New Gear Review: Mogan Microphones Elite ICE


The new Mogan Elite ICE Omni Earset microphone is a nearly invisible, head worn omnidirectional condenser microphone. Its moisture-resistant, 2.5 mm capsule element, foam windscreen and lithe yet flexible boom are flesh colored and, besides fitting comfortably, it feels invisible on my ear. Comfort comes from the new Invisi-Clear Earpiece (ICE), the industry’s only transparent earpiece making the Mogan Elite ICE blend in and hard-to-detect when worn by actors on stage or on camera.

The Mogan works with a variety of interchangeable cables to connect to most of the popular wireless transmitters from Shure, AKG, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica. Each microphone comes with a detachable Kevlar®—reinforced cable with hardwired connector.

I tested the Mogan Elite ICE using an XLR adapter cable to plug into my studio microphone pre-amp. It requires phantom powering and I used around 35dB to 45dB of gain to get full recording level into my Pro Tools 11 rig. I could position the ICE capsule at any distance from my mouth without excessive low frequency buildup. I also found it to sound neutral, without excessive high frequencies, and a natural, resonant sound quality.

The new Mogan Elite ICE Omni Earset Microphone sells for $400 MSRP and ships with a set of interchangeable hypoallergenic foam windscreens in an impact-resistant aluminum case with a beige boom, and single cable clip. Check out http://moganmicrophones.com.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com