on June 7, 2013
The CL-Z lives on my preamps. Obviously the super clean boost is incredibly useful, but where the Z is truly special is in varying the impedance. People are always shocked at how drastically sound can change when adjusting impedance. It's like having a whole new mic locker. If you don't want to get too drastic, matching your pre-amp and microphones impedance provides a fantastic hi-fi result. The Z also comes with a sweepable hi-pass filter and the clean boost they are known for. This is an extremely intelligent product and has been one of the most useful devices I've incorporated in to my studio in a long time.
on July 25, 2013
This little box is a unique genius piece. It is a fabulous complement to my Shure SM7B mic. The extra gain makes that mic usable on quiet female vocals, as well as male screamers. The variable impedance gives it a lovely variety of tone. The way that the high-pass filter interacts with the variable impedance is very intuitive, once you get used to it. It feels like I have a whole mic closet, instead of just one mic. If you have to record in a less-than Bob Hodas environment, this is the set-up.
on December 21, 2014
Having invested heavily into the initial setup of my podcasting studio, I needed something for my gain hungry Electro Voice RE20 even in conjunction with my DBX 286s processor. Now my DBX doesn't have to work too hard thanks to the 25 db of CLEAN gain from the Cloudlifter CL-Z, and it can focus on it's job of voice processing. A superb product for ribbon and dynamic mics and people serious about their audio quality.