Every ASMR artist, Stop Calling The Blue Yeti A Binaural Microphone.

A NEW CHAPTER IN ASMR

In the past few months I’ve seen the ASMR community grow in popularity. Every day I’m seeing a new ASMR artists on twitter talk about their new videos, new channels or simply engage with the budding community that for as long as I can remember, has remained a bedroom movement.

 

WHAT IS ASMR?

For those of you not aware, ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) is a term used for an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia. ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control. Watch the video below with headphones on and see if you can experience some static-like tingles.

 

A NEW ASMR COMMUNITY

It’s surprising to see how many new ASMR YouTube channels and ASMR artists have surfaced in the new year. But what’s even more surprising is seeing how many of them are not using binaural microphones. For years, a binaural microphone was synonymous with ASMR content.

The Future of Binaural ASMR Recording

If you ask some of the original ASMRtists, most would say a quality binaural microphone capable of capturing a recordists HRTFs and head space to be essential. New artists in the community don’t seem to care about this and are purchasing cost effective microphones, a strange paradox given ASMR is hyper reliant upon sound fidelity.

 

BINAURAL THE WRONG WAY

My fear is that new ASMRtists are attempting to piggyback on ASMR’s growing with a “likes for likes” type of mentality. They’re using terms like binaural because they know their videos will get more plays, without understanding what binaural audio is.

 

WHAT IS BINAURAL AUDIO?

Binaural or Binaural 3D audio is audio captured identically to the way we hear the world. When audio is captured with a binaural microphone like the Hooke Verse, it is capturing the exact location of every sound source and where it is in relation to the recordist upon capture.

Binaural Audio Is NOT Stereo

Binaural audio must be recorded with a binaural microphone.

A binaural microphone consists of two omni directional microphones wherein one mic is positioned very precisely within each ear. When a microphone is placed within the pinnae of each ear, a recordist is capable of recording audio identically to the way they hear it

What seems so simple appears to be getting lost among new ASMR artists. I am all for pushing the movement further into the mainstream, but muddling terms that define this content will only cause more confusion and cheap sounding content.

The Blue Yeti is a stereo microphone. A stereo microphone allows for a listener to localize a sound source to the left and right upon playback. A listener will not be able to localize a sound source in front, behind or above during playback. A binaural microphone allows for a listener to localize a sound source in front, behind, above and below. Binaural microphones are perfect for ASMR content as they allow us to transport into the headspace of the recordist and utilize every bit of what makes human hearing so unique. That’s how you get tingles. You’re only painting half the picture when you capture it in stereo and odds are, you’re listeners are receiving half as well.

The Difference Between Mono, Stereo, Surround, Binaural and 3D Sound

 

LISTEN TO ASMR FROM AN ASMR ARTIST USING A BINAURAL MIC:

 

Now listen to the ASMR without a binaural mic:

Hear the difference?

 

You Have Options

There are plenty of binaural microphones on the market at a similar price point to the Blue Yeti. Many offer what the Yeti cannot, versatility.

Andrea Electronics 3D Surround Sound Recording Ear Buds SB-205W $34.99

Roland CS-10EM Binaural Mics $134.99

The 3Dio Free Space. $499.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hooke Verse $159.99

 

 

The Future of ASMR

Binaural ASMR recordings are quickly becoming the gold standard for ASMRtists. The reason for it is clear for anyone who experiences that tingly ASMR sensation. You can actually feel the difference. Sound matters and it starts with content we create for ASMR.

From One Ear To Another,
Anthony Mattana
Hooke Audio

Comments
  • Seriously, right?! Thanks for speaking out and being informative. Do you think it’d be possible to set up a binaural recording using two Yeti’s, though? I’ve wondered that.

  • This article is really sitting on its high horse. The ASMR community is full of people of different tastes– including things like lo-fi ASMR. Don’t forget that all of your favorite artists started with the videos with quality similar to those two girls who you chose to ridicule on your company’s website– teenagers who are just having fun creating videos, and whose video didn’t even claim to be binaural. Your attitude of “if you can’t get a REAL binaural mic don’t even bother” is really disheartening to those who want to start to make content or those who can’t afford to upgrade. Gibi ASMR is one of the most popular in the game right now, and she loudly and proudly promotes the Blue Yeti mic. Besides, LayeredASMR is right– when people search “binaural ASMR” they are generally just looking for ear to ear. Only a select few are snobs like you seem to be.

    • Shelby, thanks for your response:
      1. My favorite artists like heather feather, arguably one of the first commercial ASMRtists used a $900 3Dio binaural microphone.
      2. This is the first time I have ever heard of “lo-fi ASMR”. I find it difficult to believe this is a heavily searched thing, tingles come from hi fidelity recordings and are more likely to occur when some one can feel entirely in the room with the ASMRtist. But if it is, I stand corrected. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.
      3. The Blue Yeti is only $20/$30 cheaper than Hooke Verse…
      4. I care about sound quality, if that makes me a snob, I am proud to be one!

      • I’m sorry but how in the heck did you get that your Hooke Verse is only $20-$30 cheaper? I got my blue yeti, stand, pop filter, and cover all for under $140 from Amazon, brand new. For people starting out that’s actually a significant price difference, and $100 difference could instead help fund lights, a green screen, an H6, etc… whatever floats their boat. But to say that the blue yeti people would be starting out with is close in price to the Hooke is incorrect.

        Secondly, for someone who seems to pride himself on how much he knows about ASMR, I find it very strange that you don’t know about Lo-Fi ASMR or realize how heavily searched it is. Lo-Fi ASMR isn’t a relatively new thing, it’s been around for quite a while. And for you to imply it’s not popular is quite perplexing. There is a market created around the idea of people falling asleep to ‘white noise’ – thus how we end up with sound machines with the soothing tones or even plain old white noise. And those machines are marketed to the average consumer, many of whom don’t even know what ASMR is, like my father. He’s been sleeping with a sound machine for years and years. I recently showed him what ASMR is and while he thinks some of the newer stuff with the nice mics are okay, his favorite are the Lo-Fi ones with white noise in the background.

        Lastly, it’s not the ‘caring about sound quality’ that made your words sound snobby. It was the idea that this could’ve been an educational article and instead you made it seem condemning and hostile. For no reason. There is an appropriate way to teaching people the difference and what is right, and how you did it was probably not the best. What’s worse is when Shelby brought Lo-Fi to your attention your comment back was slightly rude. There’s connotation behind sentence structure and yours could be perceived as rude.

        • Hi Melissa,

          1. Hooke Verse sells for $159.99 the price change has been reflected in this article.
          2. I do know about Lo-Fi ASMR. I’m asking is for ASMRtists to stop calling the Blue Yeti a binaural microphone. It is not one.
          3. I believe sound matters and am frustrated that many people have chosen commoditization over quality.

          Thank you for your feedback!
          Anthony

  • Gibi ASMR, ASMR Darling, Karuna Satori, FrivolousFox ASMR, Lily Whispers ASMR, Gentle Whispering ASMR, Peace and Saraity ASMR, Goodnight Moon, Tony Bomboni ASMR, Batala’s ASMR, Whispers Red ASMR just to name a few (some of which are the biggest names in the ASMR community) have all done LoFi ASMR. And when I did a quick search, I found LoFi ASMR going back over 16 months ago.

    Everyone has different tastes and different likes. No two people share tingles the same way. And every art form changes and progresses at some point. You can either grow with it, or grow out of it.

    • LoFi, HiFi, semifi, eating, whispering, haircut, tingles; I don’t care what you do. Just don’t call the Blue Yeti a binaural microphone. It is not one.

  • Appreciate the article, as I learned something. To the point of some others, you could have made it more educationally focused, to then point out that microphones like Yeti are not binaural, so if you are looking to he a true ASMR artist, consider upgrading to that experience. You chose to attack people who might just not know they are wrong, and accuse them deliberately lying to get hits and likes. One might say that this article is titled and positioned to attack in a similar deliberate way to troll attention. But I’ll give the benefit of the doubt with your pride for high quality ASMR. Just consider using your knowledge and experience to educate rather than belittle and attack. Doesn’t out you in a positive light as an artist. Thanks again for the lesson. Peace.

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