Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI and Mic Activator

Control the tone and gain of instruments, microphones and preamps with variable impedance, variable high-pass filter and 3-stage gain switch


Cloud Microphones brings their popular Cloudlifter Mic Activator technology to guitar players, bass players, keyboard players and more with the introduction of the 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 maximizes 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 1/4” 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. This is a great way to customize 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 approx. +25db for microphones or 12dB for instruments), This allows users to access clean gain and a lower noise floor for many studio or stage applications, from an electric guitar player that uses amp modeling or an acoustic guitar player performing live to singers with dynamic microphones to increase gain before feedback on stage.

The Cloudlifter CL-Zi will be available in spring of 2017 for $449 MSRP, $379 MAP.