Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter 1-channel Mic Activator

1-channel +25dB In-line Microphone Preamplifier
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The Original Dynamic Mic Booster!

Grab a Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator and inject new life and vitality into your dynamic microphones. Based on the active circuitry originally developed for Cloud Microphones' amazing JRS-34 ribbon mic, the phantom-powered Cloudlifter CL-1 provides you with +25dB of pristine and totally transparent gain. Not only does this effectively turn any preamplifier into a ribbon pre, it brings out the full tonal character of any dynamic microphone. And when it comes to extra-long cable runs, the Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator is a real lifesaver.


Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator Features:

  • Delivers up to +25dB of clear, noise-free gain
  • Discrete, ultra-transparent JFET circuitry won't color your sound
  • Perfect for use with all dynamic microphones, even low-output ribbons
  • Rugged, road ready, and portable, for studio, stage, and broadcasting
  • Runs on standard +48V phantom power
  • Handcrafted entirely in the USA

Two Channels of Dynamic Mic Clarity!

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator gives you two channels of amazing clarity and tonal depth for your dynamic microphones. Based on the active circuitry originally developed for Cloud Microphones' amazing JRS-34 ribbon mic, the phantom-powered Cloudlifter CL-2 provides you with +25dB of pristine and totally transparent gain. Not only does this provide enough juice for ribbons, it brings out the full tonal character of any dynamic microphone. And for extra-long cable runs, the Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator is nothing short of astounding.


Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator Features:

  • A 2-channel version of the original Cloudlifter CL-1
  • Delivers up to +25dB of clear, noise-free gain per channel
  • Discrete, ultra-transparent JFET circuitry won't color your sound
  • Perfect for use with all dynamic microphones, even low-output ribbons
  • Rugged, road ready, and portable, for studio, stage, and broadcasting
  • Runs on standard +48V phantom power
  • Handcrafted entirely in the USA

Rediscover Your Mic Locker!

The Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-Z Mic Activator gives you the same clean signal boost as the original CL-1, but with useful options that will let you get even more from your dynamic mics. For starters, the Cloudlifter CL-Z's variable impedance lets you dial in a wide range of tone. Two gain modes, +12dB and +24dB, provide options for both low-output ribbons and standard dynamics. You can also remove low-frequency noise right at the source with your Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-Z Mic Activator's switchable highpass filter.



Cloudlifter CL-Z Mic Activator Features:

  • An enhanced version of the original Cloudlifter CL-1
  • Variable impedance (150 ohms to 15 kohms) accommodates any mic
  • Impedance control lets you get a range of tones out of a single mic
  • Switchable highpass filter lets you cut out low-end noise at the source
  • Choose from +12dB and +24dB output gain options
  • Discrete, ultra-transparent JFET circuitry won't color your sound
  • Perfect for use with all dynamic microphones, even low-output ribbons
  • Rugged, road ready, and portable, for studio, stage, and broadcasting
  • Runs on standard +48V phantom power
  • Handcrafted entirely in the USA

Must-have Tools for Dynamic and Ribbon Mics!

From stage to studio, the Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Mic Activator series lets you get the best possible sound from your dynamic microphones. Park one of these little boxes at the foot of your favorite dynamic, hit it with phantom power, and prepare to have your mind blown as you hear nuances and details you never thought that mic was capable of capturing. With a Cloudlifter in your rig, your very first SM58 can sound like a high-end boutique broadcast mic, and your studio ribbons will sound like nothing you've experienced before.

Cloudlifter Mic Activator Series Highlights
  • ✓ Provides up to +25dB of noise-free amplification
  • ✓ Turns any microphone preamplifier into a ribbon pre
  • ✓ Naturally enhances the sound of any dynamic mic
  • ✓ Boosts the signal at the source for long cable runs
  • ✓ Ultra-transparent JFET circuitry protects your tone

Noise-free Amplification

Many preamps sound great until you push them, when all of the hiss and crackle produced by the amplifier itself end up in the mix. The gain boost provided by your Cloudlifter lets your mic pre work more efficiently, allowing you to get the levels you need, without the noise.

Instant Ribbon Pre Mod

Ribbon mics are wonderful, but many microphone preamplifiers are simply too weak to get enough signal out of them. A Cloudlifter Mic Activator will turn your preamp's harmful phantom power into as much as +25dB of extra gain, turning even a budget model into an effective ribbon preamp.

Upgrade Any Dynamic Mic

The forums are full of love letters from satisfied engineers who've used their Cloudlifters to get new life and energy from their low-output broadcast mics. However, these amazing devices can make even cheap handhelds sound like studio standard mics by bringing out those frequencies that are normally too quiet to notice.

Essential for Long Cable Runs

If you work in a large, multi-room studio or auditorium, then you won't believe what a difference a Cloudlifter will make. With its extra gain boost to drive your signal, even cable runs over hundreds of feet won't drain the life out of your sound. The result is nothing short of remarkable.

Totally Transparent Boost

Cloud Microphones designed their Cloudlifter series around direct-coupled, discrete JFET circuitry, engineered to preserve the natural sound of your mics. So, no matter how dramatic of an impact this transparent technology may have on your tone, you can be sure you're really just hearing your mic at its best.

Make your mic sound like you added a zero to the price tag. My busted-up old 58 sounds like a million bucks with this thing. – Joe from Portland, OR

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Additional Media

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Mic Activator Instructions
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Mic Level Booster
Channels 1
Inputs 1 x XLR
Outputs 1 x XLR
Height 2"
Depth 4.5"
Width 2"
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number CL-1

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Powerful Unit

this works awesome on all dynamic mics, especially on the sm7b. Love the way the cloud lifter boosts the signal. Thanks Sweetaater and jimmy hart my sales rep
5/5

Clouderlifter CL-1

It's Just what my SM7 always wanted..but hadn't asked for. Wish I new about this product sooner. Even using Apogge duet, this little guy improved sound quality. Vocals are Cleaner and quieter.
Music background: Musician - Home Studio
5/5

A Booster Rocket

I've always had low audio level bar readings with my gear using my condenser SM58 mike. Adding the Cloudlifter CL-1 solves that problem. Finally I can really hear myself!
Music background: Amateur Musician
5/5

Where has this gadget been hiding all of my professional life?

I spent 40 years in radio, and now a year doing narration in my spare bedroom. Never had the pleasure of plugging an RE20 into a Cloudlifter before today. It is simply delicious. It keeps all the signal processing on the output side in its sweet spot. Now my noise gate behaves properly. The S/N ratio of my chain is much better thanks to not having to drive the input stage of my mic preamp to unhealthy levels. If you have a dynamic or ribbon mic in a studio setting, insert one of these in between your mic and existing preamp. You want to sound impressive, right? You will be impressed. Promise.
Music background: Broadcast programmer, VO and narration artist
5/5

Money well spent!

100% satisfied! The Cloudlifter is one of those products that really does what it is supposed to do extremely well. Love it! Heavy duty design .Seems like it should last forever.
Music background: Guitar Player, Home Recording Guru, Bla Bla Bla...

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

Do you own an SM7b, or a ribbon microphone? Then you need a Cloudlifter.
See also: Cloud Microphones, Cloud Microphones Preamps