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Cloud Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

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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.... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
  • Active output signal prevents added noise over long cable runs
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Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
 
5.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
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(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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product!

By Matthew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

This thing is super useful. I bought it for my SM7B and it works great. Definitely a good buy if you have a dynamic/ribbon mic that is too quiet for the application you are using it for. My SM7B was almost impossible to use for vocal recording because the really low output, but this product took care of that problem immediately. Would definitely recommend!

 
5.0

More than pleased

By Chris C

from Dallas

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    Debated between the Triton FetHead and the Cloudlofter and I'm extremely pleased with the Cloudlifter. There was no noise or hum. When recording, you definitely don't want a hum. The only awkward thing is getting it positioned, but that was just trial and error.

     
    5.0

    Would buy another no doubt

    By Robert

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    Plug and play. Works perfect.

     
    5.0

    Perfect for Broadcasting or High Impedance Microphones

    By Richard Baca

    from Waco

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    The CL-1 is an awesome piece of microphone equipment. It easily boosted and cleaned the signal between my interface and microphone and lowered my mic gain by 25%. The device is very small and comes with a heavy duty velcro strip to hang on the side of whatever you want.

     
    5.0

    Clean Gain; Easy to Use

    By Lindsay

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    Adds 20dB of clean gain to my podcast mic. Couldn't be easier to use.

     
    5.0

    Clean clear gain increase

    By Barry

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    I have an SM7B and the low output created some problems for my preamps, a projectmix I/O and a focusrite 18i20. The preamps had enough gain but the projectmix noise floor isn't the best plus the longer cable run coupled with high preamp gain caused residual nois levels to become audible. I connected the CL1 with a short (2 ft) cable to the SM7B and then to the focusrite 18i20 and the mic came alive!. The sound is clean, uncolored, and makes the SM7B a joy to use. Great investment in my opinion and I'm sure it would be equally capable with any ribbon or other low output mike or just to reduce noise levels when long cable runs are required.

     
    5.0

    Does the trick!!!

    By FrostyBell62

    from UTICA,NY

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Functions

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

      BroughT the necessary volume needed for my two Rode Procasters into my Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

       
      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

          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.

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