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Astatic Introduces 1600VP Remote Variable Pattern Mic

Astatic 1600VP microphone with anti-rotational mount and VPC-1 remote control box

At InfoComm 2009 in Orlando, Fla., Astatic introduced its 1600VP continuously variable pattern condenser hanging microphone system with remote polar control design (patent pending) and an anti-rotational positioning mount. The 1600VP’s variable polar pattern with remote control allows the user to precisely adjust the shape of the pickup pattern to provide the best gain before feedback from a remote location using the standard mic cable.

The 1600VP is designed to hang from a ceiling for recording and sound reinforcement of choirs, instruments and ambient miking, in addition to government, institutional and business applications. A low-profile carbon fiber boom (MB-1) is available for microphone stand mounting.

The mic’s remote variable polar pattern control uses a two-conductor shielded cable (max length 2,000 feet) between the microphone head and the pattern-control box (VPC-1), giving the installer or end user the ability to change polar patterns when installed, or from scene to scene without inducing noise into the audio chain. Adjustments to the pick-up pattern can be done ”on the fly“ without costly lifts, ladders and capsules. Special attention has been given to the frequency response and sensitivity of the microphone while using the variable-pattern control to precisely alter the shape of the pickup pattern. The large-diameter, low-noise elements are said to produce a frequency response of 40 to 20k Hz with a selectable, recessed 80Hz, 12dB/octave highpass filter that removes unwanted low-frequency energy when engaged. The filter control is conveniently located on the control box.

Up to six control boxes can be mounted in one rackmount unit. The polar-pattern dial is positioned for easy adjustment and can be secured with a single “flat style” blank panel when rackmounted.

Made in the U.S., the 1600VP has been designed to resist interference from cell phones, two-way communication devices and lighting apparatus. Using Astatic’s RF Resistant Architecture, the 1600VP is said to meet the stringent RF standards set by the European Union.

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