Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

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  • 1x Mic Input
  • Improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Use with Passive Dynamic & Ribbon Mics
  • +25 dB of Clean, Transparent Gain
  • Requires Only Phantom Power to Operate
  • Ideal for Long Cable Runs
  • Use with Low-Output Mics
  • Use with Noisy or Low-Gain Preamps
  • Made in the USA
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Mic Inputs: 1

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Cloud Microphones CL-1 overview

  • 1Description

The Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator from Cloud Microphones is a compact, single-input solution for common audio problems in the field and in the studio involving low-output passive microphones, including ribbons. The CL-1 uses any standard phantom-powered mixer or microphone input device to provide up to +25 dB of clean, transparent gain. This improves signal-to-noise ratio and improves the performance of passive microphone signals by driving stronger, cleaner signals over longer XLR cable runs, making them ideal for broadcast, live, and studio applications. The CL-1 is housed in a rugged steel enclosure which offers shielding and durability. Additionally, the CL-1 has provisions for stage or stand mounting.

Transparent Gain
Gives passive mics up to +25 dB additional active output and keeps the direct audio path free-and- clear of transformers, capacitors, and resistors. The CL-1 houses discrete JFET circuitry that delivers clean gain while preserving the natural sonic characteristics of the source
Useful for a Variety of Applications
  • Use with noisy or low-gain preamps
  • Use with mixers/preamps that negatively impact the sound at higher gain setting 
  • Use with low-output dynamic microphones and ribbons
  • Mic softer sound sources such as acoustic instruments and voice
  • Use for long cable runs
Features at a Glance
  • Gives passive mics up to +25 dB additional active output
  • Provides 2 distinct stages of clean gain
  • Easy to use self-contained design requires only phantom power
  • Recommended for use with all passive dynamic microphones
  • Compatible with tube, battery, or power supply driven microphones  
  • Safe for all passive ribbons with no transfer of phantom
  • Utilizes Patent Pending Class A, Discrete JFET circuitry
  • Ideal impedance loading for optimal performance @ 3 kOhms
  • Rugged, road ready, and portable, for studio, stage, and broadcasting
UPC: 094922059796
In the Box
Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Cloud Microphones CL-1 specs

    I/O 1x XLR input
    1x XLR output
    Input Impedance 3 kOhms
    Gain +25 dB
    Packaging Infodyuuzybdeuuzsastzqvssraxwquawwuxrxxw
    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.772 x 4.331 x 2.205"

    Cloud Microphones CL-1 reviews

    Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gain without the pain! A sales rep told me about this. I was about to abandon my dynamic mics. Most of my voice recording needs are readings and often of a calming nature, so I don't have the strong voice up close to the mic that dynamics need for a good strong signal. And even though I have a very good pre-amp (SD USBPre2), I'd have to really crack it up. I didn't believe that adding 25 db of gain from the Cloudlifter would be a free lunch, but I have to say I believe that having this pre-gain is definitely preferrable and quieter than cranking my mic pre-amp on its' own. Highly recommended for mics like my SM-7B and Senn 421, and other dynamic mics.
    Date published: 2018-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little piece that does big things! I was looking for extra gain out of my ribbon mics. This box delivers a hotter output, and lets you plug more loading sensitive mics in to various preamps without much degradation. It is 48V phantom powered. I tried it with one of my problem mics- a cheap MXL ribbon. It made it sound fantastic! I can finally use this mic on a regular basis! I have other mics I need to try it with, but I suspect the results will be similar. The Shure SM7 and EV RE-20 would benefit greatly from this box! Great job Cloud! The CL-1 is well built, and does what it's supposed to do with no fuss!
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helpful, but not miraculous Adds substantial gain to quiet mics but also adds some noise of its own. Brings a ribbon or quiet dynamic into the gain range of an ordinary interface. Unfortunately the noise it adds makes it a poor substitute for a quality mic pre, and a quality mic pre will not benefit from adding a Cloudlifter to the chain. Useful for driving a very long cable. Dramatically better sounding than the cheaper Simply Sound SS-1 competitor.
    Date published: 2018-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it does very well Nice clean boost for my RE20.
    Date published: 2017-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Spent Money The CL-1 brought my EV RE20 to life! Easily added 20-25 db gain with no noise. Wish I'd discovered this before all the bucks I put in to noisy preamps. Have a studio and use dynamic mics? Get one!
    Date published: 2016-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works wonders for SM7b Cloudlifter does what it says at a reasonable price. I record straight to digital. Adding more headroom to the gain for my SM7b has added some sparkle and actually cleaned up the audio quite a bit. Without the extra headroom, I had to crank up the gain on my mic interface causing an increase in the noise floor. The Cloudlifter helped me to be able to back down the gain and clean up the signal resulting in much time savings with post production. Highly recommend this pre-amp.
    Date published: 2016-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect accessory! Can't even call it an accessory - it's a must-have in any studio application where ribbons or low-level dynamics are used.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does its job, and does it well The cloudlifter is designed for low output devices to give 25 db of clean gain. Guess what? It does that perfectly. Being able to simply connect this between your mic and final output source and simply being powered by Phantom power is awesome. It works fantastic. I purchased it to use with the Shure SM7B. It works beautifully, and also has amazing results on the Shure SM58.
    Date published: 2016-02-03
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