How to Start an ASMR Channel
People always ask me, “How do you start an ASMR channel?” so I figured I’d just flesh my full list of tips of how to start an ASMR channel in a blog post! There are several components that make up my ASMR channel and my methods differ greatly from other ASMRtists. That’s what makes the community so beautiful however, since everyone has their own method of doing things.
Here are my ASMR tips for starting an ASMR channel:
ASMR Video Microphone Equipment
This first one is obvious (at least, I think so anyway): invest in some equipment. Your phone’s camera or webcam can go a long way though!
- If you can’t invest in equipment right now, that’s totally understandable. Find a good, secure place to set your phone or computer so that there’s no chance that it’ll slip or tilt during filming. Also, I’ve gotten major tingles from headphone microphones. You probably have a tangled pair lying around somewhere, right?
- If you CAN invest in equipment here are some options for your ASMR channel…
|Microphones (Affiliate Links)||Notes|
|Such a cute great beginner mic to get started! It actually provides really great audio quality and I personally find the videos very tingly! Watch an ASMR mini microphone video here from ASMR Darling.|
|The OG ASMR mic. This condenser mic is perfect for ASMR because it has lots of settings, is reasonably priced, is a USB mic and picks up all the fun little mouth sounds. Watch an ASMR video with the Blue Yeti microphone here.|
|Very tingly medium-range microphone. FrivolousFox ASMR does a great video with the Tascam DR-05 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACrW8OCA0fU|
|3DIO Binaural Microphone||The famous “ear microphones” - these retail for $499+ and are very popular among ASMRtists. Here is a video of mine where I test the 3Dio Microphone for ASMR sounds and whispering here.|
|A very professional mic (not to be confused with the Rode NT1A, which is similar but reviews favor the NT1) - requires two for the “binaural” effect. These mics are used by large ASMRtists Gibi ASMR, FrivolousFox ASMR, ASMR Glow, GwenGwiz and many others! Watch Gibi ASMR’s video with the NT1 here.|
Lewitt LCT 440
|These Lewitt microphones are actually better than human hearing. They are used by large ASMRtists Dana ASMR, PierreG ASMR and PJ Dreams ASMR. Watch PierreG ASMR’s video where he compares the Lewitt to the Rode mic (comments favor Lewitt btw) here.|
Another simple option is to just use your simple camera microphone to make ASMR videos. Many YouTubers (myself, included) started with their webcam, iPhone or camera. Watch my first ASMR video with my iPhone camera here (cringe warning).
I’m not going to tell you to get a medical degree to perform a Cranial Nerve Examination roleplay but appropriate props do not go unnoticed. There is a level of professionalism to presenting yourself well in front of the camera but I am totally guilty of filming a video fresh out of the shower without a care in the world (wow, I must feel comfortable in front of you all).
There are many ASMRtists that buy rubber gloves, etc. to add to the viewer’s experience. But if that’s not in your budget, applying hand sanitizer on camera can be incredibly effective as well.
ASMR Editing Software
I am SO guilty of this it’s not even funny. I always forget to check the audio to make sure I eliminate all potential jump scares (sorry everyone). I edit each and every single video of mine using iMovie. Other ASMRtists use Adobe Premiere (PAID) and DaVinci Resolve (FREE).
Making sure your audio is in sync with your video is crucial. Several YouTubers use Audacity to edit out white noise and I have tried using it as well, but it unfortunately did not turn out well for me.
If you end up buying a USB microphone (Blue Yeti or Blue Snowball) you can connect it into a device like an iPad and film that way too.
ASMR Channel Artwork
I consider myself a Photoshop Aficionado. I am enthusiastic about Photoshop but am by no means a pro. I did, however, watch a few YouTube tutorials to get me by.
Branding is important and I’m no expert at implementing it on my own channel, but I always recognize and applaud channels that do this successfully. You can also hire artists on Fiverr to design channel graphics for you too or use a FREE service like Canva to design your own.
YouTube thumbnails also prompt more clicks so make sure that they look enticing!
ASMR Upload Schedule
Starting an ASMR channel is difficult, especially since, in the beginning, finding inspiration can also be difficult. One thing people always content on about my channel (or used to – update 2/2/2018) is how frequently I upload. Mind you, I have a full-time 9-5 job and before that I was a full-time student. Finding time to film, edit and upload is difficult. TRUST ME, I know. I did not adhere to a schedule either. It’s even more difficult to find time to film when it’s QUIET. Because, let’s face it, you don’t have control over the dogs across the street or when your mother is going to call upstairs and say, “HEY HONEY WHATCHA DOIN’?!” (it happens – love you, mom).
Many ASMR YouTubers can agree that it’s easiest to film at night… and when I was a full-time student with night classes and noisy roommates, I would film reallyyyy late at night when everyone was asleep in their beds or watching Netflix. There was not as much traffic around this time either, so this minimized car sounds since my bedroom was on the side with a busy avenue.
ASMR Video Ideas
So you have your channel, you have your graphics, your equipment but now you’re like, “Omg, what do I film?” So many people ask me, “How do you get your ASMR video ideas?” To be completely honest, I come across them in daily life.
If you’re not a person like that, then here’s a list of some popular ASMR video ideas!
- ASSORTED TRIGGERS: Super popular (for obvious reasons) – take a look around at what you have. Try tapping on a coffee cup, playing with slime, latex gloves or lid sounds from your favorite product.
- EATING SOUNDS: This is a hit or miss for some people but very ASMR-y eating videos include Aloe Vera, Popping Boba, Honeycomb and Octopus!
- FOLLOW THE LIGHT: Although mainly a “visual ASMR” type of video, many find it very relaxing. You can watch mine here.
- ASMR ROLEPLAYS: To create an immersive experience for your viewers, maybe try a roleplay! There’s so many unique ideas on YouTube from bitchy ASMR roleplays to ASMR steampunk roleplays to ASMR makeup roleplays. Take a look around at what you currently have and then incorporate it into a video 🙂
Feedback From Your ASMR Channel
I find creating content to be an incredibly collaborative and criticized activity. I make sure to consider people’s requests when deciding what video to film next. I also go through all of the comments on each video and take into account the helpful suggestions people leave. It is important to differentiate between someone’s personal preference and constructive feedback such as…
“You are too subtle when you chew your gum” versus “The audio is too soft”
Another component of accepting feedback is having thick enough skin to stand the h@t3r$. They’re out there and they’re trolling. Hard. Get ready for people to throw their two cents into your work like it’s their job.
Shrug it off, delete it, do whatever you want with it, but don’t let it stop you 🙂
And, as always, if you have questions feel free to DM me on my instagram: @lilywhispersasmr