Guitar amp modeling:
Roland Micro Cube (v1) Classic Stack model analysis & measurements
Nov. 27, 2018
The Roland Micro Cube comes with a very nice 'British stack' amp model (British type hi-gain rock). Despite the poor quality of the built-in speaker (high resonance frequency, distortion at moderate sound levels) the Micro Cube 'rocks'.
This article contains measurements of the original Micro Cube's Classic Stack amplifier model. The amp's linear frequency response and post-distortion filter ('post-gain') were measured. From the measured data the pre-distortion filter ('pre-gain') response were calculated.
The measurements were carried out on the headphone output of the Micro Cube. They are valid between 70 Hz and 10 kHz (enough for guitar).
The pre-distortion filter very closely follows the preamp filtering of 80s Marshalls: JCM800 2203/2204 and the Silver Jubilee. I think it's closer to a Silver Jubilee, than a 2203, because 2203 has much more bass and a bit more top-end in the preamp.
The post-distortion EQ contains the cabinet response with some low-end resonance - as one would expect from a modeling amp. The high-frequency roll off is a bit early, the peak should be at 3 kHz and not at 2 kHz.
The Classic Stack amp model has a strange feature: the volume knob acts as a tone control too! At low levels (~2) we have enormous bass, but as we turn up the volume, the tone becomes very thin. It is not an overall loudness control or compensation, because only the Classic Stack model has this odd feature.