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Old 11th February 2013
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Boominess and proximity effect are two completely different things. Proximity effect can create boominess, but so can many other things, such as the room or the instrument. Boominess is a symptom. Proximity effect is but one of many possible causes. So saying things like:

can you identify whether a specific poorly recorded acoustic guitar track is boominess, proximity effect, or a resonance in the guitar without being able to go through that process of elimination?
it becomes confusing. Boominess is an adjective. Proximity effect is a noun.

In any case, you're talking about a build up of sound at a specific frequency range. It can have many different causes that all sound the same or very similar. However, an experienced engineer will usually be able to tell what the cause is if he/she is familiar with the equipment, instruments, and room, just by listening to a clip.