Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator

Not getting enough gain out of your dynamic or ribbon microphones? Put the Cloudlifter in line, and boost your signal with up to 25 dB of transparent gain.

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)

Learn more about the Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator in this video:


read more - 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.
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 0.88 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CL-1
Shipping Weight: 0.88 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CL-1

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 520-829-3108

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted June 24, 2013 by Eric Stoltz in Brooklyn , NY


Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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The CL-1 took my existing pre-amps, added the levels I needed, and improved the sound. I'd say the price is worth that sort of performance!. Dynamics like an SM57 and SM7 are brought to life. Not to mention any passive ribbon mic! Do yourself a favor and grab one.

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