Roland Micro Cube Bass RX

Basscombo with Battery Operation

  • 2 x 2.5 W stereo
  • 4 x 4" Speaker (lots of pressure)
  • Stero Mode (For the famous JC-120 chorus, stereo reverb, stereo recording out / stereo headphone operation and MP3 / CD player)
  • 6 x Amp-Modeling (linear super-flat amp for unadulterated bass sound or fretless
  • Ampeg B-15 combo
  • Fender Bassman
  • Trace Elliot stack
  • Acoustic 360
  • SWR-Stack and Ampeg-Stack) as well as microphone preamplifiers
  • 7 x DSP Effect: Chorus / Flanger / Touchwah + Echo / Reverb + Octaver Preamp + Compressor, Tuner, 3-band Equalizer, Rhythm Guide Drum machine with 11 styles (Metronome, Rock 1, Rock 2, Blues, Country, R & B , Ballad, jazz, funk, latin, dance) and three variations as well as tap tempo buttons
  • Start / Stop and Volume control
  • Connection for double foot pedal (Rhythm Guide Start / Stop + Tap Tempo)
  • 6 x AA battery with 13 hours of operation (optional)
  • Incl. Power supply and strap
  • Measurements: 30 x 30 x 21 cm
  • Weight: 6.4 kg
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  • Fretless Speaker
  • Jazz Direct
  • Jazz Speaker
  • Slapping Direct
  • Slapping Speaker
  • Rock Direct
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Further Information

Power 6 W
Speaker size 4x 4"
HF-Horn No
Equalizer 3-Band
Compressor Yes
Limiter No
Headphone Output Yes
DI Output Yes
Speaker Connector No
CD/MP3 Input Yes
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Sturdy and reliable but sounds very processed
Abstract Egg, 12.05.2020
Been using this for years, mainly for busking or as my speaker system for at home (I don't own bluetooth speakers yet, so it's a cool alternative).

The casing is very sturdy, these amps can be battered, abused, thrown down staircases and whatnot.
I've never been a big fan of COSM-technology (the amp sim models), it sounds really digital, but you do get a nice variety of tones of that doesn't bother you. The effects sound really digital as well and often take away quite a bit of low end.
However, the seperate aux input bypasses all that and if you play a backing track through it, it sounds really good through the 4-way speaker system.

It's not really loud, so if you're busking near busy traffic or with say a cajon player, you'll get drown out easily. Most basses will distort at even medium volume, and it's not suited to amplify double basses. Of course with such tiny speakers, that's to be expected
It's not very heavy but not exactly light weight either, so to lug it around on the street I would advise a trolley.

If you don't use the effects, on a battery brick like the Volto, you can actually play for practically the whole day, so the power drain is reasonable.
It has a built-in metronome, but it's not very practical. Nevertheless I often use it as a practice amp.

+ It's battery powered
+ It's very, very sturdy and can handle the street
+ There's options to colour your tone
+ It's not too heavy
+ Comes with a strap
+ Aux-channel sounds decent
+ Has a few rhythm presets
+ Has a metronome
+ Mild on battery drainage
+ It's cheap
+ Has seperate aux in and rec/phones out
+ Has footswitch input

- The COSM amp sim models don't cut it
- Sounds on the wrong side of digital
- the FX take away low end and sound cheap
- Doesn't handle a high input level graciously; distorts easily.
- Hard to cut through background and traffic noise, though it's meant to be an amp for buskers
- The metronome is unpractical
- The tuner is cumbersome and the compressor useless
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killer package in a tiny little box
Graham K., 25.05.2013
the roland micro cube bass, is unlike any amp I've handled before.
the quality of the case. is something that really needs to be seen to be believed.
its is a heavy duty plastic with thick rubber corners, the grill is metal. and the control panel is all metal, with plastic knobs. it also comes with a half decent carry handle and power supply if you don't fancy using batteries.

ill not go through all the settings because there's millions, you really can find a sound you'll love with this, it mimics 7 other different style amps plus you can have a flat setting or a microphone, its also equipped with a hand full of effects chorus and t-wah. just to name a few.

once your plugged in a ready to play you'll find this little box is a bit of a beast. while it won't be blowing your face off with bass, you'll have the neighbours knocking if your up playing away at night. its rated at about 20 watts, though when the settings are maxed it will seem considerably louder, the 4 4 inch speakers are hard workers. and despite there size handle those ultra lows with ease.

this a useful unit for any occasion. i've taken it to gigs and had it playing back through the PA, though i only did it for fun and its not something i could recommend to anyone, its a great personal practice amp and it does the job out on the street when busking, you can easily do a full day on one set of batteries, and probably go out again the next day too.

the price may seem on the steep side. but your buying a unit, that really is pinochle of quality and performance.
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Strurdy, Feature-Packed and Stylish
Halina, 23.04.2015
In these days of flimsy, light, plastic gadgets it is refreshing to come across the Roland Micro Cube Bass RX Combo. The first things that strikes you is the extremely rugged, sturdy appearance. The metal grill, chunky corner protectors and thick edges give you confidence that this is an amp that will stand up to life on the road.

This is possibly the only bass amp you will ever need. It is absolutely jam packed with features providing everything today's bass player requires. It is also worth mentioning that it comes with a great, large print, easy to use manual with lots of diagrams, so you can feel comfortable operating it right from the start.

The 3 band EQ provides a wide range of tones, from smooth to edgy and for further variation of tones, there are 8 amp sounds to choose from, including one especially designed for a microphone.

You get plenty of quality effects, ranging from the essential compressor to the T-Wah which is fun to use.

The tuner is easy to operate and my mp3 player sounds great when plugged into the amp, enabling me to play along. The two sounds mix well together.

The rhythm guide drum machine opens up a whole new world. Not only do you get lots of different drum styles to play along to, each style has 3 variations so you can choose the exact pattern to suit what you are playing on the bass. A handy design feature is that different coloured lights indicate which pattern you are using. The drum sounds are exceptionally crisp and realistic. My bass playing improved a lot using this feature. The only things lacking are waltz and reggae beats.

The batteries give you great freedom and seem to last practically forever! This is a really classy amp that looks and sounds fantastic.You really do get a lot for your money. I would recommend this Roland amp to anyone in a heartbeat.
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A wonderful piece of kit
Tony787, 03.07.2013
I needed a small amp for practise , fed up of using PC soundcard .

This amp gives it in spades - great features , great sounds
great feel .

the only downside is the low e string low end cannot be reproduced as well as the others - so you may hear a string balance issue low e sounds a little bit quieter than other strings
on headphones though phones - no issue .

drum machine is fantastic for practise - tuner also very handy

all in all - well worth the money for the features - well reccomended
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