Cloud Microphones CL-Z Cloudlifter 1-channel Mic Activator w/Variable Impedence

Mic Activator with Variable Input Impedance, Variable Low-cut Filter, Adjustable Output Level, and Transparent Signal Path
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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 Activator
Channels 1
Inputs 1 x XLR
Outputs 1 x XLR
Manufacturer Part Number CL-Z

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Best in class product & Best in class service!

I managed to do the impossible...damage this unit. I know this because they are built like a tank and all the studios I know who have it in Bay Area keep it in use permanently and to my knowledge has never happened.So I call up and get Scott (GM) who doesn't no me from Adam and I tell him the situation and he sounds surprised (as stated this doesn't happen), but without hesitation he proudly states "this is an American made product with a life time guarantee. We will ship you out a new one immediately". This conversation happened April 13th and today April 15th the new unit arrived in AM FED-EX.No making me wait a month for it to get it back from repair.No waiting till they get my unit before they ship replacement.2 days later new unit here with a prepaid Fed label to ship back my unit in same box.If only all companies where of this standard...Equally, if not more important is the quality of the product. If you have an SM7B or R92 (both I use regularly) you owe it to your recordings to get this unit. In fact, Sure and AEA should just package it together. 25db of extra clean gain that brings out the best sonics from these mics.So happy to have my CLZ back plugged in!!!
Music background: Audio supervisor for MythBusters
5/5

It's good!

Really helps dynamic mics shine. Also, built very well.
5/5

The Clouds have been lifted

If you own a ribbon mic, you need this box. If you own a low output dynamic mic, you need this box. It does exactly what it says it will do, and it does it superbly. I have a cache of vintage RCA ribbons that just got a new lease on life. I'll be ordering at least one more Cloudlifter.
5/5

Incredible piece of Gear!

Let me start by saying the Z has vastly improved my guitar recordings. Match this with an SM57 (or any dynamic/ribbon for that matter) and prepare for a whole new pallet of tones. Obviously this has the clean boost of the CL-1, but the ability to vary the impedance and activate a hi-pass filter is where this thing is different. I'd pretty much lost interest in using SM57's until I tried this and now it's like having a brand new mic.
Music background: Recording Engineer
5/5

Revolutionizing Home Recording

This is an amazing and innovative tool. I have been using Cloud Microphones Mic Activators for home recording for a while now, and I've had great success using the CL-1 and CL-2 with my dynamic mics like the SM7B and Shure 58s and my ribbons mic, also a Cloud RCA 44 clone called the JRS34. In fact, this whole line of products has revolutionized and revitalized my whole process. The CL-Z has upped the ante, though, by giving us further control of both impedance and a high pass filter! Thanks, Cloud Microphones, recording has never been so exciting at home!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Mix/Master Engineer/Multi-instrumentalist
See also: Cloud Microphones, Cloud Microphones Preamps