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Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

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Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
Key Features
  • 1 Mic Input
  • Improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Use with Passive Dynamic and Ribbon Mics
  • +25 dB of Clean, Transparent Gain
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 ribbon mics. 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.
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Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Transparent Gain
  • 3Useful for a Variety of Applications
  • 4Features at a Glance

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 ribbon mics. 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 settings
  • 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 at 3 kilohms
  • Rugged, road ready, and portable, for studio, stage, and broadcasting
UPC: 094922059796

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Specs

General
In-Line Accessory TypePre-Amplifier
Input / Output LevelInput: Mic Level
Output: Mic Level
Number of Channels1
Gain+25 dB (3-Kilohm Load)
ControlsNone
Connectivity
I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin Female Input
1 x XLR 3-Pin Male Output
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.91 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.75 x 4.35 x 2.35"

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Reviews

Adds a TON of noise at the lowest gain levels

By Neal
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-09

I purchased this to accompany my SM7B and was so frustrated at how much noise I've been getting in my recordings. I tried different XLR cables and settings and it was as simple as removing the Cloud Lifter and the noise is gone! Sure I have to push the pre-amp in my Apollo Solo but it's clean now. Based on other reviews I'm thinking I got a defective product? But my return window is now closed.

The reviews don't lie

By Montgomery
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-25

This was a perfect addition to bring up the sound quality of my Shure MV7 without Distorting the audio.

I love it

By Angel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-01

I thought I did not need a CLOUDLIFTER until I got one, extremely worthy. My microphone just sounds better with way less Gain.

Works with Rode PodMic

By Keoki
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-14

Not 100 percent necessary for the PodMic but definitely helps in boosting levels so you don't have to crank up your preamp.

A nice boost in clarity

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-23

I use the Rode PodMic and as it's a dynamic mic, it does just fine. But, I do need to boost the gain quite a bit for a nice sound. The Cloudlifter really helped drop my gain down for better overall sound. I use this in conjunction with the Rodecaster Pro. Awesome combinations!

Glad to Have It

By Walter
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-14

I upgraded my recording setup from an Audio Technica AT2020 mic to an Electro-Voice RE20. My interface is a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, connected via USB-C to a Windows PC with Sound Forge Pro as the recording software. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is great at its price-point, and I did not want to upgrade it when I got the RE20; however, I realized it lacked the ability to drive the EV20 at appropriate levels without cranking the gain beyond the point of introducing too much noise. Therefore, I got the Cloudlifter CL-1. I can report that it does exactly what I read it can do, and it does it well. I am disappointed that it costs as much as it does for providing this function; however, on balance, it was the least-expensive way for me to complete the overall upgrade to my recording setup. If you need a microphone activator for a dynamic mic, then the Cloudlifter really does work as claimed.

Cheap shipping and superb quality... What more do you need?

By Bojan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

The title says it all. I had this item shipped to Macedonia, and it arrived within 4 days, which is really impressive. I really recommend this product if you have a low sensitivity mic like the Shure SM7B (for which this preamp is a must). Overall great experience and I am looking forward to buying something again from B&H!

Necessary For Shure SM7B + Moto M2 Combo

By Ken
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-22

Not a professional, but I like to release the occasional YouTube video, and I wanted to do voice-overs. Started out with a Rode PodMic and a Moto M2. My voice sounded terrible! I wasn't sure where the problem was, so I tried adding a Cloudlifter; no luck. Next I swapped in the Shure SMB7, and that completely fixed the problem. FYI, I needed to keep using the Cloudlifter to get loud enough recordings. Finally, I am happy with my setup.

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Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2021-02-01

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I am using a SM58 and running it directly into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and that plugs into my laptop. Do I need a Cloudlifter?
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I am planning to buy a decent dynamic microphone (probably Electro-Voice RE20) and I have the Zoom F4. Do I need the Cloudlifter?
Asked by: Seungmin
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Answered by: Ariel B.
Date published: 2022-01-19

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Do I need preamp for Shure SM7B if I connect mic to the Roland UA-55 Quad-Capture sound card?
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Date published: 2022-01-19
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