by Brendan G-W
The Crown SASS-P MKII is one of the more oddball microphones in my collection. And though it isn’t brought out for every session, it's a great tool to have available. The Stereo Ambient Sampling System utilizes two PZMs (pressure-zone microphones) set up in a tight stereo pattern that creates a natural stereo image.
The frequency response of the mic is wide, from 20 Hz all the way up to 18,000 Hz. The microphone is great for recording ensembles in large venues and field recording — my personal favorite is as an overhead mic on drums. Two independent inputs offer dedicated left and right channel controls. The unit can run on phantom power (+48v) or has the option to use two nine-volt batteries, which is handy when recording in the field. A low cut switch serves as a rumble filter.
I asked new Hear Nebraska sweethearts, The Bears of Blue River from Chicago, to help demo the microphone for us.
You can see the full video of the band here. Special thanks to Django G-S for hosting and helping with the shoot, and the band for their participation.
Brendan G-W is an Omaha native. He is currently working up the nerve to ask you to be friends on facetown. Some of his fave things this week are meeting new friends, watching the sun rise and late morning naps. Got a comment or question about the review? Leave it here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.