Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator

1-Channel Level Amplifier

  • +25 dB for dynamic or passive ribbon microphones
  • To be used in conjunction with a microphone amplifier with standard phantom power on mixers/preamplifiers/audio interfaces with mic input
  • Requires phantom power
  • XLR input and output
  • Metal casing
  • Band for fixing to microphone stand included

Further Information

Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input No
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power No
Phase Reverse No
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter No
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Clean "gain" every time
Steve Galloway, 06.04.2020
My Cloudlifter CL-1 helps me get clean gain for dynamic microphones which I use in a demanding office/studio environment.

I use dynamic microphones like the Shure SM7B and RE20 to cope better with unavoidable equipment noise and outside/traffic noise that I otherwise need a sound booth to eliminate. I use prosumer audio interfaces which can "just" bring the signal in from my dynamic microphones, but even though I use a dbx 286 S microphone processor which can arguably power something like a Shure SM7B, I know that my Cloudlifter can reduce the load on either of my audio interfaces and this eliminates the risk of hiss which comes with maximum gain when using any audio interface. Using a Cloudlifter, my signal is clean every time.

The Cloudlifter is a plug and "forget" device which does its job invisibly without any configuration in the background. Sometimes the best equipment is the hardware you have to remind yourself that you own, and a Cloudlifter is definitely a silent hero.

Occasionally, I have used the Cloudlifter with my Zoom H5 portable recorder when I have been on the road with my dynamic microphones, and the Cloudlifter has done everything I would hope for. I had not anticipated this functionality, and I am glad to have it.

There are alternatives to Cloudlifter, some of which are less cumbersome and really are not much more intrusive than the XLR cables they interface. The hardest thing about the Cloudlifter is deciding on your cable length/configuration to figure out where to put the device.

Cloudlifters seem a little expensive and you have to add that to the cost of a dynamic microphone. There are less expensive alternatives in the market though, and if Cloudlifter is the standard you want, then the price is something you live with.
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Scotland rises, 17.07.2020
Using a Komplete Audio 6 soundcard/audio box and Shure SM7B mic.
Up at full gain (100%) the mic was still showing a relatively low level (about 40%), meaning at lot of post recording boost and then mastering work to sort out the hiss and extra 'air' created.......
this thing just plugs straight into the line between mic and box, with XLR at each end and now the input level is approx 70% and a beautiful clear and crisp signal.
Great, and particularly for the price, it just saved me a lot of work in post-processing.
Highly recommended to just give those vocals a lift.
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Gakis , 01.05.2021
It works perfectly for dynamic microphones. It boosts the gain and gives a clean signal. The only disadvantage for me is the price, I believe that it should be a little bit cheaper.

Epic customer service, great communication and trustworthy! Professionalism at its finest!
Great packaging and handling, everything came intact, in mint condition! Fast shipping and on time! 5/5 stars for Thomann!
Best regards to the employees and all my respects to all of them! Thank you so much!
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omgbong, 27.11.2020
Does exactly what it says, just gives a clean transparent gain boost to your signal. If you've got an SM7B or a ribbon or even any other regular dynamic mic, this will work well with them.
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