Product Type: Roland Amplifiers
Newest Review: ... not have expected in any other way. My keyboard sounds a lot better used with this amp. And as I found out later, you can also use this spe... more
Great for synth practise or performing in small venues.
Member Name: PeteGrayson
Advantages: Ideal for use in small rooms, Crisp and clear sound, Packs quite a punch for a small amp
Disadvantages: Only suitable for keyboards, No effects, Not powerful enough for larger venues
I bought this amplifier a couple years back when purchasing my Roland SH-201, and did not regret it. This little amplifier really packs a punch, and while being mighty heavy for a little guy like me, is incredibly easy to get around the place (the sturdy handle on top makes it all possible!)
First and foremost, it's a synthesizer amplifier, and I would certainly not recommend it to guitarists above any other amplifier's by Marshall or Orange. However, I have played my guitar through it before and it gave off a fairly strong clean sound. It was only when I upped the volume that things started to sound a little crackly and crunchy (and not in a badass distortion kinda way). It also gave me a fairly muffled sound when I attempted to plug into the mic-channel and sing through my microphone. However, this may just be my experience and others may have had more success with these elements. As it stands though, I would only suggest this to synth players.
In a similar way, I tended to find that plugging more than one instrument in at a time would make for an extremely patchy sound, with both instruments sounding as if they were competing for the amp when played at any reasonable volume. This made the heck load of input channels (each with their own individual volume dials) seem rather pointless to me.
However, I did find this incredibly effective for practising with my Roland SH-201, as it allowed me to pump up the volume (almost to max!) whilst keeping a crisp and clear sound. On the other hand, in a live environment I began to feel that the amp wasn't powerful enough to hold its own as I played with my bandmates. Eventually, I decided to just start plugging into the venue's PA system and leave the amp at home.
As it is primarily a piano and synthesizer amplifier, it does not contain any built in effects such as delay or distortion. It does let you alter the High and Low end frequencies of the sound though, which can come in handy when you're ready for some serious bass!
As an added bonus, it does work perfectly for blasting out some music from an ipod, provided you have the appropriate adaptor cable to go with it.
Summary: Great for practise, not always so great for use live.
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