The Roland EL Cajon EC-10, a cajon with a difference.
Every January in California many of the world’s top music related manufacturers showcase their latest wares at the NAMM show. This year among the Cajon related stuff was an unusual cajon from Roland, who have combined a standard acoustic cajon with some of their electronic trigger technology and a range of sound samples to create what is probably the world’s first electronic layered cajon.
The Roland EL Cajon EC-10 electronic layered cajon is an acoustic cajon with electronic sounds and a built in speaker. Due to the option of battery power (6 AA batteries) it is portable, so it’s range of 30 electronic kits are available wherever you would take a normal cajon.
The Roland EL Cajon EC-10 will be available in early February 2016 at a UK RRP of £309.
Roland have called on the UK’s Heidi Joubert to help them show off the EL Cajon EC-10. Here she is demonstrating some of the possible sounds. There is also a longer video of Heidi Joubert playing the Roland EL Cajon EC-10 at NAMM 2016.
There are some early reviews appearing from some of the music shops who have got their hands on the Roland EL Cajon EC-10, which demonstrate many of the available sounds and configurations.
Roland is proud to announce the EC-10 EL Cajon, a unique and versatile hybrid percussion instrument. Combining an authentic acoustic cajon with Roland’s famous electronic percussion technology, 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.