Cloud Microphones CL-2 Cloudlifter 2-channel Mic Activator

2-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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Tech Specs

Type Mic Level Booster
Channels 2
Inputs 2 x XLR
Outputs 2 x XLR
Height 2"
Depth 4.5"
Width 3.75"
Weight 1.19 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number CL-2

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Works Wonderfully, great for SM7B and SM58

I have a small Mackie FXPro 8v2 Mixer. It works very well (recognized in Audacity under Linux right away). But it has limited gain, and with dynamic microphones like the Shure SM58 or the SM7B you have to basically max the gain and even then it's not so great. Buy an extra pair of short XLR cables and put this inline with your mics and boom, instant very clean gain. Really works well.
Music background: Total Noob
5/5

Adds gain, but nothing else.

I run a small broadcasting network, and our studio is a converted spare bedroom. Needless to say, there isn't much space - so the hosts record in cramped quarters. I use the Heil Sound PR-40 mics, which help with sound isolation between hosts, but their output is notoriously low, on par with the SM7B, if not quieter. After plugging in the CloudLifter, our mics came alive! For the first time, I was hearing the mic itself and not my low-quality preamp. This thing adds gain, but nothing else. It's my best upgrade to the studio so far. The Machine couldn't run without a CloudLifter in our signal chain.
Music background: Broadcaster
5/5

It really works!

Wow, I was hoping this would do the job and it sure does. (application was dual ribbon micing of a Hammond/Leslie.) Huge improvement for passive ribbons.
Music background: Home studio, vocal, sax, Leslie recording (ribbon mics)
5/5

Really Does The Job!

I bought a Royer SF-12 Stereo Ribbon Mic and a Presonus ADL-600 dual mic pre a while back, and love them both. I wanted to take my Royer SF-12 out and use if for some recording in my drummers live room. After a few recording sessions it was obvious that moving my very expensive, delicate and rather heavy preamp was not a good idea. I needed a more portable solution for preamping my ribbon microphone. After hearing about the Cloudlifter from my Sweetwater rep, David Hess, and hearing Ronan Chris Murphy from Ronan's Recording Show talk about these handy devices, I decided to give one a try. I setup my Royer SF-12 just like I did before, but now with the cloudlifter as a pre (using the ribbon as a drum overhead). I plugged the output of the cloudlifter direct into two channels of my RME Fireface UFX and activated the phantom power for the two channels of the cloudlifter. I got a very solid, and clean signal out of the Cloudlifter. This is a great tool to have available for ribbon mics, or to overcome signal loss from long cable runs. This preamp works.
Music background: Guitarist, Recording Engineer, Project Studio Owner
5/5

Gobsagain

I put up a Bleumlein pair of MXL 144 ribbon mics that I had changed the transformers and re-tensioned the ribbons to match each other (one ribbon was much too slack when it arrived after shipping, good thing I checked!) I used Lundahl 2912 transformers in them and then put them through the two channel cloudlifter you sold me. Ed, I kid you not, the effect was nothing short of recorded reality. I would recommend that everyone have a recording of a loved one's voice with this setup in case they ever lose that person and want to remember every nuance of that person's voice with no trace of recording artifacts or coloration. Natural, relaxed, and real. Recorded reality. I had to turn the gain down on this microphone setup to lower levels than any of my other condenser or tube microphones. Not a TRACE of hiss or distortion. People thing that a ribbon will always do that high end roll off. NOT SO! I love my high end, I am a flutist and a piccolo player. I love my high end and I know what high end really, really sounds like. This Cloudlifter/ribbon setup goes beyond the audible range of hearing. (probably quite a bit beyond) In comparison with my condenser mics, I can't hear any roll off and neither can the younger ears around here.
Music background: Pro Musician recording hobbyist
See also: Cloud Microphones, Cloud Microphones Preamps