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Author Topic: How you mic up a "cajon"????  (Read 7943 times)

Dan Brown

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Re: How you mic up a "cajon"????
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2008, 11:16:41 pm »

David Bedrack wrote on Fri, 05 December 2008 10:10

"..... and we play bass, keyboards  and cajon with two cymbals"

GULP....  and.....WTH ...... is a "Cajon"??

I ran a google search  and found everything about it and how Paco'e Luzia introduced it to the spanish flamenco back in the 70's ,etc.

I allways thought those were just wood boxes where the flamenco handclappers sat and played with theyr hands here and there without realizing that they were a rather "complex and versatile " instrument, developed by the african slaves in Peru.

Fine so far.

But, how  shall I mic that thing and what  microphone will be best suited, I still have no clue.

Still have a week to go and figure out how to handle that thing. Your kind help will be greatly appreciated.

The player, BTW is a fine drummer and percussionist I know very well.

david b.

I personally like to use a condensor(my favorite is a Senn. ME64/K6) on the front and a Beyer M88/M69 in the back hole.

I do not like the sound of a "kick mic" in the back.  It is just to hyped.

The Perc player I normally work with has "snares" on the inside of his so this is usually slightly different.



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Re: Yidishe cajon
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2008, 05:18:20 pm »

 So the gig is over. It was a high  quality performance. The musicians were good pros, so I didn't have to bother with mic technique or stuff like that.

The cajon was made by someone in Jerusalem and  seemed to be well built. The player had a high hat and two other cymbals, one thin crash and the other ride crash. I miced the cajon with a 451E on the front to capture the snare sound and a plain 58 at the back, not looking into the hole. It sounded crisp and fat.

Good and interesting music, good players, not a single glitch in the sound- I cannot ask for more.

The pic was taken during sound check/last rehearsal, when phone calls were  still alllowed Confused

Thanks to all for the good advice.


David B.
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