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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Solid construction, simple to use, low noise
Edward5103, 28.11.2014
The Cloudlifter is for use with dynamic microphones and provides some pre-amplification to boost the signal before going to a sound recorder.

You need to connect things like this - it's really simple:

Sound recorder (with 48v phantom power switched on) --> Cloudlifter --> Dynamic microphone.

Connectors required to the Cloudlifter are XLR.

Power Supply: Your sound recorder needs to supply 48v phantom power through XLR. The 48v phantom power is needed to power the pre-amp in the Cloudlifter to then boost the signal from the dynamic microphone.

Build Quality: this is excellent. It has a solid metal chassis and metal connectors. There isn't really anything to easily break! It's really solid.

Sound Quality: this is excellent with no audible noise. I've used it to boost my Sure SM 57 microphone signal (1.6mv/Pa sensitivity) and also the Beyerdynamic m99 (2 to 3mv/Pa sensitivity) - both dynamic microphones. These were connected into a Zoom H6 sound recorder. The benefit the Cloudlifter provides is that you can keep the recording levels on the Zoom H6 set lower, and so the noise levels from the Zoom pre-amps are lower. The overall recording is then loud and clear with lower noise levels.

Reliability: this works very well and I haven't experienced any problems over a number of months.
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Good product
Orodreth81, 11.06.2020
I mainly use my microphones for remote teaching ans I looked to boost my rode procaster gain. The CL-1 was perfect for what i was looking for.
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It's just as good as everyone says
lapsio, 08.06.2020
There's not much to say about this activator. It's just as good as everyone says it is. The only disadvantage is price but considering it's usually needed for more expensive mics I don't think it's that bad.

Another bonus is that it makes dynamic mic not work when phantom power is turned off. And I know it sounds ridiculous to mention it as advantage but really - from privacy and security standpoint microphone that constantly captures all sounds no matter if you actually use it or not is terrible concept. And many people have mics permanently plugged into interfaces. So it just makes me feel better when I know my mic really doesn't work when phantom power is off.
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