Roland Cube 80 GX Amp Description
Flexible powerhouse fuses COSM amp models with iOS connectivity
You’ve owned enough stopgaps. You’ve made enough compromises. The new CUBE-80GX is an amp to stick with. Potent but practical, with an 80-watt output and 12-inch custom-designed speaker, it’s a stage and studio-ready combo that steps up the market-leading features and reliability of the original CUBE range. Built for the ambitious musician who demands pro-quality tone for various scenarios, the 80GX is a versatile choice, with three footswitchable channels, multiple pro effects and amp models, combined with the option to store bespoke tones. Reflecting the rise of home-based recording, the i-CUBE LINK also provides a simple onboard audio interface, connecting with iOS devices like the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for mobile recording and practice.
- 80-watt guitar amp with custom-designed 12-inch speaker
- Three channels: JC CLEAN, LEAD (with 10 different COSM amp types), and SOLO
- SOLO channel is fully programmable, allowing you to save and recall amp type plus EQ and effects settings
- Three independent effects sections: EFX (five types), DELAY with tap tempo, and REVERB
- Hands-free channel switching, effects on/off, and more via GA-FC Foot Controller (sold separately)
- i-CUBE LINK jack provides simple audio interfacing with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (interface cable included)
- Free CUBE JAM app for iOS plays songs and minus-one jam tracks, and lets you record the CUBE-80GX’s COSM amp tones along with music playback
- Three-band EQ plus PRESENCE control; built-in chromatic/manual tuner
- RECORDING OUT/PHONES jack for silent practice and direct recording
Power for gigging – perfect for practice
It’s tough finding an amp that fuses road-worthy performance with features for solo practice. The CUBE-80GX does it all. Packing 80-watt power and a custom-designed 12-inch speaker, this combo has heavyweight grunt for gigging, while its demanding CUBE construction standards mean it’s rugged, reliable and ready for the van. But the CUBE-80GX isn’t just a road warrior – it’s also a practical choice for making music at home. For recording, you can use the Recording Out/Phones jack to mute the onboard speaker and send studio-quality tones (with COSM speaker modelling) direct to an audio interface or mixing board. This jack also doubles as a headphone socket: perfect for silent practice sessions.
No tone limits – with COSM amp models and independent channels
If your vision is getting more ambitious, you don’t want to be handcuffed to an amp with small-minded tone. No problem: with a wide range of COSM amp models and three independent channels, the CUBE-80GX has the versatility to take on any genre. The JC CLEAN channel delivers the clean tone of Roland’s iconic JC-120, while on the versatile LEAD channel, you’ll find ten additional amp choices, including blackface clean, Brit overdrive and the original Extreme amp for high-gain metal. The SOLO channel is fully programmable too, allowing you to store all the tones you’ve created on either the JC CLEAN or LEAD channels, complete with EQ and effects settings.
Empty your gigbag – with onboard effects/tuner
Get the right amp and there’s no need to resign yourself to a wallet-battering pedalboard. The CUBE-80GX features three separate onboard effects sections to put pro guitar processing within budget, while intuitive controls mean you can dial up great tones with ease. The EFX section includes five stompbox-type effects, while the dedicated DELAY section provides two different flavours, and REVERB offers a choice between vintage spring emulation and studio-style plate. The CUBE-80GX also has a chromatic/manual tuner, built into the amp to ensure you’ll never be left hunting for pitch pipes while the crowd turns nasty.
Step on it – with gig-friendly footswitch control
Some amps make sense in your bedroom, but leave you baffled and flustered on a dark club stage. Not the CUBE-80GX, which gives a choice of control methods. Intuitive dashboard dials mean it’s simple to adjust settings by hand – but if the stage is your natural habitat, the optional GA-FC Foot Controller makes gigs run even smoother, with six footswitches for selecting amp channels and activating effect sections. The GA-FC is also equipped with two expression pedals for foot control of input and master volumes, and connects easily via the included stereo ¼-inch cable. Remote channel switching on the CUBE-80GX is also possible with optional BOSS FS-5U or FS-6 footswitches.
i-CUBE LINK: A Simple Way To Record
More than ‘just’ a great-sounding guitar amp, the new CUBE-80GX features Roland’s i-CUBE LINK interface, allowing two-way connectivity and easy recording with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Unlike some bulky iOS interfaces, i-CUBE LINK simply connects to your device’s audio jack with the included cable, enabling you to play along with music tracks and send studio-quality bespoke amp tones direct to the recording app of your choice. The i-CUBE LINK jack can also be used as a simple stereo input, connecting to most audio devices and turning the CUBE-80GX amp into a high-quality music playback system.
Free CUBE JAM App: Get Better Faster
Available free from the App Store, the Roland CUBE JAM app turns your iOS device into a command centre for jamming, recording and learning. Using the i-CUBE Link, you can play back your favourite songs as minus-one tracks and jam along for hours using the 80GX’s great tones. In addition, CUBE JAM works like a virtual studio, letting you record, perfect the mix, then export it to a 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV file. CUBE JAM also features powerful tools for practice, including independent speed and pitch adjustment of audio playback, plus Centre Cancel to remove solos and create your own jam tracks. And that’s just the start…
|Google Category||Musical Instrument Accessories|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CUBE-80GX|
|Also Known As||Roland Cube 80XL, Roland Cube 80 XL, Roland Cube 80-XL, cube 80 gx, cb80gx|
|Product Alternative Names||amplifier, e guitar amp|