Roland EC-10M: Everything You Need to Know

The popularity of the Cajon (kuhhohn) has risen over the years due to its portability, and its impressive and unique percussive sounds.  Now, what if we could take those awesome percussive sounds and expand them into an entire library of sounds? How about taking our acoustic cajon and amplifying it over a loud speaker?  Roland had all these questions to answer, and answer they did with the Roland EC-10M Cajon Mic Processor.  We were fortunate enough to have James Petercsak from Roland in the Sam Ash Studio to take us through it. Have a look below!

How’s It Work?

The EC-10M is simple to setup and easy to use. You take the included mic and attach it to the sound hole of your cajon. Then connect the mic to the EC-10M and hook it up to your favorite speaker. Now scroll through and enjoy the library of sounds! It has 16 kits built in.

Versatile outputs allow you to take your mic’d and layered sounds and run them out to a mixing board, or mix all of your sounds into one mono output.

What Else Can It Do?

No triggers necessary. This unit works completely through reading frequencies through the microphone. The EC-10M comes with a built in looper via one of the 2 kick pads. That makes layering a beat together and producing an amazing live performance effortless. On top of that, you can use it as a composition tool. Try out a few rhythms on top of each other and see how well they work.

Functionality

The EC-10M comes with two volumes knobs – one for the mic and the other for your electronic sounds. This allows you to mix exactly how much of each sound that you want. It also has compression to help tighten up your sound, and threshold which allows you to fine tune when, where, and how the low and high sounds are triggered. Your AB buttons are used to scroll through your sound libraries as well as activate the looper.

The pad selections also allows you to tap certain sounds with your foot while you’re playing your cajon. Imagine a quarter note high-hat tap to keep time with your foot while you’re playing. Very handy to add a little spice to your groove.

On top of all of this, portability has never been simpler. The small, lightweight unit can be run on four AAA batteries, or by using the power supply. There are many cajon bags with the option of additional storage. The EC-10M would fit perfectly in most side pockets to keep you ready for any gig.

Roland EC-10M: The Overview with Sound Examples

Conclusion

The EC-10M is an incredible tool to expand your percussive arsenal. Take your portable instrument to the next level with a lightweight and easy to use sound library right at your fingertips. Whether you’re a busker, a stage performer, or percussion novice, the EC-10M would make a great addition to your gear library!

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.