First Baptist Church Praises Astatic

Sanford, FL (July 2, 2010)—Astatic 1600VP and 1700VP microphones are being put to good use at First Baptist Church of Sanford.
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Sanford, FL (July 2, 2010)—Astatic 1600VP and 1700VP microphones are being put to good use at First Baptist Church of Sanford.

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Richard Wagoner, associate pastor for Music at the First Baptist Church of Sanford, explained, "We got the 1600VPs just before a concert featuring our children's choir. Anyone who has tried to mic a children’s choir knows how challenging it can be. We tested the 1600VP overhead mics out in rehearsal and there was just no comparison with what we had before.”

Because the 1600VPs were designed for hanging and the church didn't have that capability, it subsequently replaced the 1600VP's with the boom-mounted 1700VPs" "We didn't want to risk life and limb by hanging them from the ceiling and we also wanted to keep the mics available for the children in a free-standing mode,” said Wagoner.

"The programmable polar pattern gave us incredible headroom for the choir," Richard continues. The polar pattern on the 1600VP can be controlled through a small rack-mountable box called the VPC-1, included with the 1600VP, 1700VP and 1800VP microphone systems. What results does this produce? "I've never experienced that much headroom before and it was truly impressive,” Richard concludes.

Asked about the mics’ appearance, Richard responds, “They look great! We put them right smack dab in the middle of the choir overhead junction spot where all four parts come together, and the Astatic microphones make having any other mic unnecessary. In our 2010 Easter program, the new mics and their stands were nearly invisible. We have a 30-member choir and the voices sound really good. We need less mics to get the flexibility we need and the remote control capability makes the Astatic mics a lot easier to work with."

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