Published On January 24, 2017 | News, Recording/Mixing


Cloud Microphones brings its Cloudlifter Mic Activator technology to guitar, bass and keyboard players with the new Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI and Mic Activator. In addition to giving instrument players control over their tone and gain staging from the very front of their signal chain, the new CL-Zi retains all of the original Cloudlifter-Z features for adding clean gain to dynamic and ribbon microphones.

“Our new Cloudlifter Zi packs a dual punch for both instrumentalists and vocalists,” said Rodger Cloud. “It maximises your instrument or mic’s signal strength and clarity while lowering the noise floor and also allows you to control your tone in a particularly beautiful way that can only be accomplished through manipulation of impedance.”

The Cloudlifter Zi uses phantom power from any preamp to solve an array of common issues with instruments and microphones, providing up to +25dB of ultra-clean gain for XLR microphones and lo-Z sources and up to 12dB for quarter-inch instruments and hi-Z sources, via the Neutrik combination dual input connector and hi-Z to lo-Z Cinemag instrument transformer.

The CL-Zi’s variable impedance ‘Z’ knob and high-pass filter work in tandem to create massive tone control in a unique way through the manipulation of impedance loading — a great way to customise your tone before the gain stage of your signal path. The CL-Zi has a three-position gain switch allowing for minimum gain, more gain, or the maximum gain available.

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