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Cloud Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator  

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Overview
  • 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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    $179.00
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  • Your Price:
    $14900

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Phantom-powered gain booster for low-output dynamic and ribbon mics.

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

Get the performance you expect from your passive mics without having to reinvest in high-gain, low-noise preamps. Order a Cloudlifter CL-1 today!

 
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Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
 
5.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Phantom Powered Line Amp!

      By Fluffyaudio

      from Medfield, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Made In Usa
      • Slot For Mounting Strap
      • Well Built

      Cons

      • Doesn't Pass Phantom
      • Only For Dynamic Mics

      Best Uses

      • Broadcast Television
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

      I use the CL-1 for broadcast television in buildings where we have to use noisy house cable. The CL-1 locally amplifies the mics in the announce booth to get over the noise floor due to the long cable runs. I used to use battery powered mic preamps at the mic to clear up noisy lines which would led to battery changes in commercial breaks. Since CL-1 runs on phantom power I don't have to worry about batteries. Wish there was a version that passed phantom power so that I could use a Cloudlifter on a condenser mic such as a shotgun which is the work horse of sound for broadcast sports. The CL-1 is also housed in a well build metal box which makes it very durable.

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      5.0

      SO SIMPLE!

      By Daveydog01

      from Sarnia Canada

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

          Bought an SM7b mic, brought it home and even with phantom power couldn't get enough out of the new mic. A friend recommended the cloud lifter and I ordered it right away. Could not BELIEVE the difference in ultra clean volume increase i got out of this thing. I'm not a techy guy and i don't know WHY this thing works but it clearly does and simply. The casing is built like a fricken tank also and you don't plug the thing in to any power source either. BUY IT!

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          5.0

          Lifted!

          By JSJOHN

          from LA, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful
          • Professional Functions
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

            Really clean, no additives except boost of signal, use it with Fat Head ribbon nice and clean.

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            5.0

            Excellent for Ribbons and Dynamics

            By Kirk Morger

            from Texas

            Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

            I purchased this for a ribbon microphone. Attaches right on the stand, I have a short XLR cable going between it and the mic. It lived up to it's reputation of provding clean and clear gain, I'm happy.

            After doing my initial A/B testing on the ribbon, for kicks, I attached it to a really old Shure dynamic. I kept it around because it's indestructable, but didn't use it much. I was floored by how well the mic sounded on the cloudlifter, brilliant detail, it even picked up whispers. I never expected sound like that from such an old beat-up mic. At some point, I will get a second cloudlifter for this mic, and re-add it to my setup. Wow!

            Anyway, it's an ideal unit. Perfect size, perfect price, and construction is very solid. For ribbons or dynamics, this is a must have.
            Boosts the signal of your ribbon or dynamic mic without adding color or noise.
            Attaches right to your mic stand.
            It's real metal. It will definitely outlive the rest of my equipment, and probably me too!
            If you have a Grand to buy an AEA preamp, that's awesome. I don't, but this provides a totally workable solution. The signal is clean and adds no color, just gain. You'd have to spend quite a bit to do what this device does.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Really works.

            By JG3000

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator:

            Very cool piece of gear. Permanent part of my setup now.
            I have a budget setup. I bought this instead of buying yet another microphone and another expensive soundcard preamp. Cloudlifter does the job. Microphone signal is much stronger and loud without distortion. Its primary purpose may be to compensate for Ribbon Microphones low output but it makes any microphone sound a lot better. Its also a lot cheaper than of the pro level preamps. This is a cool piece of technology.
            Solid steel. Built like a tank. Looks like it will last a long time.
            Provide a strong signal for much less than most preamp prices.

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