The Best Microphone Preamps from $49 to $1000

Mic Preamps

Stand alone mic preamps are a great way to enhance the quality and character of your microphone recordings as well as allowing you to add extra mic enabled channels to your setup. Ordinary preamps built into audio interfaces and mixing desks are usually solid performers but dedicated preamps can add that extra warmth and clarity, helping to bring out the best in your microphones. Although they are most often lauded for vocal recordings, many also find that these mic preamps can be great for acoustic instruments and even live vocals. So do your sound and your mics a favour and check out our list of the best microphone preamps that you can buy for under $1000, featuring single- and multi-channel mic preamps.

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Channels Gearank Sources Street Price
Best Mic Preamps under $200:
DBX 286s 1 90 175+ $200
Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain 8 89 175+ $200
ART Tube MP 1 86 1600+ $49
Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 2 86 450+ $100
Best Mic Preamps under $500:
Warm Audio WA12 1 92 50+ $449
Golden Age Pre-73 MKIII 1 90 40+ $380
Focusrite OctoPre MKII 8 89 80+ $500
ART Pro MPA-II 2 87 175+ $269
Best Mic Preamps under $1000:
Audient ASP800 8 91 20+ $849
Warm Audio TB12 1 91 50+ $600
Daking Mic Pre One 1 88 20+ $599
Best Mic Preamps Editor's Pick:
Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator 1 97 250+ $149

Methodology

To complete this list, we looked at all widely available standalone preamps that are primarily intended for use with microphones. We filtered out audio interfaces, vocal effect pedals, channel strips, and mixing desks to keep the list focused on standalone units. After gathering enough data, we then processed all relevant reviews and ratings via the Gearank Algorithm, which gave us the scores that we use to pick out the best from among them. Finally, we decided to divide the list into three price ranges, so you can choose ones that fit your budget, or prepare for one that requires a bit more investment. For more information on how Gearank works, click here.

Things To Consider When Buying a Microphone Preamp

  • Transparency vs Coloration

    Many of today's audio interfaces come with built-in preamps but, and most of them lean towards transparency, which is all good - until you itch for more. Most Solid State Mic Preamps are made to scratch this itch for better quality, offering improved transparency and more control over the sound. They are also oftentimes transformer-less to reduce sound coloration.

    When you find yourself looking for vintage-style warmth and coloration, you'll want to go for Tube Mic Preamps that mimic old recording equipment. These mic preamps mimic old school circuitry and components, using actual vacuum tubes and even customized transformers to get as close as possible to the sound of the preamp they are reproducing. While modern production techniques have made these units more reliable, it is still safer to handle these units with care, because of its tube component.

    Note that coloration and transparency is not limited to the type of circuitry used. There are solid state preamps that are designed to provide vintage style voicings, and there are tube preamps that can be transparent. If you're not sure what you want, you can use the age and style of your favorite tracks as your starting point.

  • Sound Source

    Mic preamps are usually designed to improve the quality of vocal recording, but there are some that work just as well for miking instruments like drums, acoustic guitars and amplifiers, some even come with Hi-Z inputs for electric guitars and basses. Transparent ones are normally more versatile, while vintage voiced ones are more limited but they are ideal when trying to recreate a old school voicing.

  • Number of Channels

    This list is dominated by single channel preamps as they are usually used for vocals and mostly to augment a setup which already has a number of "standard" preamps. It makes sense to have a higher quality option on the most important tracks without breaking the bank. Just remember that single channel units are limited, you can't do stereo recording with them so look out for the 2 channel preamps in this list if this is what you need. Multi-channel mic preamps (often 8 channel) are usually of the transparent variety and are used to expand the number of mic input channels available. Most of these offer ADAT outputs to connect an audio interface although the line outputs can be used. So check to see if your audio interface has ADAT if you want to take advantage of this.

  • Input and Output Ports

    Aside from the basic XLR input to TRS line level output that characterizes mic preamps, many offer a range of other I/O options. Other input ports include 1/4" Hi-Z inputs for instruments like electric guitars, 1/4" TRS line level inputs and 1/4" Return inputs. On the output side the options include XLR and ADAT. If you are looking to expand the capabilities of your ADAT compatible console or audio interface, then you'll want preamps with ADAT output.

  • Form Factor

    You'll want a preamp that fits in well with your other gear, and form factor plays an important role. The most commonly used profile is Rackmount because of its convenience. Lunchbox, and desktop friendly form factors are also available. It is also important to know where the ports are placed so you know how to position them. We've included the dimensions and weight (where available) in this list so you can know before purchasing if they will fit into your available space.

  • Extra Features

    Important features that you should look out for include phantom power and an input pad. Other features that can be practical include EQ and/or high-pass/low-pass filters, a noise gate and a power switch - you'll be surprised how some seem to skip on this feature.

Best Mic Preamps under $200

Here are the top mic preamps in the entry level market, ideal for beginners, or those who are looking to improve their recording options and sound quality without spending too much.

DBX 286s Single-Channel Mic Preamp

90
GEARANK

90 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
DBX 286s Channel Strip & Mic Preamp

The DBX 286s is a versatile mic preamp with built-in vocal processing capabilities. It starts off with a solid state mic preamp with switchable 80Hz high pass filter, phantom power and variable gain. But what sets it apart is its very useful compression, de-esser and expander/gate section, all of which allow for flexibility that other preamps don't have, along with convenient yet deep control over the resulting sound that makes it viable for different vocal styles and even musical instruments.

Features

  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS Line Input, 1 x 1/4" Insert
  • Output Connectors: 1 x TRS Output
  • Controls:Gain, Phantom Power, 80 Hz High-Pass Filter, Compressor, De-Esser, Enhancer, Expander Gate, Output
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 5.75" x 19"
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Pros

From podcasting, to home recording, to live performance, the general consensus is that this mic preamp can do it all, and do it well at that. Users have a lot of good things to say about the DBX 286, with its sound quality being its most prominent quality. Many were also impressed with its value for money, making it accessible for beginners, while still having good enough features for experienced users to appreciate.

Cons

There were some who complained about the lack of output options, which prompted some users to modify or replace their cables to make the unit work with their existing gear.

Overall

If you are looking for a reliable, versatile and affordable mic preamp, then do yourself a favor and get the DBX 286s.

Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain 8-Channel Mic Preamp

89
GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
Behringer ADA8200 Ultragain Mic Preamp

These days, Behringer is virtually everywhere in the entry level market, and they're raking in great reviews while they are at it. Case in point is the ADA8200, a mic preamp that gives you eight channels with MIDAS designed preamps. Considering its affordable price tag, this preamp houses eight mic channels, more than enough to appease many users. Controls are straightforward, with just a gain knob and phantom power switch. The ADA8200 is often paired with ADAT compatible audio interfaces, like the Focusrite 18i20, Focusrite 18i8 and Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL input.

Features

  • Channels: 8
  • Mic Preamps: 8 Midas Designed Preamps
  • Sample Rate: 44.1/48kHz 24-bit Cirrus Logic A/D and D/A Converters
  • Input Connectors: 8 x XLR, 8 x TRS, 1 x ADAT
  • Output Connectors: 8 x XLR, 1 x ADAT
  • Controls: 60dB Gain, Phantom Power
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 8.5" x 19"
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs.

Pros

The overall impression that we got from the reviews that we processed is that the Behringer ADA8200 gives you more than what you paid for. Many were more than happy with its eight channel design, but it's not just the additional preamps that helped propel this product up top, because many were just as impressed with its sound quality.

Cons

There are some who commented that they can hear the difference in quality when compared with more expensive preamps. Still, they are more than happy with its performance, given its price.

Overall

If budget is limited and you're looking to expand your input options for recording and live situations, then check out the Behringer ADA8200.

ART Tube MP Single-Channel Mic Preamp

86
GEARANK

86 out of 100. Incorporating 1600+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$49
ART Tube MP Mic Preamp

The Art Tube MP is a portable singe channel mic preamp, that features 12AX7 vacuum tubes. What makes it unique is its transformer-less design, which gives this preamp improved clarity that many look for. More importantly, this tube driven preamp is easy to carry around, and affordable, making it an ideal choice for those who want to test the waters, so to speak. Essential controls are provided, including a phantom power switch and phase reversal switch. It also features dedicated input and output gain knobs, allowing you to raise the input level to drive the tube.

Features

  • Channel: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1 Tube Preamp
  • Tubes: 12AX7 Tube
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Controls: 70dB Gain, 48V Phantom Power, Phase Reversal Switch, I/O Gain
  • Dimensions: 2" x 5" x 5.5"
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs.

Pros

From video narrations to singing, and even for recording acoustic instruments, many have put the Art Tube MP to different types of recording with satisfactory results. A good number of reviewers also appreciated its ease of use, while more experienced ones commented that getting to know the settings better helped them improve the sound even more. Even its housing and solid build got a lot of thumbs up, especially when considering that it only sells for just under $50.

Cons

The most common complaint points to its lack of a power switch. There were also some who found the prints on the controls to be too small, making it harder to make initial adjustments. A few users noted that the preamp can be a bit noisy when paired with loud sound sources.

Overall

If you want know the reason why many prefer tube preamps but you don't want to spend too much, then the ART Tube MP is an easy choice.

Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp

86
GEARANK

86 out of 100. Incorporating 450+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$100
Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 - 2 Channel Tube Mic Preamp

The Ultragain Pro MIC2200 is an entry level mic preamp with two channels, utilising a pair of 12AX7 tubes designed to add old school warmth to vocal recordings and even live performances. Since this is made by Behringer, you can expect it to have a myriad of features, including a 12dB high-pass filter, parametric EQ, phase reverse and LED metering. The unit comes in 1U rack profile for easy integration into your existing rack gear.

Features

  • Channels: 2
  • Mic Preamps: 2 Tube Preamps
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 200kHz
  • Input Connectors: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
  • Output Connectors: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
  • Controls: Gain, Phantom Power, EQ
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 8.5" x 19"
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs.

Pros

The reviews of the Ultragain Pro MIC2200 is generally favorable, with many pointing to its value for money as its main selling point. Sound quality and versatility via its EQ and high-pass filter were also appreciated by many users, which include vocalists, guitarists, bassists and other musicians.

Cons

One user had to have his unit repaired after around a year and a half, but the power supply was easily repaired. Others were not too impressed with the implementation of the built-in EQ, but found the unit to still be good, considering its price.

Overall

The Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 is a good rackmount tube preamp that does not drill too big a hole in your wallet.

Best Mic Preamps under $500

The $201 to $500 price range offers more options, but only a few were rated high enough to make the cut. See which ones are worth the extra investment below:

Warm Audio WA12 Single-Channel Mic Preamp

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$449
Warm Audio WA12 Mic Preamp

While other preamps aim to be as transparent as possible, the Warm Audio WA12 takes the opposite route. It is meant to color your sound with its 1731-style high voltage amplifier and dual transformer design. It has up to 71dB of gain for powering any type of microphone, including ribbon mics of which this preamp is commonly used with. Other features include tone button that lets you switch input impedance, 20dB pad, phantom power and it has a true hi-Z input for use with electric guitars and basses.

Features

  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1 Dual-Transformer Mic Preamp
  • Input Connectors: 1 x Combo XLR-1/4", 1 x Hi-Z
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR
  • Controls: -20dB Pad, Phantom Power, Polarity Switch, Transformer Tone Switch
  • Dimensions: 14" x 13" x 4"
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs.

Pros

The name of the company itself, "warm audio" is a good summary of what reviewers feel about this preamp. Many were impressed with how it warms up vocal recordings, while others were also happy with its high headroom and ease of use. In addition to vocals, many have also used it successfully with drums, wind instruments, acoustic instruments and many more.

Cons

There weren't any notable complaints about the unit, other than a few who simply did not prefer the coloration that it adds.

Overall

If you've been trying to end the dry spell of your home recording, then give the Warm Audio WA12 a try.

Golden Age Pre-73 MKIII Single-Channel Mic Preamp

90
GEARANK

90 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$380
Golden Age Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp

The Pre-73 MKIII is Golden Age's nod to the classic Neve 1073, featuring vintage style tone coloration courtesy of its solid state design with Tantalum capacitors. This single-channel preamp gives you up to 80dB of gain, which makes it compatible with passive ribbon mics, while the highpass filter and 2-position high-frequency boost allows for sound shaping. Finally, the unit is housed in a red mini-rack form factor that is easy on the eyes and sturdy enough to survive regular use.

Features

  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1 Vintage Style Preamp with Tantalum Capacitors
  • Input Connectors: 1 XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x Hi-Z
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Controls: 80dB Gain, Output, Phantom Power, Phase, Input Impedance, Highpass filter
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 9.5"
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs.

Pros

Most of the reviewers agree that the Golden Age Pre-73 MKIII is a great addition to any studio. Many commend this unit for adding life to their vocal tracks, while others found it to be very useful for use with ribbon mics when recording acoustic instruments.

Cons

There were a few who complained about build quality, one user specifically mentioned having a unit with a power switch that scratches on the metal housing.

Overall

Add analog vibe to your recordings with the Golden Age Pre-73 MKIII, highly recommended.

Focusrite OctoPre MkII 8-Channel Mic Preamp

89
GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamic Mic Preamp

Focusrite is well known for the quality and transparency of their solidstate mic preamps, so it's only expected for them to make an appearance in this list. The OctoPre MKII gives you eight of these sought after preamps in a compact rackmountable form factor. And since it has ADAT digital output, it can be used to expand the input capacity of compatible audio interfaces, while at the same time providing the same sound quality as found on Focusrite's other preamp devices. Controls on the front panel include gain knobs and switches for phantom power and pad. There's also a nifty LED metering display that makes monitoring each channel more convenient.

Features

  • Channels: 8
  • Mic Preamps: 8 Focusrite Mic Preamps
  • Sample Rate: 44.1kHz to 96 kHz at 24-bit
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Input Connectors: 2 x Combo (XLR/Hi-Z), 6 x Combo (XLR/Line)
  • Output Connectors: 8 x TRS, 2 x ADAT
  • Controls: Gain, Phantom Power, -10dB Pad
  • Dimensions: 1.8" x 10.4" x 19"
  • Weight: 7.93 lbs.

Pros

"Excellent" is one of the many positive words that reviewers used to describe the OctoPre MKII. Many reported that it excelled both in sound quality and flexibility, while others thanked Focusrite for its ease of use. A good number of users attested to its quality, commending it for its above satisfactory performance when doing traditional vocal recording, and when miking instruments like guitars, violins and drum kits.

Cons

There aren't any notable repeating complaints, other than a few users who had the unit fail on them after a few years of use.

Overall

If you're looking to expand your mic input options and upgrade the quality of your recordings, then the Focusrite OctoPre MKII is a worthy investment.

ART Pro MPA-II 2-Channel Mic Preamp

87
GEARANK

87 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$269
ART Pro MPA-II Two Channel Mic Preamp

The ART Pro MPA-II is a 2-channel tube-driven microphone preamplifier, designed to reproduce the natural warmth of old preamps. It utilises 12AX7 tubes to get the job done, with a wider than usual frequency response and enough gain for working with ribbon mics. It is housed in a rackmount form factor with an old school looking interface complete with backlit analog VU output meters. For the price, this unit is armed with a 60dB gain knob, input impedance control and lowcut filters, all of which allow for a good level of control over the resulting sound. Finally, it supports dual-mono and stereo operation, so it can tackle stereo tracks and recordings with ease.

Features

  • Channels: 2
  • Mic Preamps: 2 Tube Preamps (12AX7 Tubes)
  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 48kHz
  • Input Connectors: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
  • Output Connectors: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
  • Controls: 60dB Gain, Phantom Power, Impedance, Output, Low-cut Filter, Phase
  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 8.75" x 19"
  • Weight: 10.5 lbs.

Pros

Quite a lot of reviewers were pleasantly surprised with the sound quality of this preamp, especially when considering its price. Some thanked it for breathing new life to their recordings when cranked, while others use it subtly and appreciate how it smooths rough edges for a more polished result. While most reported using this amp in conjunction with vocal recording, there were others who had good results when using the unit for recording other instruments.

Cons

There are some who were not too happy with the resulting coloration, but this is more of a preference issue than quality. There are even those who have switched out the factory installed tube and reported better results. There were also a few who cautions others to handle the unit with care, after they experienced build quality issues.

Overall

Highly recommended if you're looking to try what tube preamps can do to your recordings and you're on a tight budget.

Best Mic Preamps under $1000

Here we look in detail at the top mic preamps that retail between $500 and $1000, all of which are ready for professional use, while still accessible enough for home studios.

Audient ASP800 8-Channel Mic Preamp

91
GEARANK

91 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$849
Audient ASP800 Mic Preamp

Audient is relatively new to the recording gear market, but they have been getting much attention, especially in the mid-tier price range. The ASP800 showcases what the company is all about, providing modern functionality and quality at a reasonable price point. This rack mountable unit has 8 channels, two of which have MOSFET and Magnetic drive controls, interesting features that let you go from transparent to saturated coloration as you please.

Features

  • Channels: 8
  • Mic Preamps: 2 Preamps with HMX Iron MOSFET Drive, 6 Solidstate Preamps
  • Sample Rate: Switchable (44.1/48/88.2/96 kH), 24-bit
  • Input Connectors: 8 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
  • Output Connectors: 1 x DB-25, 2 x ADAT (Channels 1-4 and 5-8)
  • Controls: Gain, Pad, Phantom Power, 2 x Retro Channels with MOSFET and Magnetic Drive Controls
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 11.27" x 19"
  • Weight: 9.92 lbs.

Pros

Reviews were mostly positive, pointing to the Audient ASP800 sound quality and versatility as its main selling points. Many expressed satisfaction with its transparent operation, while others loved the coloration capabilities of its first two vintage style channels, Many of the reviewers implemented the unit for drum mics, but there were also others who found it to work well with other applications, including guitars, amps, and vocals.

Cons

As expected, there were a few that did not like the coloration of the first two channels. There were also a few who noticed imperfections in terms of the unit's build quality.

Overall

If you are looking for an 8-channel mic preamp with retro-voicing capabilities then definitely check out the Audient ASP800.

Warm Audio TB12 Tonebeast Single-Channel Mic Preamp

91
GEARANK

91 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$600
Warm Audio TB12 Tonebeast Microphone Preamp

Warm Audio describes the TB12 as a clone of the API 312 preamp, complete with premium Cinemag input-output balancing transformer. This distinct feature was normally found on more expensive units, but it is now more accessible, thanks to the increased efficiency of today's raw materials and production. This preamp also houses multiple discrete signal paths that let you choose between two op-amps, be it the Jensen 918 (which is more transparent) op-amp or the Melcor 1731 (which is more colored). Controls include a tone switch that changes mic impedance, 80Hz highpass filter, 20dB pad, and output attenuation. There's also a Hi-Z switch in case you want to plug-in electric guitars and basses.

Features

  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1 Solid State 312 preamp with Cinemag Transformers
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 50kHz
  • OP-Amp: Swappable/Socketed
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS (with Hi-Z Switch), 1 x TRS (Receive)
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x TRS (Send)
  • Controls: 20dB pad, 80Hz highpas filter, Output attenuation, Tone switch, Transformer bypass, Phantom Power, Phase Switch, Compressor
  • Dimensions : 1.75" x 5.5" x 19"
  • Weight: 5 lbs.

Pros

The TB12 is consistently lauded as being great for vocals. In addition, there are others who describe it as their all-in-one solution for capturing drums, bass, guitars, horns and many more. More experienced users are fond of the swappable op-amp feature, and its overall versatility. Many users agree that the TB12 Tonebeast is simply a real Beast when it comes to mic preamps.

Cons

There aren't that many complaints about this unit, but there was one who complained of having problems with one of their transformers.

Overall

If you've been looking for a versatile vintage-voiced mic preamp then don't miss out on the Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast.

Daking Mic Pre One Single-Channel Mic Preamp

88
GEARANK

88 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$599
Daking Mic Pre One Mic Preamp

The Daking Mic Pre One is a streamlined one channel mic preamplifier that's described as having boutique level quality at a more accessible price point. It features aClass A amplifier with discrete transistor based circuitry with transformer balanced input and electronically balanced output. Controls include variable high-pass filter, phantom power switch, 20dB pad, phase and gain, all of which are housed in a space saving form factor.

Features

  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1 Class A Preamp with Jensen Transformer
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x Hi-Z
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Controls: Variable Gain, Variable High-pass Filter, Phase, Phantom Power, 20dB Pad
  • Dimensions: 3.25" x 9.75" x 4"
  • Weight: Not specified.

Pros

This single channel preamp have impressed a good number of experts and home recording enthusiasts, with many pointing to its sound quality, solid build, and surprisingly - value for money. Users reported having used this mic preamp with a lot of different microphones and found it to have a positive effect on the sound. Some even commented that you can get away with a lower end mic with the Daking Mic Pre One in your signal chain.

Cons

Not much complaints raised with this mic preamp. There was one who contacted the company when he encountered noise problems when pushing the preamp. He was promptly assisted in making adjustments to fix the problem.

Overall

If you're looking for a compact mic preamp that will work with different mic types and models, then get the Daking Mic Pre One.

Editor's Pick

This is where we sometimes present additional options which didn't quite fit into our list above but which you may also find interesting and useful. In this case, it's a highly rated mic activator that sits between a preamp and a mic, and enhances the resulting sound.

Cloudlifter CL-1 Single-Channel Mic Activator

97
GEARANK

97 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$149
Cloud Microphones CL-1 - Mic Preamp

Cloudlifter CL-1 is not a preamp in itself, but it uses the preamp's phantom power to improve the sound quality of Ribbon and Dynamic mics. It features a specially designed active circuitry that adds +25dB of transparent gain, resulting in better capture of sonic details, and making any preamp compatible with ribbon mics. Since it utilizes phantom power, it can only be used with passive dynamic and ribbon mics.

Features

  • Channels: 1
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR
  • Dimensions: 2" x 4.5" x 2"
  • Weight: 0.85 lbs.

Pros

The Cloudlifter CL-1 is often described as a mic boost, and rightly so because based on the reviews, it does boost both the volume and sound quality of many mics. Many describe the resulting sound to be quieter and cleaner, attesting to its usefulness in capturing the human voice, be it for singing, podcasting, chatting and many more. When paired with a ribbon mic, reports have been positive, it has also satisfied users who have used it to mike acoustic guitars and other instruments. "Clean" is an adjective that consistently appeared in many of the reviews, and is an appropriate description of what the CL-1 is all about.

Cons

With its very high rating, there aren't that many notable concerns with the CL-1. The score would've been higher if not for some users who complained about it's limitation, who wished that it could work with phantom powered mics.

Overall

If you're not too keen on replacing your preamp and just want a way to improve the sound quality of your dynamic and ribbon mics, then the Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic activator is the way to go. It can also be used to help with long cable runs and if you're looking for an easy to implement clean mic boost.

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