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how do you mic the cajon?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Imaginaryday, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    hi all,
    i need to record a cajon solo session at my home studio. the room 18' L x 22' W x 11' H
    i have at my disposal a portico 5012 2-channel pre, personus firepod pre and the following mics:

    sm 57
    rode nt5 (matched pair)
    mxl v67

    your advice in mic placement and mic choice(s) is very much appreciated .
  2. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    I have miked a cajon live with a SM58 just a little in the back hole and this was awesome!!! Try this...!!!!
  3. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    I've never recorded one, but have miced a few on stage. I always use two mics: one in the hole and one pointing at the soundboard at the front. Last time I used a Sennheiser MD515 'Stick Grenade' in the hole, and a Beyer M201 round the front, which worked very well... but a couple of '57s would probably do the job.

    If I had to record one I would probably do the same, unless I had a great room and a quality omni..

    I suggest the 4040 in the hole, and an NT5 round the front. If one of them sounds wrong try swapping it for the 57.
  4. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    if you put a shure 91 inside the cajon it should sound great...
  5. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    thank you all for taking the time to reply.
  6. BigAL

    BigAL Guest

    Ask the cajon player if he has any preferances when he records? If he has recorded previously he might have some insite. I have asked a few cajon players what they prefered and they usually said a 58 at the sound hole. I have never done this myself FYI. Good luck.

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