VO Tutorial - The Proximity Effect and You!

The proximity effect is an oft misunderstood term, and improper microphone technique can lead to unexpected consequences for your audio. Submitting auditions while always crowding your mic might be sending the wrong vibe, especially in a world full of "honest" adverts. Let's take a look at the effects of proximity!
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Comment by Howard Ellison on March 18, 2012 at 7:08am

Hey that's one of the most helpful explorations ever, would have helped me way back!  Starting out on a narrator route, I thought a warm close-up sound was wanted - probably from early years listening to David Davis at the BBC and its big ribbons on a boomy AM radio.   Then my wife took a listen to my tracks and said kiddies love grandad reading to them... but not right in their faces. So now each job gets its own treatment. 

Comment by SomeAudioGuy on March 15, 2012 at 7:31pm

Hey Rebecca, I hate that I'm such a cold wuss now...

Approaching the mic is all experience, though I do find that a lot of people learn some bad habits when starting, which can be really hard to break later on.

Thanks for checking the video out! 

Comment by Rebecca Michaels on March 15, 2012 at 7:28pm

You know that was cool... I think I generally approach the mic intuitively right, but I admit that sometimes I might have gotten close to the mic for 'intimate' when maybe a read more conversational and flirty would have been a cool take.  

PS I totally appreciate the scarf and hat.  After I lived in LA 3 years I was the same way.  Now where I live, 45 is WARM in winter!

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