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Cloudlifter and standard condenser microphones Multi-Ef­fects Plugins
Old 7th September 2011
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Cloudlifter and standard condenser microphones

Hi there,
I just bought cloud lifter for my ribbon microphones but I also wanted to try it out with my beyerdynamics mc930 for finger picking guitar recording. Usually, I struggle to get proper gain during my fingerpicking sessions hence; I wanted to get an extra boost with cloudlifter. Unfortunately, when I try using it the signal gets muted and when I plug SM58, or any ribbon mic the signal is very powerful (as expected). Is there anything I can do to make cloudlifter compatible with other microphones even though I know it is not designed to be used with standard condenser microphones?
Old 7th September 2011
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Cloudlifter intentionally blocks phantom power to protect ribbons. You'll need to use a phantom power supply between the 'lifter and the mic.

I can't imagine why you don't get enough gain without the booster, though! Looked it up and the SMP-500 has 64 dB gain, so mabeyou pay too soft or have the mic too far away? Many pres have only 50 dB gain...
Old 7th September 2011
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I wonder about your playing and your gain too.

I record fingerstyle, and I normally have to be careful not to go over with my transients.

I do, however, play a Maccaferri style guitar, which has some very sharp bright high notes.

Parlour guitars are quieter. But still. How strong are your fingernails?
Actually, there's a simple way to answer this: do you play gigs at all? Can people hear you?

I wouldn't worry too much about noise though. People recorded to tape for decades (and still do). Noise doesn't stop me enjoying Ramon Montoya or Robert Johnson. Pink noise sounds nice, a lovely soft little background cushion.
Old 7th September 2011
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I don’t play with nails and my sound is rather on a softer side. It seems that musicians/engineers, who commented on my other thread, are ok with levels below -12db and this is where most of my volume resides. I guess I shouldn’t worry about my levels been too low.
Thanks for all your responses!
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