=769= Word: Proximity Effect

I think that there is some misconception on the proximity effect.

For those that are not familiar, proximity effect refers to an effect of a directional microphone. The closer you are to the sound source, more of the lows you will pick up.

However, this proximity effect has been misused and misunderstood by so many. I have seen people mic-ing drums VERY differently because that is what they used to do for a long time. Then when I mic differently, they point out that the mic will be further away from the drum, so wouldn’t that be less body?

Well yes and no.

Question, is more low end always a good thing?

Question, is where the direction that mic is pointing to more important? Or the the distance from the source more important?

Of course if you know your stuff, you would know that no, more low end is not always the best thing and that where your mic is pointing at is more important.

Simplest example I can give you. Between putting the mic at the throat or mic at the mouth. Which will sound better?

If based on your logic of not enough low end, throat is probably what would give you the most low end. So why does it make sense to point it at the mouth instead of the throat?

Making use of proximity effect to give more low end only works if you don’t change the way you mic your sound source. So if you point the mic at 30degrees. When you push it in to get more low end, it should still be at 30degrees. If you change the angle of the mic, you will be changing the tone of the sound produced.

So yes. Hope this clears things up.

It is really difficult to please everyone.


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