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Roland Micro Cube

Micro Cube, Portable Guitar Amp from Roland in the Cube series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 76 reviews )
 48 reviews63 %
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 7 reviews9 %
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
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MGR/Billy11/28/2011

MGR/Billy's review"Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp"

Roland Micro Cube
Roland struck a gold mine back in the 80s with their JC120 Jazz Chorus amp. To this day it arguably is one of the nicest clean tones available, so why would I expect anything less from the Micro Cube?

I wanted a small amp to keep around the house for when I wanted to jam ideas at a low volume. The Micro Cube was perfect and at $130 it was perfect for my budget at well.

It can run on batteries or on the supplied power supply. If you choose batteries it takes 6 AA batteries.

There is an 1/8' input to plug in an mp3 player or CD player. There is an output that can be used as a headphone jack or an out to a recording device.

There are 7 digital amp modeling presets; Acoustic, JC Clean, Black Panel, Brit Combo, Stack; Classic and Rectifier and a Mic preset in case you want to put a mic through this amp.

The amp has 6 effects, which I find a little over the top, but here they are: Chorus, Flanger, Tremelo, Phaser, Delay and Reverb.

The built in tuning fork is sort of week. A chromatic tuner would have been much more effective in my opinion.

The EQ is just one lonesome Tone knob, a 3-band EQ would have been cooler, but hey it's a cheap amp I get it.

Well built. It comes with a handy strap. Most of these are black, but I snagged a less popular white finish, there is also pink.

The LED light is pretty small too, it is a bit hard to tell if the amp is on or off.

A fun little rocker to keep around the house. Sure it isn't perfect, but if your big rig is packed away it is nice to have this to practice on.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
iamqman06/01/2011

iamqman's review"Great amp for a low price!"

Roland Micro Cube
This little lunch box amp has packed quite a punch. These lunch box amps have been making a huge impact on the amp market as of the last ten years. Every manufacturer seems to be pushing their own version of a lightweight compact combo amp that is used for recording and jam practicing.

This little lunch box amp has some great tones to it. The cleans are nice and sparkly and the distortion is rather thick and meaty. The tone from this amp is a bit surprising. It has such a good tonal character that it makes playing the guitar fun. You can sit around and jam on this thing all day. Also run the output directly in to a PA or recording booth for bypassed cab operation.


Roland Micro Cube-W Amplifier Features:

2-watt amp with 5" speaker
Seven COSM amp models and six DSP effects
Digital Tuning Fork handles flat tunings
Connect CD player of other line-level source to play along
Recording/headphone output
Includes carrying strap

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Power 2W
Speakers 1 x 5"
Effects
Reverb
EQ Tone
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 7
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 1 x Instrument 1 x Aux (1/4"), 1 x Aux (1/8")
Outputs 1 x Rec Out/Headphones (1/4")
No Footswitch
No Effects Loop
Height 8.9"
Width 9.6"
Depth 6.54"
Weight 7.28 lbs.

SOUNDS

This tiny amp have such a usable tone and feel that it is hard to believe that its a 2 watt solid state amp. I like this amp with just about any guitar you throw at it. My personal preference is a Fender Stratocaster or a a superstrat of some kind. I like the note separation and clarity of the light to medium bodied woods. I find that it gives the thick tone some transparency and fuller tone. You can by all means use a Gibson Les Paul with this guitar but I like the Strats for this amp.

OVERALL OPINION

This might be the best amp in this price range. At new these amps come in at around $130, which isn't a bad price for something this resourceful. I like the price on it and the fact that you can run direct into a PA system.

My only beef with this unit is that it has this thing called the tuning fork which is basically what it says. Not an actual digital tuner so you'll need to get your tuning ear out and polish off that ear for real tuning like back in the old days.
iamqman04/27/2011

iamqman's review"Sweet little practice amp"

Roland Micro Cube
This is the exact Roland Micro Cube standard but just on a red tolex casing. It retains all of the same features and operations as the original version. I personally like the red color of this one over the black of the standard amp. There is not up charge for the red version of this amp.

This little lunch box amp has packed quite a punch. These lunch box amps have been making a huge impact on the amp market as of the last ten years. Every manufacturer seems to be pushing their own version of a lightweight compact combo amp that is used for recording and jam practicing.

This little lunch box amp has some great tones to it. The cleans are nice and sparkly and the distortion is rather thick and meaty. The tone from this amp is a bit surprising. It has such a good tonal character that it makes playing the guitar fun. You can sit around and jam on this thing all day. Also run the output directly in to a PA or recording booth for bypassed cab operation.



Roland Micro Cube-R Amplifier Features:

* 2-watt amp with 5" speaker
* Seven COSM amp models and six DSP effects
* Digital Tuning Fork handles flat tunings
* Connect CD player of other line-level source to play along
* Recording/headphone output
* Includes carrying strap and power supply

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Power 2W
Speakers 1 x 5"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Tone
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 7
Number of Tubes 0
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 1 x Instrument 1 x Aux (1/4"), 1 x Aux (1/8")
Outputs 1 x Rec Out/Headphones (1/4")
No Footswitch
No Effects Loop
Height 8.9"
Width 9.6"
Depth 6.54"
Weight 7.28 lbs.

SOUNDS

This tiny amp have such a usable tone and feel that it is hard to believe that its a 2 watt solid state amp. I like this amp with just about any guitar you throw at it. My personal preference is a Fender Stratocaster or a a superstrat of some kind. I like the note separation and clarity of the light to medium bodied woods. I find that it gives the thick tone some transparency and fuller tone. You can by all means use a Gibson Les Paul with this guitar but I like the Strats for this amp.

OVERALL OPINION

This might be the best amp in this price range. At new these amps come in at around $130, which isn't a bad price for something this resourceful. I like the price on it and the fact that you can run direct into a PA system.

My only beef with this unit is that it has this thing called the tuning fork which is basically what it says. Not an actual digital tuner so you'll need to get your tuning ear out and polish off that ear for real tuning like back in the old days.
iamqman04/21/2011

iamqman's review"Thick tone"

Roland Micro Cube
This little lunch box amp has packed quite a punch. These lunch box amps have been making a huge impact on the amp market as of the last ten years. Every manufacturer seems to be pushing their own version of a lightweight compact combo amp that is used for recording and jam practicing.

This little lunch box amp has some great tones to it. The cleans are nice and sparkly and the distortion is rather thick and meaty. The tone from this amp is a bit surprising. It has such a good tonal character that it makes playing the guitar fun. You can sit around and jam on this thing all day. Also run the output directly in to a PA or recording booth for bypassed cab operation.


Roland Micro Cube Amplifier Features:

* 2-watt amp with 5" speaker
* Seven COSM amp models and six DSP effects
* Digital Tuning Fork handles flat tunings
* Connect CD player of other line-level source to play along
* Recording/headphone output
* Includes carrying strap
* Includes ACR-120 power supply

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Power 2W
Speakers 1 x 5"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Tone
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 7
Number of Tubes 0
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 1 x Instrument 1 x Aux (1/4"), 1 x Aux (1/8")
Outputs 1 x Rec Out/Headphones (1/4")
No Footswitch
No Effects Loop
Height 8.9"
Width 9.6"
Depth 6.54"
Weight 7.28 lbs.

SOUNDS

This tiny amp have such a usable tone and feel that it is hard to believe that its a 2 watt solid state amp. I like this amp with just about any guitar you throw at it. My personal preference is a Fender Stratocaster or a a superstrat of some kind. I like the note separation and clarity of the light to medium bodied woods. I find that it gives the thick tone some transparency and fuller tone. You can by all means use a Gibson Les Paul with this guitar but I like the Strats for this amp.

OVERALL OPINION

This might be the best amp in this price range. At new these amps come in at around $130, which isn't a bad price for something this resourceful. I like the price on it and the fact that you can run direct into a PA system.

My only beef with this unit is that it has this thing called the tuning fork which is basically what it says. Not an actual digital tuner so you'll need to get your tuning ear out and polish off that ear for real tuning like back in the old days.
mooseherman02/09/2010

mooseherman's review

Roland Micro Cube
This is a tiny solid-state amp that has 2 watts and a 5-inch speaker. It has several amp models and six effects (chorus, flanger, tremolo, phaser, reverb and delay). It also features the tone, volume, and and gain controls. It's got a direct out for headphones or recording. It's got the 1/4" instrument input, as well as two aux inputs (one 1/4" and one mini aux).

UTILIZATION

This thing is pretty easy to use, but editing the effects is an absolute nightmare. Hopefully you're not buying an amp for the built-in effects, but if you are, maybe you should avoid this one. The manual explains how to do everything, but you'll probably have to go back to it multiple times. Basically, you can only control one effect at a time, and just the rate at that. And can only use two at a time. I'd say that switching between amp models is relatively easy, though.

SOUNDS

I don't really like the sounds you can get out of this that much. I'd say for practicing, this thing beats most of these tiny amps. Thus, it's hard to really hate on it. It does give you a wide variety of sounds, which is more than most can say for what these amps do. The amps range from acoustic, clean, british combo, classic stack, to a later Fierce stack, and a setting called "mic" (which sounds bad). You're better off with the clean, british combo, and stack options, as everything else sounds fake, terrible, and unsettling. However, the three I mentioned are about as realistic as you can get out of these amps. Since most people would want those sounds anyway, they aren't a bad choice. Just don't use the effects, as they are almost all terrible (except the reverb, which has slightly more control than the rest of the effects). I wouldn't judge this amp so harshly if the advertisement didn't say it would be good for recording. It's absolutely horrible in that context, this is a practice amp through and through.

OVERALL OPINION

I liked some of the sounds that this thing offered, but that's about it. I hated most of them, and I was disappointed that it wasn't quite as useful as it was made out to be. I think that for the price, it isn't bad, but you can honestly do better. The only person I'd maybe recommend this to would be kids in college dorms who have no space for a full-size amp. In that context, it's hard to beat. Otherwise, avoid for the most part.
MGR/Anonymous07/11/2006

MGR/Anonymous's review"Roland Micro Cube"

Roland Micro Cube
i bought my last practice amp about twenty years ago and so decided it was about time for a change .

i pur chased this unit for a mere 69 quid from a local music store .

when buying anything i always do my homework on it and check out reviews etc . and this little amp was no exception . and let me say that after reading many positive feedbacks on thie cube to get it home and try it myself was an absolute treat. the sound quality for something so small is really quite amazing and the effects , well there not just there for show they take this little buty to the next level . just buy one .....

there is nothing negative to say about this amp.

build quality ..a fairly light amp [its small] fairly robust unit, metal front grill , well constructed knobs and sockets ..overall very good.

i would be very suprised if thier was a better practice amp out there for this kind of money offering what this guy does .sweet..

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Bob Crosby11/04/2004

MGR/Bob Crosby's review"Roland Micro Cube"

Roland Micro Cube
Bought new off of Ebay.
Paid $98 after shipping. Good Deal!

I am truly amazed at the clean sound that comes out of this little amp. Even on batteries it has a nice LOAD clean sound. It features a nice array of amps and clean sounding sound effects. And even more amazing is how loud this little amp can get. It can more than deliver what most people playing will need away from the home. I use this amp to help sell folk instruments I make at shows. And 99% of the time, the customer is trying to buy the amp from me. I wish I could get them for under a 100 all the time, and then I would start selling them. ;c)

After 6 months of owning this amp, about the only thing I don't like is not having a Stereo output. Most amps nowadays, that offer the many different sound effects this amp has, also have the capability of stereo output. Also since it has the ability of plugging in a CD player to play along with, I just am a little surprised that there wasn’t the choice there. I also have gotten use to plugging in extra speakers on my other amps that do have the stereo outputs.

I have been doing shows all over the State of Alaska. Roads up here are horrible with chuckholes, that are as deep as a foot, and impossible to avoid outside of causing an accident. I must admit that I have abused this amp, and it has never shown any problems with getting thrown around, bumped or even rained on.

I can guarantee that in an amp, only having 2 watts as this one has. Dollar for Dollar, anyone needing a small practice amp that can be heard by a group of people standing around outside, would be more than happy with this little rocket. It has such a clean sound and a very nice array of sound effects that you will not find in any other amp of the same size.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/John Ritter10/12/2004

MGR/John Ritter's review"Roland Micro Cube Amplifier"

Roland Micro Cube
i bought this online from musicians friend for $125.00. i was looking for something portable and this was recommneded to me by a friend.

absolutely everything was great about this amp! i couldnt believe all of the effects and the sound that this little gem put out. i would definitely recommend it to anyone.

to be honest, there wasnt anything that i didnt like about this unit. it met or exceeded all of my expectations.

roland generally has a good name concerning its products. i havent had it very long, but it seems solid despite its light weight.

if you need an amp that has built in effects, is portable and sounds great, this is the one for you.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/axmurderer04/15/2004

MGR/axmurderer's review"Roland MicroCube"

Roland Micro Cube
I bought mine through sweetwater.com for $129.00. I already own 2 Cube amps, the Cube Bass, and the Cube 30 for guitar. I love them both. That is why I bought the MicroCube as soon as I heard about them. I wanted a high quality portable battery powered amp.

I love the sound this amp gives. Considering it runs off of 6 AA batts, and puts out 2 watts through a 5 inch speaker, it really sounds awesome for a portable amp. It has built in amp simulations that are really good quality, and built in effects. (chorus, reverb, delay, vibrato, and flange) It also came with an AC adapter if you have a plug handy, and has strap buttons so you could carry it around with a guitar strap if you wanted to. Reverb makes a really big difference in a portable amp.

Only one thing I can think of that I don't much like about this, and that is the delay effect. I think the other effects are much better than the delay effect.

Very well constructed. Looks just like the other Cube amps by Roland only smaller.

This is a great choice if you want an amp you can take with you anywhere. (even the woods) The tone blows most of the other battery amps out of the water. Plus since it has different amp sims, you aren't stuck with just one sound. All the amp sims are good and very usable, from clean to rectifier.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
bloodjob08/10/2014

bloodjob's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Awesome - cheap - at the top!"

Roland Micro Cube
Microscopic mini amp modeling 2 watts, I would jamaiscru the modeled sounds are so well made - 6 different sounds, from acoustic to the high gain some useful effects of happiness.

UTILIZATION

Super simple to use. A treat, as it comes out of great sounds

SOUNDS

Sons limited, but the panel offered is relatively good. Impressive power for only two small watts, the HP should really be of great quality, the amplifier stage also

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for over a year as amp study. A again, I repeat the pattern above. Super purchase, we find more cheap OCCAZ. I was amazed by the THR X 10 at Yamaha? that in the same style sends to super heavy metal, and outputs a much nicer sound.

What impresses even more with this cube is the ability to play amplified with only 6 LR06 batteries for fifteen hours (tested and approved), even at high volume.

I have not seen this on any other equivalent feat amp.