Best ASMR Microphones 2019 - ASMR Buyers Guide

ASMR has taken YouTube by storm, its community who love ASMR for a varierty of reasons, It makes them feel good, theyre facinated 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 4HN -  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 4HN 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 4HN 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 4HN 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 youre recording mutliple 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 micrphone 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 cardoid 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 exeption to the Røde Rule, it features a Heavy-duty satin-nickel finish, Gold plated output connectors and an Internal shockmounting 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

What to Look for in the Best 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 dont 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 4HN 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

Binuaral Microphones, which consist of two micrphones side by side separated by a space. Binuaral Mics are used to create the effect of whispering, tapping or touching in the left and right ears. An example of a microhphone 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 youre 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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