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.
In order for these tingles to occur, a quality binaural microphone capable of capturing a recordists HRTFs and head space was thought of to be essential. These new artists in the community don’t seem to care about this and are using whatever cheap microphones they can get their hands on.
My best friend is offering to buy me a Blue Yeti microphone. Since I am a full-time college student and I don't have a steady job, he was willing to help me; meaning within the next few weeks I will be making some BINAURAL videos for you all!
What vid should I do first?
— Veil ASMR (@veil_asmr) March 7, 2018
I think I might get a tascam. I'd get the zoom for 65 bucks if the mics werent smooshed together. I don't know. I could also get a yeti for this price. But I really want something more portable..but that also works for binaural recording if I wanted. Hrmm. https://t.co/aCKL6LU80y
— 0101 (@errorfairy) January 12, 2018
BINAURAL THE WRONG WAY
I fear the users are attempting to piggyback on this new popularity the movement is receiving with a “likes for likes” type of mentality. They’re using terms like binaural because they know their videos will get more plays. And it’s starting to bother those of us who do care about the community and what ASMR stands for. I’ve never seen the word binaural so misused in the 5 years I’ve ran Hooke Audio.
Asmr works. But not when your making shit noises into a Mic. Need to get a binaural setup.#loosewomen
— The 13th duke of wybourne O.B.E (@dukewybourne13) February 8, 2018
@ every ASMRtist ever, please stop using the Blue Yeti mic it's not a binaural mic it's like a 1.5naural mic, it's so bad
— Number 16 Bus Shelter (@astronomeys) March 7, 2018
DEAR ASMR ARTISTS, PLEASE USE A BINAURAL MIC. OR ELSE, DON’T CALL IT BINAURAL.
Novel concept right? What seems so simple appears to be getting lost in these 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.
LISTEN TO ASMR FROM AN ASMR ARTIST USING A BINAURAL MIC:
Now listen to the ASMR content that is being uploaded at an alarming rate in 2018:
Seriously, what is that? It sounds like garbage.
Want to make binaural ASMR Content? Use a Binaural Microphone
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 $239.99
For a complete list of binaural microphones on the market in detail:
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. Let’s make it sure it stays that way. Sound matters and it starts with content we create for ASMR.
From One Ear To Another,