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Roland Blues Cube Artist
MUSICAL, HIGHLY RESPONSIVE AMP TONES WITH TUBE LOGIC
Warm, bouncy, responsive, dynamic, elastic…these are all terms that guitarists use to describe the satisfying experience of playing their favourite tube amps. Thanks to Roland’s Tube Logic, these words can be applied to the Blues Cube Artist as well. Dramatically evolved from the first-generation sound of the original Blues Cube amps from the ‘90s, today’s Tube Logic accurately provides the complex, highly interactive behaviour of classic tube designs in meticulous detail, providing the magical “it” factor that takes a guitar amp from a simple sound system to a living, breathing musical instrument. Great feel, distortion control with touch and volume, bloom, sparkle, power supply “sag,” and more—everything that players love about a finely tuned vintage tube amp is present in abundance with the Blues Cube.
PERFORMANCE-READY AMP FOR PRO PLAYERS
Ready for live playing, the Blues Cube Artist is equipped with 80-watts of power, plus a custom 12-inch speaker that’s been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic. The open-back cabinet features poplar plywood construction, which offers acoustically vibrant tone for solo or group performances.
CLEAN, CRUNCH, AND DUAL TONE
The Blues Cube Artist has two independent channels—one voiced for cleaner tones, and the other for crunch. Each channel has its own Boost and Tone switches to shape the character. The Clean channel’s single volume control dials in natural tube fullness and bite as the volume is cranked, while the Crunch channel’s variable gain control provides a range of grit flavours from mild to aggressive. With the press of a switch, the unique Dual Tone mode lets you blend both channels together for an endless array of rich tones. And just like a vintage tube amp, the Blues Cube loves stompboxes, allowing you to further shape your personal sound by hitting the amp’s front end with your favourite gain pedals.
WIDE-OPEN SOUND AT ANY VOLUME
Every tube-amp player knows that you really need to turn up the volume and push the output tubes to get the amp to sing at its best. The downside is that the sound simply becomes too loud for playing anywhere but the biggest stages—though that’s certainly never stopped guitarists from trying! With Tube Logic, the Blues Cube authentically delivers the complex distortion characteristics of output tubes and their interaction with the output transformer, with the sound getting richer and the feel becoming more dynamically responsive as the overall volume is increased. But with the Blues Cube’s variable Power Control, you’re able to enjoy this musical, cranked-up tone while matching the volume to any situation, from recording to rehearsals to nightclub gigs and beyond.
MAINTENANCE-FREE AND EASY ON YOUR BACK
With its modern approach, the Blues Cube eliminates two of the big drawbacks found in all tube amps powerful enough for stage playing—they’re extremely heavy, prone to vibration damage, and they require frequent tube replacement and other costly maintenance to keep them going strong. In contrast, the Blues Cube is basically maintenance-free, and has been carefully designed to reduce weight in every area that doesn’t affect the tone. With the Blues Cube, you’re able to enjoy great tube sound at every gig, but with much easier load-in and no actual tubes to worry about!
EFFECTS, FOOT CONTROL, AND DIRECT RECORDING VIA USB
The Blues Cube Artist features onboard reverb and tremolo, plus an effects loop for patching in any external effect that you like. The rear panel has jacks for connecting an optional footswitch such as the GA-FC Foot Controller, which provides remote switching for channel selection, Dual Tone mode, and on/off for the built-in effects and effects loop. And with the USB jack, it’s simple to capture the Blues Cube Artist’s rich tones directly into your favourite computer recording applications.
Roland Blues Cube Artist
• Rated Power Output: 80 W
• Nominal Input Level:
-INPUT HIGH: -10 dBu (1 M ohm)
-INPUT LOW: 0 dBu
-EFX LOOP RETURN:-10 dBu
• Speaker: 30 cm (12 inches) x 1
-DUAL TONE switch
-CH SELECT switch
• [CLEAN channel]
• [CRUNCH channel]
-EFX LOOP button
-POWER CONTROL switch
-INPUT HIGH/LOW jack: 1/4-inch phone type
-LINE OUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
-PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
-FOOT SW (TIP: TREMOLO, RING: EFX LOOP) jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
-FOOT SW (TIP: CH SELECT, RING: DUAL TONE) jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
-FOOT SW (GA-FC): 1/4-inch TRS phone type
-EFX LOOP SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
-EFX LOOP RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
-REC OUT: USB type B
-AC IN jack
• Options (sold separately):
-Footswitch (BOSS FS-5L, BOSS FS-6)
-GA Foot Controller (GA-FC)
SIZE AND WEIGHT
• Width: 592 mm
• Depth: 260 mm
• Height: 485 mm
• Weight: 16 kg