Now your guitar amp can help you practice, record and share your music, while improving the sound of your existing music collection. Thanks to a punchy 2.1 channel sound system it’s also an ideal alternative to an iPod dock – because it does so much more, yet costs less.
What are Cube Lite amps?
The Roland CUBE Lite (for guitarists) and Roland CUBE Lite MONITOR (for keyboard and synth players) are compact, 2.1 channel amplifiers with built-in audio interfaces for Apple’s iOS devices.
Both amps allow musicians to enjoy playing and recording music at home with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch thanks to the new i-CUBE-LINK audio interface. This connects the amp to your iOS device via a single cable, so you can listen to music from your phone or tablet through the amp. Better still, you can record yourself playing directly into any iOS audio app, including Roland’s free CUBE JAM app.
For guitarists, the versatile CUBE Lite has three distinctive COSM tones – JC CLEAN, CRUNCH, and EXTREME, offering a wide range of sounds that fit into any style of music. COSM is short for Composite Object Sound Modelling, Roland’s ‘modelling’ technology that emulates the physical and acoustic characteristics of an amp. This means that a single amp can sound convincingly like other amps, in this case the classic JC-120 Jazz Chorus, a vintage crunchy rock amp and, for the metallers, something a bit more, shall we say, intense. Reverb and chorus effects are onboard as well, and the 2.1 channel audio delivers a wide, expansive stereo sound more akin to that of a high-end iPod dock.
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CUBE JAM also includes powerful tools for music practice, including the ability to slow down audio to help you practice a particular part; although the audio slows down, the original pitch is maintained. You can also remove or minimise the presence of pre-recorded vocals by using the centre-cancel option, which clears the way for you to lay down your own vocals.
For Keyboard and Synth players
Pianists, keys and synth players haven’t been left out either, as the Cube Lite MONITOR has mic and instrument inputs, so is ideal for singers and musicians who play other electronic instruments. Easy-to-use reverb and echo effects allow you to quickly ensure the ambience for your singing and playing is just right.
Record and share your music with the CUBEJAM iOS app
The CUBEJAM iOS app is free from the App Store and when paired up with a Cube Lite amp lets you practice, record and share your latest ideas. You can play along with commercially-available songs and create minus-one tracks through the CUBE Lite, and then play the recorded audio back into CUBE JAM through the i-CUBE LINK connection. After recording you can adjust the volume of your performance and backing music from directly within the app, then export a mix to a 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV file for sharing.
Make your digital music collection sound better
With a powerful 2.1-channel audio system, CUBE Lite amplifiers can certainly make your own music sound better, but they can also improve other music you may own. Although a guitar amp first and foremost, you’ll be amazed how much better your iOS music collection sounds when played through a proper speaker. The stereo speakers and integrated subwoofer deliver amazingly rich and full sound without taking up too much space. And if you need to practice in silence, just plug in headphones to mute the onboard speakers.
All models in the CUBE Lite series look great in a variety of settings; at home, at the office or in the rehearsal studio. And because not everyone wants a black amp, the CUBE Lite Guitar Amplifier also comes in white and red, as well as the obligatory black, while the CUBE Lite Monitor comes in white.
Cube Lite: in brief
- Compact, stylish guitar amp with iOS interface; for home or office
- Versatile range of effects including JC CLEAN, CRUNCH, and EXTREME COSM tones, plus stereo chorus and reverb
- Powerful 2.1 channel audio system, with custom stereo speakers and integrated subwoofer
- i-CUBE LINK jack connects with Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- Free CUBE JAM app for iOS plays songs and minus-one jam tracks, and lets you record the CUBE Lite’s COSM amp tones along with your music playback
- Includes cable for two-way communication (playback and recording) with iOS devices
- Available in black, white, or red
For more information, visit www.RolandConnect.com.
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