Proximity effect for microphones. Closer is better demo.

Yesterday I wrote about how important it is to get your on camera subject close to the microphone. The closer the subject gets to the "sweet spot" of the microphone the better your audio will sound. In this one minute video I start talking while standing about 8 feet in front of my video camera. A Sony RX10ii. I walk in to the 4 foot mark and then into the 2.5 foot distance to show how different the microphone sounds.

I used auto level control on the camera to maintain a similar overall level throughout.

It's just a little demonstration of how audio works. I thought it would be easier to understand if I showed it instead of just writing about it.



Victor Bloomfield said...

Wow! Really makes the point.

JD in Adelaide said...

Very effective demonstration of the point you made in the prior post.

Bruce Rubenstein said...

The Microphone Proximity Effect:

"We've all heard the term proximity effect and even have a rudimentary understanding of the concept, because on the surface it's real simple: the closer the source gets to the mic, the more bass ends up in the signal. But that's not enough to learn how to control it and use it to your advantage. As a recording and mixing engineer, this is a key weapon in your arsenal to enhance your final product. And if you don't know about it, it's a great way to ruin great takes and be forced into very destructive EQ situations..."

Complete article: http://ledgernote.com/columns/studio-recording/microphone-proximity-effect/

Good if you like Velvia sound.

ODL Designs said...

Thanks for that. Always good to see principals in action.

Russ Goddard said...

Not many comments - but I, for one, will soak up all the info Kirk puts out re video, mics, etc. And I'm likely not alone in this. Keep it coming, Kirk!