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      Cloud Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator (H73309)
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Phantom-powered gain booster for low-output dynamic and ribbon mics.

The Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator offers up to +25db of ultra-clean gain, for passive microphones, inline using phantom power.

There are certain mics revered for their sound quality. Among them are passive ribbon mics, such as the Royer R121 (#581141 or MXL R40 (#H69305), and low-sensitibity dynamic mics, such as the Shure SM7B (#270247) and the Electro-Voice RE20 (#270009). But if your preamp doesn't have enough gain or the right impedance requirements, these mics won't perform well. So what do you do if you can't afford a high-end preamp with tons of gain? The Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator is the solution.

The Cloudlifters address problems due to gain and impedance requirments by giving passive microphone signals a major inline boost, up to +25db of ultra-clean gain, while properly loading the microphones’ transformer for transparent operation. The Cloudlifter CL-1 is self contained, driven only by the phantom power from your mixer or preamp. Ideal for dynamics and ribbons alike, the CL-1 turns phantom power into the extra gain required for using passive microphones. The immediate dose of extra gain can make even a budget microphone/preamp combination sound clean and professional. For broadcasting and live sound, the active output signal of the CL-1 can prevent added noise over long cable runs. With endless uses, Cloudlifters are quickly becoming a standard addition to professional, project and home studios.


Read what the pros are saying about the Cloudlifter:

"It's simply about gain - the Cloudlifter is a clever and useful solution..." - Rob Tavaglione, Pro Audio Review February 2010

"The Cloudlifter is a winner. It solves problems some ribbon-mic owners don’t even know they have. It does exactly what it claims to do, and does so well." - Matthew Mcglynn, Recording Hacks February 2010

Cloud Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator Features:

  • Gives passive microphones up to +25dB of ultra clean gain; no need to reinvest in an expensive, high-gain premap
    Self-contained, driven only by the phantom power from your mixer or preamp
    Active output signal prevents added noise over long cable runs




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  • Exactly what the ribbon needed :)

    As reviewed by Brian Matheny on 5/9/2011

    It is a wonder it took this long for a company to come up with this idea for a product. In my mic collection I have a Cascade Fathead and a Shure SM7B. Both are low output mics that I seldom use because of their low output. Well, now that I have a Cloudlifter CL-1, those two mics get plenty of use. The Cloudlifter is very nice. It has truly given me about 25 db in extra gain. I no longer have to turn my mic pre amp up almost all the way to get enough useful gain. Absolutely one of the best purchases I have made for my home studio! If you need more gain for a low output mic, the Cloudlifter is the answer. It is clean gain. And you have no worries using phantom power with your ribbon mics. Awesome product!

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  • Incredible

    As reviewed by Jordan Prather on 6/24/2013

    What this thing does for the price is outstanding. Boost your dynamic or ribbon mics to the proper levels, improve most pre-amps sound and allow you to use your phantom powered pre-amps. It's genius!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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