How to Adjust the Sound of Cajon?

- Apr 23, 2019-

One of the benefits of playing Cajon Drum is that it can be adjusted to produce different sounds. At first glance you might think that this drum is just a box. In fact, we can make some adjustments to change the sound. Today we will discuss how to adjust the snare area around the edges or corners of the slap or crack sound to enhance the drumming experience of the instrument.


To adjust corners or cracks, you must first enter the far corner of the panel. Cracks can be adjusted from slow or loose sounds to loud, distinct cracks. To make changes to your liking, you first need a Phillips Head screwdriver. Locate the screws that connect the edges together and rotate the screws to the right to tighten the gap and reduce the cracking effect.


If you don’t care about cracking, you can make a complete noise by screwing the screw all the way to the right. Make sure you don’t over-tighten, and when you want to adjust the buzz again, you don’t want it to be too loose. For more clicks, turn the screwdriver to the left and continue to adjust until you hear the sound you want. Don’t forget to do the same thing in the opposite corner to get a balanced sound when you play with your hands.


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There are some Cajon drums with fully adjustable snares that come into contact with the panel. To make the adjustments needed to control the effect of the snare, you can tighten or loosen the knob and adjust the level of the snare. You can choose to close the snare completely by tightening it. The only way to find out how this trap works is to completely remove the panel from Cajon. By removing the panel, you can explore the interior of the box and how it produces different sounds.


Be sure to look carefully at the outside knob. The outer knob is connected to the inner snare line. Scroll the knob forward and you will notice how the trap touches the inside of the panel. Turn the knob backwards to see how the contact is reduced. By rotating this knob precisely, you can choose how many snare effects you want when playing Cajon drums.


The other thing you can do is to adjust the strings more compactly to get a more compact, clearer sound and quick response, and relax them to get more snare drum sounds, higher frequencies and sustain.


Another tiny “spoof” that one can do is to point a particular part of the string toward the inside of the front panel of the instrument.


This is very useful, especially if your strings start to get loose and you make a squeak. The location of the tape is definitely determined by the problem, so you will use your instinct again and try again, check it out, learn about your cajon and understand the sounds and sounds you like that you want to avoid.


You can also put a towel inside to reduce the sound of the snare and the snoring. There are many other adjustments.


Edit by Bonnie

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