What Is ASMR?
One of the latest phenomenons that have taken over YouTube and other social media platforms is something called autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR. The creators of ASMR videos are referred to as ASMRtists, and the most popular channels have millions of subscribers on platforms like YouTube and Instagram. In this post, we’ll break down what ASMR is and the importance of great sound equipment in creating ASMR videos.
What Is ASMR?
The autonomous sensory meridian response is an experience that involves a tingling sensation on the skin, typically beginning in the scalp or neck area and continuing down the back and shoulders. It is experienced in response to certain gentle stimuli, most often a sound. Some people are unable to experience ASMR at all while others are strongly affected by it. If you watch an ASMR video, you might watch them as they create some or all of the following sounds that have been known to trigger ASMR:
- Binaural whispering (whispering into two different microphones that correspond with each ear)
- Tapping on objects, both with the fingernails and the pads of the fingers
- Pencil on paper
- Rubbing different objects
- Hand movements and gestures
- Scratching, rubbing, or brushing a microphone
- Soft talking
- Scratching different objects
- Eating noises
- Ambient sounds
Any and every ASMR video involves at least one of these “triggers,” as they are called. Because the point of every ASMR video is to provide an audio experience that triggers a tingling sensation, it is essential that every ASMRtist is equipped with the right tools for the job.
The Necessary Tools
If you are considering becoming an ASMRtist or are looking for a fun project to do at home, creating an ASMR video makes for a good time and can even find you a bit of fame if you’re talented (and lucky) enough. But if you want to get serious about it, you’ll need the right equipment to get started. Here’s everything you’ll need.
- A good microphone. You can’t convey the sounds well unless you have a good microphone. ASMR is all about crisp, clear sounds and you can’t make those unless you have a good input system.
- An interface. Simply put, an interface is what connects the microphone to your computer and helps to convert the noises into data that can be stored and shared via computer. Your microphone won’t do you any good unless you have an interface.
- A microphone cover. Microphone covers block the wind that comes out of your mouth. If you’ve ever taken a video recording on a windy day, you know how badly wind can distort the sound. Microphone covers prevent that from happening, which is great for ASMRtists.
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