Korn is my favorite band, but trying to replicate their effects drives me up the wall... Does anyone know what effects could be used to produce the kind of distortion heard in the song "Pretty" around 2:48 and 2:54? To me it sounds like someone is ripping paper into a microphone and heavily distorting it, but I know that Korn generally uses their instruments or voices to make their creepy effects, so I'm trying to figure out how they make this one. Is this just crazy distortion with some wacky reverb? Is this just a ton bass overdrive underneath some other heavy distortion? I guess the effect could be from the bass, but then I'd like to know what that effect is too :) Any thoughts, anyone?
I hate to disappoint you, but the entire song doesn't have anything special going on as far as the effects they are using. The entire song is played with a wah, a very, very detuned guitar, and probably a dimed out or nearly dimed out Mesa Triple Rectifier. The hollow effect that you hear is either from an envelope filter or the combination of the wah riff along with a phase effect, and likely a small stone chorus as well. Munki was known to use lots of choruses (chori?) so my bet's on that. The modulating effect could be a univibe as well; Korn is really into modulation :D.
I was able to get a similar sound using my Analogman Bi-Chorus, Vox Wah, a deeply detuned Les Paul, and my amplifier dimed as far as it can go. I could also add the subtle warble you hear during the times you mentioned with my Jetter-vibe, but I liked the chorus sound better. My amplifiers stock distortion wasn't really enough to saturate the tone, so I had to boost it with my RockBox Boiling Point, which was really the only overdrive I own capable of heavy overdrive settings. I imagine if I had something more than a medium gain Orange I likely wouldn't need the overdrive in the chain at all. Note that in some cases with really low tunings, it's necessary to dial back very high gain amplifiers else the whole mix sounds like a bloody mess.
And there you have it.