At the 2016 NAMM Show, Roland has introduced the EC-10 EL Cajon, an acoustic + electronic hybrid cajon that combines acoustic cajon performance with the ability to layer in 808 and other electronically-generated sounds.
In the performance demo below, percussionist Heidi Joubert features both the acoustic and some of the electronically generated sounds of the EL Cajon:
Here’s what Roland has to say about the EC-10 EL Cajon:
Thanks to its compact size and versatility, the cajon has become the most 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 and independent head and edge sensors, the EC-10 extends the cajon’s organic simplicity to open new dimensions of expression for any musical style.
Spice up singer/songwriter and combo gigs with layered tambourine or djembe, add backbeats with an acoustic or TR-808 snare, or bring in some low-end thump with an electronic kick. Studio-optimized cajon sounds are also on hand to enhance the acoustic cajon voice for more depth, dimension, and punch.
The Roland EC-10 EL Cajon has a street price of about US $400. See the Roland site for more info.