Deni Mesanovic, the owner of the Michigan-based Mesanovic Microphones, has been churning out stellar mics since graduating from the University of Michigan only a few short years ago. Just in time for Winter NAMM 2017, his is announcing his latest creation, an active version of the popular Model 2S that has been dubbed the Model 2AS. The 2AS follows the design lead of the 2S, as the microphone is a stereo ribbon microphone that contains Mesanovic's custom resonator plates and signature motor structure. The end result is an active stereo ribbon mic that offers the same sonic characteristics as the original, in addition to the extended and detailed response that Mesanovic microphones have become known for. The key to the 2AS and its high output is that the microphone features custom, in-house wound, toroidal transformers. Matching perfectly with the ribbon elements of the microphone, the transformers and phantom powered electronics work as a buffer, providing low self-noise and an additional 13 db more output than the 2S. With the high output of the 2AS, Mesanovic has created a microphone that is ideal for orchestral and choral recordings including strings, horns, piano, acoustic guitar, and so much more. No matter whether you use the Blumlein or M-S stereo configuration, the 2AS will provide you with pristine recordings, thanks to the microphone's uniform polar frequency response and excellent off-axis frequency response.