Published On June 20, 2017 | News, Recording/Mixing

Cloud Microphones is shipping the new Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI and Mic Activator, bringing its Cloudlifter technology to guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and more. The Zi gives you control over your tone and loads of ultra-clean gain when going direct or miking up an amp.

“While typical DI boxes are one-dimensional, our new Cloudlifter Zi packs a dual punch for instrumentalists,” said Rodger Cloud. “It maximises your instrument or mic’s signal strength and also lets you contour your tone by manipulating the impedance load. Going direct just got a whole lot more fun!”

The CL-Zi’s variable impedance ‘Z’ knob and high-pass filter work in tandem to create massive tone shaping through the manipulation of impedance loading. This is a great way to customise your tone before the gain stage of your signal path — just turn the ‘Z’ knob until it sounds right. The CL-Zi has a three-position gain switch allowing for minimum gain, more gain, or the maximum gain available (up to roughly 25db for microphones or 12dB for instruments). This allows players to access clean gain and a lower noise floor for many studio or stage applications, from an electric guitar player that uses amp modelling or an acoustic guitarists, bass player, or keyboardist going direct.

As with all Cloudlifters, the Zi can be used with dynamic microphones to increase gain before feedback on stage or ribbon microphones to boost signal quality in the studio.

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