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brUKEman
06-06-2013, 12:29 PM
Looking to get a small portable amp (battery operated). I had the Roland Microcube but didn't like it at all. I tried the AC33 and it was a good clean acoustic amp which could also run on batteries. Anyone tried it and if so what is your opinion. Just looking for a small amp to play at some family outdoor bbq's.

Newportlocal
06-06-2013, 12:53 PM
I bought a fishman loudbox mini for my house, and I have an extension cord in my yard. The Roland AC-33 will be my next purchase for a portable amp.
A few threads.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?42728-Roland-AC-33-or-Fishman-Loudbox-Mini

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?35866-Which-acoustic-amp

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?53226-Bought-Roland-AC-33-for-my-uke

anthonyg
06-06-2013, 01:44 PM
I use a Roland AC-33 to busk with and its a great amp. I've reviewed the AC-33 on youtube,


http://youtu.be/wT4CDIHmqd8

Mind you. Its seems expensive for your request unless the money really isn't an issue.

Anthony

mattydee
06-06-2013, 03:15 PM
Looking to get a small portable amp (battery operated). I had the Roland Microcube but didn't like it at all. I tried the AC33 and it was a good clean acoustic amp which could also run on batteries. Anyone tried it and if so what is your opinion. Just looking for a small amp to play at some family outdoor bbq's.

I've got a VOX mini3 which I really love -- perfect for busking and very small venues. 2 channels, and lots of fun effects for the uke. Not great as far as acoustic goes -- there's no EQ, but it does have a clean setting, and I use a DI box from Behrenger and it works well.

The Mini3 + the Behrenger box will only set you back 130 clams plus shipping. No looper, and not as much power as the Roland, obviously, but I think it would work for a backyard BBQ.

experimentjon
06-06-2013, 08:47 PM
The AC33 looks like a great portable amp. If I had the money to spend, it'd probably be my top pick for portable ukulele amplification. I currently have an AC-60, and think it's fantastic.

consitter
06-06-2013, 09:04 PM
The AC33 looks like a great portable amp. If I had the money to spend, it'd probably be my top pick for portable ukulele amplification. I currently have an AC-60, and think it's fantastic.

The AC60 is the standard most acoustic amps are compared to. It's a great one. I have an AC33, and I love it. Now that I'm starting to get into camping, it's an awesome little amp to have just for that purpose. The only thing I don't get--it's stereo. It's really not needed. In fact, no amp really needs to be stereo in my opinion.

brUKEman
06-06-2013, 10:33 PM
Thanks for all the info.
I just checked out the Fishman Mini & it does look nice, but I do definitely want one I can use with batteries so the fishman is out.
So far I'll be sticking with the Roland AC-33 unless anyone has any other suggestions.

Lori
06-07-2013, 08:19 AM
You could check out the Fender Passport Mini. I have one, and I like it. Nice and small, but with a strong voice, and can run on batteries.
http://www.fender.com/series/passport/passport-mini/

I got mine for around $150. It can use the Fender Fuse software for customizing the pre-sets.

–Lori

FiL
06-08-2013, 04:21 AM
I have an AC-60, which I love and use for gigs, and a battery-powered Cube Street, which I never use (too big for such limited power). The AC-33 is a nice compromise between the two. I wish I had one.

- FiL

GASguy
06-08-2013, 04:35 AM
I Love my Roland AC 60!!!

The AC 33 looks like a great little unit, if it sounds like a smaller version of the AC 60 you will not be disapointed.

BIGDB
06-08-2013, 07:28 AM
I don't know about the ac33 but I have a bc 330 and it sounds great. You can plug a microphone into with your uke at same time you can plug in your iPod for a back up track I would recommend trying to get this one. it is pretty big so I don't know if you want that but it is a great amp

ricdoug
06-08-2013, 09:42 AM
I love the AC-33 and have played some medium large 60+ people venues with it. The built in kickstand elevates the sound upwards for more coverage. With separate channels for the microphone and instrument, it's easy to get a balanced sound. The anti feed back switch turns on an automatic circuit so you do not have to fool around to stop feedback. There are also separate effects controls for the microphone and instruments channel, so you don't have to share effects for both. Additionally, the AC-33 has separate auxiliary inputs with their own volume control. This allows you to play a CD player or MP3 player for backing tracks or just to play recorded music if you like. There is also a built in 40 second looper, that allows you to build endless tracks of instruments, vocals and sounds. The AC-33 is also engineered to work at full power on rechargeable NiMH batteries, saving both money and the environment. It does all this with only 8 AA NiMH or alkaline batteries. The AC-33 is very powerful at a total of 30 watts (15 watts X 2) and has a stereo or mono output to run a line to a larger P.A. system. This is another great benefit of the AC-33, as you're always in control of your own sound. The sound engineer of the large P.A. system can adjust volume and overall tone, but everything else is controlled by you through your AC-33. I also have two BA-330 systems that I connect together using the Stereo Link feature, that gives me 4 microphone and 4 instrument channels, along with an auxiliary input. I tried the Fender Passport Mini at the Winter NAMM show and was impressed with it's performance, which is similar to my Roland Cube Street's (The Fender is half the cost of the Cube Streets and lighter). I just do not like that it uses C size batteries. There are adapters that will allow you to use AA batteries in it. I may still get a Fender Passport Mini, for traveling. I own a lot of battery powered equipment, as you can read about in this thread:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?5333-Battery-powered-ukulele-amplification

Dan Uke
06-09-2013, 09:47 AM
Thanks Ric for your comments from several threads...I just ordered the Roland AC-33 and the dual footpedal and I have a bunch of AA NiMH batteries for my camera flash and also own the Para DI so that seems to be the logical choice for me.

ricdoug
06-09-2013, 02:05 PM
Aloha e Nongdam. Did you also order a stereo tip/ring/sleeve cable for the Boss footswitch? Ric

Dan Uke
06-09-2013, 02:59 PM
Aloha e Nongdam. Did you also order a stereo tip/ring/sleeve cable for the Boss footswitch? Ric

I don't know what that is but it sounds like I need to buy some more cables. I am looking forward to using the built in looper.

blue_knight_usa
06-09-2013, 06:36 PM
I too bought a Fishman Loudbox mini and it can blow the doors off in a small venue. I was leaning to the AC-33 but batteries were not my #1 factor and the sound on the Fishman was cleaner to me, also plenty of power and a nice set of features. I think the AC-33 would be my choice if I had to have batteries. I have found several folks who have a battery pack they use so they can use their favorite amp anywhere without being tied to getting something that has batteries. Lots of choices.

I used the Fishman for my UkeJam in my office which is about 5000 sq ft, had about 18 folks and kept the volume at 2. I would have blown everyone's ear drums beyond 3. It really cranks out the sound. I might even be inclined to just get a battery pack to plug mine into if I needed portability because the Fishman Loudbox Mini is tops for the price and quality.

Good luck on your decision,

Ukuleleblues
06-10-2013, 03:42 AM
I love the AC-33 and have played some medium large 60+ people venues with it. The built in kickstand elevates the sound upwards for more coverage. With separate channels for the microphone and instrument, it's easy to get a balanced sound. The anti feed back switch turns on an automatic circuit so you do not have to fool around to stop feedback. There are also separate effects controls for the microphone and instruments channel, so you don't have to share effects for both. Additionally, the AC-33 has separate auxiliary inputs with their own volume control. This allows you to play a CD player or MP3 player for backing tracks or just to play recorded music if you like. There is also a built in 40 second looper, that allows you to build endless tracks of instruments, vocals and sounds. The AC-33 is also engineered to work at full power on rechargeable NiMH batteries, saving both money and the environment. It does all this with only 8 AA NiMH or alkaline batteries. The AC-33 is very powerful at a total of 30 watts (15 watts X 2) and has a stereo or mono output to run a line to a larger P.A. system. This is another great benefit of the AC-33, as you're always in control of your own sound. The sound engineer of the large P.A. system can adjust volume and overall tone, but everything else is controlled by you through your AC-33. I also have two BA-330 systems that I connect together using the Stereo Link feature, that gives me 4 microphone and 4 instrument channels, along with an auxiliary input. I tried the Fender Passport Mini at the Winter NAMM show and was impressed with it's performance, which is similar to my Roland Cube Street's (The Fender is half the cost of the Cube Streets and lighter). I just do not like that it uses C size batteries. There are adapters that will allow you to use AA batteries in it. I may still get a Fender Passport Mini, for traveling. I own a lot of battery powered equipment, as you can read about in this thread:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?5333-Battery-powered-ukulele-amplification
Gee Ric, I am always amazed at the number of amps you have. I was going to wait on the Vox mini 5. I would get the fender Passport Mini but it has C batteries and that would be expensive. Didn't you play one of the Vox Mini 5's at Namm? What did you think of it?

I wonder how hard it would be to hack a PW50 to run on batteries?

ralphk
06-10-2013, 04:38 AM
Very high capacity C size rechargable batteries are available. NiMH C batteries have a capacity of 5000mAh -- you won't run out of power with these!!!

ricdoug
06-10-2013, 05:35 PM
Very high capacity C size rechargable batteries are available. NiMH C batteries have a capacity of 5000mAh -- you won't run out of power with these!!!

The Roland AC-33 is designed to run off the lower nominal voltage of NiMH batteries. The Fender Passport Mini does not state in the owners manual that is designed for NiMH batteries. Ric

ricdoug
06-10-2013, 05:54 PM
Pass on the Mini5, Jimmy. While it has more features than the DA5, the Fender Passport Mini is more powerful and better sounding. Use C Cell adapters:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_05750054000P?vName=Computers%20&%20Electronics&cName=Cameras&Camcorders&sName=Accessories&psid=YAHOOSHOP01&sid=IDx20070921x00003b

http://www.zbattery.com/Lenmar-C-Cell-Adapter-for-AA-Batteries-4-Pack

http://store.sundancesolar.com/baadaatoc2pa.html

If the Roland AC-33 is within your uncomfortable budget, Jimmy, stretch and get it! Nothing else battery powered (especially by NiMH AA rechargeable batteries) comes close, except the Carvin S400D, which you used to own and is extremely heavier and with limited battery time.

As to the number of amps I own, if you really knew, it would astound you. We do sound and lighting for extremely huge venues. I'll post a photo of one wall of amps in my living room later. I don't have the time to post all of our P.A. and sound reinforcement gear. Ric

ricdoug
06-10-2013, 06:11 PM
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Keyboard1.jpg

brUKEman
06-10-2013, 07:28 PM
Just ordered the AC33 from Musicians Friend for $399. minus a 15% discount which brought it to $340 with free shipping/no tax.

gyosh
06-10-2013, 07:28 PM
I don't know what that is but it sounds like I need to buy some more cables. I am looking forward to using the built in looper.

I bought the Boss FS-6 dual foot switch to go with my AC-33.

I heard BlueKnights set up and it was awesome, but for my needs the AC-33fit the bill. If I ever perform I'd get the bigger Fishman or AC-60 or Fender Passport or Bose :)

Dan Uke
06-10-2013, 09:18 PM
Just ordered the AC33 from Musicians Friend for $399. minus a 15% discount which brought it to $340 with free shipping/no tax.

I got 15% off the AC33 and the FS-6. However, had to pay tax but still a great deal. I would like to get a Fishman Loudbox Artist next.

brUKEman
06-11-2013, 01:05 AM
If you're not going to do any looping with the amp why would you need the FS-6 Pedal?

anthonyg
06-11-2013, 02:44 AM
If you're not going to do any looping with the amp why would you need the FS-6 Pedal?

I've been using the AC-33 for a couple of years now without the pedal and without looping. Its an interesting feature but not fundamental to the ac-33.

Anthony

ricdoug
06-15-2013, 12:36 PM
For full function, two FS-6 footswitches are needed to turn on and off the Chorus and Reverb/Ambience effects as well as the Looper un the AC-33. Ric

brUKEman
08-22-2013, 08:07 PM
I picked up the Roland AC33 and am very happy with it. I plug my uke with misi pickup in it and it works fine.
I also wanted to use a microphone on my ukes that don't have a pickup. I was thinking of using a single mike placing it chest to neck high which would then be used for the uke and my voice. Do you think that would work and what microphone do you suggest. I was thinking of a Shure SM58 .
Ultimate goal is for some songs to use my uke with misi & seperate mike for vocals and some songs to be used without a pickup and single mike for uke and vocals. What are your thoughts?

ricdoug
08-22-2013, 09:16 PM
brUKEman, these three pack microphones are your best value for the money. Three for the same price as one:

http://www.taropatch.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10735

Strumdaddy
08-22-2013, 09:30 PM
You did a good thing ordering an AC33 brUKEman.... I had a Vox DA5 for ages and just couldn't get the sound I wanted out of it. Sounded good, but really designed for electric guitars. I got an AC33 and am much happier with the sound, meaning I can just play now without thinking "if I adjust X it will sound better". I got one of those rechargeable battery packs from China on EBay, it has both 9volt and 12volt outputs (AC33 is 13 volt - close enough). I can run a looping pedal and the amp off it.Happy little busker!

brUKEman
08-23-2013, 06:26 AM
Ricdoug: I just checked and the current price of the mics were 2 for $99. Do you think I can use one mic for my uke and vocals or do I need to use two (one on the uke/one on vocals). Also, how do the Digital Reference mic's compare to the Shure.

wendellfiddler
08-23-2013, 07:07 AM
Exactly the same two amps that I have. I use the Cube street a lot though, as it weighs only 8 pounds and has a lot of power for that weight - and runs for 12 to 14 hours on six AA batteries. The AC60 weighs about 25 pounds and sounds better of course - but no battery option.

Doug

ricdoug
08-23-2013, 06:11 PM
They are still 3 for $49 bucks, brUKEman:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gear-One-DRV100-Buy-One-Get-Two-Free-H79030-i2256366.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gear-One-DRI100-Buy-One-Get-Two-Free-H79029-i2256365.gc

The DRV100's are a little brighter than an SM58. What I like about the DRV100 is that you do not have to "eat" them to get a good sound. You can sing and play several inches away from them and still get good sound. The DRI100's are instrument microphones that also work well for vocals. Both the DRV100 and DRI100 come with a microphone clip, but not an XLR cable.

To answer your other question, I personally use a single DRV100 for both my vocals and ukulele at some gigs. I'll search for a photo or video of me using that configuration live. Ric

anthonyg
08-23-2013, 11:09 PM
I run a microphone for the instrument into my Roland AC 33 but its a special instrument microphone. The microphone channel on the AC 33 only supports dynamic microphones, not condenser microphones (no phantom power) which are what you really want to bring out the best from an instrument. I use a K&K Sound Meridian pro microphone and a battery powered preamp for instruments. The preamp supplies the power to the condenser microphone and its a simple 1/4 jack out of the preamp and into the AC 33's instrument channel. Then any dynamic microphone you want to use. No need for an expensive microphone for the AC 33. Honestly the speakers aren't big enough to make a huge difference. I've had good results with a Behringer XM8500 microphone.

Anthony

consitter
08-24-2013, 12:25 AM
I've been using the AC-33 for a couple of years now without the pedal and without looping. Its an interesting feature but not fundamental to the ac-33.

Anthony
A looper may not be 'fundamental', but it's a feature you don't get unless you step up to a lot higher dollar amp than this one, under normal circumstances.

ricdoug
08-25-2013, 07:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efVbZ5hl5Mc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i76TKnZPJ28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpJL4SEIs50

ricdoug
08-26-2013, 07:43 PM
Using two DRV100's through an AXL B60 bass/keyboard amp, with the tweeter switched on:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/35858AXL1.jpg

DRV100 for vocals and ukulele plugged in, bot through a Crate Taxi TX15:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/35858Ukulele110.jpg

Playing and singing through a single DRV100:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele460.jpg

Playing and singing through a single MXR990 microphone:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/Ukulele522.jpg

King David
08-26-2013, 09:14 PM
I was going for the Roland AC-33 thanks again to one of Ricdoug's recommendation. Oh yea give it up for Ricdoug, seriously we should be sending him Wi-FIVEs(that's wireless high fives fyi). Do you guys even realize how much value and wealth of free information this guy exchanges on the forums???

Anyways, I initially wanted more volume but Ric helped me decided against the Crate Taxi Limo(made in usa) or the Carvin s400d Stagemate due to poor battery life and weight. Plus, the Roland has that looper.

However, before buying a new Roland Ac-33 I checked out Feebay and discovered another battery amp auction that Ricdoug has mentioned before as well, the Roland Ba-330. Well I got one used for half price ~300$, the same price range as a new AC-33. This thing is beyond a battery powered amp, it is a battery powered PA system. It does not have a looper but I'm playing chord progression AND lead melody at the same time anyway, that's the funnest part just ask Jake. Well, I got my volume AND I got my battery life(running off 8 NiMh rechargeable 2600mah AA batteries (http://www.amazon.com/Tenergy-Standard-Battery-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B0089S3XI6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1377583492&sr=8-9&keywords=tenergy+nimh+2600+AA)). I just ran an entire Hawaiian picnic/jam with the Roland BA-330 with 1 mic and 3 instruments running nonstop for 3-4 hours, batteries read 3/3 bars STILL after the day and it was so loud we actually had to turn it down! Unbelievable.

Ricdoug, I salute you!

PS: Microphones! Yes, I'm not a singer so I didn't need a pro 100$ vocal mic, but I did need a mic stand + cable + decent vocal mic. Check out the Shure PG-48, I used that for the Hawaiian picnic and they had no complaints with the vocals. The combo is only ~40$ you cannot beat this deal!! http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/shure-pg48-lc-stand-cable-package

brUKEman
09-25-2013, 07:50 AM
Due to the recommendation on this site I purchased 3 Microphones (DRV100's) which work very well with my Roland AC33.
I purchased the 3 mics for $60. including shipping. I am just using 1 and still have 2 brand new mics still in the box. If anyone is interested in them please let PM me. Price is $20.00 each plus shipping....

Shastastan
09-25-2013, 01:08 PM
Based on all the comments on this forum, We've had our AC-33 for a few weeks. So far we like it better than the micro cube (which does run on batteries). The AC-33 had better sound quality. We haven't tried it on batteries yet though. One concern for us is weight and portability. The AC-33 works well in that regard. We also like our Roland CM-30 cube which does have more umph than the AC-33, but it's also heavier. Hey, don't y'all think that these forums are really nice to get some great info?

Stan

ricdoug
12-24-2013, 06:02 PM
Here's one of my BA-330's being used by Dusty, when their P.A. crapped out. Everyone at Kaisen's were amazed that it filled the entire building with sound:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/kaisens4.JPG

All set up for the Jonathan Tarr Foundation Scholarship Picnic. All battery powered sound system. Two Roland BA-330's, one Roland AC-33, one Roland Microcube Bass RX and three Roland Cube Street's. Four Senheizer E-838 microphones make for a superb setup for parks and beaches. Ono grindz, too:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/JonathanTarr201201.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/JonathanTarr201202.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/JonathanTarr201203.jpg

blue_knight_usa
12-25-2013, 02:25 AM
Here's one of my BA-330's being used by Dusty, when their P.A. crapped out. Everyone at Kaisen's were amazed that it filled the entire building with sound:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/kaisens4.JPG

All set up for the Jonathan Tarr Foundation Scholarship Picnic. All battery powered sound system. Two Roland BA-330's, one Roland AC-33, one Roland Microcube Bass RX and three Roland Cube Street's. Four Senheizer E-838 microphones make for a superb setup for parks and beaches. Ono grindz, too:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/JonathanTarr201201.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/JonathanTarr201202.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/JonathanTarr201203.jpg

Now I have amp envy!!