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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 soun... Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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
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Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

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5.0

Would buy this product again

By Bob

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Customer Service

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    This thing works exactly as advertised, and is built like a tank. Additionally, Cloud customer service is superbe!

     
    5.0

    Perfect for my Sure SM7B.

    By Super Dave

    from Georgetown KY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

      Works as advertised!

       
      5.0

      Works like the majority are saying. And to me, it works well

      By Captain

      from PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

        As typical, the Shure SM7B is just one of those mics that needs extra, CLEAN gain. This thing was literally as if it was built for the Shure mic. Maybe it can act up on different interfaces, but when I used it with and M-Audio and Focusrite Audio Interface, it gave me the gain I needed, not a cent of added noise. Quite Ridiculous actually.

        If you have an SM7B, and are not using top-quality (1000$+) preamps, grab this guy, and have it marry your SM7B.

         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Antonio

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

        Works fine. Just what I needed

         
        5.0

        Excellent pro

        By George

        from Lex

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

          Clean powerful gain!!!

           
          5.0

          Works Exactly as Promised

          By NJ Guitarist

          from NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

              It delivers clean mic boost at a fixed amount of gain, 20-25 db. Very simply that's it. There is no attenuator for more or less gain. For me, that works perfectly as an input to my digital interface to my DAW. The gain level on the interface takes it from there. This makes my Sure SM58 dynamic mic usable for vocals into my DAW.

               
              5.0

              The little problem solver

              By Terry B.

              from Ma.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

                This is the answer for anyone with a low output passive ribbon mic or a dynamic mic that they would just love to use in a studio environment but can't because of the low output. Many passive ribbons and dynamics simply don't have the output to achieve a quiet sound floor. They may sound great and color the recording the way you like but can't be used because of their low output. The CL 1 solves the problem by simply allowing phantom power to boost the signal but also protecting the (ribbon) mic from damage. I have been getting excellent results with passive ribbons and dynamic mics when a condenser mic just won't color the sound in a complementary way. This brings wider choice back to recording session...and for that I am grateful.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Ribbon's best friend

                By Larch Audio

                from Harmony, PA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

                  If you own a ribbon mic, you're already aware that there's not enough gain going into most interface preamps without cranking those preamps to where the noise floor intrudes and/or there is too much room noise in the mic. The Cloudlifter provides enough gain to put you back into the sweet spot in your preamp gain. And, I'm unable to find any signature sound from the Cloudlifter, which is wonderful. All add and no bad. Get one. Better, get several.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Incredible

                  By Jordan Prather

                  from Manhattan, NY

                  Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

                  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!

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Phantom Powered Line Amp!

                  By Fluffyaudio

                  from Medfield, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Made In Usa
                  • Slot For Mounting Strap
                  • Well Built

                  Cons

                  • Doesn't Pass Phantom
                  • Only For Dynamic Mics

                  Best Uses

                  • Broadcast Television
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

                  I use the CL-1 for broadcast television in buildings where we have to use noisy house cable. The CL-1 locally amplifies the mics in the announce booth to get over the noise floor due to the long cable runs. I used to use battery powered mic preamps at the mic to clear up noisy lines which would led to battery changes in commercial breaks. Since CL-1 runs on phantom power I don't have to worry about batteries. Wish there was a version that passed phantom power so that I could use a Cloudlifter on a condenser mic such as a shotgun which is the work horse of sound for broadcast sports. The CL-1 is also housed in a well build metal box which makes it very durable.

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