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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 (#...  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
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The little problem solver

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...Read complete review

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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Don't waste your money on this.

Doesn't do much. Don't waste your money. I have no idea how there are so many positive reviews of this overpriced nonsense. Used it with an SM7b and there is no noticeable difference....Read complete review

Doesn't do much. Don't waste your money. I have no idea how there are so many positive reviews of this overpriced nonsense. Used it with an SM7b and there is no noticeable difference. Buy another microphone instead of this. It's louder sure but I can also turn up the gain..

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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!

(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!

 
5.0

Good Product

By Matthew

from undisclosed

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Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

Good

 
5.0

Cloudlifter

By Jackson

from Cedar Rapids iowa

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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:

    Put the cloudlifter between my sm7 and revive audio mic pre. Sounds like the pros

     
    5.0

    great products

    By STEVEN

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    great product

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Don't waste your money on this.

    By Shane

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

    Doesn't do much. Don't waste your money. I have no idea how there are so many positive reviews of this overpriced nonsense. Used it with an SM7b and there is no noticeable difference. Buy another microphone instead of this. It's louder sure but I can also turn up the gain..

     
    5.0

    More than pleased

    By Chris

    from undisclosed

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    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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      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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