Miking a Cajon

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Miking a Cajon

Post  JamieW on Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:02 am

Hi there

I was wondering if anyone has any tips on miking the cajon, for both live and recording purposes? I know there will be no "correct" way to do this as it will depend on the sound desired/personal preference. But any general tips on which types of microphones to use/mic placement/where to start would be most appreciated!

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Re: Miking a Cajon

Post  maffew on Thu May 31, 2012 8:39 am

Hey Smile

So, there's a few options when it comes to mic setup. Depending on what's available, a Shure Beta 91 is your best friend. It sits snugly in the bottom of your drum and picks up an awful lot of detail. They're amazing - I've found depending on the sound system in the venue, you might need an additional bass drum mic a few inches from the sound hole to really get the deeper noises coming through. Other than that, when I'm recording I use the sides quite a lot, so maybe a mic on each side (i dont really know mic names) one in front for snare and incidental ghost notes, 1 overhead and a bass drum mic in the back. You can use a more minimal version of this for stage as well.. it totally depends on the venue, sometimes just a good quality bass drum mic is required, sometimes a snare mic also. Hope this helps.

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Re: Miking a Cajon

Post  softshape on Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:29 am

I used SM91 for a few years on stage, putting it inside the box. But recently we've made some tests with a sound engineer and found that much better mic position is outside of cajon, on the floor, 0.5 - 1m from the back side. If the stage conditions allow you to place the SM91 on the floor behind the cajon, you may try this position.

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Re: Miking a Cajon

Post  Paul on Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:04 pm

Guys,

Some great suggestions from here.

I was in the studio last week and we put a Yamaha sub kick mic on the back end as well as a Shure Beta 52A and oh boy! Shocked did the bass end sound good. Shocked Very full and punchy. I think I am going to get one.

Keep the suggestions coming. There really are all kinds of options out there.

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