Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
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- Uses Phantom power to give passive mics (mainly used for dynamic and ribbon mics) up to +25dB without passing Phantom power on to mic
- Easy to use self contained design requires only Phantom power to work. **Does not use Phantom power to power mics
- Recommended for use with all passive dynamic microphones
- Compatible with tube, battery, or power supply driven microphones – safe for all passive ribbons with no transfer of Phantom
- Does not power the mics themselves using Phantom power (that is not what this is designed for). instead, place the cloudlifter at the front of your dynamic mic, then hit it with Phantom Power and your basic mic (even an SM58 style mic) will shine like never before
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|Item Dimensions||1.93 x 1.93 x 4.72 inches||4.50 x 2.00 x 2.00 inches||3.70 x 1.93 x 4.72 inches||1.93 x 1.93 x 4.72 inches||3.43 x 2.60 x 5.35 inches|
1-Channel +25dB in-line microphone preamplifier.
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UPDATE: One year of daily use and still love it. No issues, the Cloudlifter is still working perfectly.
UPDATE: Three and a half years of near daily use and no issues. Still very impressed with the product!
UPDATE: Six years old this month, use it 4-5 days per week. Still going strong, no issues with it at any point since the purchase in August 2013.
This little device basically just boosts the volume for your mic so you can turn all your presets down to avoid static in the background. And it did that perfectly!
Build Quality: Amazing, has great weight to it and is smooth to touch. It's made in America and it shows, I love supporting American companies too.
Value: It's expensive, but if you dump $400 on a mic then you're doing yourself a disservice for not having this! I upgraded my Shure Sm7B from an SM58 and the jump wasn't as substantial as just adding on this cloud lifter.
Verdict: This thing is a game changer and gives NIGHT AND DAY difference when using it vs not using it. Excellent quality and craftsmanship. I'm so happy I bought it, it's worth it and if you're on the fence then just BUY IT! You won't regret it!
Also I paid for this in full with my own money, this review is my actual thoughts and opinions. I hope it helps you. :)
As far as noise floor, I can hear no difference between maxing out the gain on my 2i2 and running it at 2-o-clock with the Cloudlifter added, which gets me about the same gain. This means that if you're already happy with the volume you're getting maxing out a 2i2, running it at lower gain and adding a Cloudlifter will do nothing for you. If you want a bit more volume, this is great. I saw some Youtube reviews which seemed to suggest the last little bit of gain on the 2i2 was "extra noisy" so adding a Cloudlifter to your chain would decrease noise at the same volume but that is not my experience.
I could not hear any difference at all between the recordings, and using the analysis features of both Audacity and Wavelab, I could find no visible differences between the recordings in terms of frequency spectrum used. I am fully convinced the CL-1 does exactly what it's supposed to: Deliver 25db of clean, transparent gain to your mic's signal before it ever hits your interface or mixing desk.
Also, you guys need to remove the photo of the cable in the product's photo set, or at least indicate in the description that no cable comes with this product. As it stands, there's a photo but nothing that says otherwise so buyers will think that you get a free XLR cable with purchase. I was surprised to not see a cable included with my purchase.
Not that it matters. This did not work for me, at all. Returned. It's hugely overpriced for what it is, too. I'm bummed, because after all the research I did, this was the most recommended.
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No power is necessary which is a bonus, since it draws the phantom power from the pre-amp and essentially powers itself (and obviously the mic). There's nothing to shout about other than the unit does EXACTLY what it reports to do. It raises the volume of the mic without any unwanted noise. The phantom power is not eradicated using a dynamic mic, it's EMPLOYED - as it should be!
The result is that I'm managed to be able to reduce my gain by a quarter on the dial...and no post-production volume changes are necessary! Perfect! This takes away from my workload since I churn out instructional videos by the dozen and something forget that I need to pump up the volume.
The unit is solid metal and built like a tank. I imagine this to be the ideal solution fr those people who might use this in the road. though mine is 'on display' lying on its side with the logo showing, the unit has large rubber feet which allows it to sit securely on a desk. The XLR's snap in nicely and firmly.
There's shady copies of the cloudlifter on the market for a fraction of the price, but people have stripped them down to see that the 'meat' inside is far inferior in contrast. The copies produce a loud of unwanted noise too.
I'm with those people who recommend the cloudlifter for the SM7B, since it works a charm. I see no reason why it wouldn't work great for other dynamic mics too. If you're looking for that boost in volume, just buy one.
After attaching the Cloudlifter, and having the gain up to about 20% and the microphone volume up to about 85% all was fine and the problem was solved.
The CL-1 itself is build like a brick, all metal, with plush pads underneith to keep it flat on a desk.