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DB-18 Introducing the Roland Micro Cube Bass Amp!

This is lesson DB-18 Introducing the Roland Micro Cube Bass Amp, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about using the Roland amp.

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My main bass amp is a Gallien-Krueger 700RB-II in a 12 inch Neo combo cabinet, along with another Neo 12 extension cab, which is an awesome amp that has served me well.  But, even with the Neo speakers, it is still heavy!  Recently I began searching for something smaller and lighter that could still put out a great tone and I ended up settling for the Roland Micro Cube amp.  The Micro Cube Bass Amp is battery powered…..it runs on 6 AAA batteries, as well as begin capable of plugging into wall power.  I am so impressed with this amp.  I have been using it during our orchestra rehearsals when there have been parts calling for electric bass and it has been more than up to the task of competing with a 40 piece orchestra and filling up a 300 seat theater space.

This amp includes, not only the standard treble, mid and bass EQ controls that you would expect, but in addition to that there are gain, master volume and FX controls for compression, chorus, flanger, wah, delay and reverb.  Also included is a drum machine with a variety of different rhythm patterns and a tap tempo control.  The complete specs for the amp from Roland are listed below.

Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

The Roland Micro Cube Bass Amp is available through Amazon.com: Roland Micro Cube Bass RX Battery-Powered Bass Combo Amp


Specifications


Amplifier Section
Rated Power Output:                        2.5 W + 2.5 W
Nominal Input Level (1 kHz):            INPUT: -10 dBu
STEREO AUX IN: -10 dBu
MONO AUX IN: -10 dBu
Speakers:                                           10 cm (4 inches) x 4

Controls
POWER Switch, TUNER Switch, COMP Switch

COSM AMPLIFIER:

TYPE Switch (OCTAVE BASS / SUPER FLAT / FLIP TOP / B MAN / BASS360 / SESSION / CONCERT 810 / MIC), GAIN Knob, VOLUME Knob

EQUALIZER:

BASS Knob, MIDDLE Knob, TREBLE Knob, FX Knob (CHORUS/FLANGER/T-WAH)
DELAY/REVERB Knob

RHYTHM GUIDE:

START/STOP Switch, TAP TEMPO Switch, PATTERN Knob (METRONOME / ROCK1 /
ROCK2 / BLUES / COUNTRY / R&B / BALLAD / JAZZ / FUNK / LATIN /DANCE), VARIATION
Switch, VOLUME Knob 

Indicators                                              

POWER
TUNER:  TUNING METER
RHYTHM GUIDE:  RHYTHM GUIDE, VARIATION

Others
Connectors:

Input Jack (1/4″ phone type), Foot Switch Jack (1/4″ TRS phone type), STEREO AUX IN
Jack (Stereo miniature phone type), MONO AUX IN Jack (1/4″ phone type), REC
OUT/PHONES Jack (Stereo 1/4″ phone type), AC Adaptor Jack, Grounding Terminal

Power Supply:  DC 9 V: AC Adaptor or Dry battery(*) LR6 (AA) type (alkaline) x 6 *sold separately

Current Draw:   186 mA

Accessories:  Strap, Power Cord, AC Adaptor, Owner’s Manual

Options:  Foot Switch (BOSS FS-5U, FS-6, FS-7), Connection Cable (PCS-31L)

Size and Weight
Width:    296 mm/ 11 11/16 inches
Depth:    207 mm/ 8 3/16 inches
Height:   294 mm/ 11 5/8 inches
Weight:   6.8 kg/ 15 lbs.

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White Christmas Video

I just published today my video to go along with my arrangement and recording of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” played in the awesome style of the vocal group The Drifters.  This is a ukulele and string bass duet on White Christmas while thinking of all of our men and women in uniform serving America so far away from home.

A link to the video on YouTube is below.

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Blackies and Nacho Mama

Hey there Mexican food lovers.  I thought I’d let you know that my song “Nacho Mama” has just now been released as a single on CD Baby.  For today only, the lunch special is Nacho Mama for only $0.99!

The inspiration for this song came from the cooking magazine, “Bon Appetite”, which had an article titled “One Dish Wonder” and at first I thought that might make a good song title, but then that led me to think, “What ONE menu item do I think about a lot?”. It was then that I realized that that one dish has to […] Continue Reading…

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White Christmas

My new version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is now available on CD Baby, plus various outlets of digital distribution such as iTunes, Amazon, etc. and is streaming on Spotify.  And, it’s best for me if you buy it directly at my music store.  White Christmas is yet another tune that I got inspired to record last December when the music bug hit me hard.  I’ve always loved the version done by The Drifters after I heard a clip of it on Home Alone when Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) realized his family woke up late and rushed off to […] Continue Reading…

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New Artwork

Hello everyone,

I will be releasing my next recording this week….my instrumental cover of The Drifters version of White Christmas.  Here’s the cover art!  Check back tomorrow for more.

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Ringtones for Trailer Park Santa!

Well, in my spare time I made two YouTube videos of the ringtones for Trailer Park Santa.  If you want the iPhone version go here!

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Trailer Park Santa Ringtone # 2

Another day, another ringtone from Santa!  Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down ringtone lane!  Anyway, here is ringtone number 2!  This is in MP3 format.  The iPhone version is available on my music store page.

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Trailer Park Santa Ringtone # 1!

Just when you think you couldn’t ask for anything more from Santa, here he comes with ringtones!  Those Elves are busy little guys.  Here is ringtone number 1!  This is in MP3 format.  The iPhone version is available on my music store page…..

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

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Sheet Music for Trailer Park Santa

Sheet music is also available for Trailer Park Santa.  The lead sheet contains the melody and chord progression for the song.  A copy is available for download on the Sheet Music Page.

Thank you for your support!

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Video of Trailer Park Santa

My next song in the series of singles that will make up my Christmas album this coming fall was just released: “Trailer Park Santa”. This post is to give you is the Trailer Park Santa video. So….”Merry Christmas!” It’s Christmas in July! Ho, ho, ho.  The songwriting backstory is here.

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