What is normally an overlooked amp by many guitarists, the Roland Cube 30x has a TON of surprise in it.
I received this amp Christmas Eve 2010. It was a ton of fun to play with for a few months, but as I started writing my first EP that March, I kind of brushed it off as “lesser” than my half stack (a Crate GLX1200… I know), as it was “just a practice amp”.
Fast forward three years, I pulled it out of my closet in preparation of jamming with my little sister as she would be getting a drum set. I noodled around on it after not playing through it for a while, and found myself on the Dyna Amp setting. Out of the nine settings this amp holds, the Dyna Amp is by far my favorite. And it’s made me completely rethink my perception of amplifiers!
After practicing nonstop with the Cube 30x, I decided to check it out as a recording amp. And just as when I played around with the Dyna Amp setting, I was blown away again when I heard back the recorded guitar tracks from this amp. It’s midrange is very rich, and with the bass knob just past 9 o’clock, it had a ton of punch and provided a solid tone. (Of course mic placement is a huge key to getting anything sounding great when recording, but regardless.)
Bottom line, besides one or two other settings (the built in Jazz Chorus for the clean channel is a major beneficial factor), the Dyna Amp setting is really all I use the amp for. Which doesn’t bother me at all, as I’m already used to amps having two settings – clean and distortion.
It’s also found a home in my own rig as the second amp next to my Jet City 100. Plus, did you know my recent guitar cover of Black Label Society’s “My Dying Time” was recorded completely on the Cube 30x with a Shure SM57?
All that aside, it’s a bit difficult to classify this as review. But I’ll just say this – give it a shot. Take in your guitar and pedals and try it for yourself. If you’re looking for a new amp, why not possibly save a few hundred/thousand dollars if this could be what you’re looking for?
I’m not saying it’s a Marshall JCM 800 (though the Dyna Amp setting sounds like it’s modeled after it), but don’t make the mistake of overlooking it because of it’s price and size!
It’s quite amazing!