The iZotope Nectar Complete Vocal Suite is a multiprocessor tool that is designed specifically for lead and backup vocal processing. Nectar has 11 differnet processors that are divided into presets by genre and style, and the suite features a large library of different combinations. These eleven processors are delay, reverb, doubler, de-esser, EQ, limiter, compressor, saturation, breath control, pitch correction, and gate. Nectar is available as a native plug-in in three formats (VST, AU, and RTAS) for both Macs and PCs. It can be run in tracking or mixing mode. Mixing mode has more options but requires much more DSP, while tracking mode uses minimal resources.
When you first start up Nectar, you’ll see a quick start menu that lets you decide what sound you want. You can select genre to view a collection of different processors for that particular type of music. Style lets you set the module chain order, the way the modules work together, and their starting parameters. You can’t use styles from one genre for another, but you can use an editor to create your own particular style sound and add it to your preset list.
Nectar is not a program that looks user-friendly at first, but once you play around with it for a few minutes, you’ll see that it is actually fairly simple to use. Its eleven different processors offer up many options, although again, this comes at a high resource cost. Because of that, you may wish to run Nectar in tracking mode for some tasks. There’s no mono-to-stereo version, either. However, these are the two main downsides to the suite. Other than that, Nectar truly is a complete vocal processor, and anyone who mixes a lot of vocals and even instruments will find it very handy.
For more information you can visit the Izotope website: http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/nectar/