Deconstructing the Meteore in Witherow’s Human Nature

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When listening to an effect like reverb in full band context, sometimes the immense effect it has on the mix can be forgotten. Here we decided to break down our cover of “Human Nature”, giving a bunch of examples of what Caroline Guitar Company effects were used, where we used them, and what settings we used. The Meteore was our main focus, but we got some delightful sounds from a few others as well. Hope you enjoy the deconstruction.

-Dillan

Clean Lead

Initially we used a heavy delay on the kilobyte to get a U2 sound, but found it was hurting other aspects of the arrangement. Our response was a simple light reverb from the Meteore that didn’t place the main melody further back in the mix, so it could be quiet and still be heard.

Settings for Clean Lead

 

Clean Rhythm

On the clean rhythm track we were sure to turn the mix up on the Meteore to let some of that nice heavy reverby sound shine(still quieter than the main guitar part). We really liked that from the original version of the song and John Mayer’s tribute at Michael Jackson’s memorial service.

Settings for Clean Rhythm

1st Solo

Here we used the same settings as the clean lead section of the song. We wanted the reverb to last a long time, but for the attack of the Meteore not to get in the way of the main lead line, so we turned the mix down slightly.

Settings for the 1st Solo

Harmonics

Here we added the haymaker on setting A (mainly pushing the amp to bring at our output levels) to bring out the harmonics on a separate track.

Settings for the Harmonics

Havoc

Dillan using the havoc switch
We loved the sounds Meteore can make on its own with the havoc switch, so we took that as a starting point, then added a lot of reverb in the box to give it a good space in the mix.

2nd Solo

Meteore settings for the 2nd solo
Initially we used the same reverb settings as we did for the first solo, but with the really rich saturation gained from the Haymaker on setting A. We decided that we wanted even more Meteore in this lead line, so we sent the recorded signal back through the Meteore with the settings in the second picture for even more of that gooey reverb.

Settings for the 2nd lead

Chorus Vocals

Kilobyte settings for vocals
Here we used the Kilobyte on both of the vocals independently to get the iconic vocal delay that is in the original recording of Human Nature, then held the havoc switch on Abby’s vocals at the end, causing her vocal delay to self oscillate and twisted the time knob to  sweep the pitch up. It was a prank Dillan pulled on the mixing engineer, but we liked it and kept it. We actually added the havoc to her voice at the end of the first chorus as well, just with no pitch slap.

3rd Solo

Wavecannon Mkii into Haymaker is pretty incredible sounding.

The first picture is for the first half, and the second picture is for the second half of the solo. The first half of the solo uses the Wavecannon Mkii into the Haymaker to create a high gain Haymaker sound. The second half takes off the gain to get a good sonic look at what was going on with the delays and reverbs.

The harmony halfway through the main lead is on the bridge pickup, and the main lead is on the middle pickup of the strat. We used those pickup variations to get different sounds out of the same settings.

First Half:

Settings for the first half of the 3rd solo

Second Half:

Settings for the second half of the 3rd solo

Overdriven Rhythm

The Meteore is pretty light here, just to give the guitar a good space in the mix. The Haymaker on setting A is gold.

Settings for overdriven rhythm

Bass Intro Swells

Here Jason used a volume pedal into the Kilobyte and Meteore to get really nice swells to fill out all of our crazy reverse sounds in the intro.

Settings for bass intro swells

Reverse Sounds

With auto pan and a really light in the box reverb, this sounds like it didn’t come from a guitar, but if we take those effects off, you’ll hear what we actually recorded.

Un-reversed Sounds

Intentionally using basic pentatonic scales in strange staccato patterns with a fair amount of Haymaker, Kilobyte, and Meteore, we just reverse this to get a crazy synth sounding reverse. Magic!

 

Settings for the reverse sounds

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