Best ASMR Microphones 2019 - ASMR Buyers Guide

ASMR has taken YouTube by storm, its community who love ASMR for a variety of reasons, It makes them feel good, they're fascinated by the tingles or they receive therapeutic healing through ASMR similar to that of meditation. YouTubers like ASMRDarya, ASMRZeitgeist, KittyKlaw  have built large audiences, which is down to their techniques, hard work are their mics to transfer the real ASMR Experience to the viewers as it was intended.

We’ve created the ASMR Microphone buyers guide for existing and aspiring ASMR'rs so that you can find the best microphone suited to your needs! We’ve also highlighted what you should look for in an ASMR Microphone.


Best ASMR Microphones

If you're in a rush heres a list of the top ASMR Mics:

Name

Pattern

Outputs

Omni-Directional

USB

XY

Stereo/USB

Binaural

Stereo

Cardioid

3 Pin XLR

1. Blue Yeti - Best Entry Level ASMR Microphone

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Omni-Directional
  • Frequency Range: 80Hz - 50kHz
  • Output: USB

Blue Yeti is a favorite of ASMR YouTubers due to its budget friendly and comes with a lot of features which might seem like an absolute steal for many.

Sound Quality

For Aspiring ASMR YouTubers its time to get excited. With 4 different recording patterns on the Blue Yeti you can record in Stereo, Cardioid, Omni-Directional and bidirectional sound . You can select the pattern you want using its simple controls. 

For ASMR, Using the Omni-directional recording mode will record sound from all directions, so you will get something close to binaural sound when whispering, taping left and right.
For its price range the  Sound Quality on the Blue Yeti is great, which is why its a fan favorite and probably instantly recognisable from dozens of YouTube Videos and Podcasts. You can be sure of good quality audio recording! 

Build Quality & Ease of Use

The Blue Yeti is well built, sleek and sturdy microphone and will last a long time like most good quality microphones when you take care of them. The Blue yeti also is really easy to use, simply take it out of the box and plug it into your PC or Mac and you’re ready to go with your favorite recording software. 

  • Pros & cons
  • In The Box

Pros

  • 4 Different Recording modes
  • Very Good Sound Quality
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Best Entry Level ASMR Mic

Cons

  • Not Fully Binaural

2. Zoom H4N -  Best Audio Interface & Mic For ASMR

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: XY
  • Frequency Range: Up to 96KHz
  • Output: USB, Stereo
  • Input: 3 Pin XLR, Stereo

Zoom H4N is another favorite among ASMR YouTubers due to its great sound quality and features available on the microphone. This microphone may look small but it packs a punch with its excellent depth and definition.

The Zoom H4N has a  a built in XY Unidirectional microphone, that features 2 XLR jacks and interface with the option of external mics  to hook in microphones such as the 3DIO Binaural Microphone.

Recording Modes
The Zoom H4N has 3 Recording Modes that you can choose from
Stereo Mode 
The most common mode for ASMR YouTubers.  Using the inbuilt microphones or XLR Microphones plugged into the device as an audio interface.
4Channel Mode
When you want to use all four microphones including external microphones. Have not yet  seen it used in that way for ASMR.

MTR - Multi Track Mode.
Allows you to record 4 different tracks. Useful when you're recording multiple sounds for your ASMR Videos. Eg. Track one Tapping, Track 2 Whispering, Track 3 Rain, Track 4 Crinkling.  

Sound Quality
The H4N is offers professional quality audio with its two XY mics. The microphone has excellent depth and definition, that sends tingles down your spine as can be heard for yourself in the video below:

Self Noise
Battery Powered
There is no audible self noise when used with its battery and sounds impeccable and ideal for ASMR
AC Powered
The power cord produces a small hum, which can be removed in editing but nonetheless is not existent when powered by batteries.

However for ASMR we would recommend powering the H4N with two double batteries to get the sound quality and performance you want. 

Build Quality & Ease of Use
The build quality on the 4HN is honestly super, for a device so small and compact, its rugged and has a super build quality that is designed to be brought around and used on the go. 

The microphone is easy to use, it features a 2 inch lcd screen where you can choose recording modes by using the scroll wheel and button menu. It also comes with a 1GB SD Card windscreen, a mic stand mount, a power adapter and even some recording software.

  • Pros & cons
  • In The Box

Pros

  • Great Sound Quality
  • Doubles as an Audio Interface for Future Mics 
  • 6 Hours of Recording time on Battery

Cons

  • Slight Hiss when using with AC adapter
  • Have to replace batteries

3. 3DIO FS Microphone - Best Binaural ASMR Mic 

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Binaural
  • Frequency Range: 100Hz - 10kHz
  • Output: Stereo Output

The one you’ve probably been waiting for, the 3DIO Free Space. Probably one of the ASMR communities "Most Wanted" in terms of microphone since it simulates the ears.
Lets jump in with this microphone and see what all the fuss is about!

This is a binaural mic and has two microphones, one in the right and left. The 3DIO is made for ASMR with the silicon ears so the YouTuber can accurate pinpoint the sound to your ears.

Build Quality
The 3DIO is a sturdy device with a good build quality with a very interesting design of silicone ears imitating that of human ears makes it easily identifiable in ASMR Videos, which is one of our favorite things about this microphone.

Sound
The sound quality is really impressive, its immersive, there is depth, High sensitivity and low noise, just not as low as the NT1-A. ASMR Sessions with the 3Dio are very distinctive ​due to the 360 degree sound.

The sounds produced in an ASMR session are very unique and deliver a more realistic experience because the microphone would record sound the same way an ear would, due to the binaural nature of the microphone and the replication of the ear.

Tingles. - All over! Have a listen for yourself

Ease of Use

The 3Dio has to be plugged into a camera or an audio interface such as the H4N above, unlike the USB option above. This is quite easy to setup though by simply connecting the jack to the camera/H4N and selecting the mic to be used on the H4N

  • Pros & cons
  • In The Box

Pros

  • High Quality Audio, 360 Degree Sound
  • Truly Binaural Microphone
  • Silicon Ear Replicas - Unique
  • Low Noise

Cons

  • Expensive Microphone
  • No XLR/USB Inputs

4. Røde NT1-A - Quietest ASMR Microphone

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output: 3 Pin XLR
  • Self Noise: 5DBA

The Røde NT1-A is instantly recognisable for some ASMR Watchers, maybe got a few tingles! The Rode NT1-A is one of the quietest microphones available.
This microphone is used by many of the ASMR Community such as ASMR live, KittyKlaw and Miss Chloe. With Darya having a two NT1-A Set up to produce binaural sounds.

The N1-A is a large condenser microphone and as already mentioned is one of the quietest microphones available, if Silent Night was a microphone this would be it.  The NT1-A  produces a clean, light and accurate sound. It has a cardioid pattern which means it focuses solely on the sound source and it does it exceptionally well.

Whispers into this mic sound like an ASMR dream, especially mouthing, breathing and gently speaking to trigger and tingle!

Have a listen:

Noise Sensitivity
As I’ve said above, this Rode Mic is extremely low self noise and is renowned for it coming in at 5dB which classes it as one of the worlds quietest microphones.
You can easily record tapping, scratching and rubbing triggers on this mic without having to adjust volume when editing.

Build Quality
The Røde Build quality is precise. They're solid, beautiful microphones, with a sleek designs and finishes. The NT1-A in particular is no exception to the Røde Rule, it features a Heavy-duty satin-nickel finish, Gold plated output connectors and an Internal shock-mounting system.

Ease of Use
The NT1-A is an XLR mic, just connect to an audio interface such as the Zoom H4N and get going. The NT1-A is easily mountable on a stand with a pop filter and easy to use. 

  • Pros & cons
  • In The Box

Pros

  • Worlds Quietest Microphone
  • High Quality Sound 
  • Precision Build Quality

Cons

  • Price Point
  • Have to buy two for binaural setup

5. Audio Technica AT2050 - Multi Pattern Microphone

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output: USB
  • Self Noise: 77DBA

Introducing the Audio Technica AT2050. This is quite a new microphone to the list. Think of it as the next upgrade from a Blue Yeti due to its Multi-Pattern Features. This microphone can be used for ASMR (Obviously!), Streaming and podcasting generally due to the great audio quality that Audio Technica delivers every-time, and as an Audiophile I truly appreciate!

Sound Quality:  This microphone provides a beautiful overall sound, what I would describe as close to perfect. This AT2050 feature 3 Polar patterns. Omni-Directional, Cardioid and the figure 8 which makes things very interesting for anyone considering this microphone. Cardioid allows you to do close up sounds such as crinkling, tapping, whispering, then adding Omni-Directional to give you the left ear- right ear experience to your viewers!

Build Quality :The microphone is really well built with a look that some describe as elegant and professional.

Ease of Use: This is an XLR mic and you will need to purchase an XLR cable as it doesnt include one. As with all XLR mics its easy to setup simply plug the XLR cable into the audio interface.

6. Audio Technica AT2020USB  - Cardioid Microphone

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output: USB
  • Self Noise: 80DBA

Yet Another Cardioid Mic, This time a USB Cardioid Mic at an affordable price point. This Audio Technica Mic is used throughout the YouTube Community mainly in ASMR, Streaming and Podcasts. 

Sound Quality -  Audio Technica are known for their sound quality and precision engineering in the audio world and i'm glad to say that this microphone is a testament to that! The AT2020USB has a cardioid pattern, again ideal for voice, crinkling, whispering, touching, tapping, mouthing and pretty much anything thats in close proximity to the mic. It has a range of 20Hz - 20,000 Hz and produces great quality of sound. You can hear some in the video below:

Build Quality - This microphone is well built for this price point, there is nothing out of the ordinary about this microphone. 

Ease of Use- This microphone is well built for this price point, there is nothing out of the ordinary about this microphone. 

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7. Blue Baby Bottle Condenser Microphone

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output: 3 Pin XLR
  • Self Noise: 85DBA

Blue yet again features on the list, this time its their Baby Bottle Cardioid Condenser microphone. This is the elegant upgrade from the Blue Yeti with a price point that matches.  This microphone is used by many YouTubers such as x, y, z

Sound Quality - This is a Cardioid Pattern microphone with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz. It is ideal for close range sounds such as voice and role plays, brushing,  tapping, whispering and scratching. You can check the sound quality in the below video, I think you'll agree its quite impressive. To me it gives a warm and classic tones that is quite unique to this microphone.

Build Quality - As with all blue microphones the Baby Bottle mic is truly well built with an absolutely stylish design that is instantly recognisable by the ASMR Community. It is built with high quality materials that justifies its higher price point. 

Ease of Use - 
This microphone is an XLR mic, so you will need a USB audio interface such as the Focusrite Scarlett or the H4N in order to record sounds. Otherwise its simply plug and play.

8. 3DIO Free Space Pro - Expert Binaural Microphone

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Binaural
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output: XLR, Stereo
  • Self Noise: 70DBA

3DIO Free Space Pro is the upgrade of the 3DIO FS, which contains a lot of improvements over its predecessor.  This has been used in a few YouTube Videos however due to its high price point, its only in the range of professionals or experienced ASMR artists with larger followings.

Sound Quality - The FS pro has a pair of professional dpa 4060 capsules. These are the same technology that were previously only reserved for hearing aids and measurement microphones . Its premium audio technology. The FS pro microphones are extremely sensitive and have a very natural sound comparable to the human ear. The frequency response of the mics are 20Hz to 20,000Hz to capture a range of sounds. Due to the shape of the ears and quality of the mics it makes it perfect for ear cleaning, massage, ear stimulation whispering and more. Have a listen:


Build Quality - The FS Pro is in the Pro price range and it reflects in the quality of the build. The FS Pro is sturdy, feels highly professional and of course the ears which are the main selling point are realistic, probably the closest thing we'll get to replicating the sounds of the human ear. 

Ease of Use - The FS pro features 2 XLR outputs as well as a stereo output jack. It also runs on phantom power of an audio interface such as the Zoom H4N and even contains a 9V Battery to run when using stereo.

9. Tascam DR-07X

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Unidirectional
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output: USB
  • Self Noise: 90DBA

The Tascam DR-07X is an excellent audio recorder with the ability to record in the A-B and X-Y Positions. We've seen many Tascam recorders used in ASMR YouTube Videos.

Sound Quality - The sound quality on the Tascam is great for up close sounds, featuring A-B and X-Y Positions. Using this with your camera in the AB Position you can replicate the sounds of a human ear going from left to right and in the XY position to capture the same point similar to that of the H4N, ideal for scratching, tapping and brushing.

Build Quality - The build quality of the DR-07X is great, it fits comfortably in the hand the screen is easily viewable in any type of lighting and it feels sturdy and well built.

Ease of Use: The Tascam is really easy to set up, its powered on 2 AA batteries or charge by USB. The DR-07X has the ability to save recordings in mp3 and wav formats which can then be imported to your computer for editing later. You also have the ability to attach it to your camera to record your video audio with it.

10. Roland CS-10EM In Ear Microphones

Microphone Specs

  • Polar Pattern: Binaural
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output: Stereo
  • Self Noise: 65DBA

These In Ear Microphones are new to the list, and certainly deserve to be here. These earphones aren't just ordinary earphones, you may have seen them on some ASMR channels on youtube! These earphones contain condenser microphones built in.

Sound Quality - These earphones produce a binaural sound, with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20000Hz producing a great quality sound. These are an absolutely great alternative for binaural sound if you don't want to spend over $1000 on the FS Audio.  You can do various videos with these such as ear cleaning, role plays, nature walks and more. 

Build Quality - The build quality of these earphones is good, but not the best we've seen. They are quite delicate and require careful use. They do fit well in the ear and allow you to monitor while recording. 

Ease of Use - These are very easy to use however they do require a power source such as a recorder like the Tascam Or Zoom H4N. If you don't have one of these, you may need an additional investment to power these headphones so please do take that into consideration.

What to Look for in ASMR Microphones

Self Noise

Self Noise is how much noise a microphone produces when it is recording. This is especially important for ASMR since it focuses on the sounds themselves. You don't want to be hearing a buzz or hiss of a microphone, although it can be edited out to an extent. We found the Røde NT1-A was the quietest microphone and the Zoom H4N the loudest when it is connected to a power source.

Polar Pattern

Sound is vitally important. Each ASMR Video has its own style. These styles can be achieved with different types of mics such as Binaural, Omnidirectional and Cardioid.

Binaural ASMR Mics

Binaural Microphones, which consist of two microphones side by side separated by a space. Binaural Mics are used to create the effect of whispering, tapping or touching in the left and right ears. An example of a microphone like this is the 3Dio. The 3DIO also has 360 Degree sound and replicates the ear, so you can pinpoint where sounds are coming from around the ear.

Omni Directional ASMR Microphones

Omnidirectional Microphones can pick up sounds from all directions like the Blue Yeti. Blue yeti can do a variety of patterns such as Stereo, Cardioid, Omni-Directional and bidirectional sound. Allowing you to try out a multitude, if you're looking to define your ASMR Style.

Cardioid ASMR Microphones

Cardioid Microphones pick up sounds directly from the source, which are great for whispers, talking, mouthing ASMR type videos such as the NT1-A.
To achieve the binaural affect with an Cardioid microphone you will need Two XLR Microphones such as the Rode NT1A. Two Blue Yetis unfortunately don’t work like this due to its USB connectivity.

We hope you found this guide useful, please let us know your thoughts and experience with these ASMR Microphones!

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