How to add depth to your mix with proximity:EQ+
Proximity:EQ+ is a great tool to make a track more interesting, emphasize on the important parts of a track, while still sounding pure and unprocessed. The plug-in allows you to make changes using the natural room information captured while recording, and retaining a very natural sound at the same time.
In this example, the raw piano sounded very distinct with its strong transients, stealing the show from the guitar and vocal track. To get a more atmospheric feel – as if it was played with a softer touch and release of the pedal – we use a proximity setting of about -26%.
Here, the drums were edited similarly to the piano. We got a roomier sound by pushing it further away from the listener. We also needed some automation: The proximity setting is less drastic on both choruses, providing a little more punch and rhythmic boost where it counts.
To get a better interaction between guitar and vocals, we used the proximity tool again. The ear-catching frequency ranges are pretty similar for both tracks and are constantly fighting with each other for attention. The automation of the guitar’s proximity setting in the problematic frequency range whenever there are vocals, helps the vocals to really come forward. The finished acoustic mix now has that extra layer of depth and finesse, that really makes it come to live.