Two simple but intuitive products to review this week
After a busy week with my monthly onsite recording session for Andertons Music Store, Guildford I get home to find two great looking products on my door step sent to my by Cloud Microphones and The Drum Wallet
The Drum wallet is a simple solution to a age old problem of dampening your snare drum, it just attaches to your snare drum via two tension bolts and you simply flip the wallet onto the snare head when required. Why is it called a wallet? Well, back in the day session guys used to stick their wallets on the snare drum to create that classic snare sound, I guess the more successfully guys had bigger wallets! But saying that I have never meet a ‘loaded’ drummer LOL
The Cloudlifter CL-1 is such a simple device and yet it could be the answer to many problems! Designed initially with passive ribbon mics in mind it uses 48v phantom power to create up to 25bd of super clean gain in the signal chain. So, plug your mic XLR in to this box of wonder and the other end to your desk or mic pre, feed it 48v and all of a sudden you don’t have to crank your mic pre anywhere near as high making ribbons much more versatile, this also gives you a much better signal to noise ratio with your lower end mic pres. BUT, what this also turned out to excel at was working with dynamic mics, for example you classic Shure SM7b or RE20 need LOTS of gain, even with my RME OctaMic II I have to really crank it, stick this bad boy in line and WOW. It’s also great for thoes long signal runs.
Look out for my video reviews coming up soon.
Take it easy all!