#1
My friend left his microcube in my house, and I spent some time playing with it. It is possible one of the worst amp I have ever played! I don't understand why UG loves it so much.

When I first got it. I was quite impressed. It sounds pretty good at the start. And the modeling amp function makes it very versatile.

Then after about half an hour of playing. I realised it's nothing special you can get all those sounds from a decent amp with a EQ contro.

The tone of the thing sucks.

Clean:
Acoustic model sounds nothing like an acoustic. JC clean lacks of characteristics and is very digital. Black panel (no idea what that is suppose to be) is ok, but again, nothing special. In fact, acoustic model gives the best clean tone. And the problem with the clean channel is that it is VERY VERY VERY quiet.

Distortion:
Brit combo is very good I think. It is perfect for black sabbath types of sound but quite muddy. Classic stack is just useless. There is not enough distortion, and is very muddy. R-ier is probably the worst amp modeling. (it is suppose to be the selling point ) There is stupid amount of gain. Very digital sounding (I mean VERY) and it is extremely muddy + all my guitars sound exactly the same through that channel. Completely useless.

Then there is those crappy effects which no one is ever going to use. The worst has got to be the reverb. I mean what the hell is that thing???!

Lacks of EQ control limits the amp a lot. But I guess different amp models overcome that problem. But I'd rather have a 3 band EQ.


Anyway. It is crap. Out of all the crappy amps that I played. (includes MG and spider) It only outclass the MG by a tiny margin. I prefer spiders over this amp. If you are looking for good tone. Go for a junior valve. If you want a stupid amount of effect, buy a spider. Stay away from this and MG!!!



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#2
I have on and I love it. For what you get for 100 bucks is great. Its small portable and runs on batteries. I take it camping, to work and everywhere i go. Sure its no Marshall Jcm but its hard to beat for the price/portibility. Find me something better for the price.
#3
Taste is subjective, and for what it it is, I think my Cube does a damn good job, with plenty of perfectly useable sounds and effects. For the money, it outclasses any MG or Spider.
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Portability is probably the only good thing about the amp. Line6 spider is definately better IMO.

I forgot to add, at high volume, it sounds even worse than a MG, which makes it practically useless for other things except practise in your own room.



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#6
I am completely with the TS here. I hate those roland cube things. I suggest them because there is little else at that price for metal, however i do often suggest what I started with (sort of) which is a small peavey transtube series amp (such as the rage or blazer) and a distortion pedal. It sounds worlds better, loud enough for a full band practice and really doesnt cost much more. A peavey backstage would do the trick even (although that probably couldnt cope in a full band practice but if you're looking at the miccrocube then that's going to be acceptable anyway)
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#7
It sounds terrible at high volume. But I think it sounds good at low volumes.


Edit: For a beginner, I mean.
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I am completely with the TS here. I hate those roland cube things. I suggest them because there is little else at that price for metal, however i do often suggest what I started with (sort of) which is a small peavey transtube series amp (such as the rage or blazer) and a distortion pedal. It sounds worlds better, loud enough for a full band practice and really doesnt cost much more. A peavey backstage would do the trick even (although that probably couldnt cope in a full band practice but if you're looking at the miccrocube then that's going to be acceptable anyway)


I agree.

Microcube is worse than normal cubes. That makes the amp completely ****.



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#9
I have it and i like it. I recognize it doesn't have a great tone, but for the price and what it got to offer, almost no amp can compare it. The microcube is not for gigging or anything alike, is designed entirely to be a portable/bedroom amp, that's why it got so many effects and many differente tone, but without going to deep on it.

Another thing, the clean models is not quiet, you have to dial the gain knob too to get more volume.
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#10
can you find an example of better tone at a better price?
It sounds great for a 8" speaker or whatever and at £64 you can't go wrong
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#11
I really like the Microcube, and also I can remember when there was no way in hell of getting a sound that good from something so small...crap like Gorilla amps.

The Microcube is an awesome piece of kit, it's cheap, portable and sounds far better than it should. My least favourite model is actually the Rectifier, but the classic stack is great as is the fender model.
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#12
it does sound someone blain, although probably best for metal at this price. I wanna replace it wit ha Vox ad 15vt at asap.

the tone hardly has any soul to it
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#14
I agree to an extent. I don't think it's worse than a spider, but I don't think they're great. I agree on most of what you said and I don't really like the R-Fier model either, but a lot of people do, so I recommend it anyway. I like my Vox much better and I play metal on it just fine
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#15
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Portability is probably the only good thing about the amp. Line6 spider is definately better IMO.

I forgot to add, at high volume, it sounds even worse than a MG, which makes it practically useless for other things except practise in your own room.


This thing has a 5 inch speaker and is 2 watts. I dont know what else you would buy this amp for? Practise in my room, Plugging headphones in when my baby is sleeping. Taking to the office to play in there. Take camping for around the fire. (batteries!!!)
#16
yeah lol, its just for practice and stuff on the go. And IMO it is way better than the mg's and somewhat better than the spiders. Really its only competition for that class of amps are the vox modellers which i think have better low gain stuff but not as good higher gain stuff of course. You shouldn't really compare a tube amp to a modeller, it is what it is.
#17
I'm not comparing it with tube amps. As a small portable amp, DA5 sounds better + it has more stuff (effects and models)

Also the wattage switch is very helpful.


But I would get the spider 15watt. It's about the same price and you can actaully use it to jam with other guitarists + it sounds better imo.



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#18
Because:

It's 125 bucks and very portable. It's not a god amp compared to a full combo, but as for the small portable ones it's great.

Maybe you have no ear for tone?? Or got a dud?

My acoustic settieng sound very much like an acoustic with tinkering, the distortion is pretty good, the clean is quiet, but you have a volume knob to turn it up. The effects are all very cool.
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#19
Love mine but I find it very bright have to roll back the guitars tone its for bedroom practice and thats what I use it for obviously it would struggle for jamming with proper tube amps.
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#20
I feel that majority of modeling amps diffrent setting are obtainable through change of EQ. I hate the microcube.
#21
I just played one. I think it sounds great. I used the last amp model—the most overdriven one, with a touch of reverb. If it had a speaker output, I would've bought one today. It does have a line-level out, which is also very useful. Plus, it runs on batteries. For $125, you can't beat it.
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#22
If we discuss what we dislike or like about the microcube, this thread will never end. At end of the end of the day is all about preference.
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#23
When you first play it, it seems good. After a while, you will realise you can't get the sounds you want from the amp.



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#24
i like it. it's cheap, it has a wide range of tones (which is what you want as a beginner), and the fact that it's battery-powered means you don't have to dump it immediately upon upgrading to a larger tube amp.

I don't really see what there is not to like, unless perhaps you like to get one for £5 or something.
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When you first play it, it seems good. After a while, you will realise you can't get the sounds you want from the amp.

What more can you ask for than decent tones from a tiny, cheap amp???

The Taj Mahal perhaps? Herds of wildebeest sweeping across the Serengeti?
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nice fawlty towers reference.
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#27
^^ It doesn't give you those? WTF?! POS Microcube... I'mma get me one of those Marshall MGs. It's a Marshall - it could give me the Taj Mahal and then knock the thing to the ground with it's crushing distortion.
#28
I have one but I don't use it very often.

It has an amazing smooth sound when I put my Gibson LP through it. It's weak in the low end for metal, but really nice when I do lite distorted blues and some funk using the built in effects.
#29
Like I have said before. DA5 is way better than microcube. So is spider. I don't get why people like it so much tbh.



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Portability is probably the only good thing about the amp. Line6 spider is definately better IMO.

I forgot to add, at high volume, it sounds even worse than a MG, which makes it practically useless for other things except practise in your own room.


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If you try to gig with a microcube, you're stupider than I thought.


Can't you think of any other things, other than giging and practising?



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#32
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Can't you think of any other things, other than giging and practising?

buttseks? there is a reason you don't stick your **** in jack holes you know...

but for what it is, the microcube is a good amp, obviously not going to have amazing tones, but like the guy a few posts above said, for £64, it's not exactly bad...
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It doesn't give you those? WTF?! POS Microcube... I'mma get me one of those Marshall MGs. It's a Marshall - it could give me the Taj Mahal and then knock the thing to the ground with it's crushing distortion.
Hey, Denthúl! I've heard about those MGs, I hear they're AWESOME! You turn on "GAIN 2" and you can sound like Van Halen! Whoa, dude, can you say . . . MARSHALL STACK!!! I think I'm gonna go online right now and order one from Musician's Friend, and I haven't even played one yet!

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Hey, Denthúl! I've heard about those MGs, I hear they're AWESOME! You turn on "GAIN 2" and you can sound like Van Halen! Whoa, dude, can you say . . . MARSHALL STACK!!! I think I'm gonna go online right now and order one from Musician's Friend, and I haven't even played one yet!

awesome man, I tried one the other day, i'm 2 feet shorter now because the distortion was so crushing!
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#35
when people say good stuff about the cube, its usually the cube 30 and 60. the microcube is not made to get awesome tones. it is made to get a decent sound that you can take anywhere. thats why its so small and cheap
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#36
It's got everything you'd want in a practice amp.

That's probably why it's marketed as a practice amp.

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