CAD Introduces 1700VP Variable Pattern Mic

Oct 14, 2009 12:33 AM


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CAD 1700VP microphone with anti-rotational mount and remote control box

The new CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial 1700VP (price TBA) is said to be the first continuously variable pattern condenser overhead recording microphone system with remote polar control design (patent pending) and a 56-inch carbon fiber boom with an exclusive clutch rotational system.

The 1700VP'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.

Designed to be mounted on any microphone stand, the 1700VP’s carbon fiber boom is designed for the recording and sound reinforcement of vocal groups, orchestral point miking of instruments and general miking for recording, broadcast and live applications.

The 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 introducing noise into the audio chain. Adjustments to the pickup pattern can be made ”on the fly“ without changing capsules or using additional microphone accessories.

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 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.

Engineered and built in the U.S., the 1700VP has been designed to resist interference from cell phones, 2-way communication devices and lighting apparatus. Using Astatic’s RF Resistant Architecture, the 1700VP meets the stringent RF standards set by the European Union.

For more about CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial, call 800/421-3161 or visit

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