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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... Read More

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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

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5.0

Perfect for my Sure SM7B.

By Super Dave

from Georgetown KY

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    Works as advertised!

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    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.

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      5.0

      The little problem solver

      By Terry B.

      from Ma.

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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.

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        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!

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