Cloud Microphones CL-1 Single Channel Cloudlifter Mic Activator

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CL-1

Your Price: $199.00 CDN

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A Must-Have Tool for Dynamics and Ribbons!
Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator is an easy to use, compact solution for common audio problems faced in the field and in the studio. Designed for all passive microphones including ribbons- the CL-1 safely uses any standard phantom powered microphone input device to provide up to +25db of ultra-clean, transparent gain.

Cloudlifters dramatically improve the performance of passive microphone signals by driving stronger, cleaner signals over longer XLR cable runs, making them ideal for broadcast, live, and studio applications. Enclosed in a rugged steel enclosure offering excellent shielding, the CL-1 additionally has provisions for stage or stand mounting with the included strap.

Using patent pending technology that keeps the direct audio path free-and-clear of transformers, capacitors, and resistors, the CL-1 houses direct-coupled, discrete JFET circuitry that delivers world class, ultra-clean gain while preserving the natural sonic characteristics of the source.

Cloudlifters are recommended for improving the signal to noise ratio and performance of passive microphone/preamp combinations with the following:

- Recording direct into a DAW interface
- noisy or low gain preamps
- mixers/preamps that negatively impact the sound at higher gain setting
- passive ribbon microphones
- low-output dynamic microphones
- miking softer sound sources such as acoustic instruments and voice
- long cable runs (output)

Features:
- Gives passive mics up to +25dB additional active output
- Provides 2 ultra-clean gain stages using 4 hand-matched JFETs
- Easy to use self contained design requires only phantom power
- Recommended for use with all passive microphones
- Safe for all passive ribbons with no transfer of phantom
- Utilizes Patent Pending Ultra-transparent Discrete D/C JFET circuitry
- Ideal impedance loading for optimal performance @3Kohms
- Rugged, road ready and portable, for studio, stage and broadcasting
- Free lifetime limited warranty for parts and labor, with registration

Handcrafted entirely in the USA
Like all Cloud Microphones products, the Cloudlifter Mic Activator series is handcrafted using environmentally friendly methods, entirely in the USA.

Must have for Shure SM7B0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
Makes a world of difference. You may ask, why don't they just sell this and the mic together?!
Posted by T syl on Jan 12, 2021
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Understand what this does.1 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOttawa, Ontario
I have a Shure SM7B, the cheapest Focusrite audio interface which is the Scarlett solo, gain cranked at 4 o'clock and it's flawless. With the Cloudlifter, I reach the same volume at roughly 12 o'clock. See, I thought with the Cloudlifter I'd still have that extra head room to crank interface to 4 o'clock...wrong, that's not what this does. If I try to crank it past 12 o'clock I start clipping in the yellow. It doesn't make your mic louder, it makes it cleaner by letting you reach your max output of your mic sooner on the preamp. I notice 0 difference myself. Unless you heard noise in your recording, you won't need it. I rated it high, because it is an incredible product for what it does. I gave it a low value, as I truly feel it's overpriced. You can get an adequate audio interface cheaper than the Cloudlifter, and likely not needing it.
Posted by Philminator on Jul 11, 2020
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Pricy but works perfectly.0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
I rented 2 of these to try them out and I was really surprised how clean the audio was. It works better than I expected. I complain about the price but honestly it's cheaper than replacing my preamp.
Posted by Sergio on Aug 10, 2019
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SM7b10 of 11 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLondon North, Ontario
This device is a must have PERIOD. It fired up my SM7b without having to mess with a bunch of stuff. No switches, just plug your cables in. That's it. You're going to be guaranteed to say "WHAT??!!" It's that easy and inexpensive. Buy it.
Posted by Dave on May 16, 2016
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Because of this, Long & McQuade provides our customers with a FREE one-year Performance Warranty on most of our products. The Long & McQuade Performance Warranty supplements the manufacturer’s warranty to ensure that our customers receive complete “no hassle” warranty coverage within their first year.

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