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重庆体彩网his applies to the proximity effect too (which is where low frequencies increase in level when a directional microphone is used very close to the sound source). 重庆体彩网ncreasing the gain may make it seem that the proximity effect is intensified. 重庆体彩网ut if you lower the monitor level to compensate, you will see that there is absolutely no difference.
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