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Proximity question

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Don Schenk, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Don Schenk

    Don Schenk Active Member

    Yes, I realize I will get increased bass response when close-talking a directional mic, but does this proxmitiy effect also increase sibilance? It seems to do so.

    Then in looking at the engineering spec sheet on the RE20 at ElectroVoice's website I read the following...

    "In recording sessions or on stage, singers can close-talk the microphone, singing with their lips almost touching the grille screen with no worry of P-pops or excessive sibilance."

    So, is it my imagination, or do I just have a big esssssssss when I close-talk a mic?
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Have you listened to tracks recorded far at the save playback volume as tracks recorded close?
  3. Don Schenk

    Don Schenk Active Member


    Hmmmmm...I thought I had, and noticed more silibance up close...but then again I'm not sure.

    I'll go do so and run a comparison. (With de-ess off.)
  4. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Well - high frequencies are not as efficient at propagating through air as lower frequency waves - so I'd say you will get more sibilance up close (opposed to 6' away)...

    Try different micing techniques with the mic placed up high, but pointing down at your mouth, or try singing "across" the mic, etc - until you find a technique that tames the S-s-sibilance w/o sacraficing body...

  5. Don Schenk

    Don Schenk Active Member


    Thanks guys,

    I just ran some comparison tests and found no difference unless I really get away from the mic. For voice-over, that makes it sound too hollow. I like the close-up intimate sound.

    My essssssssses need to be deeed!

    Yes the de-esser does the trick.

    I was just curious after reading the info on EV's website.

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