Plugin Boutique offers the Nectar Elements ($129 list price) vocal processing plugin by iZotope as a free download for a limited time.
Nectar Elements is a streamlined tool for correcting your vocal’s pitch, dynamics, frequency response, and general quality. Its workflow is mostly automated, taking advantage of iZotope’s unique Vocal Assistant feature.
I always found mixing vocals one of the hardest elements of mixing. A lot of it depends on the quality of the vocal performance, of course, but you still have to perform some magic most of the time to make the vocal sit in the mix.
That’s where tools like Nectar Elements come in, helping you make the correct mixing decisions more quickly while relying on the power of AI.
Vocal Assistant basically analyzes your vocal track and provides suggestions on how to EQ, compress, and de-ess it. All of this is done in the context of your mix, and the idea is to process the vocal to blend in with the other instruments.
The interface is extremely simple and intuitive. Each vocal processing tool is represented by a single slider. Adjust the slider values to increase or decrease the processing intensity.
As with all AI music software, the results aren’t always perfect, but Nectar Elements lets you fine-tune the suggested parameter settings until you’re happy with how the mix sounds.
Check out the video below for a quick intro to Nectar Elements and its features.
I find tools like Nectar Elements useful, especially when working on the go and outside of the studio. It helps me get a solid starting point for mixing the vocal. I can then correct it and further improve the balance if needed.
Nectar Elements typically costs $129, but you can currently download it for free via Plugin Boutique. Visit the product page linked below and complete the free checkout to add Nectar Elements to your account for free.
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