Cloudlifter clouding up my Portico 5017 Any thoughts?
Just recently got both a Cloudlifter and a Portico 5017 to use with a sm7b.
The Cloudlifter when pared alone with my apogee one and sm7b works great, adding the much desired gain allowing the Ones preamp to work less and sound a little better. Just a slight improvement in clarity/presence perhaps.
When I attempt the same with the Portico 5017 in between the Cloudlifter and One (with the ones preamp as low as possible), a drastic change in overall tonality can be heard compared to just running the sm7b straight into the 5017 and out to the One. The Cloudlifted signal certainly gets boosted a good 25db but with it comes a lot of fat. A muddier sounding signal really, not the same amazing clarity and detail the Portico delivers alone, even if it does require all 66db of its gain while doing so. This remains true when tested with other mics as well.
Obviously the fix is to just not use the Cloudlifter with the portico and just crank that gain, but still curious if anyone has any thoughts as to why this might occur.