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NAMM 2016: Slapping A Box Goes Hi-Tech
Roland introduces the EC-10 EL Cajon with layered electronic sounds 22/01/16
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Live sound engineers hate them - confronted by an individual sitting on a box and slapping it, it can be struggle to get the microphone in the optimum position and EQ it for the best balance between the 'thud' and the 'snap' - and let's not even mention putting it back through the monitors... Thankfully, Roland may just have come up with a solution with the EC-10 EL Cajon, described as a unique and versatile hybrid percussion instrument, which combines an authentic acoustic cajon with Roland's famous electronic percussion technology. Result! DI boxes instead of microphones...
This is what Roland has to say...
The EC-10 allows cajon players to easily enhance their music with layered electronic sounds. Completely self-contained with battery power and onboard amplification, the EC-10 puts the dynamic world of hybrid percussion in the hands of every cajon enthusiast.
The cajon has become an extremely popular instrument for on-the-go percussion, from local jams and street busking to nightclub performances and beyond. With its built-in Roland sound module, the EC-10 seamlessly extends the cajon's organic capabilities, letting performers create a wide variety of dynamic percussion sounds from one portable instrument.
At its core, the EC-10 is a real acoustic cajon that sounds great even with its onboard electronics turned off. The integrated Roland sound module features 30 kits loaded with sounds specially developed to complement the EC-10's natural cajon voice. Included is everything from traditional percussion like tambourine, djembe and shaker to acoustic snare, electronic drums and sound effects. Studio-optimized cajon sounds are also on hand to enhance the acoustic sound for more depth and punch. Thanks to the EC-10's dual sensors, each kit allows users to trigger independent sounds from the head and edge of the playing surface.
The top-mounted sound controls on the EC-10 are designed for quick access while performing, with dedicated buttons for scrolling through sound categories and variations. Rear-panel controls include a Volume knob for mixing in the layered sound and a Trigger Balance knob to adjust the blend of the head and edge sounds. The user can also adjust the overall trigger sensitivity for their personal playing touch.
While the EC-10 contains high-tech electronics, it fully retains the self-contained simplicity that's made the cajon so popular. The integrated amp and coaxial speaker provide high-quality sound for keeping up with acoustic guitar amps and other instruments, and six AA batteries deliver up to 12 hours of power for long jams in any location. There's also a handy Mix In jack for playing music from a smartphone or song player at home or on the gig. The EC-10 even functions as an extra seat in a music room or family space when not being played.
Unique hybrid instrument combining an authentic acoustic cajon with Roland's electronic percussion technology
Standard cajon size (50 x 30 x 30 cm), with quality playing surface made of sapele wood
30 built-in electronic kits for layering with acoustic cajon sounds
Each kit includes two independent sounds that can be triggered from the head and edge of the playing surface
Versatile selection of acoustic and electronic percussion sounds to support a wide range of music styles
Also includes studio-optimized cajon sounds to enhance the instrument's acoustic sound, providing additional depth and punch while performing
Intuitive panel controls for kit selection, level control, head/edge balance, and more
Integrated amplifier and coaxial speaker
Up to 12 hours of continuous playing time with six AA-size batteries