Cloud Microphones is now shipping the new Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI and Mic Activator, which they tell us brings their Cloudlifter technology to guitar players, bass players, keyboard players and more. The Zi is designed to give players control over their tone and loads of ultra-clean gain when going direct or miking up their amp.
Rodger Cloud said, "While typical DI boxes are one-dimensional, our new Cloudlifter Zi packs a dual punch for instrumentalists. It maximizes 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!"
Here's the details in Clod Microphones' own words...
Tone Control using Vari-Z Loading and High-Pass Filtering
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 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 players 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, 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.
About Cloud Microphones
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Cloud's ribbon mics and Cloudlifter Mic Activators rank among some of the most acclaimed products in the professional audio industry. All of Cloud's products are made regionally from start to finish, creating jobs and benefiting small businesses. This includes manufacturing in Tucson, Phoenix and on the Navajo Nation. In 2016, founder Rodger Cloud and his team received the President's "E" Award, the highest accolade any business can earn for contributing to the expansion of U.S. exports.
Pricing and Availability:
The Cloudlifter CL-Zi is now available at authorized dealers for $449 MSRP, $379 MAP.
Dan takes us through the new module and the updates