Tucson, AZ (June 14, 2017)—Cloud Microphones is now shipping its new Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI and Mic Activator ($379 street). The CL-Zi’s variable impedance “Z” knob and high-pass filter allow tone shaping through the manipulation of impedance loading.

CL-Zi features include a three-position gain switch allowing for minimum gain, more gain, or the maximum gain available (up to approximately +25 dB for microphones or 12 dB for instruments).

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According to Cloud, this allows players to access clean gain and a lower noise floor for various studio or stage applications—e.g., an electric guitar via amp modeling or an acoustic guitar, bass, or keyboard direct.

As with all Cloudlifters, the Zi can be used with dynamic microphones to increase gain before feedback on stage, with ribbon microphones in the studio, etc.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, all of Cloud Microphones’ 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.

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