Best Microphones for ASMR

Microphones for ASMr

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Since becoming involved with making ASMR Videos we have experimented with a number of microphones and through trial and error, we have gained an appreciation of the ones that we feel give the best performance.

Listed below are the microphones that what we have found to be some of the best microphones for recording ASMR sounds as well as some others that we haven’t tried ourselves but we have seen other ASMR artists use. We’ve included our own personal reviews of products we own as well as links to Amazon where you can read the customer reviews.

Just be aware that the prices listed for these microphones doesn’t take into account any additional recording devices or adapters you might need. For example, the Rode NT1-A microphones can’t be plugged directly into a computer so you will need an adapter of some sort like the Shure X2U or a recording device like a Zoom H4N. This all adds to the cost.

If you are looking for the cheapest option that doesn’t require any additional costs, then we suggest going with either the Yeti (which plugs into the USB port of a computer) or a Zoom H4N which you can record directly into. The Zoom uses a memory card so once recording is finished you can remove it and upload the recordings to your computer.

We personally use the following microphones – Yeti, Soundman OKM II Classic, 3Dio Free Space Pro, Zoom H4n and the Rode NT1A matched pair.

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MicrophoneCommentsBinauralAverage PriceReviewsBuy

3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone

This is our favourite microphone for ASMR. The binaural sound is awesome.Yes$499Buy from Amazon

Yeti Microphone

Best Value for Money Microphone. This is a great microphone for starting out with ASMR. It's not a binaural microphone but it has excellent quality sound for the price.No$120Read Amazon ReviewsBuy from Amazon

Zoom H4N Recorder /Microphone

This is an awesome little device. It works as a microphone, recorder and audio interface. It's used by many ASMR artists. You can also plug an external microphone into it. We highly recommend it.No$269Read Amazon reviewsBuy from Amazon

Rode NT1-A Microphones

We purchased the NT1-A matched pair of microphones because we had read about how quiet they are ie. very little hissing and humming. We use these for vocal recordings like our podcasts for instance.No$550Read Amazon reviewsBuy from Amazon

Soundman OKM II Classic Binaural Microphone

Excellent binaural microphone. We have used it in numerous videos.Yes$299Read our reviewBuy from eBay

Roland CS-10EM Binaural Microphone

We found this one on Amazon but haven't tried it out. They seem to be reasonably priced for binaural microphones.Yes$110Read Amazon reviewsBuy from Amazon

Rode NT5 Microphones

We haven't used these but notice that MassageASMR uses them and the sound is really good. You would need to buy a Matched Pair (ie. 2 microphones) to get the same quality sound he achieves.No$430Read Amazon reviewsBuy from Amazon

Comments

  1. You say the Yeti doesn’t do binaural but amazon says it records in stereo, omni and bi directional – is it lying?

  2. If I buy the binaural microphone do I have to have zoom recorder to get it on my pc.. or can I record binaurally straight into a program like audacity or adobe audition?

  3. Was thinking about starting to make some ASMR videos but have no idea where to start. Would like to start doing it in the cheapest possible way and was wondering what sort of equipment would be best start out with? Would really appreciate some advice and guidance on the subject.

    • You can start with something as simple as your phone or point and shoot camera. If it can record video and sound then you can make a video. This is a great way to start. Many ASMR artists started this way and just upgraded their equipment as they went. Otherwise if you want to invest in a microphone and want something fairly reasonable for the price then go with a Yeti Microphone. You can get one for under $100 and they have very good sound for the money. You can use Audacity to edit the sound – it’s free! – http://audacity.sourceforge.net

  4. I’m considering getting started making ASMR videos, but I can’t decide what to do. The only microphones in my price range are the Yeti and Roland, but I don’t know how I would use the Roland as I would likely need a dummy head or have to put it in my own ears. The Yeti looks awesome, but I’m afraid it wouldn’t get the sound I am looking for since it isn’t binural… So I have a few questions.

    Do you have any links to videos using a Yeti to achieve omnidirectional or stereo sound so I can hear an example of it?
    Any tips for using the Roland ear buds to achieve realistic 3D sounds? One of my favorite ASMR videos makes me feel like someone is writing with a paper and pad right at the back of my neck and that’s the type of sound I really want to get.
    Is any special editing software needed when editing 3D sound?

    Thanks for any help… I’d really like to get into making ASMR videos, I’m just so lost as to where to begin.
    ~Fall

    • In terms of the Yeti, you can take a look at the video here that I did testing the microphone -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqMuzZ5sGtc

      Unfortunately we haven’t tried out the Roland, so don’t even know how it sounds let alone how to get good sound out of it. So not sure I can help you with that one.

      You really don’t need any fancy editing software for binaural sound. We use Logic Pro but you can use Audacity if you are on a Windows computer.

      Just bear in mind, when it comes to binaural microphones that you will also need a recording device of some sort like a Zoom H4n. The Yeti on the other hand just plugs straight into the back of a computer. The Yeti is awesome as a microphone for those starting out with ASMR video making and reasonably priced for the quality.

      Hope that helps, but feel free to ask for me detailed advice if you need it. Happy to help.

      • Thanks! I ordered a Yeti since it has more uses than just ASMR. If I really get into making ASMR videos, I will probably get a higher quality one than the Roland. I just don’t want to sink too much money into something that I may not even enjoy doing. After watching your Yeti video, I did really like the stereo sound for ASMR and I can use the other settings for recording other things.

        The mic should be here next week, so we’ll see how it goes… Thanks for your help. I’ll come back here if I have any more questions.
        ~Fall

      • I can’t seem to figure out how to record in stereo with Audacity and the Yeti microphone. I have the mic set to stereo, but Audacity only records mono. I’m probably being stupid, but can anyone help me figure out what I’m doing wrong?

  5. Celestialcrystal says:

    Hello :) i’d like to know if i need an external sound card with the Yeti Microphone (USB) or if i can connect the USB directly on a computer to record? thanks :)

    • The Yeti plugs directly into a USB port on a computer so you do not need any sort of external recording device to use the Yeti.

  6. Thank you for all your efforts and for sharing with the rest of us.Ι have put some cash aside to buy a yeti mic as my first asmr mic.My problem is that i own a laptop with a crappy camera and i dont want to make videos with solid sound and pixels floating around as i find the visuals very important also.What would you suggest?Buy an HD camera for my laptop or record my video with a camera i already have(not the laptop one but a photo camera that takes fine video but with not good sound) and at the same time record with the yeti and later mix the sound from yeti and the visuals from my camera in a video editor?
    thank you in advance.

    • Video is important but not as important as sound when it comes to ASMR so getting the Yeti is a good way to go. But If you do have a camera then yes I would be recording the video and the sound and then synching them up later. Don’t go buying anything yet. Just make do with what you have and get the best quality video and sound from what you have. You will want to upgrade eventually. We all do. But if you just do it as you go, you will learn so much more from it all.

  7. I’ve been an audio engineer for the last 15 years. There are some things to think about when working with these mics you’re talking about. What the “performer” needs to be focused on is the microphone’s ability to accurately pick up on the object’s ability to produce a given noise; without frequencies being affected by the natural coloring presented in given microphone models. You need to be telling people about measurement microphones. Example on a budget: http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-emm-6-electret-measurement-microphone–390-801?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pla calibration mic, with a good flat frequency response. Purchase two of these, and place them into a Schneider Disk similar to this https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/remote-possibilities-acoustic-music-location-recording/132163d1250333678-jecklin-disk-construction-disk-side.jpg Unlike this picture though, where the microphones are outside the disk facing the same direction, the microphones would actually do better inside the foam ball, with only the tips pointing out, at 180 degrees from each other. http://cart100.com/Product/14832195746/50CM_foam,_styrofoam_ball,_hollow_ball,_/ This contraption would more closely and accurately represent how the human ears would hear audio, and at $100 plus the construction materials needed for the disk (foam ball, egg-crate foam, batting material between the egg-crate foam and inside the ball) in the $200 range, it makes for a very interesting DIY setup for re-creating human hearing. Binaural sound is something the music industry still only dabbles in, and truly has very little focus except in scientific fields.

    • Thanks so much for your advice here Matthew. This is excellent. I’m going to spend a bit of time going through those links you posted. The main thing I always look for in a microphone is one with low self noise… since in the ASMR world, we record soft sounds and voices and the self noise can be really obvious. that’s why I love the Rode NT1A mics…very quiet. Not binaural but really nice sound.

  8. Have you guys checked out this binaural microphone? They’re also bluetooth headphones that pair with your smartphone. Which means you can use them to play music, take calls AND record binaural. All on your phone…pretty cool.
    http://www.hookeaudio.com

    • No, not yet. Would like to try them out but I can’t see any specs for the microphone on their site.

  9. sharlyn says:

    I am really interested in creating ASMR videoes of some sort.
    The questions, I have are a bit embarrassing but important to me in that I understand before I begin.
    fisrt, I am 55 and noticed all the woman who create ASMR videoes are younger and because I have autoimmune illnesses I do have a issue with my hands.
    I have lupus therefore my hands have lesions of lupus up in them.
    I stumbled upon ASMR not so long ago.
    I watched a video from Heather Feather.
    at first I found the whispering a bit odd and was almost ready to move on.
    I am glad my curiosity got the better of me and therefore I stayed with her video.
    With my illnesses come many side effects, anxiety, and falling asleep just to mention a couple.
    Heathers video caused me to fall asleep
    It was the best nights sleep I have had in a long long time.
    This has caused me to think of doing ASMR videos myself for I really have been trying to find ways of helping others and especially others such as myself and the illnesses I am caused.
    I still believe ASMR is a way of helping others with illnesses in many ways but because of my issues I am unable to think of ideas?
    Possibly you could lead me to the right places for getting ideas?
    Because I cannot afford the things I’m needing at this time to begin, I want to ask you if you know of ways I can use my smart phone in order to get the sound right.
    Possibly you gave ideas for me as far as my illnesses and the kinds of videoes I can begin making with the lesions on my hands causes me to feel embarrssed, but I have also thought maybe if I become brave enough I just nay be helping others like myself become less insecure?
    Sorry for the length if this.
    I have not known where else to go to ask these questions
    Thank you for your time

    • When we first started creating ASMR videos we only recorded the sound and in fact, even now, most of our videos are sound only. We really don’t want to get in front of the camera….we aren’t young either. So you can just record your voice and/or sounds that you make…crinkling, tapping etc. Its a great way to get started and when you feel confident you can start getting in front of the camera if you want. (You could always wear gloves if you think your hands might be a problem.)

      As for using a smart phone, don’t worry too much abou the quality of the sound. The best thing is too just record something and get it up on YouTube. And just keep doing that. As you start making videos what you will find is that you will want to improve and you will get better and better at recording. If you are really keen then eventually you can upgrade to say a Yet microphone which is quite cheap for the quality of the microphone. But while you don’t have the funds for that, the smart phone will be fine.

      And by the way, I was diagnosed with lupus too, 5 or so years ago after many years of mis-diagnosis. But after suffering for years with terrible symptoms I decided that I wasn’t going to focus on it anymore. Illness can become your life so easily and I didn’t want that, so I just didn’t focus on it anymore. Kind of difficult to do with all those symptoms as you know, but after a while I realised that I no longer felt terrible all the time. Still not perfect, but most of the symptoms are gone for me.

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