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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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

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

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

Soundman OKM II Classic Binaural Microphone

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

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

3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone

Just as good as the Soundman if not better.Yes$499Buy from 3Dio.com

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

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?

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