Review Roland Micro Cube GX
As a frequent user of the original two-Watt battery-powered Roland MicroCube guitar amp, I was intrigued to see what improvements had been incorporated into the latest GX version. Though the same size as its diminutive predecessor, at 247 x 172 x 227 mm, the 2.7kg MicroCube GX has a 3W output, can run for up to 25 hours on six NiMH AA-size batteries (around 20 hours on alkaline batteries), and now includes a basic sharp/flat/OK chromatic tuner. A mains adaptor and a strap are also included, and you can choose black, white or red versions of the amp.
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Offering eight switchable amp types with separate gain, volume, tone and master volume controls, the modelled sounds range from clean, through blues and classic rock to the new ‘Extreme’ heavy metal amp setting. There’s also now a microphone setting, for use with karaoke-style mics that terminate in a jack plug. Of the five effects, the usual modulation options are joined by Heavy Octave, while a choice of delay or reverb (with the addition of a new spring model) can be added separately.
As the replacement for Roland’s successful MICRO CUBE, the MICRO CUBE GX improves on its predecessor in every way, adding a memory function, new amp and effects types, a chromatic tuner and more. i-CUBE LINK opens new opportunities for practice and mobile recording, providing a built-in interface for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The MICRO CUBE holds the mantle as the most popular battery-powered amp of all time. The MICRO CUBE GX retains the original’s tiny size and huge sound while adding great features and improvements.
Filled with eight of Roland’s renowned COSM amps, the MICRO CUBE GX offers a wide range of versatile tones, from the crystal-clear JC CLEAN to the new EXTREME for in-your-face metal riffs. Five different EFX types include a new HEAVY OCTAVE effect that works great for adding unique, ultra-low power to distorted tones.
Also new to this model is the ability to store your favourite settings by holding down the Memory button. There’s only space for one saveable setting, but by switching between that and the manual mode you effectively have a two-channel amp. The iCube Link interface jack integrates with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, providing two-way communication with your music apps. Not only does this allow you to play along with music tracks, you can also send the modelled amp sounds into an iOS recording app. Ingeniously, this all happens via a stereo mini-jack that can also accept a standard analogue stereo source — and the cable is included. If you don’t have a favourite music app, you can get Roland’s Cube Jam free of charge from the iTunes App store, which allows for recording your own 16-bit/44.1kHz jams.
Although there’s only storage space for one preset, the ability to flick between it and manual mode effectively gives you two switchable channels.
The sound of the amp seems weightier than that of the original, and there’s a slightly compressed feel to the cleaner tones that makes them sound more ‘produced’. Those blues and rock sounds come over well too, and with a surprising impression of power and depth. The sound gets a touch rough at high volumes, but used sensibly it actually sounds really good, and it’s certainly not a toy. For busking, garden jams or open mic nights, the MicroCube GX delivers the goods in style.
The Roland 3W 1×5″ MICRO CUBE GX combo amp gives you the same tone and versatility that you’ve come to know and love in the CUBE Series, and puts it in a battery-powered package that you can take anywhere.It features recording/Headphones output and stereo Aux input for MP3/CD players, etc. The MICRO CUBE GX can be powered on batteries (LR6 (AA) type x 6) or a supplied AC adapter. It also includes a carrying strap.
Rock for Hours on Batteries
The MICRO CUBE GX features the same ultra-compact footprint, battery-powered operation, and big tone that made the original MICRO CUBE such a massive hit around the globe. With up to 25 hours of playing time using six NiMH AA-size batteries, you can enjoy uninterrupted fun while jamming at home, at the beach, on camping trips, at parties-wherever! Increased power output delivers even better performance than before, and a chromatic tuner is built in, eliminating the need to carry an external tuner when you play.
8 Classic and Modern Amp Models
Filled with Roland’s renowned COSM amps, the MICRO CUBE GX provides tones for playing any musical style, from ultra-clean jazz to heavy rock and everything in between. The newly added Extreme amp kicks things up a notch, giving you a massive voice for crushing, in-your-face metal riffs. There’s also a MIC setting for using the amp with a vocal microphone. Five different EFX types are available to sweeten your sound, with a new Heavy Octave effect that works great for adding unique, ultra-low power to distorted tones. An independent Delay/Reverb processor is onboard as well, with a newly added spring reverb option for authentic surf and roots-rock sounds.
There’s no need to lug around pedals when the MICRO CUBE GX comes with eight DSP effects. All the essentials are included-from chorus and flanging to a phaser and tremolo effect. A separate Delay/Reverb processor lets you dial in anything from slapback and long delays to reverb and more (in addition to using one of the aforementioned modulation effects).
The new Memory function turns the MICRO CUBE GX into a dual-channel amp, greatly increasing its versatility. It couldn’t be simpler to use-just dial up the amp tone and effects you want, hold the Memory button for a few seconds, and your settings are saved! After that, you can toggle between the saved setup and the current knob settings with a quick button press. Use it for saving a favorite sound, switching between rhythm and lead tones, or calling up a special sound for a particular song or style.
Ultra-compact portable DSP guitar amp with 5-inch speaker
Runs on battery or AC power (adapter supplied) and includes carry strap
i-CUBE LINK jack provides simple audio interfacing with Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (interface cable included)
8 COSM guitar amp models including JC-120 and a special mic preamp model
8 DSP effects: chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo and separate Delay/Reverb
Built-in chromatic tuner
Recording/Headphones output and stereo Auxiliary input for CD players, etc.
Weighs only a few pounds. Size of a car battery. Runs on batteries. High Quality effects.
The recent MC amps come with robust jacks (this is usually a major weak link since you are constantly plugging in). Runs on AC power (included) as well as on batteries. A carry strap is provided to make it easier to carry.
These sound impressive and have lots of power. The look cute, but at the same time are ruggedly built. The biggest plus, as per most guitar players, is that you can take it outside and play it (without needing power supply); the battery setup is really cool. You can use it with your lead guitar or even your bass guitar. You may also plug in your microphone in for some fun.
Nothing Much..overall Good
The Roland Micro Cube Bass RX is more powerful and feature rich compared to the GX model. Besides sounding great with great output, this one has a tuner, metronome, drum machine, really good effects, modeling, full treble, mid and bass controls, volume and gain, and above all…it runs on batteries.
Roland Micro Cube RX is a tiny, battery-powered bass amplifier that packs a big punch. Small, yet loud, and gives sound in true stereo! These little amps can deliver powerful sounds through their stereo power amps and updated custom speakers, four per RX. This one can’t compete with your larger AC powered amps but its a lightweight, sound packed wonder.