Nectar Elements Automatic Pitch Correction

April 29, 2016

The pitch correction feature in Nectar Elements uses 'look-ahead' which introduces a significant latency into the audio signal. This latency (delay) that is introduced is typically handled automatically by the host application that is hosting the Nectar Elements plug-in directly.

This latency or delay, when not compensated for, can offset audio and sometimes put a track out of sync with the rest of a mix. During mix-downs and edits, this can cause a gap or silence to appear and displace the beginning of the output. There are a couple of ways to fix this problem:

  1. Try enabling the "Delay Compensation" feature in the plug-in Options screen, under the General tab. You can access the Options screen by pressing the "Options" button at the lower-right corner of the plug-in's touchscreen. In compatible host applications, this will allow you to use a plug-in's more latency-intensive settings and DSP without delaying or offsetting your tracks. It corrects, or compensates for, the offset created by latency in both playback and mix-down.

  2. The delay compensation freeze is designed to help in certain hosts that don't completely support delay compensation. In general, some hosts only check a plug-in's latency when the plug-in first starts up or opens. The freeze feature will allow you to freeze the delay that Nectar is reporting to the host. This way, you can close and reopen Nectar, and the host will have the correct reading.

To find out how much delay has been imposed by your plug-in, enter your plug-in's Options screen, and under the Host tab, click on Delay Compensation. The delay contributed by your plug-in will be listed under "Total System Delay," and will be given in both samples and milliseconds.

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