Tuning Vocals With Izotope Nectar 2 Pitch Editor

Tuning Vocals With Izotope Nectar 2 Pitch Editor

This is episode 2 in my short tutorial series on how to tune vocals using 4 of the top selling audio tuning programs currently available for Logic Pro X. In the first video we captured some great vocals by Carmen which we used as our source material for the tuning exercises. We then went on to tune the vocals, firstly using Flex Pitch which is part of the Logic Pro X feature set. We were able to quickly review the outcomes of this particular tuning method and bounced down the resulting audio as a new file before moving on to completing the same process but this time using the Nectar Pitch Editor.

Using the Pitch Editor Plug-in

Unlike Flex Pitch this Izotope plug-in needs to be inserted into the vocal channel strip and then the vocal recording needs to be played back so that the Pitch Editor can capture the audio signature into its module. This process is very common with third party plug-ins designed to tune vocals and the nectar plug-in does this with ease. Once the vocal has been captured I modified the size of the plug-in interface itself just to give us more more space and better access to the controls. We then began working on individual notes that sounded out of tune. We also used the snap to scale function thereby auto correcting all of the notes to the nearest semitone and then going ahead and modifying the notes manually the results of which were very good indeed.

The Izotope Nectar 2 Production Suite

I am personally a very big fan of the Nectar 2 plug-in and find the Pitch Editor tool to a good companion as part of the overall Nectar 2 Suite. I didn’t go into too much detail when reviewing this particular editor as it was more a brief comparison exercise against the 3 other tools compared in this series. It’s my intention however, to do a more in-depth analysis of this plug-in as well as the other plug-ins in later follow-up videos.

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Comparing the Tuning Plug-ins

Hopefully the point of the actual tutorial series was reached in that you were given a basic overview of how to quickly tune vocals with relative ease. In terms of verdict I was not so much aiming to suggest whether or not this particular plug-in was any better or worse than the others but simply to show you what is possible in a very brief video. The point is, you can improve on your vocal recordings with relative ease if you use your ears and apply some very simple techniques with the tools available.

Watch the Videos

So do remember to watch the video and continue to stay tuned as I will be delivering more in depth tutorials on this Izotope plug-in as well as the other platforms covered in this tutorial series. Peace!