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Astatic 1600VP Variable Pattern Mic

FOH Staff • New Gear • May 1, 2009

Astatic says its 1600VP is the first continuously-variable pattern condenser hanging microphone system with remote polar control and an anti-rotational positioning mount. The variable polar pattern with remote control allows the user to adjust the shape of the pick-up pattern to provide the best gain before feedback from a remote location using the mic cable.

Designed to hang from a ceiling, the 1600VP is well-suited for recording and sound reinforcement for choirs, instruments and ambient miking. A low-profile carbon fiber boom (MB-1) is available for microphone stand mounting.

The remote variable polar pattern control uses a two-conductor shielded cable (max length 2000 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 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 pick-up pattern. The large-diameter, low-noise elements produce a frequency response of 40Hz to 20KHz with a selectable, recessed 80Hz, 12dB/octave high-pass 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 rack unit. The polar-pattern dial is positioned for easy adjustment and can be secured with a single “flat style” blank panel when rack mounted.

Made in the USA, 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 meets the stringent RF standards set by the European Union.

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