Reviewed: MarkBass Pre S1M, Pre T1M, EQ42S, EQ7G and MVVL modules
In their relatively short life as a manufacturer, the Italian bass amp manufacturer Markbass has come on the scene like gang busters. Founded in 2001 by Marco De Virgiliis, Markbass has been building quality yet inexpensive products from their factory in San Giovanni Teatino, Italy. From the beginning, Markbass became a new leader in the bass amp realm by offering lightweight yet powerful amps that actually sounded good. Quickly Markbass amps were showing up all over the country on various stages. Now the company is taking it up another notch with their MoMark modular bass system.
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S1M & EQ42 Modules
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S1M & EQ7 Modules
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T1M & EQ42S Modules
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T1M & EQ7G Modules
|Clips recorded with a Steinberger XQ25 into the Markbass direct into a Presonus FireStudio, recorded and edited in Nuendo.|
Perhaps the coolest part of the MoMark system is the ability to mix and match the various modules. You can go from the tube driven T1M preamp through the EQ42S parametric equalizer to get a classic rock grind and then switch it up to the solid state S1M pre with the EQ7G graphic EQ for another to get that crystal clean British pop sound. Even cooler is that you can mix and match as you see fit for a tonal fiesta of experimentation. Cap it all off with Markbass’s very thoughtfully designed MVVL master module and you have yourself a hoss of an amp with lots of possibilities.
Being primarily a fan of tube preamps I started with the T1M preamp and EQ42S EQ module. For testing purposes I also primarily used the 600 watt frame and the MVVL master volume control throughout. With controls basically set flat I was off and running with an active five string. Right off the bat I was pleased at the warmth from the tube preamp. There was just the right hint of growl and roundness that one would expect and the parametric EQ responded nicely. Subtle tweaks were noticeable and present, which is commonly not the case with EQs on inexpensive amps. In live applications the MoMark was able to cop everything from a balls-out rock tone to a soul groover’s delight.
Changing over to the “solid state rig” composed of the S1M and EQ7G yielded just as favorable results. The sound was reminiscent of that classic ‘80s clean tone that works great for everything from modern rock and country to funk. Slappers in particular will enjoy the articulation and super clean top end of the EQ7G equalizer. In a word, the EQ7G “spanked.” FYI: If you want a hint of extra growl and attitude, use the T1M tube preamp in front of the EQ7G equalizer and turn it up. It leads way to a mountain of bassdom that rarely scaled.
All in all, there is very little to complain about with the MoMark bass amp system. Markbass’ commitment to quality runs rampant throughout without overly coloring your bass’ natural sound. No matter what combination of modules you use, you can easily find a bass tone that is useable and—more importantly—musical. This system surprisingly sounds like it should be much more expensive which these days is a major plus. If you’ve longed for a customizable bass amp rig but didn’t have the money to buy a barrage of individual components, you may want to take a look at the MoMark. It might just save your back and your wallet while delivering some thunderous tone.
you want a versatile, power-packed bass rig at a reasonable price
you need a super high-end boutique rig.
MSRPs Amp Frame 600 $649.99, New York 604 Cab $699.99, Modules: T1M $99.99, S1M $69.99, EQ7 $89.99, EQ42S $89.99, MVVL $89.99
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