Sometimes when you get really frustrated because the percussion that you would like to use doesn't quite sound like you want it, something really interesting emerges.
I wanted to use cajon and tabla for my next mantra song and I cannot play or have both instruments. There is a beautiful tabla plugin that I can use, but I wasn't quite happy with the cajon, yet. And then I looked into buying a cajon.
Any way, to make a long story short: I decided to make a cajon out of cardboard because I wanted to start playing and recording right away and not have to wait for a cajon being sent to me. And I tried playing simple grooves on it. And it worked.
Here is a photo of my studio with my self-made cajon (I will not tell you how I made sure the cajon can make snare sounds, this will remain my secret :-)), and below you can find sound samples of my cajon:
This is what my cajon sounds like:
And this is what the cajon sounds like when I play on it with brushes (keeping it classy and professional over here ;-)):
I hope this behind-the-scenes story was joyful for you. I look forward to sharing more of my adventures soon!