The Best Microphone for Cajon – Shure SM57

Hello Everybody! 

Today I will talk about one of the most popular microphones in the world.

I’m talking about The Shure SM57. And of course, I’m going to talk how this microphone can be used with the cajon.

History and Specs

The Shure SM57 is a cardioid dynamic microphone used in live concerts and studio recording situations. It is one of the best-selling microphones in the world. It is not only used in a lot of music situations but has been used for the speeches of every American president since the its introduction in 1965.

shure with biden

Source: Shure, Pixabay

The SM57 is a popular choice of musicians due to its sturdy construction and ability to work well with instruments that produce high sound pressure levels, such as electric guitars and percussion instruments in our case THE CAJON 🙂 

And also because of the price. It costs $99.


I have already posted on YouTube a video where I explain my mics set up in the studio, and how I get my cajon sound. For live situations I always use an SM57, and depending of the size of the gig I use even 2, one in the front and one in the back of the cajon. Few weeks ago I have decided to test the SM57 in the front plate of the cajon instead of the AKG condenser I normally use. For my surprise it worked great and since then I’m using it as my front plate microphone.

So, let’s hear some sound examples of the CAJON with SM57.


If you are looking for a strong and reliable microphone budget friendly ($99), you might consider getting one of those classic Shure SM57.

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So, what do you think? Do you like the cajon sound with this mic? Leave your comment below! I would love to know.


3 thoughts on “The Best Microphone for Cajon – Shure SM57”

  1. Just now started my YouTube channel, I’m a bit confused with the pricing of these microphones you listed. They cost Nearly twice when compared to the price mentioned here. Pls, give me a perfect microphone for doing kinds of stuff like podcasting and voice-over.

    1. The sure condenser is the best for podcasts I think. the SM57 is more indicated for instruments like drums, percussion etc

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