THREE SASS SURROUND METHODS The Crown SASS-P MKII stereo microphone (Stereo Ambient Sampling System) does a great job providing ambience and audience sounds for the rear channels in surround recordings. Let’s look at three surround miking techniques that use the SASS.
Figure 2. Stereo pair plus surround SASS Mike Sokol Method When recording concerts, surround-sound guru Mike Sokol often uses a Crown SASS-P MKII stereo mic aiming toward the audience, feeding the surround channels. The front soundstage is a multitrack mix of several close-up mics (Figure 3). Because the SASS can handle up to 148 dB maximum SPL, screaming audiences are no problem.