iZotope has launched version 3.1 of its Nectar vocal production plugin, which now comes with Neutron’s Mix Assistant.

The update also includes performance enhancements and some bug fixes.

With the launch of Mix Assistant, Neutron 3 enabled our customers to balance levels in their mix using inter-plugin communication. Mix Assistant is a time-saving feature that talks to any instance of Neutron or Relay to tap into your mix and provide you with a starting point. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve now added support for Nectar 3 in Mix Assistant as well.

Psst! Did you know you can also use the included Visual Mixer (available also as a free download) plug-in to initiate Mix Assistant or manually adjust the gain, pan, and width of any Neutron or Relay in your session? Get it free.

Performance enhancements in Neutron inspired us to bring some of these enhancements over to Nectar. Although made specifically for vocals, users who use Nectar in multiple instances, or who have multiple vocal tracks in their session, will see up to 30% improvement in processing power and CPU utilization. Load more instances of Nectar without taxing your system—boo yah!

We heard from some customers who were not able to dial in the exact setting they wanted on our signal chain sliders. We’ve adjusted sensitivity to help those looking for more specific settings, and you should see a much better result now. In addition, we’ve done some general bug fixing and cleanup of UI issues some users were experiencing.

If you’re already a Nectar owner, you can download the latest update for free by initiating Nectar on any track in your session and looking for the update indicator icon, or launch Product Portal from your desktop. Splice customers can open the Splice app and follow the update prompts.

Nectar 3 is currently 30% off regular at Plugin Boutique. It is also part of the Music Production Suite 2.1, which is on sale at discounts of up to 85% off regular.

More information: iZotope