Markbass Little Mark Rocker 500

Markbass Little Mark Rocker 500

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Little Mark Rocker 500, Bass Guitar Amp Head from Markbass in the Little Mark series.

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  • Manufacturer: Markbass
  • Model: Little Mark Rocker 500
  • Series: Little Mark
  • Category: Bass Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 06/18/2010

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Markbass Little Mark Rocker 500 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %

Flo667's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

Markbass Little Mark Rocker 500
Class D amplifier transistor with a lamp (6205) for its saturated.
500W in 4 Ohms, 300 in 8 Ohms.
Input jack on the front, rear or Speakon output jack HP, tuner output, effects loop and XLR line output with two switch, pre / post EQ and ground.
Setting: gain, tube drive, 4 band EQ (low, mid low, mid high, high) filters VLE VLF line level output (XLR) and master.
All in a small metal case of 3lbs.


The configuration is very simple as long as you've used an amp.
It adjusts the input gain (LED blinks when the receiver clip) and the volume if you do not use the drive lamp was a LM3 (EQ flat it already sounds). The filters are for me instead of gadgets, used sparingly it can be interesting, but I'm not a fan.

Small detail, as there is only one channel I made a passive volume pedal to play quieter way. By reducing the volume (as if it was one of the instrument) saturation is lighter.


Corrections EQ are bluffing, you have access to a multitude of sounds, with incredible dynamics. When you start playing with the drive, move on to something else ... In the first quarter of the race lamp brings a beautiful color, see a little crunch and until 12pm was well hairy and warm overdrive. Spent half the race starts to become rough and ends up in the fuzz drooling. Plugged into my Markbass Standard 104HR 300 Watts more than enough despite the gorilla behind the drums. With an active bass (fender special PB) granted drop B the sound is clear and heavy (low 14h, 14h low mid, high low 10h, 14h and high drive to 12pm).
Not included in the direct XLR output the concert sound engineer was thrilled and plugged directly into my sound card, I can register with the sound of my amp at home


I use it for almost a year now and besides the fact that I have reduced my pedalboard (and eventually the preamp overdrive) I lug around 3 Kgs instead of 10 in my flight case.
Tested with an Ampeg 4x10 and 2x15 in concert config, the sound is still good (less definition with Ampeg anyway). Before buying I tried a LM tube that I found unconvincing, the preamp tube colors just the sound which to me does not justify the price difference with LM3. I also tried an Orange terror bass, the sound is nice but almost similar price it is cheap and is less versatile.

For a 500 watt amp that weighs just 3lbs, with a monstrous dynamic and close to a saturated light amp sound, all made in Italy less than 800 € ... I do not see that I could blame him.

El_Becko's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The knife Italian ;)"

Markbass Little Mark Rocker 500
Class D amp (I think because otherwise I do not see how ....)

500 watts .... 2 kilos 600 grams!

everything you need to never be caught out: output speakon + jack for power, XLR DI output, FX loop, separate volumes on the front for the amp and DI output with mute: that I say thank you !

An output tuner +

found in most of the famous bands EQUAL 4 VLE and VPF feature of the mark. The first simulates a vintage speaker and the second is a kind of outline digging medium and treble breaks. I'm not a fan but I'm sure it has an interest in certain styles of music.


The configuration is simple we can.
All settings to "0" is obtained and punchy sound halfway between "right" of EBS and the round of Ampeg, two brands that I use and know well.

The trend is to round anyway.
DI in this class is only slightly less than a U5 but much less "clear": I have both so I could compare. I had problems breathing with a combo of the brand in the studio (DI and HP) then nothing at all: everything is clean!

For optimal signal processing in post production but I prefer the U5 or when I need when I want to make my sound upon taking the Rocker 500 is perfect in the sense that I find the solution in 2 seconds.

The action of the VLE and VPF knobs famous is interesting but very exaggerated if one passes the first quarter up to you to see ... at the same time I play on a JB Deluxe 5 active so that my Equal board is sufficient in most cases.

Section distal tube gives excellent results in "preamp" I mean, coming back a little in the lamp to cradosser the sound and give a good color rock.

For a distortion "to donf" there are ten times better with or without lamp in my opinion ..


With this little jewel I went from Jazz to Rock cheerfully but to be honest I must say that the U5 to the little more upscale that goes for everything must be clean and head Ampeg big sound being asked in general.

So why the Rocker 500?

mainly because you will not find anywhere else a few cubic decimetres amp and under 3 pounds that will make you sound as warm and punchy.

For logistical reasons it is not possible me to board the three bodies on tour: I did try the "small" by repeating and I'm gone on the road the next day. I could test different speaker configuration that provides me with backline and you know what?
I got excellent results on the back of sound in 4 ohm output via the speakon (tested on 400 Martin, PS 15 and Whferdale). Which to me makes this amp a beast tour: do not panic if you end up with the m ... in backline if anything because it was "forgotten" .... the DI is excellent and will only brilliantly bestiolle a passive foot bath! (Quality anyway ....)


The big plus, you guessed it, this is the versatility and value for "services rendered / space".

Because you go with your fingers you will never be disappointed with this stuff there.
If you lack the SVT4 ben .... ask for a bigger tour bus ;)

I advise to keep a U5 below the elbow, on the other hand, when it comes to recording.

dud74's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The Swiss Army Knife"

Markbass Little Mark Rocker 500
A transistor amplifier and a preamp (12AX7), adjustable by a knob gain.
One finds all the features of this series with Mark Little gain knob that adds more drive.
Power of 500W at 4 ohms and 350W into 8 ohms.
Input there is only one jack, and then to output, XLR output for the "balanced", Speakon / Jack for encenites.


Setup is simple. The input gain to settle with the LED clip, then the drive of the lamp, Low mids treble equalizers and famous VLE and VPF filters dear to the brand.
I did not have the manual and I am very well.
To have a sound one spends hours ... With all these buttons to turn, reagents, we offer a range of its huge, it's a bit long.
But once you get the knack, you get a good sound. I'll make some smile, but you can have one of its ampeg easily (with less weight).


This is an amp that suits all styles of music.
When cutting the lamp gives the sound of LMIII with all its possibilities. Then when you start to tickle the gain of the lamp, we can create a sound that plays on the field of large tube amp.
I play with a precision fitted with Seymour Duncan SPB2, and with a setting that includes a lot of mediums. Frankly it does it well. This is not "sound" but "sound" ...
I'm not a huge slapper but by turning the knob of FFT, we dig the midrange and it's really stunning.
And the DI is super efficient.


Basically to summarize the features of this amp is that with this little beast we get to play jazz, waltz, rock (which is the coolest edgier).
I also used the studio and it's very good compared to my old ASHDOWN ABM.
I got tired of lugging my 45kg of gear to go into rehearsal or concert, so I looked and I found this little Swiss Army knife of bass amplification.
What bothers me a bit is the price, because the head over the fact that HP 4x6 near euros.C 1700 is almost the price of the reference amplifier.
But the weight, the weight AHHHH. Head in the bag that goes into a backpack, the HP in one hand and the bass in the other ... Nothing to say.
This is an interesting choice. I had the head LM 250, which I criticized for having no character, and although there is a great job on the part of the brand ...

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