ROLAND EC-10M Cajon Mic Processor

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | October 27, 2016


Give your tone a facelift with the new Roland EC-10M Cajon Mic Processor!

The EC-10M is a totally unique tool which has been designed for the acoustic cajon. Despite the fact that it was designed with the cajon in mind, the EC-10M enables any percussion player to add new layers to their music.

To clarify, this means that bongos, congas and even some acoustic guitars will be able to use the EC-10M.

The EC-10M picks up sounds from the instrument using a clip-on condenser microphone which comes included with the EC-10M. The mic triggers sounds on the unit, which can be layered with the acoustic voice. Both the triggered sounds and the acoustic sounds get sent to the mixing desk, giving you complete control over your mix and on stage sound.

Using the EC-10M you can create percussion phrases using the unit’s built-in phrase looper. You can also then play additional sounds via the A/B foot pads or optional kick trigger pedals.

Key Features

Setup is incredibly easy. All you need to do is attached the clip-on condenser mic to the sound hole of the acoustic cajon and start playing. Depending on what instrument you use the EC-10M for, you might need to get a bit creative about where you clip the mic on.

If you are not wanting to use any of the effects for a specific piece, it can still be used at a mic preamp for the clip on mic.


The EC-10M comes with 16 onboard kits, and included sounds like:

  • tambourine
  •  shaker
  • djembe
  • electronic drums
  • and much much more.

You can play multiple tones at once. On a cajon, you can trigger one sound by slapping on the edge and another when slapping on the head.

You can create even more sounds by adding in the optional kick trigger pedals. The EC-10M’s integrated A/B switch can also be used to generate a variety of tones.

In Conclusion

Acoustic percussion players don’t often get new options to enhance their tone. The EC-10M now offers most of them an easy way to add new and exciting sounds to what they are already doing. The learning kerb for the unit is very small. This means that you will be able to start using it in your music almost as soon as you leave the shop with it.

It will be interesting to see how many acoustic guitarist use this in their rig. Especially the few guys out there who play a cajon with a bass drum pedal with strumming along.

It is a great unit, and every acoustic percussive player should try one out and add it to their rig!

For more info, check out the Roland Website


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