New Gear Review: iZotope Nectar 2


Nectar 2 is a whole new redesign of the original Nectar vocal multi-processor plug-in. The look, GUI and all 11 modules are completely rethought and I’m enjoying this immensely powerful set of processors in my Pro Tools 11 rig.

There are 11 modules available with drag n’ drop reordering signal chaining possible. They are presented in the overview GUI mode each with individual bypass and Advance buttons. The modules are: Harmony (up to 12-voice choir builder), Plate Reverb (modeled vintage EMT 140 ST), FX (a strange brew of distortion-flange-echo effects), Pitch (Diatonic pitch shifter), Delay (digital, analog and tape), De-Esser (modeled after the dbx 902 hardware unit), Saturation (analog, tape, tube coloration), Compressors (single or parallel compressors with Auto Gain), Gate, EQ and Limiter. In addition, there are Pitch Editor and Breath Control processors as separate plug-ins in the Nectar 2 Production Suite.

Nectar 2 has over 150 presets for getting started plus intelligent harmony generation and complete MIDI control. Nectar 2 standard edition sells for $229 while Nectar 2 Production Suite with Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins is $299 MSRP.


By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com