Magic Mojo! Clean gain that reinvigorates your mics. I love my ribbon mics but it takes a lot of gain to drive them and even with really wonderful preamps, If I am not really careful with gain staging, I can get poor s/n ratios which is really apparent with quieter instruments or passages. The Cloudlifter is a godsend! The CL-2 is the way to go IMHO! If you get one CL-1 you will want two and the CL-2 is cheaper.