Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp Black 886830457593

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The Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered Amp with COSM and Effects gives guitarists a genuine Roland Cube amp in an ultracompact 7-pound package. And when you're doing live gigs, you'll love that it runs... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered Amp with COSM and Effects gives guitarists a genuine Roland Cube amp in an ultracompact 7-pound package. And when you're doing live gigs, you'll love that it runs on batteries. Despite its tiny proportions, the MicroCube packs a big punch and comes with 6 DSP effects, 7 COSM amp models, and a new Digital Tuning Fork—giving guitarists everything they need for killer tone on the go.

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Features
  • Ultracompact portable DSP guitar amp with 5" speaker
  • 7 COSM guitar amp models including JC-120 and a special mic preamp model
  • 6 DSP effects: chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, and separate delay/reverb
  • New Digital Tuning Fork with support for flat tunings up to 2 semitones
  • Recording/headphones output and stereo auxiliary input for CD players, etc.
Specifications
  • Weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz. without batteries and adapter
  • 9-5/8"W x 8-15/16H x 6-9/16"D
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RolandMicro Cube Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 258 reviews)

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    (221)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (20)
  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Warm / comfy (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Huge Sound in a Compact Box!

After extensively demoing the Micro Cube's big brothers, the Cube 30X and Cube 60, I just had to have an amp from this fine line of products. Since I desired a practice amp...Read complete review

After extensively demoing the Micro Cube's big brothers, the Cube 30X and Cube 60, I just had to have an amp from this fine line of products. Since I desired a practice amp that could run either on batteries or AC power, I chose the Roland Micro Cube. Inside of this small and extremely rugged 10x9x7" box lives a HUGE sound! Although this amp is rated at 2 watts, its 5" speaker sounds much louder! The COSM amp models are phenomenal; giving great representations of the Boss AC-3, Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus, Fender Twin Reverb, Vox AC-30TB, Marshall JMP1987, MESA/Boogie Rectifier, and a microphone PA amp. Gain, volume, and tone are adjustable on those for dialing in the right sound. The built-in DSP effects are decent, my favorites being the chorus and reverb. Two effects may be chosen simultaneously, if desired: chorus, flanger, phaser, or tremolo on one knob; plus delay or reverb on an independent knob. For a fuller sound, use the 1/4" record out jack to turn off the built-in speaker and send the signal to your headphones, computer, or larger guitar amp. I've done this with a 450-watt SWR combo amp with extension cab, and it blew me away! My only complaint is that the Micro Cube's output signal is mono only, giving less depth to the DSP effects. Rounding out the highlights, the Roland Micro Cube has a convenient tuning fork in case you misplace your normal tuner. Auxiliary inputs in the form of a 1/4" jack and a 1/8" miniplug jack are present, making it easy to jam along with a CD/mp3 player or another instrument. A regular guitar strap, allowing the user to wear it and wander about with their guitar while jamming, can also replace the included carrying handle. The Roland Micro Cube is an excellent product, giving lots of bang for the buck. I highly recommend this product, as it's one of the best purchases I've ever made!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not that bad,

i have had this amp for about three months now, and have used it at least two hours a day. first of all, all modeling amps will do a poor job at many...Read complete review

i have had this amp for about three months now, and have used it at least two hours a day. first of all, all modeling amps will do a poor job at many sounds. analog *will* sound better. bearing that in mind, this does a decent job with some aspects of your sound. A: it does rather well in the mid register. it sounds fairly warm and satisfying in the middle frequencies. B:it does okay in the high frequencies. if you try to go too high with out adjusting the tone and amp model, you will get a nasty shriek. C:i does POOR with the low frequencies. try playing open E and A, and you will get a horrible shuddering sound that is obviously the amp failing at its job. you will NOT be satisfied with the lows, period. the first FX knob is okay. it does flanger, phaser, tremelo, and chorus, and only chorus is anything you could stand for more then a minute. the second FX knob has reverb and delay on it. they are pretty good, actually. the clean amp models are pretty good, "acoustic" is actually a very good modeling of a acoustic guitar. the dirty amp models are nothing to sneeze at either, with "classic" (marshall stack) or "rectifier" (Mesa boogie triprec) being both nice sounding, although they do NOT have the dynamics of the real things- but what did you expect? it can run for about a day off six AA batteries, which is no less then magical. this is especially nice, because it has a "mic" channel that does a good job, and you can line in a CD player in lieu of a boombox (it sounds NICE) you don't need the tuning fork. and finally, it is indestructable; as in, you could beat a bear to death with it, and then play a song about your victory with it. that kind of tough. all in all, i DO recommend this amp for beginners; it will not be money wasted. perhaps installing a superior speaker would fix the bass problems.

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5.0

Don't let the size fool you.

By Pattie G.

from Mokena, Il

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

      I was really impressed by the sound of this amp.

       
      5.0

      Really Great!

      By Willy Booger

      from North Carolina

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

        I really love this Roland Micro Cube Amp. It has the true Cube sounds, so you can go line out to a recording system and get good results. You can go anywhere with this and plug your mp3 player and play really good sounding backing tracks for live street or coffee shop guitar jamming,for hours(portable battery powered). I do hear a slight speaker buzzing sound. I have many amps and tube amps but this is one of my favorites, because it is fun!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing little amp!

        By Steve Martin

        from Gate City,VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jams
          • Practicing
          • Traveling

          Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

          First of all, I absolutely have to say how much I was blown away by this amp. I wanted something that was really small and portable to take around or to play when I didn't feel like hooking up all of my other gear. It's enough to say that I haven't touched my other gear since playing the micro cube!

          I've thoroughly tested all of the amp models (with the exception of the mic) and have found them all to be superb. My favorites are the JC clean, the Classic Stack, and the Rectifier. The JC clean model is excellent for jazz. Just turn on a tinge of chorus and some moderate reverb, and you've got quite a sound! The Classic Stack is great for some classic rock sounds, and is great for some soulful soloing when a little delay is added. I'll admit, the Rectifier needs to be tweaked in order to sound good, but once you get those settings right, it's an absolute monster. If you have full tone going, then the r-fier will, in my opinion, sound a little buzzy and trashy. Just take down the tone to about twelve o'clock, and flip on the treble pickup with the tone knob rolled off a little. That's just my preference.

          This amp has quite a bit of low end to it for having such a small speaker. And don't let the wattage fool you, this thing can get LOUD. But take this one bit of advice first: A lot of people have been complaining about "speaker farting." To combat that, please remember that this amp is not a forty watt Fender or Marshall. The speaker is small and cannot take much volume abuse. One more problem people have been addressing is that the speaker is supposedly cheap and blows out after a few months. That's because they're probably being idiots and cranking the volume knob all the way, which is something you just don't do with solid state amps. Keep the volume below twelve o'clock, and it should be fine.

          The Micro Cube is also very well built. It's compact, and could probably take a heavy drop or two and still be fully functional without a single cosmetic injury. The grill is made out of what I assume to be plastic, or something like that. But it is very sturdy and protects the speaker very well. That's actually a feature that I wish a lot of other amps had! It's also very lightweight, and right now I'm trying to figure out a way to be able to strap it to my belt loop and play because it's perfect for that.

          Oh, and I should mention the effects. I'm not an effects-aholic, but I have tested them, and they do sound good. Trust me, for the price, you're truly getting far more than your money's worth. And what's so bad about that? The Mico Cube does have an aux jack and a headphone/rec out jack located on the back. I assume that I should be able to hook it up to my bigger amps and let it act as a head, but I have yet to try. However, I KNOW I will be pleased with it. I did try playing it through headphones, and I'll be honest, it didn't sound that great. Maybe it was just my headphones. Either way, that minor flaw doesn't hold water in the face of such an all around awesome amplifier! Did I mention it can operate on batteries? You probably already read that in the description, but my goodness, battery operation just makes it ultimately convenient! I would buy another one in a heartbeat if anything ever happened to the one I currently own. If you're trying to decide on a travel amp to buy, or even a first amp if you're a beginner, then I hope my review will be the one to fully persuade you!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My go-to amp for 3 combat deployments.

          By i_dont_need_a_nickname

          from Afghanistan

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

            I am in the army infantry and have ordered one of these little powerhouse's along with varying cheap little solidbody guitars (dont want to expose a good one to the weather over here) for my last 3 combat tours. I have no complaints. Every amp model included is spectacular for its purpose, and it allows you to play any type of music, and sound great doing it, with the twist of a knob. It gets loud as you would want a little amp like this to be, with only a mild speaker distortion when you go too much past 3/4 volume. I also use it for a stereo using the AUX input on the back to plug in my *ahem* (insert popular brand name mp3 playing device here). Of course to do that you need a double ended auxiliary cable and a 1/4 adapter, which arent included. These things are tough, and the batteries last a long long time. I would recommend this to any traveler in harsh conditions, or to anyone starting off on the guitar needing a good, low priced amp. Obviously, dont try to play a gig with it... nough said.

             
            5.0

            Rather Surprising

            By Jerkowitz

            from St. Louis, Mo

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

              A bandmate gave me one of these for a birthday gift. At first I thought he was giving me a car battery, that's what it looks like. I thought it was a nice gesture but didn't take it too seriously....at first. I had it sitting by my recliner, I keep an electric to practice on next to my chair so thought I would plug it in and play around with it. Hmmmm....didn't sound too bad really. The more I played with the settings the more I thought this little thing really sounds a lot like the amps it is trying to model. Added a bit of slapback delay and was getting some nice chickin' pickin' going. The reverb will get you a nice surf sound. Actually all the amp models sound good. Even with some gain it will get loud enough to annoy the wife before it starts to fart out, I would say you could mic it and play a small room and get away with it in a pinch. You could get a bigger amp for the same money but that's not the point, this thing is a monster for it's size so your paying for convenience. Plenty of effects, not a great deal of control but the way they are setup they work well for most sounds. I would guess it has a default amount of compression and noise suppression built in, don't know for sure but it sounds like it. Haven't tried batteries in it yet but would guess it would sound the same with the added bonus of being able to take it outside and annoy the neighbors if needed.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice Features

              By Robbie Alan

              from Phoenix

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Needs Sturdier Controls

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

              I especially like the portability, a 4x12
              can be difficult to lug around.Some people
              complain about buzzing,I had that problem at
              first,but the problem was solved with a simple
              tighting of a screw.

              When you have an amp cranked up high,buzzing
              or rattling sounds can occur because of resonance.As a rule of thumb,the amps master
              volume should be under 5.

              The numbers represent percentages,1 is 10 percent
              2 is 20 percent,etc.

              I did some cabinet modifications to suit my
              preference,I like the open back style.

              Over all this amp is a good value.

               
              5.0

              Little Beast

              By Old Bass Wizzard

              from Bellefonte, Pa.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Outdoor Jams
              • Performances

              Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

              Nice little amp. Very portable and battery powered.(6-AA) Amp modles and effects allow you to replicate almost any sound. Great for outdoor jamming where electrical power isn't available.

               
              5.0

              Great 1st amp

              By Dad

              from Michigan

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                I bought this for my 11 year old daughter with her first acoustic electric. She has been playing the acoustic for 2 years. I was amazed with the quality and quanity of the sound this puts out. It has a minor feedback issue if the guitar is too close to the amp. The controls are easy to use and self explanitory. With the batteries, the sound is unchanged and will last an amazing 20 hours with just double A's. Great for practice at home, jamming with her friends, or recitals.

                 
                5.0

                big sounds in small package

                By guitar slayer

                from MS

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                  Bought this cube cause i played through a friends and was impressed with its effects and features... Used it with my acostic/electric guitar at a gig playing on the JC Clean with some chorus and delay... plugged from the "rec out" directly into the pa.. livened up my acoustic very well. i can only imagine if i had my les paul plugged into it.. but will definetely be using this amp more for smaller and possibly larger events when using my acoustic.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT amp for the LAP STEEL (and more) !

                  By Fiddle&guitarman

                  from Mars Hill, NC USA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Built-in Tap Tuner
                  • Carrying Strap
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Tough And Well-built

                  Cons

                  • On-off Button In Rear

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                  I was needing a small portable amp to use with my lap steel, and after checking some lap steel forums about the subject, this Roland Micro Cube seemed pretty popular so I sprung for one from MF.
                  Good choice - - the price was good for what you get, and better yet it's perfect for the lap steel! It really is capable of giving me that lonesome early country sound not unlike that of Ol' Hank.

                  I especially like the Brit Combo and JC Clean settings for the steel, and the NICEST thing about this amp is the addition of high-quality EFX! Love the quality reverb and echo, and the fact that it runs on 6 AA batteries is great (it also comes with an AC adapter)! For the guitar, the JC Clean setting is good, too, and I'm having fun mocking the Johnny Cash sound with my Tele - - in fact you can dial in almost any sound you wish if you experiment with the gain in combination with the many different EFX, from Roy Buchanan to Wes Montgomery jazz - amazing! Lots of other effects, too, and all the controls are nicely laid out on top. Only negative for me is the on-off button, which is oddly placed in the rear and not easily accessed (what were they thinking?). It might be easy to turn on if knocked over, too, but this one thing is certainly not a deal-breaker for me.

                  The tone that comes from this little guy is quite impressive, and I find that I'm using it more than my bigger, heavier amp now. Sounds like a bigger amp, too, with power to spare. Unlike most other mini-amps, this one doesn't sound like a transistor radio. While not big enough to fill a hall on it's own, you can mic this bad boy and it can do most anything you'll ever need. It even comes with a tap tuner button, which emits a tone through the speaker momentarily, varible from A to G. This is especially handy for those of us to rely more on our ear instead of depending on digital tuners.

                  Do yourself a favor and get one of these, it's worth every penny - - especially on something like a lap steel where you are looking for portability and mind-blowing tone. It's the only way to go.

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