Understanding Proximity Effect: In our initial attempts, we positioned the microphones close to the guitar amp, intending to capture the raw power and intensity of the sound. However, we encountered an unexpected challenge - the proximity effect. This phenomenon results in an increase in bass or low-frequency response when the microphone is positioned close to the sound source. While this effect can add warmth and richness to the sound, it can sometimes lead to an overwhelming bass-heavy tone that might not be desirable for certain styles of music. The low end can create muddy tones. The low end can overpower the kick drum and bass guitar. And the low end may not representative of the sound coming off the amp
Counteracting Proximity Effect: To counteract the proximity effect and achieve a more balanced and natural tone, we decided to experiment with the mic placement. We moved the microphones away from the amp, testing different distances to find the sweet spot. Approximately two feet away from the amp, we discovered a sweet spot that allowed us to capture the full spectrum of the guitar's sound without the exaggerated low-end frequencies.