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Best ASMR Microphones for Recording Immersive Sounds in 2021

Best ASMR Microphone
Every content creator wants their content to be top-notch, similar is the case with ASMR artists. Every ASMR artist looks forward to creating the best content for their audience. Such that they don’t go anywhere else to get the tickling tingles. Considering that, you need to have the best ASMR microphone in the game.

ASMR is a little different from vlogs and other types of content and that is because the ASMR artist needs to be extra careful regarding the quality of the sound being produced and they have to constantly keep in check the sound levels being recorded. They want their content to be audibly perfect. For that, they need to have the best microphone for ASMR.

Enough of the talking, now let’s come to the main point. Today, I’ll be sharing with you guys the best ASMR mics that will help you reach the goal to produce high-quality ASMR videos and for sure make the growth process of your ASMR journey comparatively fast.

Now all of these microphones listed here are personally tested and being used by top ASMR artists, so you don’t need to worry about the authenticity here. Below is a brief table listing all the microphones/recorders. You can find an extensive buying guide after the ASMR Microphone review section.

Name Polar-Pattern S/N Ratio Price
Best Condenser Microphone for ASMR
Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording • Cardioid, Stereo, Omnidirectional & Bidirectional mode • 114dB View Price
Rode NTG2 Multi-Powered Condenser • Supercardioid • 76 dB View Price
Audio-Technica AT4053B Hypercardioid Condenser • Hypercardioid • 78 dB View Price
Aston Microphones Origin Large Diaphragm • Cardioid • 76dB-A View Price
Blue Spark SL Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser • Cardioid • 73 dB-A View Price
Audio Technica AT803 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Clip-On Microphone • Omnidirectional • 72 dB View Price
Sennheiser Pro Audio Sennheiser MK 4 cardioid • Cardioid • N/A View Price
Blue Yeti X Professional Condenser USB Microphone • Cardioid, Stereo, Omnidirectional & Bidirectional mode • 122dB View Price
Best Recorder for ASMR
Tascam DR-07X Stereo Recorder • Electret condenser / Uni-directional • N/A View Price
Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder • AB/XY • N/A View Price
Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder • Super-cardioid • N/A View Price
TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder • Cardioid • N/A View Price
First things first, go through the buying guide at the end of the post; before choosing an ASMR mic based on your requirements, so that you know what you will get and how you will use it for the betterment of your channel.
 Worry no more we have got you covered! 

Before getting started, I’d like to let you know that I have divided the microphones into three categories which are Condenser, Recorders, and Binaural Microphones

Best Condenser Microphone for ASMR:

1- Blue Yeti Pro

The first microphone on our list is the mighty Blue Yeti Pro, it is a microphone that is owned by almost every ASMR artist whether they have recently started making ASMR content or have been in the industry for years. The main reason to choose this microphone is the quality and features you get at such an affordable price.

Talking about the sound quality of the microphone, it produces amazing crisp sound quality with very minimal and unnoticeable background noise. It has a frequency range of 80Hz to 50kHz. For its price, another great feature about this microphone is that it features an Omni-Directional polar pattern which means the ASMR artist can record in different recording patterns including stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and lastly bi-directional sound.

Talking about the build quality and controls of the microphone the Blue Yeti is known for its great build quality which is sturdy and gives a premium feel. The Blue Yeti is available in a wide range of colors so you can choose whatever color you like.

The Blue Yeti can be connected to any computer using a USB cable.

  • The Blue Yeti is the best choice, if you are a beginner or for recording different sounds like Brushing, Tapping, Whispering, Scratching and Water Sounds, etc.
  • The only negative aspect of the microphone is that it does not have a 3.5mm audio jack for direct recording. You can only use the USB option as the mode of recording.

 

2- RODE NTG2

RODE is well-known among vloggers and in the media industry. RODE is probably one of the best microphone producers in the world today, whether we talk about their low-end microphones or the high-end ones.

Talking about the RODE NTG2, it is basically a shotgun microphone that is usually used in the film, video, and television productions. It is used with an extension leg such that it is not visible in the camera frame but it records sound efficiently.

This microphone is best for recording roleplay videos including barbershop, doctor checkup, etc.

Talking a bit about the technical specifications the RODE NTG2 has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz and it also features rugged metal construction which makes it very durable.

The microphone features a two-stage high pass filter which has the capability of switching between flat and 80Hz frequency. Its high pass filter is great for reducing external noise including wind noise and traffic etc.

The microphone can be operational with an AA 1.5-volt battery or you can even power it with phantom power using a recorder.

The feature of RODE NTG2 to run with a battery is great since you can directly run it with your camera without the need for a recorder. It has an equivalent noise level of approximately 18dBA.

This is slightly on the expensive side but is great for recording role-plays without any background noise. Also for more sensitivity, you can use a fur windshield for recording extremely clear sounds.

 

3- Audio Technica AT4053b

Next up on the list, we have the Audio-Technica AT4053b, Audio-Technica is a company that is popular across the globe for its headphones and microphones they are one of the most reliable recording equipment producers.

Talking about the microphone, it is a hypercardioid microphone that is slightly more sensitive than the cardioid microphones. The basic principle is to capture more sound from the front and lesser from the back. This microphone is great for people who are experienced in making ASMR content.

The reason behind that is because this microphone is very sensitive and can capture even the lowest of the sounds in the atmosphere so you need to have experience in using microphones.

Talking about the technical specifications it features 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response and is operational using phantom power. It also features a high pass filter that can filter sounds from including 80 Hz.

 All in all, it is a great choice for content creators who already have experience with audio/recording ASMR equipment. 

 

4- Aston Microphones Origin

Here we have a large-diaphragm cardioid microphone that is widely used by vocalists. The reason for listing this microphone in the ASMR list is because of its capability to capture sound so beautiful and perfect.

If you are mostly into recording ASMR that involves interacting with your viewers then this microphone shall be the best choice for you.

Talking about technical specification the microphone features a 1-inch gold evaporated capsule that increases the recording quality by leaps and bounds. Also, the microphone has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz and has an S/n ratio of about 76 dB which is quite acceptable.

Talking about some other frills the microphone features a built-in pop filter which is great for the reduction in external noises and saves you from buying a new pop filter.

There is one downside to this microphone; it can capture dust and other atmospheric particles on its top due to its design. Hence, you will have to wash its removable pop filter once in a while.

Overall, it is a great microphone with acceptable recording capability. It requires phantom power to be operational.

 

5- Blue Spark SL

Blue Spark SL is a large-diaphragm studio condenser microphone that is brought by the same company Blue which released the most popular Blue Yeti Pro.

The Blue Spark SL is a microphone designed originally for studio recordings but the sound quality and the sensitivity it offers is great for ASMR artists as well.

Talking a little about the technical specifications the Blue Spark SL has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. It has an S/N ratio of about 73 dB and Noise Level about 16.4. It features a 100Hz high pass filter with a -20dB pad which helps in increasing the quality of the sound.

The large-diaphragm helps in recording crystal clear sound. It is a great microphone for recording tapping, scratching, whispering, and liquid sound videos.

As far as the build quality is concerned, it is quite different from what we normally get to see it has a very dynamic design and is a great attention seeker. It is available in different colors and not to forget it requires external power to run, meaning it requires +48V DC Phantom Power to run.

It is also slightly heavier than the competitors it weighs around 336 grams. Overall a great microphone for experienced as well as starter artists.

 

6- Audio Technica AT803

Once again, we have the Audio Technica on the list but this time it is a lavalier microphone. The Audio Technica AT803 is a great microphone for recording ASMR mukbangs, eating sounds and other content of similar sorts that require the microphone to be near the object.

Talking about the technical specifications, the microphone itself features a robust and sturdy compact body that is able to sustain minor falls and jerks easily. The microphone has a clip to attach it to your clothing or something of similar sorts.

The microphone features a frequency response of 30-20,000Hz which is great for a lavalier microphone. It also comes with a high pass filter that has the ability to switch between flat frequency and a low-end roll-off.

The microphone surprisingly operates using a battery or you can even use phantom power to run this microphone which is a great option.

Not to forget the polar pattern this microphone records with is omnidirectional also it has a permanently polarized condenser which is great for recording ASMR content. The microphone comes with a 1.8-meter cable that comes pre-attached from the company.

 

7- Sennheiser MK 4

Sennheiser a brand that needs no recognition, it is a brand that has been in the audio industry for decades. Coming to the microphone, the Sennheiser MK 4 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that is best suited for ASMR artists looking to record pure and crystal clear sound.

It has a 1-inch large-diaphragm capsule and the capsule itself is gold plated. The best thing about the capsule is that it is shock-mounted internally for the reduction in noises and recording pure sound.

Talking about the specifications of the microphone, it features a full metal body that is sturdy and can last a while even with rough use. The microphone requires 48V phantom power to operate. It has a frequency repose of 20 Hz to 20kHz.

It has a decent noise level of 10dB which is suitable for recording ASMR content. Talking about the accessories we get with the microphone includes the microphone itself, a microphone clamp and the instruction manual. You need to buy the pop filter separately.

Overall a great option if you are looking to upgrade your low-end condenser microphone to a slightly better version.

 

8- Blue Yeti X

The company Blue has recently released an upgraded version of the Blue Yeti which is called the Blue Yeti X. A microphone that comes with amazing features that were missing from the previous model.

The recording quality has improved a lot from the previous one. The microphone has the option to directly monitor the sound using a 3.5mm headphone jack. The microphone operates using the USB cable and works perfectly fine just like the previous one.

Talking about the technical changes that have been made, the microphone comes with a bit rate of 24 and has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Talking about the look of the microphone. It is available in black color and it comes with a couple of led indicator lights that help with the status or the operating state of the microphone.

The microphone can record in 4 modes just like the Blue Yeti. Also, the internal parts have been improved and are capable to record much better than the previous version.

The major upgrade in this microphone is that you get an audio processing software called VOICE with which you can tune and add filters to the voice which is an amazing option in my opinion.

  • Talking about the negatives of the microphone the buttons on this microphone are quite clicky and the microphone will end up catching the button sounds which is not good.
  • The LED indicator lights are too bright for the dark environment, if you are recording a video with a dark background the LED indicator might scatter green light all around the microphone.

Best Recorder Microphone for ASMR:

1- Tascam DR-07X

If you are looking for a recorder that is portable and is able to record high-quality audio with zero to none background noise than the Tascam DR-07X is the best choice.

It is basically a handheld recorder which has the capability to record high-resolution audio with its two tracks, keep in mind no external microphone is required for this.

It has two built-in microphones that can be adjusted in A-B position if you have to record in a spacious environment or on the other hand an X-Y arrangement for tight space.

Due to its portability, you can take it anywhere with you and even can mount it on tripods. The best option about the Tascam DR-07X is that it offers various powering methods. You can use batteries, USB power supply or even an AC adapter if you want.

Also, the Tascam DR-07X offers an external mini 3.5mm jack and you can utilize it if you want to use an external microphone. It offers a comparatively big LCD on which you can monitor the controls and settings of the recorder.

The Tascam DR-07X has the option MicroSD cards having a max capacity of 128GB for storage. It also has the option to monitor the audio using the 3.5mm audio jack.

 

2- ZOOM H4N Pro

ZOOM H4N Pro is an old but one of the most reliable recorder/audio interfaces. The ZOOM H4N Pro can be used as an audio interface and a recorder both.

The ZOOM H4N offers the users the option to record four audio tracks simultaneously. You have the option to connect an external microphone which is quite handy.

The ZOOM H4N Pro has both X-Y and A-B recording arrangements. The two low noise built-in microphones are capable of recording at 140dB SPL. The recorder also offers the option to use XLR and quarter inches inputs.

The ZOOM H4N Pro uses external MicroSD card for storage purposes and you can use the provided USB cable to transfer the recordings directly or you can remove the SD card as well.

The ZOOM H4N Pro is a great option if you are looking for a two in one device that can record and act as an audio interface too.

It requires two AA batteries to power it up and in addition to that, it offers a 3.5mm jack to plug in smaller microphones.

If you want to use the ZOOM H4N Pro for recording purposes I’d highly recommend using it only recording close-up sound since it cannot capture far away sounds.

 

3- ZOOM H6

The ZOOM H6 is one of the best recorders available in the market offering handsome 6 track recording and a pair of built-in microphones that are removable.

Basically the ZOOM H6 has four XLR inputs in which you can use external microphones. The ZOOM H6 is visually very rugged. It weighs and feels like a brick in hand but its high-grade construction makes sure that nothing will happen to the recorder.

The recorder features two microphones, one is an XY arrangement microphone and the second one is a mid-side microphone.

As the recorder has 4 XLR inputs you can use other XLR microphones and use it on the ZOOM H6. The recorder itself has an inbuilt storage capacity of 2GB only which is quite less. However, it has the option to use the SDXC cards having storage capacity up to 128GB.

Overall, it is a great recorder/microphone for an experienced person. But if you are someone who is going to buy it as your first recorder, in that case, it is not recommended for you. Since it offers a lot of features and it ends up making beginners confused.

 

4- TASCAM DR-05

The Tascam DR-05 is a recorder in addition to that it acts as an audio interface as well. Similar to the ZOOM H4N the Tascam DR-05 features two microphones that are built-in from the factory.

These microphones are best for close up recording as they have the capability to record sound up to 125dB SPL.  You can utilize its XLR input to use an external microphone although it can only support small microphones as it can only power microphone requiring up to 5V only.

As I mentioned, the recorder is best for recording close up sounds like taping scratching sounds. The signal to noise ratio on this recorder is rated at 92dB which is great for a record/audio interface in such a price.

The recorder can be made operational using two AA batteries and they can last you 15-18 hours easily. The microphones on this recorder are not strong enough to record faraway sounds. Hence, you can only record close up sounds clearly. For the price, it is an amazing recorder and does the job very well.

 

Best Binaural Microphone ASMR:

Talking about binaural microphones for ASMR, here is a huge list of binaural ASMR microphones that come in the medium-high budget range. They for sure will make your ASMR community fall in love with your content.

1- 3dio Omni Binaural Microphone

The 3dio Omni Binaural Microphone has a ton of cool features. It has an omnidirectional recording pattern and has a pre-polarized condenser as well. Its frequency range lies between 20 Hz – 20 kHz. It also offers a frequency range with a soft boost grid (3 dB soft boost at 8 – 20 kHz) and a high boost grid (10 dB boost at 12 kHz). Its nominal sensitivity is ±3 dB at 1 kHz (20 mV/Pa with -34 dB re. 1 V/Pa)

The Total harmonic distortion (THD) in 3dio Omni Binaural Microphone is less than 1% THD up to 123 dB SPL peak and less than 1% THD up to 120 dB SPL RMS sines. Not only that, but it also has an excellent dynamic range of 100dB with a maximum SPL of 134 dB. It offers an output impedance of 30 – 40 Ω. It is cable drive capable as well, up to 300 m (984 ft). The 3dio Microphone Omni is 7.76″ x 7.76″ x 5.12″ (WxDxH) in dimensions and weighs 3.62 lbs.

This microphone has a lot of pros as it has an excellent dynamic range and great audio production. It enhances the smallest details in audio, making it sound extremely lifelike.

Being an ASMR content creator, I can certainly say that this is an excellent microphone for ASMR. Not only it creates an excellent soundscape of your environment, but it does it well as well. The ASMR microphone ears can be a bit stiff at first; however, they become flexible with usage.

My ASMR recordings, with these microphones, had a certain depth and realism to them. Overall, it has excellent quality and did a pretty good job.

2- 3dio Freespace 2


The 3dio Freespace 2 has a wide range of specifications. It offers an Omni-directional, directional pattern with a pre-polarized condenser. The frequency range of these microphones ranges from 20 Hz – 20 kHz with a 3 dB soft boost at 8 – 20 kHz and a high boost grid of 10 dB boost at 12 kHz. These microphones also offer a nominal sensitivity, nominal of ±3 dB at 1 kHz20 mV/Pa

The 3dio Freespace 2 offers a total harmonic distortion (THD) of less than 1% up to 123 dB SPL peak as well as less than 1% THD up to 120 dB. The dynamic range in these microphones is 100 dB. Output impedance in this microphone ranges between 30- 40 Ω. The minimum power supply (for full performance) is 5 V with a maximum of 50 V. The temperature ranges from -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F) with a relative humidity of up to 90%. It requires 9V alkaline batteries to function.

This microphone is ideal for high-quality audio recordings. It runs on batteries so you can carry it around for recordings in different environments. Its frequency range is excellent as well.

I recorded multiple audios using this microphone, in different environments and I can say this with certainty that this microphone is ideal for ASMR as it is designed specifically, for very delicate recordings. I observed that it captures the sound beautifully, making it even more pleasing to the ears. The detailing in audio is amazing as well. I highly recommend this and it is undoubtedly a great pick.

3- Rode NT1 2x


The Rode NT1 2x is an outstanding microphone for professional audio recording. It features a JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer and has a capsule that is 1.00”. Its frequency range lies between 20 Hz-20 kHz. The rode nt1 2x has an output impedance of 100Ω.

It also features a maximum SPL of 132dB. The maximum output level in this microphone is 8.0mV (@ 1 kHz with a total harmonic distortion of 1% into 1KΩ load. They offer a sensitivity of -29.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (35.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) with +/- 2 dB at 1 kHz. What makes them stand out is the equivalent noise level (A-weighted) which is 4dBA. It is 187.00mmH x 50.00mmW x 50.00mmD in dimensions and weighs 440.00g. Not only that, but it also features an XLR output with a warranty of 1 year or extended 10 years if you register your microphone.

It has a lot of features that make it stand out. It has a large, 1″ condenser capsule with a gold-plated membrane. Not only that, its ultra-low noise, self-noise of only 4.5dB (A) is extremely helpful in recording quality audio.

This microphone, while recording, produced exceptional audio. The ability to capture details of sound in such depth was indeed surprising. Its design, which is a fusion of artistic approaches and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, makes it worth buying. Recording ASMR was fun with this too as it produced exactly the kind of audio that I was looking for. You won’t regret buying this one.

4- Roland CS-10EM

The Roland CS-10EM is a dynamic in-ear binaural headphone with a 12.5mm driver. The headphones offer a sensitivity of 102dB and a frequency response ranging between 15Hz-22k Hz with an impedance of 16 Ohms.

The microphone, on the other hand, has an electric condenser as well as features an omnidirectional polar pattern. The frequency response ranges between 20Hz – 20k Hz with a sensitivity of -40dB 1V/Pa. its signal to noise ratio is less than 60dB. The CS-10EM comes with 2 x gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plugs with a cable length of 4.95′ (1.5 m) requiring 2-10V of power to function. It is 6.7 x 3.3 x 1.5″(LxWxH) in dimensions and weighs 0.15 lbs.

These microphones stand out as they feature a 2-in-1 functionality. These are exceptionally high-quality condenser microphones, ideal for realistic audio recordings. They also have a cool feature that enables you to monitor audio while recording. Its closed design is majorly helpful in reducing feedback.

After using the Roland CS-10EM I concluded a couple of things. They are compact and lightweight, and the 2-in-1 functionality was really helpful. I could listen to my audio while recording and could even go back which was very helpful. They also have high-quality condenser microphones in each earpiece. They work extremely well with portable recorders such as the R-05 or R-09HR. Overall, the ASMR content that I recorded came out well.

5- Rode NT5

The Rode NT5 is a binaural microphone that features an externally biased condenser with a 1/2” gold-sputtered capsule. They have a heavy-duty satin-nickel plated body with dual power operation. They have surface mount circuitry with exceptionally low noise as well as full frequency response.

The Rode NT5 includes a 0.50″ capsule and has an output impedance of 100Ω. It has a frequency range of 20Hz – 20k Hz. These microphones have a maximum output level of 13.9mV at 1k Hz with 1% THD into a load of 1KΩ. Offering a maximum SPL of 143dB and a sensitivity of -38.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (12.00mV at 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB at 1 kHz, they produce exceptional audio. The equivalent noise level (A-weighted) is of 16dBA in these microphones. They are 118.00mmH x 20.00mmW x 20.00mmD in dimensions and weigh 101.00g. Lastly, they also offer a 1-year warranty with an extended 10-year warranty if you register your microphone.

These high-quality microphones produce neutral sound. They also feature high-grade build quality and are sensibly priced as well. The only drawback is there no high-pass switches.

After recording using the NT5, I can say that it is capable of producing top-notch results in several different recording environments. Their signal clarity is just amazing. There is virtually no coloration or proximity effect with these microphones. I surely recommend these as my audio was very detailed and the microphone picked up everything. Well, that reminds me that they pick up everything so avoid any other unnecessary sounds, even clicking your studio mouse.

6- LyxPro SDPC-2

The LyxPro SDPC-2 is compatible with overheads, acoustic & woodwind Instruments. Its stereo pair captures even the slightest audio nuances with extreme accuracy. It is included with 3 capsules (Omni, Cardioid & Super Cardioid) along with a customized pickup pattern. It features a frequency response of 30Hz-18k Hz with a sensitivity of -38dB ± 3dB (0dB=1V/Pa at 1 kHz). It comes along with windscreens, an aluminum carrying case, and 2 smooth-tilt microphone clips. It is 10.1 x 8.7 x 4.7“in dimensions and weighs 2.59 pounds.

These microphones are of high quality and are very easy to carry around as they are light in weight. Their unique pencil condenser stick design makes it extremely versatile as well.

This microphone didn’t fail to impress me. It has so many features that make it ideal for recording ASMR. It has everything you need for professional audio production. The 3 interchangeable capsules are included with your purchase, which allows you to easily switch between pickup patterns, without the need to un-mount anything, which makes everything so much simpler. These premium microphones can handle anything you throw at them, from capturing every nuance in the studio to bringing sparkle to your ASMR recordings. They performed well and I highly recommend them.

Buyer’s Guide to the Best ASMR Microphones:

 Buyers Guide to ASMR Mics

Microphone Self-Noise:

Every microphone creates a sound on its own while recording, it is distinct from the sounds being recorded from the surroundings and environment.

Self-Noise is actually the buzzing or hissing sound you usually hear clearly with cheaper microphones.

Expensive microphones also tend to have these sounds but they are not loud enough to be heard clearly. However, they can still be heard if listened carefully.

As ASMR quality depends upon the quality of the sound so you must prefer to get a microphone with a very low self-noise.

The quietest microphone I have seen is the RODE NT1-A it produces the least self-noise among all the microphones I have tested.

For ease, I’d recommend you all to go for a microphone having self-noise under 20dB. However, the higher-end microphones come with self-noise of about 5dB which is amazing for recording ASMR.

Microphone S/N (Signal to Noise) Ratio:

S/N ratio stands for a signal to noise ratio, it is basically the ratio between signal and noise.

For example, if a microphone has an S/N ratio of 50dB, this means the signal is 50dB stronger and powerful than the background noise.

So ultimately you should be going for a microphone that has the highest S/N ratio. In short, you should go for a microphone with having S/N ratio greater than 70dB.

Power Source:

Mainly, microphones are powered using three main power sources:

  1. A simple 3.5mm headphone jack
  2. An XLR port also known as phantom power
  3. A USB port

The 3.5mm headphone jack is used for small microphones that don’t require high external power, for example, Apple EarPods are used by many ASMR Artists to record Lo-Fi sound as the EarPods have a very small microphone they don’t require external power.

On the other hand, Professional microphones that have a condenser built into them require external power as they can’t record using a simple 3.5mm jack.

Microphones like the RODE NT1-A require external power and for this, a special cable with an XLR plug is used to supply the microphone external power.

A recorder is used for providing this external power, for example, if we want to power a RODE NT1-A, We can use a ZOOM H4N recorder to provide external power to the microphone using the XLR cable, but there is one thing that needs to be kept in mind, the recorder should have the required voltage rating to power the microphone.

Finally, a USB port is used by many different microphones including the Blue Yeti Pro, this enables you to record and monitor the sound directly from your computer. No recorder is required in this case.

However, most of the USB powered microphones cannot be directly connected to a DSLR camera as they do not have a 3.5mm audio jack.

Price:

Pricing is the most important thing to consider, whether you are a starter or someone who is looking to upgrade their current microphone.

Calculate the budget you can spend on a microphone, I won’t suggest going for the most expensive ASMR mics in the market or getting something based on the price point.

As I mentioned in the introduction, ASMR is sensitive. So you need to know what you will deal with.

If you don’t have the environment or skills to record with an expensive highly sensitive microphone, you’ll end up returning it.

 So I’ll recommend to upgrade with time and go in a step by step manner. 

Requirements:

Another important thing to keep in mind is, for what type of ASMR content you are going to buy a microphone, are you buying a microphone to create assortment content including tapping, scratching, etc. Are you going for an ear massage, ear cleaning, etc., or going for binaural recording?

Each microphone is designed for a specific purpose.

Hence, you have to list out the features you require from the microphone and then you can go for it keeping in mind the pricing.

Now let’s get into the technical details of the microphones so that you can choose the best one according to your needs.

ASMR Microphone Types:

There are different types of microphones available some of them are used for recording binaural videos and some are used for recording tapping, scratching and whispering, etc. videos. If we talk about the types the different types include:

Popular ASMR Microphone Types

Condenser ASMR Microphones:

If we talk about condenser microphones, these microphones are generally used the most and are very effective, these require an external power source as they consume more power than a normal microphone. As far as their build quality is concerned they have fragile inner parts hence they need to be handled with care, but if great quality audio is your concern. Then condenser mics are the best bet for you.

Dynamic ASMR Microphones:

Dynamic microphones are normal microphones that are commonly used; they have comparatively sturdier build quality as they don’t have fragile parts in them. Most of the dynamic microphones work through a 3.5mm audio jack and they don’t require any external power.

Binaural ASMR Microphones:

Binaural microphones are very popular nowadays, these microphones are used to record high-quality ear to ear ASMR videos. You need an omnidirectional microphone to record binaural videos. So what really happens is a pair of microphones is used with a gap in between them and each microphone is used to record audio for each ear. This helps in creating more engaging and immersive content.

Since there are two channels simultaneously recording, it creates a 3D effect where the listener can actually hear the left and right channel separately which is great to hear.

There are proper binaural microphones available like the 3Dio series or you can use a pair of omnidirectional microphones.

Recorders:

Recorders are basically microphones and recorders both; they have built-in microphones but are not as effective as a standalone microphone. They have XLR ports in them which can power up your standard condenser microphone which requires external power.

Recording Direction / Polar Pattern:

The polar pattern is something very important that you need to consider while buying an ASMR microphone, a polar pattern is basically the tendency of a microphone to record sounds from different directions, for example, some microphones catch sounds from the front and cancel out the sounds from sides and back. There are several different patterns that I will be explaining below. However, before explaining the polar patterns. I would say that the choice of the polar pattern totally depends on the type of ASMR videos you are looking to record. Let’s check out the different polar patterns. Some well-known and popular polar patterns include:

  1. Cardioid
  2. Omni-Directional
  3. Lobar
  4. Binaural Microphones.

 ASMR Microphones polar patterns

Cardioid Microphone:

So the first polar pattern is cardioid, it is basically a microphone that picks up sound from the source directly, although it slightly catches the background noise, mostly it records the sound from the source.

These types of microphones are best for recording voice-overs, whispers, and other close sounds.

Cardioid microphones work the best in environments where the background noise is controlled. So if you are thinking to get a cardioid microphone to record ASMR, you should make sure that you have very less or no background noise.

Omni-Directional Microphone:

Omni-Directional Microphones are microphones that can catch sound from all directions. These types of microphones catch sound equally from the front back and both sides.

The best example of an omnidirectional microphone is the well-known Blue Yeti Pro. It has the settings to be used as an omnidirectional microphone.

If we talk about binaural recording, we can use two omnidirectional microphones to record binaural ASMR with a gap in-between the microphone.

However, we cannot do the same with the Blue Yeti, it is because the Blue Yeti doesn’t come with an XLR input. It only powers with a USB port.

Lobar Microphones:

Lobar Microphones are basically the shotgun microphones, these also catch the sound directly from the source and the source needs to be very close to the microphone to record perfectly.

These microphones have great in-line focus and are great in off-axis noise rejection. Lobar Microphones are mostly used on stands for recording talking, whispering, and brushing ASMR videos.

Binaural Microphones:

Binaural Microphones are taking away the majority of the space in the ASMR community, the concept behind binaural ASMR is that two microphones are used with a decent gap in-between them.

This is done to differentiate the sound for each ear left/right. The microphone on the left is used to record the sound for the left ear and similarly the right microphone for the right ear.

Phew… Information overload?!?!

Conclusion:

Lastly, if you have reached the end, thank you very much. We believe you are a good researcher and are looking for a perfect microphone that will be the best bang for your money. We have gone in-depth and reviewed the most used and best microphones for ASMR. We hope that you find the best ASMR microphone of your choice and it completely fulfills your requirements. All the best!

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Thomas Carter

Thomas is an avid ASMR freak and a typical audio junkie. He loves buying and testing out new technology and devices related to the audio industry.

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