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7 Best Microphones for ASMR 2018

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If you are one of those people who are into making ASMR videos or you are looking forward to being one of them. The most important thing which you need to have in your setup is an amazing microphone. A microphone which is capable of fulfilling all your needs and requirements for making the best ASMR videos. Getting the best microphone for ASMR will not only make your videos better and more professional but they will also get a much better positive response from your audience and it will surely increase your channels subscribers and viewers. In this guide we will let you know the best asmr microphone.

Choosing the best ASMR Microphone:

As I mentioned above the microphone you use in your ASMR videos plays a very vital role in making your ASMR Channel reach from a novice/beginner level to professional level. So buying a cheap microphone or picking up a microphone on the suggestion of someone else doesn’t do justice to your ASMR channel because microphones come in different shapes, sizes, technical specifications and many other factors. So with that being said you need to understand the technical terms and features of the microphone you are looking forward to buying so that you can better understand and ask yourself if that specific microphone is suitable for you? Will it work the way you want?

To ease you out we have compiled a list of best of the best microphones for ASMR. These microphones are tested by us and are used by the most popular ASMR artists in the industry. To save time you can have a brief look at these microphones with their pros and cons and for what kind of ASMR videos you can use these.
PRODUCT NAME POLAR PATTERN BEST FOR Self-Noise, S/N Ratio PRICE
Blue Yeti USB Microphone •Cardioid •Bidirectional •Omnidirectional •Stereo Tapping, Brushing, and Water Sound etc S/N: 100 dB View Price
3Dio Free Space Binaural Microphone •Omnidirectional / •Binaural Massage, Ear Cleaning, Tapping etc Self-Noise: 14 dBa View Price
Rode NT1-A Stereo Vocal Condenser Microphones •Cardioid Or •Binaural if using two mics All types Self-Noise: 4.5 dBa View Price
ZOOM H4N Pro •Omnidirectional / •Stereo Tapping and Brushing - View Price
3Dio Free Space Pro II Binaural Microphone 3D Sound •Omnidirectional / •Binaural Massage, Ear Cleaning, Tapping etc S/N: 71 dBa View Price
Roland CS-10EM In-Ear Monitors/Microphones •Omnidirectional / •Binaural Massage, Ear Cleaning, Talking etc S/N: >60 dB View Price
Tascam DR-05 Digital Portable Recorder •Omnidirectional / •Stereo Tapping, Brushing, and close-range sounds S/N: 92 dB View Price

Before going into further deep details of each microphone. We would like to let you know few important technical details of the microphones you are going to look at as stated above.

Things to Consider Before Buying the Best ASMR Microphone:

There are three main factors which you need to look into the microphone you are going to buy, to get the best ASMR experience.

  • Microphone SELF-Noise
  • Recording Direction of Microphone
  • Power Source

Microphone Self-Noise:

Microphone self-noise is one of the most challenging parts of any ASMR Artist’s life. If they do not have a good microphone they need to post-process the audio for better results which takes more time than investing in a better microphone. Microphone self-noise is basically the hissing, buzzing, the crackling and humming noise you get in the background, produced automatically by your microphone which generally happens when you are recording low-level sounds. To overcome this you obviously need to have better equipment.

There are two technical terms which determine the microphone self-noise which are called Self-Noise or S/N (Signal to Noise Ratio) although both are same things. If we talk about self-noise it is measured in dBA unit. The lesser the dBA, the lesser self-noise. It is ideal to get a microphone for ASMR having 15dBA or lesser the better. OR if you are determining self-noise w.r.t S/N ratio. It is vice versa of self-noise. It is determined in dB. The best S/N ratio for microphone used for ASMR should be 80dB or above.

Recording Direction of Microphone:

Recording directions of microphones are divided into further types but the most commonly used directions for ASMR are Omni-Directional and Binaural.

Omni-Directional:

In these kinds of microphones, the audio is picked up equally from everywhere. These kinds of mics are mostly used in assortment videos, brushing, tapping etc. The best microphone example of this kind is the Blue Yeti.

Binaural:

This is an amazing technique used in ASMR in which two microphones are used with space in between. Each microphone records left and right channel separately. These kinds of mics are mostly used for talking, ear cleaning, mouth sounds etc. The best microphone example of this kind is the 3Dio Free Space Pro.

Power Source:

There are two types of Power Sources in microphones. Which are called Phantom Power and USB Power.

Phantom Power:

The high-end condenser microphones require a special connection called XLR connection which is then connected to a separate recorder/adapter which provides enough power so that your microphone can run. This external power is called Phantom Power. One of the recorders is the ZOOM H4N.

USB Power:

These are the types of microphones that require simple USB input and power. They can only be connected to your computer for recording. They consume less power and they are less difficult to set up. Blue Yeti is an example.

Detailed Overview of Best Microphones for ASMR:

 

1.Blue Yeti USB MicrophonePOPULAR

If you are starting out, looking for something easy to use, great sound quality, cheap in price. Then Blue Yeti is the microphone you should be looking at. It is one of the most popular microphones among ASMR Artists for making Tapping, Brushing, and Water Sound etc.

It has a capsule type design which features different polar patterns to choose when recording. This beautiful microphone is best for catching the sound in up to 16-bit/48 kHz resolution. You can also choose different directions for recording which are cardioid, omnidirectional, bi-directional and stereo.

The Blue Yeti microphone connects to your Windows Computer or Mac with a USB cable which powers it. The Blue Yeti features a 3.5mm audio jack in which you can plug in your headphones to listen real-time what you are recording. This feature is good for ASMR artists. You can also change the settings, volume and polar pattern of the microphone using controls on the front of the microphone.

 

An ASMR video recorded using The Blue Yeti Microphone by a popular ASMR artist AnoASMR:

Pros and Cons of Blue Yeti USB Microphone:

Pros
  • Great price
  • Tapping, Scratching, and Brushing sound excellent.
  • Portable
  • Self-noise is extremely low
Cons
  •  Non-standard size, universal shock mount doesn’t fit
  • Cheap feeling controls / buttons

2.Rode NT1-A Stereo Vocal Condenser Microphones, Cardioid (Pack of 2)

rode nt1a

The Rode NT1-A is one of the best bangs for the buck microphone. It sounds same like many high-end microphones which cost more than $1000. This microphone is absolutely amazing because of its extremely low self-noise. It almost gives no background noise. It is popular for recording audio books worldwide so this is a great product for recording ASMR videos as well. This package comes with two microphones so that you can record left and right channel separately.

The Rode NT1-A is a cardioid microphone having Self-Noise of about 5dBA which is amazing for ASMR. This microphone is used by professional music makers for recording musical instruments because of its low self-noise. The Rode NT1-A has a one-inch diaphragm which gives wide frequency response and a perfectly low S/N ratio. The RODE NT1-A doesn’t run off a USB port. It requires phantom power off a recorder/adapter which is connected using XLR connections.

 

An ASMR video recorded using a pair of RODE NT1-A by a good ASMR artist Just Tingles:

Pros and Cons of Rode NT1-A Stereo: 

Pros
  • Exceptional clarity/purity of sound
  • Extended neutral frequency response
  • Extremely low self-noise (4.5 dBA)
  • Good for all types of ASMR
  • 10 years extendable warranty
  • Amazing price point!
Cons
  • Doesn’t support USB power source

 

3. 3Dio Free Space / XLR

3dio free space3Dio Free Space comes in the league of professional microphones. It is indeed one of the best binaural microphone you can get for making ASMR videos. 3Dio has categorized this model into two. The 3Dio Free Space is without XLR input and is cheaper whereas the 3Dio Free Space XLR features XLR input and It is a little expensive than the normal one. We will feature the normal variant in the article but we will link the XLR version also if you want to buy that one. The 3Dio Free Space has the capability of recording very low voices and it produces very less self-noise. A 3Dio Free Space is a binaural microphone having omnidirectional structure and has a frequency range of 100Hz to 10kHz. The 3Dio Free Space has a unique style which imitates a pair of the human ear. The microphone itself is shaped up like human ears made of silicon and on/off buttons in the middle. The 3Dio Free Space two has Primo EM172 capsules in each ear. The microphone features a standard 3.5mm jack and a male to male 3.5mm cable which is used to connect the microphone to an external recorder. The 3Dio Free Space supports tripod so that you can mount the microphone on it.

 

A great ASMR video recorded using 3Dio Free Space by FASTASMR:

Pros and Cons of 3Dio FreeSpace:

Pros
  • It is portable and weighs only 680grams.
  • Human Ear shape.
  • High quality microphone capsules
Cons
  • Can be used only for making binaural asmr videos.

 

4.ZOOM H4N Pro

Zoom H4N is a portable recorder. It is an all in one device which works as a microphone, a recorder, and an audio interface. The ZOOM H4N produces high-quality sound with superior control. You can connect an external

microphone to it as well to use it as a recorder.

The ZOOM H4N Pro comes with X/Y Stereo Mic configuration which is capable of 140dB SPL. The ZOOM H4N comes with two low-noise preamps with the combination of XLR and ¼ inches inputs. The ZOOM H4N can simultaneously record 4 audio channels with higher rates and resolution than CD quality. It records the audio in mp3 and Wav formats.

The ZOOM H4N Pro uses micro SDHC card for storage purposes and USB connection to transfer the recorded data to your pc. It powers up with an AA battery which can last up to 12 hours. It also has a 3.5mm jack to plug in smaller microphones like lavalier microphones.

 

A great ASMR video recorded using ZOOM H4N Pro by Hushtone ASMR:

Pros and Cons of ZOOM H4N PRO:

Pros
  • Small and inconspicuous for those covert recordings.
  • Many functions like Compressors, limiters, bass cut-off, fx etc.
  • Remote control to start, stop recordings if you are far away
  • 4 independent recording capability
Cons
  • Batteries get eaten up in no time when using Phantom power on external mics. Can be a pain in pressured recording situations.
  • Built in Mics feel a little noisy if you already have experienced high end mics.

5.3Dio Free Space Pro II Binaural Microphone 3D Sound Recording Mic

3dio free space pro ii

The 3Dio Free Space Pro has two versions as of now. The second one was released after the first one with betterments and more benefits. The 3Dio Free Space Pro Binaural Microphones are specifically designed for ASMR artists for binaural videos.

Almost every professional ASMR artist has one of these microphones because of the shape of the microphone having dummy ears. Which doesn’t only make it look good in the video but its quality is great as well. The 3Dio Free Space Pro microphones have dummy ears which give absolutely amazing sounds. They feel like they are ears of a real human. These microphones are used by the experts in the community and are really loved by the viewers/listeners.

The 3Dio Free Space Pro microphones have omnidirectional recording patterns. The version one of this mic requires XLR connections to power whereas the latest one which is the second one also supports a 9V alkaline battery.

 

An amazing video recorded using 3Dio Free Space Pro II by The ASMR Cast:

Pros and Cons of 3DIO FREE SPACE PRO II:

Pros
  • Purely design for ASMR
  • High build quality
  • Excellent Sound quality
Cons
  • Expensive price

6.Roland CS-10EM In-Ear Monitors/Microphones

The Roland CS-10EM monitor earbuds are the best binaural microphones in this price range. These earbuds are comparatively cheap and portable having high standard condenser microphones on each earbud.

The Roland CS-10EM has few drawbacks as well. There built quality is quite fragile. You have to use them carefully. Another drawback about the Roland CS-10EM is that the earbuds look small in size but they require separate power called phantom power as explained in the post. So if you are looking to get these and you are on a budget, don’t forget that these earbuds require a power source and you have to buy a recorder/adapter separately to power them up. If you already don’t own one. These earbuds are good for almost any type of ASMR video but they require care when in use.

Lastly, I would also like to mention that these earbuds work well in binaural ASMR recording, if you put them on a dummy head or your friend because that way sound recorded will be way more realistic than putting them on yourself.

 

An ASMR video recorded using Roland CS-10EM by Transcend ASMR:

Pros and Cons of ROLAND CS-10EM Microphones:

Pros
  • Works for all types of ASMR Videos
  • Almost zero self-noise
  • Portable
Cons
  • Requires power source
  • Fragile
  • Extra money for recorder if you don’t have one

7.Tascam DR-05 Digital Portable Recorder

Tascam dr-05

The Tascam DR-05 is a recorder as well as microphone like the ZOOM H4N. The Tascam DR-05 comes with two built-in microphones which are capable of recording up to 125dB SPL. It also has an XLR connection for external microphone use if you already have a good microphone that requires phantom power.

The Tascam DR-05 is great for recording tapping, scratching and brushing sounds. It produces high-quality sounds with S/N ratio of 92dB. The Tascam DR-05 saves the recording in mp3 and wav format. It powers up with two AA batteries which are enough to power this little beast for 16-17 hours.

The only drawback about this microphone/recorder is that, you need to be close to the microphone if you go a little far away the sounds might not be recorded the way you want and can sound faint. So this microphone is good for making close-up/ assortment type of videos and does the job perfectly.

If you are looking to buy this microphone/recorder for recording your voice, then this is not a good choice at all.

 

A brushing ASMR video recorded using Tascam DR-05 by Gyo ASMR:

Pros and Cons of TASCAM DR-05:

Pros
  • Great price
  • Tapping, Scratching, and Brushing sound excellent.
  • Portable
  • Self-noise is extremely low
Cons
  • Bad vocal pickup
  • 2 AA batteries (AC available)

 

Conclusion:

Conclusively, I would like to add that the above-mentioned products are hand-picked by us. By reading their reviews from here you can feel free to buy any microphone that suits your pocket and your needs.


About the author

Andrew Colin

Andrew is an avid technology enthusiast, Who loves to try out new technology, gadgets, smartphones, laptop computers and other electronic items. He also reviews daily life products, which he experiences. He wants to help people out there looking to buy different products by sharing his experiences and opinions.

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