iCON Pro Audio has introduced a pair of affordable condenser microphones with standout designer looks. While the way a microphone looks hardly matters to a recording engineer, many artists enter a different headspace and vibe depending on the mic in front of them – potentially affecting their performance.
iCON Pro Audio Martian and Cocoon
The mics do look like sci-fi object decor, but looks are not all there is to them. Both microphones have 24-carat gold transformers which enable their membranes to move very quickly. The resulting sounding is described as transparent, clean and detailed. This is helped by the microphones’ bespoke shockmounts as well.
Both mics have cardioid polar patterns and their frequency response is rated at 20Hz – 20kHz. The dynamic range of the Cocoon is 130dB, while the Martian tops at 123.5dB. Maximum sound pressure levels are 138dB for the Cocoon and 134dB for the Martian. Both have an output impedance of 50 ohms.
With so many great-sounding microphones to choose from these days, it’s certainy refreshing to have a manufacturer focus on aesthetic appeal as well. iCON is definitely onto something with the Cocoon and Martian’s movie-set looks. They might not be up to everyone’s tastes, but will certainly turn heads – something that can’t be said for most studio workhorse microphones. Hopefully, the iCON mics will sound as good as the design work that went into them.
Price and availability
Built in Latvia, the Cocoon and Martian will be available in the second quarter of 2021. Prices are USD 499 for the Cocoon and USD 699 for the Martian. That’s not a lot of money to get your sci-fi microphone fix.
- iCON Pro Audio Cocoon: iCON Pro Audio
- iCON Pro Audio Martian: iCON Pro Audio