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MoMark SA 500, Bass Guitar Amp Head from Markbass in the MoMark series.


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Markbass MoMark SA 500 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Markbass
  • Model: MoMark SA 500
  • Series: MoMark
  • Category: Bass Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 03/24/2011

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Markbass MoMark SA 500 user reviews

Average Score:5.0(5/5 based on 1 review)
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funky-bassist04/22/2011

funky-bassist's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" From high-end musicians seeking pure and accurate sound"

Markbass MoMark SA 500
PREAMP module: S1
Solid state preamp
Ultra-linear frequency response
EQ module: Eq42S
4-band equalizer
2 semi-parametric EQ controls

MASTER module: MVVL
Master level control
Line out level control
VLE filter
FFT filter
Revolutionary high-tech dual-band limit

AMP FRAME: 500
Analog power amp 500W @ 4 ohm / 300W @ 8 ohms
Custom digital power supply
in output of the amplifier:
- 2 output jack / Speakon
- 1 Tuner output
- 1 XLR Direct Out
-1 Send effect to send the signal to stomp without signal loss
1-Return to effect the return of the EFET pedal on the amp
1 pre / post eq to send the signal on DI or table with or without amplification
A ground / lift for the earth

Another point, the head can also operate without BAFFLE, just as the builder put the master volume to 0 (not vital but useful over time) and will work as head preamp.

UTILIZATION

Configuration very simple and intuitive, the filters are very easy to use, 1 is used for a more vintage, the other reduces the mids and increases low and midrange for a more dynamic slap. We obtain the desired sound very easily. on the other hand I put 9 because the electronic and technical explanation is not very well explained and textbooks are not very easy to decode.

SOUNDS

EQ is just perfect with 2 semi parametric mids. If we wanted to push the stuff to the extreme one could add the semi-parametric for the low and highs but I do not think this is crucial for the final signature sound.
It happens to sound very round and warm by putting a little of the 2 filters and equalization with corigeant. In short it is very simple and it sounds monstrously good. The sound is very clear, precise but wish to push the filter vintage can easily get to sound a little dirtier. You'll understand one can do anything on that head.
I play on a Fender Marcus Miller, and my setting is as follows:
Vintage-Filter has 2 / 10
Filter-slap to 3 / 10
EQ: - 4 db low, -2 2 low mid mid high high + 3

I play mostly jazz, groove, you'll understand these amps are rather intended for jazz musicians since their precision and grain. (Aillrus to just look at the list artists to realize)
So you see it's still very faithful to his source of the instrument, then I played with the microphones bass mainly. The peculiarity is that this amp delivers the real sound of the bass "Intuitively you will find it very easy to get the sound you want from your bass, filters and equalization + touch on your instrument that is very improtant on this face because, given its accuracy, it must be attentive to your game that greatly affects the sound. for me it perfectly balanced between THE GAME and THE LOW SETTING SETTING AMP and I think this amp perfectly balances each of these parties are all important as each other

OVERALL OPINION

I bought one months ago and uses it to its maximum configuration: on baffle in preamp and XLR out for concerts. I tried a Little Mark III before but what attracted me to this head is that you can change the modules. I also invests in the module with preamp mute and did not exit line out on my model because I find it useless. Here you basically make your head comem you want and that's what's great. Each module is worth between 90 and 130 euros for normal quality modules and ET are more expensive (like 150 to 180) euros but then if you want to change your head just to exchange modules or sell and buy one Another limiting costs.
The value for money is your best that we can know on a bass amp, amps made in Italy, high quality and affordable (compared to the quality of efabrication). I do it again without hesitation that choice and I will continue to invest in this brand that has a bright future ahead of it by buying a 104 HF cabinet I think to go with the head. Y GO DARK EYES CLOSED!!
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