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


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.



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.



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

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.





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.





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.

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




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,
Anthony Mattana
Hooke Audio

  • 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!

  • 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.

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