#1
I don't know whats wrong with it, my Microcube used to sound awesome but now it sounds like it has lost its energy. If i put alot of gain on it wont sound as good as it used to do, now its kind of buzzy and muddy. The Microcube has fell on the floor several times, but i don't know if that is the reason, or maybe it has something to do with the electrisity in my room. I noticed that when i came home from Croatia "and my mom had moved it somewhere else due to cleaning ;p" it sounded awesome again, but only for a couple of hours.

Would love if anyone could tell me whats wrong, and maybe i could hopefully fix this. I've had the amp for 1 year now, and im not planning on buying anything this soon.

Thanks alot

-Ergin
#2
Change the tubes.


Oh wait...

Um... something may be giving out inside. I'm really not too sure.
Make sure the speaker isn't blown or anything like that.
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#3
I don't believe the speakers could be blown, since i live in a apartment i've only been using it on maximum 5 volume. I haven't used a bass trough it either.
#4
Hrmm... I'm not really too sure. Perhaps contact Roland or the store you got it from.
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#5
Could be something loose, because moving it made it sound good again. So maybe if you move it a certain way, wires have a good contact, but as they are now, they have a poor contact for a poor sound.
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#6
^^ what Ackj said
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#7
Possibly a bad solder joint?

If you have no warrenty you could peek inside but DONT TOUCH THE BIG POWER SUPPLY CAPS

Alternatively it could be bad Potentiometer, try tapping the knobs and wiggling them lots
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#9
Quote by Ergin
I don't know whats wrong with it, my Microcube used to sound awesome but now it sounds like it has lost its energy. If i put alot of gain on it wont sound as good as it used to do, now its kind of buzzy and muddy. The Microcube has fell on the floor several times, but i don't know if that is the reason, or maybe it has something to do with the electrisity in my room. I noticed that when i came home from Croatia "and my mom had moved it somewhere else due to cleaning ;p" it sounded awesome again, but only for a couple of hours.

Would love if anyone could tell me whats wrong, and maybe i could hopefully fix this. I've had the amp for 1 year now, and im not planning on buying anything this soon.

Thanks alot

-Ergin

You know you're using a microcube, right?
#10
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are you using it battery powered or plugged in to the wall?


Plugged it into the wall, and i've always used it that way.
#11
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Plugged it into the wall, and i've always used it that way.


do you have a surge protecter? something might be blown. i always run my amps and pedals through a surge protecter power strip.
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#12
I usually run them trough one, but it does not affect the sound.
#13
My Microcube starts doing that "buzzy and muddy" kind of sound when the batteries run low. If you're running on batteries, try and change them or plug the cube into the wall.
#14
Quote by Ergin
I usually run them trough one, but it does not affect the sound.


does it sound like it cuts in and out?
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#16
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What do you mean exactly?


when you're playing does the volume like...cut out. it's hard to explain. lol.

what do you mean by buzzy?
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#17
Now when you mention i do get that sound you explained, kinda like killswitch effect mixed with a little buzz? :p

About buzzy.. When i plug in the guitar sometimes i get this huge buzz/noise that will last until i smack the input to the Microcube. I do not believe it is the guitar, nor the wire.
#18
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Now when you mention i do get that sound you explained, kinda like killswitch effect mixed with a little buzz? :p

About buzzy.. When i plug in the guitar sometimes i get this huge buzz/noise that will last until i smack the input to the Microcube. I do not believe it is the guitar, nor the wire.


are you using a cable that came with your guitar?
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#19
No i've been using several cables, but none of them change the sound at all.
#20
Quote by Ergin
No i've been using several cables, but none of them change the sound at all.


hmm. have you looked inside? to find any loose wires or solders?
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#21
No i haven't, im a little afraid of destroying it :/ But i guess i should if theres no other option.
#25
Meh I don't know if this is anything to help, but occasionally when I turn on my CD player at put it at it's usual volume, it's sometimes quieter than normal, so then I hit it and gets louder.

I'd say it's a loose wire somewhere, better get it checked out.
#26
if u used the cube in croatia, that may be the problem

electricity runs at different volts and different cycles in europe than they do in the US
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#27
Sounds odd, but try moving it around - amps can sound surprisingly different depending on thr height, angle and surface they're resting on
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#28
Quote by istealpants
if u used the cube in croatia, that may be the problem

electricity runs at different volts and different cycles in europe than they do in the US


Nah i didn't use the Cube in Croatia .

Steven Seagull: Maybe that could work, i mean it sounded better after it was moved when i came home, thats what the guy at the studio told me too. Might try it out. Thanks.
#29
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You've discovered tone?


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That's what I was thinking.

Maybe you've finally gotten tired of the amp and it's not the amp that sounds bad, it's just that you don't like its tone anymore. Happened for me many times on amps
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#30
Perhaps you're right, but im not sure. I wanted to play alot of metal and all of a sudden the amp wont sound heavy enough. Maybe it never did sound better as you guys said, maybe i didnt realise. But i cant afford any huge amps for heavy metal and i have no idea what to buy either. Im wondering if im tired of my Cube and maybe its completely messed up.
#31
it might be a loose input jack, my peavey does the same thing and i have to jiggle the cable going into the input cuz sumthing is up with the jack..
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#32
guys, enough with the tone thing. the microcube is a great amp. do you think you can upload a video of you playing or something?

i know this might sound really stupid, but check to see if you're not using your neck pickup, i actually did that earlier. i felt really stupid.
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#33
Maybe something happened with your guitar that lowered your output? Do you have active mics? You might need to change the batteries.
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#34
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#35
Have you played another amp recently and unconsciously compared the power between the two, that's about the only thing i would see.
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#36
Play and give the amp a bit of a shake as you play if the sound changes, starts cutting out or gets good and then buzzy again then there is for sure something loose inside. If it has been dropped several times that might explain it.