To achieve better sound, you can start with using a good microphone and a good preamp. The Zoom H4n works well with many self powered microphones, but may not always have enough power for more professional high end microphones. In this situation, Cloudlifter offers a CL-1 and CL-2 Mic Activator. Designed for all passive microphones – including dynamic and ribbons- the CL-1 & 2 safely uses any standard phantom powered microphone input device to provide up to +25db of ultra-clean, transparent gain. No batteries needed as it will use the 48V Phantom power from the Zoom H4n.
Cloudlifters dramatically improve the performance of passive microphone signals by driving stronger, cleaner signals over longer XLR cable runs, making them ideal for broadcast, live, and studio applications. This Cloud Microphone device keeps the direct audio path free-and-clear of transformers, capacitors, and resistors, the CL-1 & 2 houses direct-coupled, discrete JFET circuitry that delivers one or two independent channels of clean performance while preserving the natural sonic characteristics of the source. Available in a one channel or two channel design (click here).
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Cloud Microphone’s CloudLifter Mic Activator