#1
So yeah, mate of a mate has an Engl Powerball and feels the need to tell me yet again how crap my Roland Micro cube is :S anyway, I know it's not the best amp in the world, but for it's size it's not bad and it's received decent reviews even here on UG.

So I was thinking, for the same moniez that would afford an Engl Powerball, I could buy 16 Roland Micro cubes and link them all up in a 4x4 wall. 16x2watts coming out of 16x5" speakers LOL. Could it beat the Engl Powerball at anything?

On an experimental level, what interesting stuff could you come up with? An ultra bright clean tone maybe? What about the distortion? :') Heavier chorus and delay effects perhaps?
#2
^Not sure if troll... or asking some very weird stuff..

Anyhow, Micro Cube is nice for practicing, but that's pretty much as far as it goes. Powerball is a whole another story.
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#3
In short, no. Cube is a good practice/beginner amp but a Powerball will eat one for breakfast, and adding another 15 cubes will just give you the same average tone, but a shitload louder.

In terms of experimental stuff, I tend to do some weird stuff with a wah. I've gotten almost bitcrusher like sounds with wah, boost and a fuzz. I also do a lot of strange things with excessive levels of delay and reverb, but a lot of people do similar things.
#4
Buying 16 meh amps for the price of one good amp sounds like a pretty stupid idea.

I wanna see it though.
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#5
what was that quote from the video of the 600 watt crate amp, something like, Crate, making shitty tone louder since 199 something. yeah, same effect.
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Create a kickstarter-project for it and get it done.
It'll be just like someone earlier said, shitty tone extremely loud...but I'd pay to see this!
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Would be a laugh.
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Create a kickstarter-project for it and get it done.
It'll be just like someone earlier said, shitty tone extremely loud...but I'd pay to see this!

If they were all set to different gains/models it might sound pretty good
#10
It's not a troll thread I'm being serious but with a sense of humour. As in I'm just curious.

Would it really be just more of the same? I don't think it's as simple as that. You're adding more wattage and more speakers could alter the sound. It could make it beefier and better. The fact you now have multiple speakers means you have a more stereo sound. Well I'm guessing; I don't know much about how stereo and mono works.

Never heard of Kickstarter until today, thanks. Sounds awesome. It's only available in the US though so I found a UK based one called crowdfunder.co.uk. I'd have to come up with a good idea of what to do with 16 Roland Micro Cubes though lol. Maybe a very unique amp review for youtube lol.
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If they were all set to different gains/models it might sound pretty good


Nice thinking. If they were set on different models then there'd be a natural chorus effect as though an orchestra of different guitars were playing the same tune lol. Would be interesting to keep the same model for all the amps but then put the tone knob in a different position for every amp. That would make for a pretty dominant guitar tone with all the beef of the low end and the bright sparkle of the high end.

Also, you would be able to achieve combinations of effects that wasn't possible with just 1 micro cube Reverb and delay share the same knob so I could have 8 on reverb and 8 on delay.
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#12
Have you considered tone degradation from splitting your signal 16 times? I don't think you can do it more than 3 times reliably.

Also 16 times the crushin overdrive doesn't mean 16 times better tone.
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#13
Your friends' friend sounds like a tool. Of course his $1700 fireball is gonna destroy your $250 cube. Hey look, my Ferrari is faster than your Camry!
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If they were all set to different gains/models it might sound pretty good



+1

Ive always wanted to hear what quad amping or more would sound like, but sadly even the Axe Fx only allows 2 at once....
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that's a bit like buying 16 tents instead of a house, i imagine. or 16 matchbox toys instead of a car.
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that's a bit like buying 16 tents instead of a house, i imagine. or 16 matchbox toys instead of a car.

Actually, it's more like buying 1000 tents instead of a house, or about 20000 matchbox toys instead of a car!
I'd also support any of the above if someone is interested in building a proper house from 1000 tents or a car from 20000 matchbox toys and then comparing them to the real thing!
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Have you considered tone degradation from splitting your signal 16 times? I don't think you can do it more than 3 times reliably.

Also 16 times the crushin overdrive doesn't mean 16 times better tone.


It would take a specialized preamp to do 1 in 16 out, but there are people here who could build it.

I think it's an interesting idea and would love to see it done just for the sake of experiment, but it's not practical on any level.
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#20
you wouldn't get the low end beef you think you would. In the end it would be too gainy and muddy. do it though.
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#21
Some other things: yes you'd need to build a preamp box and lots of cables so I'd cut one maybe two amps off.
#22
If I were you, I would take each micro cube, cut out the amp section out of the box, and connect each pair of amps to a proper 212 stereo cab. Then the result might just sound nice.

With a 5;; speaker, the result would be painful.
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that's a bit like buying 16 tents instead of a house, i imagine. or 16 matchbox toys instead of a car.

that.


it's still like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

ok it's like bringing 16 knives, and the dude with the engl has one cannon.

best of luck to you.
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#24
Turn on the delay of the perimeter cubes, then tap tempo slightly later on each one and you'll get a swirling sound that will crush the powerball.
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that.


it's still like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

ok it's like bringing 16 knives, and the dude with the engl has one cannon.

best of luck to you.


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that.


it's still like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

ok it's like bringing 16 knives, and the dude with the engl has one cannon.

best of luck to you.

I see youve never played counterstrike. It is deeply humiliating to have a rifle and yet get knifed by someone who refuses to stay still
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If I were you, I would take each micro cube, cut out the amp section out of the box, and connect each pair of amps to a proper 212 stereo cab. Then the result might just sound nice.

With a 5;; speaker, the result would be painful.


So you would still get the 16x2watt=32watt power that way?
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I see youve never played counterstrike. It is deeply humiliating to have a rifle and yet get knifed by someone who refuses to stay still

i has mad knife skillz at COD. still, i'd rather have a gun wouldn't you?


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So you would still get the 16x2watt=32watt power that way?


no you have 2 watts.

no matter how many 2 watt amps you have.

take a 1000 of them.

still have 2 watts.

2.

and the engl has balls the size of watermelons.
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So you would still get the 16x2watt=32watt power that way?



Not really.

But it will be a lot louder, if I remember how constructive interference works.....


@Anyone who knows ow it works- two waves with the same wavelength and amplitude when superimposed perfectly results in a wave thats got 4x more amplitude than either original right?

So 16 2W amps should sound much louder than 32 watts, since the exact same wave is coming out of each speaker at the same time?


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i has mad knife skillz at COD. still, i'd rather have a gun wouldn't you?


no you have 2 watts.

no matter how many 2 watt amps you have.

take a 1000 of them.

still have 2 watts.

2.

and the engl has balls the size of watermelons.


Its still awesome to dodge that guy with a thermal scope and knife him
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Turn on the delay of the perimeter cubes, then tap tempo slightly later on each one and you'll get a swirling sound that will crush the powerball.

Someone needs to do this now.
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So yeah, mate of a mate has an Engl Powerball and feels the need to tell me yet again how crap my Roland Micro cube is :S

so he's a dick with a nice amp.


+311 to 311. i'm in at $3.75.
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#34
would be pretty awesome. Where am I gonna find microcubes on the cheap though?

What do u need to achieve that tap tempo effect?
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#35
Take 'meh' tone and multiply it 16 times. You still get 'meh' tone, just a lot more of it.
16 tiny speakers isn't going to give you crushing lows. 2 12" speakers will sound a whole lot better for br00tz.


I seriously hope you deliver with a wall of microcubes
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Have you considered tone degradation from splitting your signal 16 times? I don't think you can do it more than 3 times reliably.

Also 16 times the crushin overdrive doesn't mean 16 times better tone.


finally somebody said this.

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