First Look At Nectar 2 Production Suite
I will never be a mix engineer. I'm a retired musician who just likes to track and mix my music now and then. iZotope Nectar 2 offers me the opportunity to mix vocals like a professional, while disguising the fact that I don't know a mix bus from a snow shovel. The mix suite allows me to simply select a preset, and as I learn the function and effect of each of the rack items, I can tweak to my heart's content.
I would probably rate the suite at 5.0, but I simply don't have enough experience to know that yet! I work with Cubase Elements 7 and Nectar integrates beautifully, although it is rather a CPU hog. However, when I finish each track with Nectar I bounce it to disk and import it again, and everything stays manageable.
Although I have not used the harmonizer yet (and I'm looking forward to it) I have used the Pitch Correction add-on most effectively. I thought at one point that I would have to purchase an Auto Tune or Melodyne add-on, but it is becoming obvious that the Nectar Suite does it all for me.
Now if I ever get one of my mixes out the door, you can bet that iZotope's Ozone Mastering Suite will be my next purchase!
One more thing... iZotope's Trial model is perfect. You get 15 days to test the product, after which you get drop-outs of a second or two every 15 seconds or so. No loud noises, no horrid sounds in the mix. Very nice.
My experience with Sweetwater has been stellar. Helpful and friendly staff, efficient order processing, fair price, and a most helpful and informative web site. Thank you Sweetwater.