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This unit does exactly what it says it does and adds zero noise to the signal. You could find a similar product for a cheaper price, but why risk buying twice when you can just get the best first time and be happy. This has been a saviour on my Rode Procaster and is now a great tool for my audio toolbox. Don't mess around with cheaper ripoffs and risk giving yourself a noisey audio signal.
I have a Shure SM7B which requires a lot of gain and my Focusrite just didn't have enough to drive it well enough without introducing too much noise. The Cloudlifter is fairly pricey for what it is, but once you hold it in your hand you realise what a quality peice of kit it is. It's larger than I imagined it would be and has a nice weight to it - I feel as though it would be quiite durable if you were to take it on the road with you. It has boosted my Shure SM7B perfectly, nice clean gain and really easy to set up - just plug in with XLR cables and turn on the phantom power from your audio interface and you're done. Money well spent.
I've used both a Blue spark mic and a Shure SM7B and both require post production edits to raise the volume. Turning up the gain on my pre-amp simply wouldn't cut it since it introduced the inevitable hiss. I noticed that many people recommended the Cloudlifter and a 'must-have' if you own an SM7B. Since I just bought an SM7B and was witnessing the same need to pump up the volume, I took the plunge.
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.
As someone who uses their microphone everyday and has the shure sm7B, This handy piece of equipment has massivly helped me out so then I have more control on my mixer as the CL-1 has given me more volume to play around with. I would strongly advise for people who have a dynamic microphone in particular as you can't use phantom power directly on a dynamic microphone such as the shure sm7B. With the CL-1 you can use phantom power as the phantom power goes into the microphone pre-amp and not into the microphone itself.
For my online radio broadcasting from home set up I bought a Rode Procaster microphone - During my first broadcast I had to turn the gain up high to be heard, which distorted my voice, which was faint and hard to hear at all when I turned the gain back down a bit. 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.
Ce produit est juste incroyable ! Il est pour commencer d'une solidité exemplaire ! Ce qui rassure vu son prix !
Il m'a permis de booster le volume sonore de mes enregistrements vocaux avec mon SM57B ! Un pur bonheur ! Je le recommande à toutes personnes utilisant un micro du même style, ce qui vous permettra vraiment de gagner en gain sonore !
AFIN DE PARTAGER MON EXPERIENCE AVEC VOUS, SI CE COMMENTAIRE VOUS A ÉTÉ UTILE, MERCI DE CLIQUER SUR "UTILE".
if you have a basic non treated bedroom for recording vocals stick to your preamp/interface gain, however once elimating interference the clean gain this pulls through is impressive, particularly good for airy, breathy vocals that track in at low dB
After plugging my brand new SM7B into my mixer it was very clear that it didn't have the juice needed to power the monster. After plugging in the Cloudlifter I saw a HUGE increase no longer needing my gain at 100% and more at 50-60%, perfect.
The CL-1 itself is build like a brick, all metal, with plush pads underneith to keep it flat on a desk.
This is a very high quality piece of equipment; tank tough and extremely reliable and effective.
However, as others have pointed out, you have to be smart about its placement in an audio channel. -The dynamic mic I'm using connects at the end of 25' of XLR cable, and due to my own inexperience, I'd bought cheap cable (installed behind wall paneling, making it difficult to replace) which allows noise to introduce itself into the signal. When I put the Cloudlifter at the far end away from the mic, (I originally plugged it in just before the mixer), 25' of line noise was boosted along with the mic signal, so I got a horrid and loud extra buzz. Not cool!
I despaired for a minute or two and then tried swapping the location of the Cloudlifter, plugging it in directly after the mic. That solved it; now only the voice signal is boosted, but the line noise is not, staying low and unnoticeable on the mixer end, -especially given that with the Cloudlifter I need much less gain on the mixer. The final signal is, to my ears, crystal clear.
The simple fact is that high quality audio is expensive; to achieve a pro-level sound you need excellent mics and excellent cable and an excellent signal booster (like the Cloudlifter) -especially if you're using a dynamic mic; (mine is the Rode Procaster; an absolutely beautiful mic but which has a low volume output). All of that adds up in terms of cost, but the difference between a $60 audio channel and a $600 channel is night and day.
I recommend this product heartily; swallow the one-time cost so you don't have to worry about it ever again.