Roland CB-30
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Roland CB-30

CB-30 , Combo per basso from Roland in the Cube Bass series.

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Audiofanzine FR 07/12/2008

Roland CB-30 : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by SlapKid/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
At Roland's you can find everything you want to know.

30 watts!

The line out can also be used for headphones and to bypass the speaker. It's really not convenient on stage because it can't be used for personal monitoring.

But the 1/4" aux input is very convenient!

The shape function can't be controlled via footswitch, which is a pity because it would be enough to be able to switch between normal and slap!

The non-adjustable delay is totally useless and every single Roland Cube model has this feature.

UTILIZATION

It's very easy: just turn the amp knob and you're blown away. Then the compressor, the shape control and the effects allow you to fine tune your settings. Great concept!

The EQ is designed to correct room acoustics rather than shape the sound, so you'd better like the amp models provided.

In other words, try it before buying it.

SOUNDS

It's difficult not to be seduced by this small but beefy amp! The sound is always full and accurate with a fast response.

The compressor and the shape are effective, the reverb effect is cool with a fretless bass and the low frequency range is surprisingly well reproduced.

This compact amp has a big sound.

It's obvious that you won't be able to play on large stages with its 30 watts and 10" speaker...

OVERALL OPINION

This amp is made for people who want to become better musicians because every single nuance is faithfully reproduced. The amp is very versatile and it's a true pleasure to play it.

It's a digital amp so it sounds quite cold in the low-mids but not excessively.

Moreover, it is very reliable.

If you don't have enough money and/or you don't like digital amps consider the Marshall MB30, which is also very good to practice and it also has a beefy sound.

I also tried out the Line6 LD110, which isn't much more expensive but I didn't like it at all. The Cube sounds much better.

I play a 5-string fretless bass guitar (finger picking) and I only use clean sound so I won't speak about the Cube's distortion sound.

As a summary, it's a quite unbelievable amp and I can't wait to try out its small brother, the Microcube Bass RX!