NAMM: Roland Micro Cube Debuts

Whats smaller than a Micron? A Micro Cube!      17/01/04
NAMM: Roland Micro Cube Debuts
A wall of Microcubes

Okay, I had to write about this just because it is so small and cute (even if it is for guitars). It’s the Roland Micro Cube, probably the smallest and lightest guitar amp I’ve ever seen. It can run for 20 hours on six “AA” alkaline batteries too. The Micro Cube features 7 COSM guitar amp models including the JC-120, as well a mic preamp model. It also has six DSP effects: chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, and separate delay/reverb. It sports a recording/headphones output and stereo auxilary inputs for CD players. Interestingly enough, the stereo inputs are on a 1/4” TRS jack and a 1/8” jack. Hmmm, I wonder if this could be used as a personal stage monitor for my keyboards? That’s a question I was unable to answer because I haven’t able to demo the unit yet. There doesn’t seem to be any “clean” mode, only simulated amp modes (it is designed for guitarists after all).

The Micro Cube also features Roland’s new Digital Tuning Fork. To get the tuning tone you hit the tuning fork button, which is touch sensitive. If you want the tone louder, just hit the button harder. It also supports flat tunings up to two semitones, whatever that means, I’m not a guitarist. Finally, there is a guitar input! It’s on the top, along with the controls for the various COSM models, DSP processing, and tone and volume controls. The Micro Cube also has a handy plastic carrying strap. I just wish they had put a threaded socket in the bottom so it could be mounted on a mic stand. Albert

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