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Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR as it’s better known, is a tingling sensation that starts at your scalp and travels down your spine. Sometimes called a “brain massage,” ASMR can be triggered by audio or visual stimuli.
“ASMRtists” create videos featuring different triggers such as whispering, eating, or repetitive sounds like tapping and scratching to give viewers “the tingles.” Although there’s no official research, people say that ASMR videos help them relax, reduce stress levels and fall asleep.
Creating ASMR videos can be a fun hobby or even a lucrative career, but in order to create quality content, you’re going to need the right gear. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to record ASMR videos.
ASMRtist Gibi recording using a Blue Yeti USB microphone.
The first thing you need to record ASMR videos is a microphone. Not only is the Blue Yeti the world's #1 USB microphone, it’s also a favorite amongst the ASMR community. ASMRtists like ASMR Darling, Gibi ASMR and ASMR Zeitgeist all rely on the Blue Yeti for its studio-quality sound, intuitive interface, and affordable price tag.
If you are starting out, this is the ASMR microphone you want. Easy to use and the best value. The Blue Yeti is a classic among the ASMR community.—DiscoverASMR.com
Blue Yeti uses proprietary tri-capsule technology to capture every detail with stunning clarity. Four different pattern settings allow you to record a variety of different triggers. Cardioid mode records sounds that are directly in front of the microphone and reduces unwanted room noise, making it ideal for personal attention triggers. Stereo mode uses both the left and right channels to capture a wide, realistic sound image—perfect for ear-to-ear whispering.
ASMRtist Caroline ASMR tapping and scratching on a Blue Yeti USB microphone.
Yeti is a great starter mic for recording whispering, brush strokes, tapping and scratching, and up-close customer service role-playing.—Kevin Purdy, Wirecutter
The Yeti is also very easy to use, making it an excellent choice for ASMRtists who are new to recording. Simply plug Yeti into your computer's USB port and you’re ready to go—quicker than you can whisper your favorite trigger word. Quickly and discretely adjust headphone volume, mic gain and more using built-in controls on the front and back of the mic. Or use the free Blue Sherpa companion app to control Yeti directly from your Mac or PC.
Over the years, many viewers have told me that the Blue Yeti gives them more ASMR tingles than any other microphone!—Kiki, of Hermetic Kitten ASMR
ASMRtist JulianaBanana ASMR recording water sounds using a Blue Yeti USB microphone.
The first step in recording an ASMR video is planning your triggers. Some triggers are louder than others and require different mic settings, so it’s important to plan ahead. Prepare your room by eliminating as much external noise as possible. Things like air vents, fans, and even rain can interfere with recording hyper-quiet sounds.
When you’re ready to record, start by connecting Yeti to your computer using the included USB cable. Next, open up your audio recording software. Most laptops include free audio and video recording software that works well. Create a new audio channel and select the Yeti as the input source.
ASMRtist FrivolousFox ASMR giving away a free Blue Yeti USB microphone to one lucky fan.
Next, plug in your headphones using the built-in headphone jack so you can hear exactly what your viewers will hear. Start whispering and slowly turn up the mic gain to increase your volume levels. Test a few triggers and try to get your signal as loud as possible without the meters in your recording software going in the red. After setting your mic levels, adjust the headphone volume as needed.
An important thing to keep in mind is that Yeti is a side-address microphone, so make sure you speak into the side of the grill instead of the top. If you notice excessive “s” sounds, or “sibilance,” when speaking into the mic, try using a windscreen for a smoother sound. If you hear “plosives,” or popping sounds when pronouncing “p’s” and “b’s”, adjust the mic position so you’re not speaking directly into the grille. To eliminate this issue, try turning your head slightly to either side of the microphone so you are not projecting air directly into the diaphragm.
Now that you’ve dialed in the perfect sound, just press record and let the ASMR begin! Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to creating top-notch ASMR videos that are sure to give your viewers the tingles. For more tips and tricks on recording with Blue microphones, check out our blog!