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Cloud Cloudlifter CL-2 Phantom powered gain booster for dynamic and ribbon mics  

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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
  • Dual-mono operation for multi-mic or stereo applications
  • Self-contained, driven only by the phantom power from your mixer or preamp
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    $299.00
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Dual-mono, phantom-powered gain booster for low-output dynamic and ribbon mics.

The CL-2 is a dual mono Cloudlifter (see # H73309). The CL-2 offers two independent channels of 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.

In use with multi-mic recording:
Top engineers have taken to using stereo ribbon mics, as well as pairs of SM7Bs as drum overheads to create a rich, powerful texture for drums. Another use for dual ribbons is on a guitar cab set up in stereo, fed by a two amp heads or a stereo amp. If you have a 2-channel preamp that doesn't have the gain/impedance requirements you need, a Cloudlifter CL-2 is just the ticket.


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
  • Dual-mono operation for multi-mic or stereo applications
  • 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-2 today!

 
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Cloudlifter CL-2 Phantom powered gain booster for dynamic and ribbon mics
 
5.0

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5.0

Great customer service and works super!

By TaylorGuy

from Hampton, VA

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Pros

  • Best Customer Service
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Low Noise Floor
  • Versatile

Cons

  • A Little Pricey

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Low Output Mics
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Cloudlifter CL-2 Phantom powered gain booster for dynamic and ribbon mics:

It's not often that I write a review for a product, but this is one exception. I have a small home studio and own some mics that are notorious for low output. My Presonus 16.4.2 is a good console, but it just doesn't have enough oomph to boost the signal of an RE-20 mic and some others. I ordered the CL-2 to remedy this situation. And remedy the situation is exactly what it does. With 25 dB of gain, I am able to supply a strong, low-noise signal to the front-end of my mixer. The CL-2 is phantom powered, so you can power it from your mixing desk or a mic pre.

The particular unit I received had an issue with the paint - the paint was bubbling and would have eventually flaked off. I contacted Cloud Microphones and received a prompt reply from Scott, the General Manager. Without any question or hesitation, Scott immediately sent me a replacement unit, along with a return FedEx label. I have never received this level of service from anyone. Cloud Microphones is a class act all the way. I am also in the market for a ribbon mic and will be considering them.

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5.0

It does what it says it will do!

By EveningSky

from Syracuse, NY

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Pros

  • Boost By Apprx 20db
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-2 Phantom powered gain booster for dynamic and ribbon mics:

    For those unfamiliar with this device, it is a pre-preamp. It utilizes the phantom power on your preamp to boost a weak mic signal by approximately 20db.

    This may not sound like a lot, but it is clean amplification and makes a tremendous difference in my weak dynamic mics and ribon mic. With this device, I discover a whole new character of some of my mics, and it opens up new applications of such mics.

    I wish that this quality was less expensive. I wish that it boosted even more. But I am pleased with what it does, for the price it costs.

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    5.0

    Cloudlifter CL-2

    By JE

    from Las Vegas, NV

    Comments about Cloudlifter CL-2 Phantom powered gain booster for dynamic and ribbon mics:

    New versions have some level control, but is much higher in price. This product works better than expected. Gives me a ton of gain, so I don't have to run my board gain so high. Just bought a pair of ribbons and I love the peace of mind knowing that I am not going to burn up mics with phantom power.
    Dual channel mic level booster, and protector of ribbon mics from phantom power. Plug and play, no controls like on the new models.
    Solid case, clean signal through.
    A must have with ribbon mics.

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