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Review: Nectar Vocal Plug-In

Don’t think you’ll be free from manual tweaking with these vocal presets -says Chris Kennedy

Type: Vocal Software

Item: Izotope’s Nectar: Vocal Plug-In Suite

Price: US $249, UK £169

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At a Glance: Izotope’s Nectar is a computer plug-in of a complete set of 11 vocal production effects designed to give you immediate results. It’s available in all common plug-in formats and offers a wide range of sonic tools to process and perfect your vocal recordings.

High Notes: Nectar includes a great collection of the most common vocal processing techniques used in recording studios including; pitch correction, breath control, gate, compressors, saturation, EQ, de-esser, doubler, limiter, reverb, and delay. If all of these options sound a little daunting, Izotope has included a wide range of presets in different styles to help get you on your way. These can then be then manually tweaked until you get your perfect vocal sound. Nectar is capable of producing great sounding vocal tracks all within the single interface and it is intuitive and easy to use.

Off Pitch: Some of the presets feel a little exaggerated and perhaps a little gimmicky, meaning you will have to do a fair amount of manual tweaking to get the sound right. For example, the “Subtle Ballad” preset has some quite extreme reverb and delay settings which make the vocals sound like they were recorded from afar in a large bathroom. There is no mono to stereo option for the plug-in, which makes things within your DAW a little more awkward when wanting to use stereo effects such as delay and reverb. Also, although the effects are of good quality, you can still get arguably better results by using individual high-end plug-ins or outboard gear.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: If you do not already have all the tools you need to process your vocals, then Nectar is certainly an excellent addition to your plug-in collection. The included presets are a useful starting point, however you will need to edit these a bit further to get the best sound out of the package. It has a massive range of possible sounds that you can achieve, spanning across pretty much every common genre and it can quickly be used to create professional sounding results. A free 10-day trial of Nectar is available from the Izotope website and it is well worth trying out.

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