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Cloudlifter Mic Activator CL-Z

Cloudlifter Cl-Z
Elevate Your Sound
to the Power of 

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All the ultra-clean gain of the original plus the innovative Vari-Z control for massive sound shaping.

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We Are Compatible

Cloudlifters are compatible with any tube, dynamic, or ribbon mic on the market today, INCLUDING these popular microphones:

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Dynamic Microphones
  • 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 SM7B, MV7, MV7X (XLR)

  • Shure SM57, SM58, Beta 57A & 58A

  • Shure Super 55 Deluxe, and 55SH

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

  • Telefunken M80, M81, M82

  • Rode PodMic, Procaster

  • Audix OM2, OM5, OM7, D4, D6

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Tube Microphones
  • 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

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Ribbon Mics (passive or tube)

  • AEA R84, R44, R88 MKII

  • 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

While Cloud Microphones' Cloudlifters are designed for compatibility with a wide range of microphones in the industry, variations in microphone specifications may exist. It is advisable to check with your microphone manufacturer to ensure compatibility or, feel free to contact us for further assistance. Your optimal audio experience is our priority, and we are here to help clarify any uncertainties.

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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

Cloud CL-Z Mic Activator
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.

Variable Impedance Control

Variable impedance control - Vari-Z - to shape and contour the sound of your ribbon or dynamic microphone.
Variable High-Pass Filtering

Continuously variable high-pass filtering @ -6dB per octave works in tandem with the variable impedance control for even greater tonal shaping.
Variable Gain

Two gain settings - more & max - yield up to +25dB of ultra-clean gain for low output dynamic & ribbon microphones.
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Reduce Feedback

The Cloudlifter allows you to cut through the mix on stage with increased gain before feedback.
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.
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CL-Z Specs



Input Impedance

3k Ohms

Recommended Load Impedance

>5K Ohms


3-pin male/female XLR connector


48V Phantom Power (P48 according to IEC 61938)

Product width

135.9 mm (5.35 in.)

Product height

66 mm (2.6 in.)