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The Original Cloudlifter. Hear more of your dynamic, ribbon or tube microphone's character and clarity with our patented ultra-clean gain.

Cloudlifter Cl-1

4.8 out of 5 stars


We Are Compatibale

Dynamic Mics
  • AKG D12 VR, D112, P2, P3, P4, P5i, D5, D40

  • EV RE20, RE27, RE320, 635A

  • Beyerdynamic M70 Pro X, M88, M201, V70d, .

  • Sennheiser MD-421 II, MD 441-U, MD 431 II, MD 435, MD 445

  • Sennheiser  e 609, e 825-S, e 835, e 906, e 945

  • Shure SM-7b, MV7, MV7X (XLR)

  • Shure SM57, SM58, Beta 57A & 58A

  • Shure Super 55 Deluxe. 55SH

  • Heil PR20, PR 22, 30, PR35, PR40, PR781

  • Telefunken M80, M81, M82

  • Rode PodMic, Procaster

  • Audix OM2, OM5, OM7, D4, D6

Tube Mics

  • AKG P820, C12 VR,

  • Golden Age GA-ELA M 251E

  • Lewitt LCT 840, LCT 940, LCT 1040

  • Manley Reference Cardioid, Silver, Gold

  • Mojave MA-37, MA-200, MA-300, MA-1000

  • Miktek CV3, CV4

  • Neumann M49 V, M149,  U47, U67 

  • Soyuz  013 Tube, 017 Tube V2, 

  • Telefunken C12, TF51, ELA M 251E, TF29, TF39, TF47, TF51, U47

  • Rode NTK, K2, 

  • Universal Audio Bock

  • Warm Audio WA-47, WA-251, WA-8000, WA-CX12

Ribbon Mics (passive or tube)

  • AEA R84, R44, R88 MK2

  • Beyer M130, M160, M260, M500, 

  • Cloud 44 Midnight, JRS-34

  • Extinct Audio BM2, BM9

  • Royer R10, 121, 122V, SF2, SF-12, SF-24V

  • Coles 4038, 4040, 4104B

  • Shure KSM313, KSM353

  • MXL R144, R77

  • Nady RSM-5,

  • SE Voodoo VR1, X1 R, 

  • Golden Age R2 MKII, 


  • Shotgun Mics (battery powered) - need more

  • Rode VideoMic NTG

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Cloud Microphones 
About Us 

Cloud Microphones manufactures top-of-the-line microphones, activators, and more! Cloud’s Ribbon Microphones and patented Cloudlifter Mic Activators are used by artists, engineers, podcasters, creators, broadcasters, and venues all over the world. Cloud Mic's Cloudlifters are manufactured in the US and on the Navajo Reservation, supporting small businesses in the southwest.

Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator 
  • Up to +25 dB of clean audio gain 

  • Make any home recording set-up sound more professional 

  • Compatible with dynamic, ribbon, tube, battery, or power supply driven microphones 

  • Uses +48v Phantom Power, but does not pass power to the mic, making it safe for ribbon mics 

  • Original Mic Activator - Made in the USA

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Bring Your Mics to Life 

Cloudlifters increase the sensitivity of your microphone and bring its natural tonal characteristics into focus. The single-channel Cloudlifter CL-1, two-channel Cloudlifter CL-2, and rack-mountable four channel Cloudlifter CL-4 all provide up to +25dB of ultra-clean gain with fixed impedance loading at 3kΩ, optimized for a wide variety of microphones. Each one is designed to improve the sensitivity and performance of lower-output microphones dramatically. Whether you’re using an expensive, professional-grade microphone/preamp combination or common microphones with a basic home setup, Cloudlifters provide way more signal from the microphone itself, allowing the preamp to operate in its optimal gain range by reducing the amount of gain needed. This reduces noise and distortion, bringing more of the microphone’s natural character into focus. For those recording professionally, at home, or performing on stage, Cloudlifters are valuable tools that produce high-quality, professional audio.

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Up to +25 dB of Gain 

Hear more of your dynamic and ribbon microphone's natural character and increase the clarity with +25dB of ultra-clean gain. Cloudlifters provide ultra-clean gain in two distinct stages while optimizing impedance loading. 

The Cloudlifter uses +48v Phantom Power but does not pass power to the mic. For this reason, the Cloudlifter is a great way to keep your ribbon and tube mics safe from exposure to Phantom Power while providing the extra gain they need.

Reduce Unwanted Feedback 

As a result of increased sensitivity and ultra-clean gain, the amount of gain required by the preamp is reduced significantly. This also reduces noise and improves the natural frequency response of the mic by allowing the preamp or interface to operate within its comfort zone!

Perfect for Podcasts, Professional and home Studios, AV, and Live Sound 

Whether you are a pro studio looking for more gain from your ribbon or tube mics or narrating a podcast or video with a dynamic mic, creating quality content with the Cloudlifter is easy.

Active Ultra-Clean Gain

Provides up to +25dB of ultra-clean gain in two distinct stages and optimal impedance loading for dynamic, ribbon and Tube mics to perform their best.
Plug & Play

Simply connect your passive mic to the input and connect the output to a mixer, interface or preamp with +48v phantom power engaged. The Cloudlifter does the rest.
Premium Electronics
The Cloudlifter's patented discrete JFET circuitry preserves the source's natural sound while keeping the direct audio path clear of transformers, capacitors, and resistors.
Reduce Feedback
The Cloudlifter allows you to cut through the mix on stage with increased gain before feedback.
Phantom Powered
Turns Phantom Power into gain and clarity without passing it through to your delicate ribbon mic.
Made in the USA
Rugged, road-ready, and portable. Manufactured responsibly in the USAFree lifetime limited warranty.

Patents:  9,167,327;  9,888,315;  10,356,507;  10,721,552




Input Impedance

3k Ohms

Recommended Load Impedance

>5K Ohms


3-pin male/female XLR connector


48V Phantom Power (P48 according to IEC 61938)


Frequency range

5 Hz - 80 kHz (-0.3 dB)


Provides up to +25dB of Ultra-Clean Gain with 5k Load

Current consumption

3.1 mA

Product width

49.02 mm (1.93 in.)

Product height

49.02 mm (1.93 in.)

Product length

119.9 mm (4.72 in.)

Product weight

320.3 g (11.3 oz.)

What's In The Box


Cloud Logo Sticker

User manual with warranty card






User Guide



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Cloudlifters are an essential tool for any audio scenario.


Recording in the studio, performing live on stage, producing a podcast, using long cable runs, miking soft sound sources

and using noisy or low-gain preamps

are just a few of its many uses.