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Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered Guitar Amplifier | M-CUBE-GX with 8 DSP Effects, 8 COSM Amplifier Models, Chromatic Tuner, iOS i-Cube Link (Black)
- Ultra-compact guitar amp with custom-designed speaker (Best with Polaroid AA Batteries)
- Eight COSM amp tones, including the ultra-heavy EXTREME amp
- Eight DSP effects, including HEAVY OCTAVE and dedicated DELAY/REVERB with spring emulation
- i-CUBE LINK jack provides simple audio interfacing with Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (interface cable included)
- MEMORY function for saving favorite amp and effects settings
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The old saying goes, "Good things come in small packages." While that saying may or may not apply to some things, it certainly applies to the Roland Micro Cube GX Ultra Compact Combo Guitar Amplifier. This small-but-mighty, amp is the most popular battery-powered amp of all time and packs a huge sound. It comes with 8 COSM amp tones and 8 DSP effects, including heavy octane effects for those thick, ultra-low tones. When you pair this combo amp with the Free Cube Jam app, you can play songs, playback music and record Micro Cube GX's COSM amp tones. Best of all, this amp doesn't need a cord and runs on batteries. Get the big time sound that your guitar needs, in a compact size, courtesy of this Roland combo guitar amp.
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I have used it several times on battery (AA) power and they have not needed to be replaced.
The sound and effects are good. It is very portable and fills a bedroom with sound.
I actually use it when I watch movies on my projector because our small speakers are never loud enough and this thing hooks up easily with a 3.5mm jack to my computer.
I do not have a single complaint about this amp. The price is decent and the quality has been solid.
You can use presets or adjust reverb, chorus, and delay to make your own sound profile: some of these were interesting on acoustic guitar and could work for jazz or blues. I just need it to be louder for playing in a room with people noise.
It's too small for big venues (as my brother says, weight is proportional to quality and ability in amplifiers: this one is lightweight and small wattage.) But you can play it from six AA batteries and also from the included AC-in power cord, but this cord is very short and practically useless in setting up most places: it's even too short in my practice area.
The unit also could have used a handle on top, but I just carry it in a canvas bag with a handle for lugging it to venues.
For busking, it might be too low volume (unless you are in a tunnel.) Outdoors? Nice size for a backpack but I think it's a bit lightweight.
For what this is, a micro cube, it's pretty good within the limitations described.
I don't own any Apple devices, so the iDevice integration isn't something I could evaluate. Perhaps Roland will move to more open integration options for their product line in the future, but that extra development and testing will come at some cost for sure.
You can get some great sounds from this little amp, and the memory function is convenient and intuitive. Though it has pretty impressive low frequency response for such a small enclosure, the bottom end seems to boom and honk a bit more than I'd like for anything other than casual use or practice. With that said, the amp models span a pretty good range and the gain, volume, and tone for each can get you dialed into a sound you're bound to like. The effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, and Octave) all sound fine for the role of this amp.
The thing goes plenty loud for my tastes and my indoor application, though it may not have enough oomf to compete well with a drum set or in a large open area where sound tends to dissipate even at small distances.
If I were to lose the Micro Cube, I'd get another without hesitation. Although I just might check out Roland's stereo portable amplifiers instead as I prefer a stereo image for its added depth-- electric guitars sound pretty 2-dimensional compared to other instruments like horns and woodwinds and mono amplifiers only make that more of an issue in my opinion.
This is a good value for the money, and if you have Apple devices then there's supposed to be a pretty handy integration for you.