A cajón, pronouced ka-hone, is nothing more than a wooden box. And while a percussionist is whacking away at the exterior, there is a whole lot going on both inside and out. Through the right miking combination, you can create a cajón mix with great mid and high end sounds as well as substantial low end. In the right circumstances, you’ll get the sounds of two instruments.
Cajón Microphone selection
For the outside, I use a Shure PG81. This cardioid condenser is placed about a foot away from the front of the cajón. This enables the capture of the percussionist’s hands slapping the cajón as well as picking up any additional percussion pieces on the floor, such as a foot-tapped tambourine. [click to continue »]