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Roland Cube Street EX

Only a few days ago, an amp I’ve been drooling over for a long time finally arrived! And I just had to share all the fun I’m having with it ?

All the effects that you hear in the video below are built-in. I’m sure they can also be combined, I just haven’t gotten the chance to play more with that yet… This amp also has the option of being battery powered, for those busking outings. And, speaking of busking, I was surprised to find how light and easy to carry it is!

I can control the output to save on power depending on the situation:

Output power is adjustable in three levels—Max (50 W), Normal (25 W), and Eco (10 W)—letting you optimize battery life for different performing situations.

One of the reasons I fell in love with this amp was the full power it offered (50 W)!! As an electric violinist, I’ve often found that I need a lot of wattage to be heard over orchestras and bands.

It has 4 independent channels, and there’s an 1/8 inch jack in which I can plug my iPhone to play with backing tracks or directly record into apps like (one of my currently favorite on-the-go recording apps) Spire.

Above all, I love how warm and natural the sound is as well as all the EQ control I have (as you can imagine, balancing the sound of 6 strings can be tricky). Enjoy taking a listen to my fooling around with the just-out-of-the-box Cube Street EX!

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Review for USB Stereo Audio Adapter, and a How-To…

My USB adapter arrived today! Yippee! iPhone image on 2013-07-23 at 15_42_19

I opened it up to play around with it a bit, just to make sure that my computer and GarageBand would recognize it…

The computer instantly saw it and I was able to adjust the input in the System Preferences–>Sound menu.

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Now, interestingly enough, GarageBand did not readily perceive the extra input source….

So, I went into Preferences….

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…Clicked onto the Audio/MIDI section….

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…Where I could click the “Audio Input” drop-down button to find “C-Media USB Audio Device”…

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And, voilà, GarageBand was now receiving the info coming in from the adapter, once I selected it in Input Source drop-down menu of the track.

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And, so far, just plugging Aisling directly into the port (via a wonderfully handy 1/8th to 1/4 inch male-to-male cable adapter I have), the sound is crystal clear!

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desktop hookup

Next up, sometime this week, I’ll begin attaching everything together with my awesome beautiful Behringer mixer and start recording the nice demos for Gypsy Wanderer…! :mrgreen: