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My new Roland Blues Cube Stage arrived today, I'm not happy

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by rad1, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Lef T

    Lef T Tele-Meister

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    Hey rad1,
    We're doing a good job of keeping this thread alive till you finally get home and try out the Stage.
     

  2. rad1

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    I'm trying to enjoy my vacation, but I can't stop thinking about the cube. One thing that attracted me to it was its simplicity because those last two amps sounded good but their software was complicated and did not work as advertised.
     
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  3. markal

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    Can't get much simpler than the Blues Cube. Pretty much just traditional amp controls, with the option to change the voice with a plug-in tone capsule.
     
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  4. joebloggs13

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    Another Artists owner here. Also have the GA-FC switch, which makes an excellent amp even better. I currently run 5 pedals in the loop( RC-3, DD-7, MXR M300, MXR Chorus, MXR Phase 95) and 3 dirt pedals and a Wah in front. Lately tho, I have been just playing the amp sans pedals, or just one dirt, and using volume controls on guitar. The tones are killer! You will love your Stage! Congrats.
     
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  5. Crawldaddy

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    I see, so it’s basically the software not playing ball with your laptop. That kind of sucks ☹️ and really something these amp manufacturers need to resolve, especially since OS for mobile devices and PCs seem to move ahead so quickly, and we tone hounds seem so comfortable being stuck in yesterday’s tech, myself especially!

    It does seem like the amp by itself works well, and plenty of sounds can be yielded just through its onboard controls. I think the whole “digging for more sounds through outboard equipment” is something they need to resolve before a wider audience can buy into it.
     

  6. raysachs

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    I played the little “hot” model for a while and found it the least “thin” sounding amp at bedroom volumes I’ve tried, and that was mostly at .5w. Although I did play it at 5 or 15w for clean tones sometimes. Loved the sound of that amp!

    For those who have played either the stage or artist and the Hot, does the hot, with its single channel, get to the same gain sounds as the other two, just lacking the convenience of a second channel? Or do the two channels give them more versatility as well as convenience? Not too concerned with the dual tone, tremolo, or effects loop. Just wondering whether the second channel adds more than switching convenience?

    -Ray
     

  7. DaphneBlue

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    I'm a happy owner and user of the bc hot. I trick guys and roadies at every gig. They say my sound is wonderful, I take them on stage and I show them the bc hot. They always check if there's no tube hidden somewhere and they say:"**** now I want one of those".

    Then I show them the usb stuff and here we usually wonder if this could become a cigarette holder. The tech guys love it. I tell 'hem I wanna go out with the usb cable and they watch me wonderin' if I'm serious and if they have something to do it. Of course I'm not serious.

    Enjoy your waitin' in the woods before the honeymoon at home.
     
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  8. Grateful Ape

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    I have the Artist. Fills almost every need. It's got, as someone said, 'soul.' I cannot believe how valve-like the response to pedals is.

    What I would really like to see is a head the size of the Quilter Micropro.
     
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  9. rad1

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    The gt100 worked well with my computer and the Fender tone studio was great. Its problem really was reliability based around either the software or firmware. Volume started dropping then spiking and as I tried to fix that following the manufacturers recommendations other aspects of the software interface failed. Truth be told, I was sort of glad because the sound from the amp was not acceptable unless I utilized the vast array of settings and created a good sound. I grew tired of that for I saved all those settings but lost them all having to do a forced update to solve the volume problem.

    As for the Katana, it had a great sound right out of the box. You are correct, the manufacturers need to make these amps play well with others for the Boss software refused to load onto my laptop.

    I have a Yamaha THR10 that I travel with, I have it with me. It is a fantastic sounding little amp and the Yamaha software works perfectly on my laptop.

    My oldest daughter sent me a photo of the Cube still in the box from Sweetwater setting in the house. She is cruel.
     
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  10. markal

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    I had a Hot first, then got the Artist, and both for a month or so. My impression is that the Hot is voiced like the clean channel on the Artist. The Hot does not have a presence control but it sounds like it has a preset presence pretty high. The gain is very similar. I usually ran the Hot at an edge of break up tone and used pedal to goose it. I did not like the boost function (on the Hot or Artist).

    The crunch channel on the Artist is voiced a little differently, a little mids I would say. It does allow more crunchy gain, but the boost sounds similar.
     
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  11. Hexabuzz

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  12. raysachs

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    Thanks. So if I ever decide to go for one of these I'll probably just stick with the Hot and use my tube screamer clone for a bit more drive at times. There's no way I need more power than the Hot - I don't need anything near it's 30 watts.

    But as a man-cave player, I'm really enjoying my Vox modeling amp - never had presets before and love dialing 6-8 great sounds and having them available at the touch of a button. That's a new experience to me and one I really like immensely. None of those half dozen presets sound as good as the basic sound of the BC Hot, but they sound pretty damn good and the versatility is working for me. So for now I'm not looking, but I when I played the Hot, I dug it immensely and can't get it out of the back of my mind. Someday it'll probably work it's way back to the front...
     

  13. markal

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    I see them used for $350. I sold mine for $325. I agree that for home playing the Hot is more than enough. I used at jams and rehearsals and it hung just fine. GAS led to my acquisition of the BCA.
     
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  14. joebloggs13

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    If I had the cash I would get the Blues Cube Tour head and the cab. Two effects loops with the ability to go stereo....the tonal possibilities would be endless.
     

  15. Lef T

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    The head is nice and you have separate eq for the crunch channel too plus another 20 watts,but now you have a head and a cab to haul around.
    The Stage and Artist interest me because they are an easy grab n go solution.
    I'm from Canada also and the Roland amps cost more here than in the U.S.
     
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  16. joebloggs13

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    Yes the Roland amp do cost more up here....I am from Canada as well. :) But the white Artists is the same price as the Stage at L&M.....go figure....which is why I went for the Artist.
     

  17. Lef T

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    What didn't you like about the boost?
    Not enough boost or too much of a change in tone?
     

  18. Lef T

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    I'm in Ontario and Cosmo Music has the Artist or Stage priced the same at $999.
    Doesn't make sense really,why anyone wouldn't take the Artist at the same price.
     

  19. raysachs

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  20. Twang Banger

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    Country gigged last night with my Blues Cube Artist and NY Blues tone capsule. Wow, if I could chicken pick, they would have thought it was Brad Paisley ... i was playing a Music Man Albert Lee SSS ... sounded very good. Very happy with that there amp. Bonus is, it is a heck of a lot lighter than any of my tube amps. Schweet.
     
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