Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter 1-channel Mic Activator

1-channel +25dB In-line Microphone Preamplifier
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Must-have Tool for Dynamic and Ribbon Mics!

From stage to studio, the Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Mic Activator lets you get the best possible audio output from your low-output dynamic and ribbon microphones. The Cloudlifter CL-1 provides up to +25dB of gain that partners with your preamp in amplifying your mics' signal for clean, transparent recordings. With a Cloudlifter in your rig, you need not hesitate to take full advantage of your favorite ribbon mics and other go-to low-output dynamic mics.

Noise-free amplification

Many preamps sound great until you push them, resulting in all the hiss and crackle produced by the amplifier itself ending up in the mix. The gain boost provided by your Cloudlifter lets your mic pre work more efficiently, giving you 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, transforming even a budget model pre into an effective ribbon preamp.

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 recordings, you can be sure you're really just hearing your mic at its best.

Essential for long cable runs

If you work in a large, multi-room studio or an auditorium like the Sweetwater Performance Theatre, 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.

Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter 1-channel Mic Activator Features:

  • Provides up to 25dB of noise-free amplification; your low-output mics will come to life
  • Turns any microphone preamplifier into a studio-quality ribbon pre
  • Boosts the signal at the source, so long cable runs won't sap the signal's vitality
  • Ultra-transparent JFET circuitry protects your tone
  • Free lifetime limited warranty for parts and labor with product registration
  • Manufactured responsibly in Cloud Microphones' Tucson, Arizona factory

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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Cloudlifter CL 1

This device added enough volume to my low output dynamic mic to alleviate a problem I was having with my TC Helicon Harmony VT G XT whose output was not enough to record with. Added 25db with no additional noise. Very satisfied.
Music background: retired musician


I'm buying my second one of these, because they have had a huge influence on my mic cabinet. Microphones that I barely used because of low output have been put back into action. Its been nice to have so many more sound choices for my recordings
Music background: Producer/Engineer/Mixer

Great Product!

The Cloudlifter CL-1 is just what I needed. It works perfectly with the sm7b with the Apogee Duet 2.

Works perfectly

It's built like a little tank, doesn't add any noise, and adds a lot of clean gain just like they said it would. Important note: it needs phantom power,

Cloudlifter lets the sun shine in

This is exactly what I was looking for. I'm using an ElectroVoice RE320 plugged into a Mackie ProFX8 board. I had the gain almost maxed out and was still taking the fader up beyond +5db to get decent levels. Adding the Cloudlifter allows me to keep the fader exactly where it should be with barely a touch above dead center on the gain.
Music background: Broadcast journalist (and life-long folk singer but that's besides the point here).

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