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At Hooke Audio, we love talking about ASMR microphones. Not only because ASMR mics are binaural mics, but because both the ASMR and Hooke Audio communities share the same ethos: sound matters. ASMR is all about sound, and it’s the very specific type of sonic storytelling that makes ASMR work. With the constant growth of this market we must ask, where else can ASMR go? What else can it look like? We have a few ideas…

First, What is ASMR?

ASMR or 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.

The Future of Binaural ASMR Recording

To say that sound plays a crucial role in triggering this pleasurable sensation is an understatement. The best ASMRtists are also audiophiles, and together they have raised widespread awareness of a superior alternative to stereo sound called binaural audio. Binaural ASMR, like all binaural recording, captures sound as you actually hear it by employing two microphones spaced to approximate the distance between your ears. Many online videos and audio tracks are marked “Binaural ASMR,” but some of them are actually stereo recordings, which why there’s a sub-Reddit dedicated  to “Real Binaural ASMR.” The difference in sound quality is clear.

What Most ASMR Videos Look Like

People now use ASMR in a plethora of ways with dozens of videos and recordings being uploaded to YouTube and social media daily. The artists usually put the viewer at ease by role playing, unboxing or just simply speaking. And the most frequently used perspective in ASMR videos is that of looking at the ASMRtist and their microphone.

Why does every ASMR video look like this?

  1. This is likely due to the fact that most ASMR microphones must be mounted or on a stand in order to use. When you use a binaural ASMR microphone, you are essentially replicating the human head down to its width, skin texture and space between ears. These microphones have the ears to let you hear from their perspective, but not the eyes to let you see from their perspective. This means using two separate perspectives to create the experience, one visually removed from the head and one sonically completely inside of the head. If you ask us, it doesn’t make much sense when you break it down.
  2. The role or we might say “celebrity” of the ASMRtist is now considered to be as important as the content you are listening to. ASMR enthusiasts often have special allegiances to certain ASRMtists. For example, you don’t just want any one whispering in your ear to help you sleep, you want Heather Feather whispering into your ear to help you sleep. The person speaking into your “head” is as important as the content they’re producing these days.

If we’re already hearing what the dummy head hears on screen, why not see what its seeing too? The magic of ASMR content is feeling like you’ve been transported into the room, sitting so close to the ASMRtist as they gently whisper into your ear. Imagine how incredible it would feel to also see from that perspective. Arguably the response would be heightened, realty would begin to blur and we would be able to focus on nothing else but the soft tingles that only ASMR can bring. It’s a fresh take on experiencing and creating ASMR content, but one that has a lot more upside than it does down. Who will be the new ASMRtist to change the game? Who will put themselves on the map introducing a NEW way to experience tingles.

Introducing A new Way To Experience ASMR: POV

If we’re already hearing what the dummy head hears on screen, why not see what its seeing too? The magic of ASMR content is feeling like you’ve been transported into the room, sitting so close to the ASMRtist as they gently whisper into your ear. Imagine how incredible it would feel to also see from that perspective. Arguably the response would be heightened, realty would begin to blur and we would be able to focus on nothing else but the soft tingles that only ASMR can bring. It’s a fresh take on experiencing and creating ASMR content, but one that has a lot more upside than it does down. Who will be the new ASMRtist to change the game? Who will put themselves on the map introducing a NEW way to experience tingles.

A POV ASMR Microphone

Thankfully, new binaural recording tech today has brought this opportunity to the mainstream. With head worn binaural mics now more affordable and accessible than ever, the possibilities are endless. Not to mention in ear binaural mics like the Hooke Verse can now work on smartphones, allowing you to live stream ASMR content or post instantly to Instagram. This is something that would require several steps using a traditional binaural microphone. 

You can find lots of people talking about ASMR microphones websites and forums. We’re excited to see what new directions ASMR can take, as videos by pros and amateurs alike are starting to featuring new binaural microphones.

Most ASMR videos are staged, but with new mobile ready and portable ASMR mics we can now be transported to more than just the black bedroom we see in most ASMR videos. More than just a tool for triggering ASMR, we have the potential to reveal how it feels in real-time, out in the world, at a moment when we least expected it. How will you record your next ASMR vid?

From One Ear To Another,

Anthony Mattana
Founder, Hooke Audio

NOTE: If you’d like to learn more about using the Hooke Verse Bluetooth binaural recording earphones to make ASMR, click the link below 🙂

Binaural ASMR Microphone – Hooke Verse Binaural Mic

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