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Low proximity-effect vs hi-pass eq?
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Low proximity-effect vs hi-pass eq?

All other things being equal, is there a real difference between a mic with low/no proximity effect vs rolling off the bottom on a mic that shows proximity effect? I have a feeling there is but haven't been able to test yet. Thinking specifically about VO.
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proximity effect will vary, since no-one holds their head still when speaking, and if you're close enough to create a proximity effect, a few cm of movement is noticeable.

You can use dynamic EQ or spot EQ certain words if needed, but an overall roll-off will mean some words could come out thinner.
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All other things being equal, is there a real difference between a mic with low/no proximity effect vs rolling off the bottom on a mic that shows proximity effect? I have a feeling there is but haven't been able to test yet. Thinking specifically about VO.
The HPF signal has lows that can cause mud, LF interference and wind noise reduced/removes etc removed.

Andre

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In addition to all of the comments above, a high pass filter is generally low enough to remove rumbles and other stray vibrations a mic may be picking up, such as someone tapping their foot or bumping the table with their arm. These are issues that may affect a mic even if it does not exhibit strong proximity effect.

The thought process behind whether to us a HPF is completely different from the thought process behind selecting a mic with or with proximity effect, as well as “working the mic” to get the desired sound. Kind of like how you would never record a Les Paul and then apply a HPF to thin out the sound expecting it to sound just like a Stratocaster. Start with the right mic for the job and then apply HPF or EQ only on an as needed basis.
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