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Following other breakthrough variable pattern designs such as the 930VPL boundary mic and 1500VP condenser, the new CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial 1700VP is the first continuously-variable pattern condenser overhead recording microphone system with remote polar control design (patent pending) and a 56" 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 pick-up 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 highly effective in 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 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 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 utilizing 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. Engineered and built in the USA, the 1700VP has been designed to resist interference from cell phones, two-way communication devices and lighting apparatus. Using Astatic's RF Resistant Architecture, the 1700VP meets the stringent RF standards set by the European Union.