well as basic tweaking. Next Russ steps it up, showing you all about its pitch correction, compression, gate, saturation and many other features, as well as creative ways to utilize Nectar.

If you're new to iZotope Nectar, this series is a must have as it will get you up and running fast as well as give you insight into its capabilities and creative uses. Taste the sweetness... Get "Nectar Explained" today.


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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