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Klark Teknik New Product Release: MIC BOOSTER CT1
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Klark Teknik New Product Release: MIC BOOSTER CT1

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Klark Teknik New Product Release: MIC BOOSTER CT1

Compact Dynamic Microphone Booster with High-Quality Preamp

MIC BOOSTER CT 1
Whenever you need more headroom for any microphone in your podcast setup, recording studio or live rig, the MIC BOOSTER CT 1 is exactly the tool you need to get a crisp and clean microphone signal in a robust, compact and simple to use package.

Dynamic and Powerful
The CT 1 can work with almost any dynamic or passive ribbon microphone. Its high-quality preamp adds an incredible +25dB of gain to your mic pre’s which increases the headroom and allows you to dial in the perfect mic level at a much lower gain setting at the mixer thus leading to a cleaner sound.

Compact and Simple
The simplicity and size of the CT 1 means you can easily connect it to the end of any microphone in your setup and amplify the signal right out of the mic. This minimizes the risk of any potential noise being picked up by long cable runs in between the mic and preamp. It also runs on phantom power and needs no external power source. Just plug and play!
  • Dynamic mic booster adds extra gain to your sound
  • High-quality preamp provides up to +25 dB of gain
  • Phantom powered with no need for external power supply
  • Works with almost any dynamic or passive ribbon microphone
  • Rugged, road-worthy construction for years of dependable use
  • 3-Year Warranty Program
  • Designed and engineered in the U.K.
For more information: https://www.klarkteknik.com/Categori...oogtrans(en|en)
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Old 3 weeks ago
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At $30, it's going to make a lot of people happy!
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At $30, it's going to make a lot of people happy!
Absolutely
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It should be called YAFH - yet another fet head...
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Some people sound like a Michelin starred chef worrying about McDonalds, Burger King, Wendies etc. Those who can afford a three star restaurant will probably eat there and those who can’t will end up in McD’s but they’ll all have eaten.
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It's also very tacky for someone who sells competing products to come into the thread and talk about boycotting this gargabe.
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A friend and businessman told me recently is how they steal our technology and pirate goods.

You open a factory in China and order say 1000 pieces for local and export and then the
factory workers will make 1500 and then put it onto the street and then send the exporter broke
while they continue to pirate your product.

Cheers
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There's dozens of companies making gain boosters like this, what makes you think they're specifically ripping off the FetHead? It's not like Triton invented the idea...
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I remember the Cloudlifter being one of the first ones, I'm pretty sure that one at least predated the Fethead. I think there were others, but I don't remember specific dates. All I'm saying is, I really doubt Triton were the ones that invented the idea of a phantom powered gain booster. At this point, dozens of companies are making similar products.
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I remember the Cloudlifter being one of the first ones, I'm pretty sure that one at least predated the Fethead. I think there were others, but I don't remember specific dates. All I'm saying is, I really doubt Triton were the ones that invented the idea of a phantom powered gain booster. At this point, dozens of companies are making similar products.
"Look, I don't know any facts on this matter and instead of doing some research all I'm saying is I'm going to keep hammering my point that I'm right even though I have no idea and besides there are dozens of copycats"


Great points!
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How does it sound?
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Looks like you could plug this right into the mic so I assume there may be an advantage signal to noise wise if your signal is boosted before a long cable run. Might not make much of a distance but probably wouldn't hurt.

I have an old RCA Birdcage Mic that has a ribbon and dynamic mic that are internal passively summed and I been think about boosting the low level signal that comes out of it. Might be just what the doctor ordered.
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FETHead wasn't the first instance of this idea! Engineers had been building this, as needed, for some time.

I had one built by the guy at Cathedral Pipes Microphones for $65. If you want a more affordable, hand built version, there you go. It works just as well as my much pricier Cloudlifters. Hasn't fallen apart yet. If the Klark was available I would likely have bought it.

Workers and machines build it on one side of the world or the other, as long as it works. If it doesn't work for you, don't buy it. It's not like the Europeans and Americans haven't borrowed ideas from Asia and profited off them. Probably far more things than you want to admit.
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Looks really good! Simple and small...interested to hear some sound examples to see how the quality compares to the Fethead and Cloudlifter...or the Soyuz Launcher which looks really neat...
Have a blessed day!

Last edited by KJandKT; 3 weeks ago at 08:09 PM.. Reason: Wanted to add Soyuz in there
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"Look, I don't know any facts on this matter and instead of doing some research all I'm saying is I'm going to keep hammering my point that I'm right even though I have no idea and besides there are dozens of copycats"


Great points!
Thanks! I thought I remembered buying a cloudlifter before the FetHead was around, sorry for not being specific enough there. If you have any relevant information to share, it would be appreciated. Your comment wasn't all that helpful or productive.
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It's not the Chinese that copied this design.
Music Group did.
Their Chinese factory made it.

If it is a straight copy of thr FatHead.
Remains to be seen.

!jt!
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Thanks! I thought I remembered buying a cloudlifter before the FetHead was around, sorry for not being specific enough there. If you have any relevant information to share, it would be appreciated. Your comment wasn't all that helpful or productive.
I suspect you got that feeling because Triton is from the Netherlands and might not have been as visible in the US at their inception. The FetHead predates the Cloudlifter by at least 2 years, if not more, i think (not 100% sure). I bought a FetHead as soon as it came out in 2007 or thereabouts, the one i have is even different (visually, no idea if the insides are the same or not) than the current lineup, it did its job but i never liked it much and haven't used it in years to be honest. But i remember this quite well because i kept looking for other similar stuff, and it was years before the Cloudlifter or any similar (commercially produced) devices started appearing.
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Way to crash a thread guys, (and yes for those snowflake hearted among you 'guys' means a group of people and not gender based) ...... joking aside, this is a thread about a mic preamp, that for the money will help out a lot of people starting out.

Most of these £3k compressor eq boxes we see have about £100 of parts inside. Is it any wonder companies eyeing up the markup on these devices might want to clone them?
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All politics aside, I do wonder how quiet this unit will be? I've seen reviews of other budget in-line preamps (not talking about the FetHead, CloudLifter, or Cathedral units) that have reported high noise due to either cheap, or poorly-matched, FETs.
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Call me jaded, I prefer microphones that don't need a boost. High Output, Low Noise, Broad Bandwidth.

However my friend JP Gerard, as always, isn't pulling any punches. The Dumbing Down of Everything is the bane of modern life!

I've been collaborating on microphone designs with JP for 20 years. He's an Innovator, not an Imitator.

The world we live in good enough isn't good enough. Glad to know a few folks with higher standards!


By the By - Anybody need a Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano ?


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I suspect you got that feeling because Triton is from the Netherlands and might not have been as visible in the US at their inception. The FetHead predates the Cloudlifter by at least 2 years, if not more, i think (not 100% sure). I bought a FetHead as soon as it came out in 2007 or thereabouts, the one i have is even different (visually, no idea if the insides are the same or not) than the current lineup, it did its job but i never liked it much and haven't used it in years to be honest. But i remember this quite well because i kept looking for other similar stuff, and it was years before the Cloudlifter or any similar (commercially produced) devices started appearing.
Thanks for the info. That could be the case, but I think the cloudlifter was released sometime before 2008 as the recording studio I worked in during college had one (That was 2004-2008). I'll ask the owner sometime about it, maybe it wasn't a cloudlifter. Cloud had just started as a company though and sent us a few mic's and other things to play with, that might have been when the company was first starting.
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I think Cloud started in '09.
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All politics aside, I do wonder how quiet this unit will be? I've seen reviews of other budget in-line preamps (not talking about the FetHead, CloudLifter, or Cathedral units) that have reported high noise due to either cheap, or poorly-matched, FETs.

Which models do you think are ones to avoid due to high noise?
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It's also very tacky for someone who sells competing products to come into the thread and talk about boycotting this gargabe.
It’s be tacky if he manufactured a competing product, maybe
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I've seen a couple different reviews call out the
Alctron MA-1 for this (I don't know about their MP-5 - haven't seen anything on that one).


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Which models do you think are ones to avoid due to high noise?
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I honestly see both sides of the coin in the clone debate. That's why I find it hard to take an absolute position on what is and what is not ok. I have a line, but even I couldn't tell you exactly where it begins and ends because there's lots of gray area. Consider some of these questions (and I'd be curious to hear responses if anyone wants to share):

1. When, if ever, are clones of gear ok? Only if it's no longer being made? Or is that off limits? Or is that not a good factor at all?

2. Is it ok if it's being modified slightly in the process to change or improve it? What if it's hand assembled versus mass produced in China? What about guitar pedals where the bulk of the market both boutique and China-produced cheapies are clones or mods to classic circuits? Even a Tube Screamer and a Boss SD-1 are just variations on the same circuit, being mostly one diode apart.

3. Are DIY clones ok to make? What if I want to sell one? Is that ok? What if people ask me to make them clones?

4. If I copy a circuit or design, is there no legal recourse? I always thought stealing like that wasn't allowed though I can understand the expense being a barrier. But if you win... On the other hand, are new designs not getting patented? Once a patent expires, it's fair game, but what about when new things get cloned? How does that occur unless IP isn't being protected? Is it just the cost to pursue legal remedies?

5. How much of a circuit or a design should a company be allowed to use? What about all the classics inspired by other classics? Are those ok? The Distressor made no bones about what it was trying accomplish even if it was never a clone. I'm assuming that's ok right?

6. Is it possible that people buying inexpensive gear ultimately explands the market and leads to sales of more expensive gear? I started using audio software almost exclusively in the late 90s (had a Quadraverb and a PC), but now that I'm older and more financially established, I've been buying more and more hardware. And now that I have some I'm thinking, maybe I should buy more and get some better pieces. So is it possible a larger overall hardware market could be better for everyone? Have their ever been more pro audio companies even though the pro studio market itself is probably the smallest it's been since the 60s. Maybe the clone helps sell more ribbon microphones which is good. Who knows?

7. Also, price is obviously a factor. I've never heard of the FETHead (no disrespect meant by that just being honest) but I've considered buying a Cloud Lifter a few times, and the only reason I haven't is because I have enough gain in my pres for my mics, and I'm not sure if any tonal changes it may or may not make justify the price. Hence an inexpensive alternative is appealing. But it's not costing a sale in my case because I just can't bring myself to pay over $100 for such a specialty use item that I'm not convinced I even need. So if I bought this, am I hurting anyone? Not sure.

A US Supreme Court Justice once said of pornography that he couldn't give you a definition of it, but "I know it when I see it." I feel like there's some of that same subjectivity at play here when it comes to what brands get beat up for making clones versus which don't (BAE vs Behringer being examples on the extreme opposite ends of the reputation spectrum). But then there's more at play right? I think we all agree stealing designs one for currently made gear and reselling it is wrong. So where's the line?
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Honest question: how can this be an exact clone / ripoff of the FetHead when the two have different specs? Triton doesn’t publish as many specs as KT but as an example the FetHead has an input impedance of 22kohms whereas the CT1 is only 7k. The KT does a 25 dB boost vs the 27 of the FetHead (although the 2 use a different input impedances for that spec 10k v 3k so those might actually be the same thing)
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Call me jaded, I prefer microphones that don't need a boost. High Output, Low Noise, Broad Bandwidth.
I hear where you're coming from, but on the other hand, my hands-down favorite vocal mic on this planet is the Josephson C715, and it needs about as much gain as an SM7. And of course, there are myriad ribbon mics that sound fabulous and need a lot of gain. So, mics that need a boost can be a very welcome addition to the palette of colors, IMO.
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We can talk about clones openly here but not piracy. On gearslutz...strange.

I just accepted that 2 of my big ticket software products were pirated within a couple of week and really hurt sales. But cloning gives you a taste of the original at a vastly lower price and it is obvious to the eye that it is a clone. I can see how this can actually help sales of originals in some cases.

Piracy just kills sales flat.
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Honest question: how can this be an exact clone / ripoff of the FetHead when the two have different specs? Triton doesn’t publish as many specs as KT but as an example the FetHead has an input impedance of 22kohms whereas the CT1 is only 7k. The KT does a 25 dB boost vs the 27 of the FetHead (although the 2 use a different input impedances for that spec 10k v 3k so those might actually be the same thing)
Don't be so bloody stupid, you can't just state facts like that when the usual anti Behringer brigade are in full swing, what is wrong with you man ?

Can't wait to get one of these, the others always seemed vastly overpriced to me personally.
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