There are a couple of different ways I have done it in the past. It all depends on personal preference and the equipment you have available to you.
The first way is using Sure beta 91 or similar microphone inside the cajon, placed on a soft surface like a towel or such like. In my experience this has by far given me the best results with far less hassle than using multiple mics. This is perfect for a live situation.
Another way is to use an SM57 or similar microphone placed 6 inches from the sound hole with the diaphragm of the microphone pointed slightly away from the hole. This is a totaly easy way to acheve a decent result, however, be careful of how much you put in your monitor as this technique has a tendency to feed back at high volumes.
If you have the capability you can combined both techniques and have the sound engineer blend both mics to achieve a balanced sound. The Sure beta 91 to pick up more of the low end and the SM57 to get more of the highs.
In the studio I would also mic the front of the cajon just to give you that option too. Consult with the engineer to see what mics are available and what might work best for the situation.
I hope this helps.
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