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Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Markbass belonging to the Mini series.

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  • papalolopapalolo

    Surprising, comprehensive, lightweight

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 12/07/14 at 06:34
    I have lots of heavy gear, so I opted for this one due to its weight.
    After several months of use, I can confirm its good performance.
    A 15-incher will certainly go deeper, but it's unbeatable in terms of weight.
    I have tried it out in situations for which it certainly wasn't foreseen.
    It sounds clear and precise with a double bass...and it also sounds fine with an MP3 player.
    Especially due to the limiter, which is very effective and prevents the amp from exceeding its limits.
    The folding Velcro wedge to position the amp is very useful. It couldn't be easier.
    Its only negative point is the price.
  • rha61rha61

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 05/22/08 at 02:35
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Transistor amp 280w (450w if external speaker)
    13.5kgs only
    1 hp 12 "and piezo
    1 between 1 loop effects, 1 line XLR and 1 output tuner
    equa 4 bands and 2 adjustable filters
    no headphone jack

    USE

    The weight and size compared its electric power and acoustics make it an extraordinary amp
    as indicated in the manual, the gain should be between maximum regl before clignotage blue diode before tuning the master knob, the sound is better and warmer

    a negative point, the power sends a lot of noise on the sector, which can disrupt the listening tuner or some amps or pramplis

    SONORITS

    Unlike what is said, the Markbass is not neutral and does not respect as has the sound of y…
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    Transistor amp 280w (450w if external speaker)
    13.5kgs only
    1 hp 12 "and piezo
    1 between 1 loop effects, 1 line XLR and 1 output tuner
    equa 4 bands and 2 adjustable filters
    no headphone jack

    USE

    The weight and size compared its electric power and acoustics make it an extraordinary amp
    as indicated in the manual, the gain should be between maximum regl before clignotage blue diode before tuning the master knob, the sound is better and warmer

    a negative point, the power sends a lot of noise on the sector, which can disrupt the listening tuner or some amps or pramplis

    SONORITS

    Unlike what is said, the Markbass is not neutral and does not respect as has the sound of your bass (just compare the best hifi speakers or monitor to be convinced)
    the sound is amazing by the deep bass that comes out but it's too muted, and acute medium is not really exciting
    the application of a liquid absorbing Visaton LTS50 (on sale House Speaker Paris) on the black dome of 12 "will partially correct some acute medium resonances
    I 've also chosen to delete the damping wool in the box (it is to simulate a larger load in serious but has serious consequences on the medium), cabinet that I slightly damped with Blackson: the serious will lose a bit deep but be more growl and medium bcp will be warmer and more alive
    I have finally vir the piezo and replaced by a small compression HT-30 at conrad electronic

    In the end, for approx. 50 fee, a good amp, j 'shut unable to play in the basic version as the sound' m not inspire

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    In the end, power / weight / correct price with my edit.
    currently it has no equivalent for displacements in metro, can do the trick for a very wide range of gigs, c is its main reason for being
    the head of this combo is just the famous littlemark2, that can completely detach with a screwdriver
    I give only 7 because many bass players and bass players waiting for this kind of amp for years, the precursor having t MB150 Gallien, but I have found the inoperable basic version and the 12 "most exciting competitors and less expensive (SWR workingman12 Roland cube100b, etc ...)
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  • gugusfendergugusfender

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 10/06/14 at 10:16
    300W solid-state.

    USE

    Easy, you can get almost any sound.
    It sounds just as god with a bass as with a double bass.

    SOUND

    Alls types of sounds, I prefer the round sound or a Marcus Miller one to slap. I play a Rick, a Jazz Bass us 5C deluxe, a Jazz Bass 78, a Squier Precision, and a Vigier. Always faithful.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Four years

    What I love: Its weight and value for money

    It's also sturdy because mine fell twice off a table and still works perfectly.

    Very easy to amplify via the XLR output.

    It's an ideal amp for small clubs, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.
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    300W solid-state.

    USE

    Easy, you can get almost any sound.
    It sounds just as god with a bass as with a double bass.

    SOUND

    Alls types of sounds, I prefer the round sound or a Marcus Miller one to slap. I play a Rick, a Jazz Bass us 5C deluxe, a Jazz Bass 78, a Squier Precision, and a Vigier. Always faithful.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Four years

    What I love: Its weight and value for money

    It's also sturdy because mine fell twice off a table and still works perfectly.

    Very easy to amplify via the XLR output.

    It's an ideal amp for small clubs, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.
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  • babas3dbabas3d

    Ass-kicking!

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 03/03/14 at 04:08
    Everything has been said in the previous reviews, it's 300W or 500W solid-state amp with an additional cab.
    I added to it a 2x10 cab to rival my guitarist's tube amp + 4x12 cab.
    This also spares me having to crank the volume to max, since I always like to have some extra power reserve.

    USE

    It's very easy to use, If you are looking for an all-purpose combo with tuner, USB port, parametric EQ, 2 channels, built-in overdrive, etc., you'll need to look elsewhere.
    But it was exactly this simplicity I was looking for. If I ever need different sounds then I turn to my pedalbard.

    SOUND

    What I love about it is that it doesn't alter the sound of my instrument.
    The combo …
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    Everything has been said in the previous reviews, it's 300W or 500W solid-state amp with an additional cab.
    I added to it a 2x10 cab to rival my guitarist's tube amp + 4x12 cab.
    This also spares me having to crank the volume to max, since I always like to have some extra power reserve.

    USE

    It's very easy to use, If you are looking for an all-purpose combo with tuner, USB port, parametric EQ, 2 channels, built-in overdrive, etc., you'll need to look elsewhere.
    But it was exactly this simplicity I was looking for. If I ever need different sounds then I turn to my pedalbard.

    SOUND

    What I love about it is that it doesn't alter the sound of my instrument.
    The combo has a good dynamic response, it doesn't sound muddy.
    I also bought the MarkStand, at first just to see how it works, but it has proven very good for small venues to increase the diffusion of low frequencies and reduce the reflections from the ground, the sound is more precise.

    The EQ's frequencies (360Hz and 800Hz) are ideal for my music style.
    I use the MarkBass filters with caution:
    - VLE allows me to remove the tweeter's noise
    - VPF allows me to cut more or less through the mix depending on the moment and place


    OVERALL OPINION

    I bought it one year ago.
    It convinced me after trying it out with my own gear at the store. I also tested the TC BG250-210, SVT BA-115 and Warwick BC-300 combos, besides having played half a dozen of two-part combinations that were either not good enough or out of my budget.

    I also tried out at the store three ABS active PA speakers (between 900€ and 1200€ per unit) to compare electrical and acoustical power.
    To me, this combo delivers the 800-1000W of the ABS speakers and even more, the latter produce muddy lows and have poor dynamics.
    It's a bit like the real temperature and the temperature with wind-chill factor.
    It's hard to cut though the mix with the ABS speakers, whereas the sound of the MarkBass literally pops and has a great diffusion for it size and weight...28.6lbs (13kg).

    The only snag is the access to the inputs-outputs (return, send, tuner, cab), which are hidden on the rear and aimed towards the ground. So you either turn the combo upside down or you lie down to reach them, but once plugged you'd better not need to ouch them again.
    Although, I don't think the engineers had many options trying to design such a compact unit, due to the fan, the vibrations, etc. So, that's not a major issue to me, since I bought it in part due to its compactness.
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  • christiandabasschristiandabass

    Very sturdy and versatile

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 08/22/13 at 09:22
    The only thing I can criticize about this model is the accessibility of the loop and other additional connectors (on the rear and below the huge speaker, so you need to turn it upside down if you want to make any changes).
    Other than that, it's a great pal that can handle anything, from roaring to caressing your ears with music of any period.

    USE

    It's very easy to change the sound without the EQ, thanks to the two filters.

    SOUND

    It can handle any sound you want. Some people might reproach it that it's less rock than SWR, less bright than Trace etc...Well, you should buy a Trace or any other brand if that's what you want.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've owned it …
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    The only thing I can criticize about this model is the accessibility of the loop and other additional connectors (on the rear and below the huge speaker, so you need to turn it upside down if you want to make any changes).
    Other than that, it's a great pal that can handle anything, from roaring to caressing your ears with music of any period.

    USE

    It's very easy to change the sound without the EQ, thanks to the two filters.

    SOUND

    It can handle any sound you want. Some people might reproach it that it's less rock than SWR, less bright than Trace etc...Well, you should buy a Trace or any other brand if that's what you want.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've owned it for one year.
    I've had tons of average gear (gallien, Carvin, etc.) and have used better ones in studios, if you want to make a compromise without compromising and changing amps because tomorrow you play Latin but next week you play metal, there are more expensive but less good options out there.
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  • chonchlezicoschonchlezicos

    Man's best friend

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 07/01/13 at 15:14
    OK, everything has been said before, it lacks a tuner output.

    USE

    No remarks.

    SOUND

    Very, very good sound, it's definitely not a cheap amp that only makes noise.
    Sound is precise, fat enough in the mids when flat. The EQ is pretty effective, you can easily sculpt sound with the 4 bands. Personally I don't use much the VLE and VPF functions. It's very good, but also very natural, which I love.

    I use it with a 5-string Sandberg MM, a G&L Sb2, fretless, ... But also with my double bass and a K&K pickup. It's great.

    However, I prefer the 12-inch model, which is precise, the 18-inch version (which remains pretty good) is a bit too muddy for my taste.

    OVERAL…
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    OK, everything has been said before, it lacks a tuner output.

    USE

    No remarks.

    SOUND

    Very, very good sound, it's definitely not a cheap amp that only makes noise.
    Sound is precise, fat enough in the mids when flat. The EQ is pretty effective, you can easily sculpt sound with the 4 bands. Personally I don't use much the VLE and VPF functions. It's very good, but also very natural, which I love.

    I use it with a 5-string Sandberg MM, a G&L Sb2, fretless, ... But also with my double bass and a K&K pickup. It's great.

    However, I prefer the 12-inch model, which is precise, the 18-inch version (which remains pretty good) is a bit too muddy for my taste.

    OVERALL OPINION

    After many years of breaking my back lugging an SWR redhead, I invested on this amp and have never regretted it.
    I've had it for over 2 years and I couldn't do without it. Rehearsals, gigs, bars, big stages...It performs great anywhere and nobody complains when you ask them to give you a hand with the bass amp.
    It's expensive but it's okay ;)
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  • Bob  DentafaceBob Dentaface

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 06/10/13 at 03:26
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Bass transistor 400 watts RMS (8ohms) ...! hard to believe for its size, unless you have a lousy performance ... but it is far from being the case (99 dBspl/W/1m)! So volume and good sound.
    1 HP 12 'and a piezo. bass reflex back.
    input jack, 1 gain knob, 4 knobs for EQ, 2 pots of frequency envelope (you say it like that?), one master and one master line.
    back, located in the output of bass reflex, an XLR DI output, a button to bypass the EQ or not, another for land, two jacks for parallel effects, a tuner output, an output class 2 ( used by default by the speaker), and another speaker output. and the power supply.

    UTILIZATION

    I have tried with my bass (Ibanez SG500 active) …
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    Bass transistor 400 watts RMS (8ohms) ...! hard to believe for its size, unless you have a lousy performance ... but it is far from being the case (99 dBspl/W/1m)! So volume and good sound.
    1 HP 12 'and a piezo. bass reflex back.
    input jack, 1 gain knob, 4 knobs for EQ, 2 pots of frequency envelope (you say it like that?), one master and one master line.
    back, located in the output of bass reflex, an XLR DI output, a button to bypass the EQ or not, another for land, two jacks for parallel effects, a tuner output, an output class 2 ( used by default by the speaker), and another speaker output. and the power supply.

    UTILIZATION

    I have tried with my bass (Ibanez SG500 active) and it never sounded like that, the dynamics are excellent, and the possibilities for incredible sound: marcus miller in new order. So it is to say!
    I use it with my band on stage or in rehearsal. I also use it to record DI directly on my sound card (Fireface UC) to benefit from the excellent preamp of the beast.

    SOUNDS

    As I said, the sound is excellent and completely malleable, round or crystal-clear ... choice.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It completely worth it. If it again, I will redeem the same.
    It is a kind of Swiss Army knife for its size / sound and its ability to report ... but with a katana blade.
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  • Joe-RhysJoe-Rhys

    a stunning amplifier!

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 11/11/11 at 05:11
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    it is a solid state (transistor) with 300W under the hood.
    for the settings, it starts at the top left panel, an entry "balanced input" to an XLR input jack, below, was the instrument input "input", right next to it was a button to "gain "with a mini and a maxi and a blue LED for" clip "that lights up when the gain level is too high or that the cabinet will take a clipping.
    it continues to the right with 4 buttons similar, low, mid, low, mid-high and high, with 16 or -16 decibels each.
    was then two buttons that are, in my opinion, the nerve center of markbass, VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape fliter) off with up to max.
    to the right of VPF, a yellow but…
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    it is a solid state (transistor) with 300W under the hood.
    for the settings, it starts at the top left panel, an entry "balanced input" to an XLR input jack, below, was the instrument input "input", right next to it was a button to "gain "with a mini and a maxi and a blue LED for" clip "that lights up when the gain level is too high or that the cabinet will take a clipping.
    it continues to the right with 4 buttons similar, low, mid, low, mid-high and high, with 16 or -16 decibels each.
    was then two buttons that are, in my opinion, the nerve center of markbass, VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape fliter) off with up to max.
    to the right of VPF, a yellow button "line out" to the output level of the management of the studio mixer or PA system.
    just to his right, a blue LED "on" to indicate the power of the combo.
    Finally, a yellow button "master" over and FFT, top right panel, the black button 2 positions "on" to power up the combo.

    UTILIZATION

    for my part, found it rather easy to use ...
    I have not read the manual since I am testing in the store.
    we get all the sounds you want and more!
    In fact, I am not very complicated life, I put the 4 buttons "low" "mid-low" "mid-high" and "high" to 12 and I played with the buttons " VLE "and" FFT "and" gain ", nothing more!

    SOUNDS

    I think this combo is suitable for all bass players, they are metal, jazz, blues or rock.
    I have never heard an amp capable of such versatility, and I mean it!
    with just the two buttons "VLE" and "FFT" on covering all musical needs ... to say it!
    I set the gain on the 2nd step (at 10) and, already, it starts to pull the pants!
    I loved all the sounds because they are all usable, and transplanted into a sound system, you can imagine the madness!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have tried one day, and I'm very happy!
    I rarely found my account in a low amplification, the only one I liked was when I had my Ampeg B2R Ampeg preamp coupled with my Billy Sheehan signature, it sends the heavy my pig!
    I have tried many brands, david eden, nemesis, SWR, Trace Elliot, Ampeg, EBS and other ,.... ....
    Me, I loved everything about this markbass except perhaps the price, but the price he must pay for a sound that quality!
    I find the quality / price excellent!
    I think maybe buy a Markbass but with a lamp in it, because here only gives off a heat of the lamps have!
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  • davedavedavedave

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 05/13/06 at 15:39
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    A small cube of 40 * 40 * 40cm will wheels on a cart in the metro and in addition that is not too heavy.
    The fluorescent orange is not my taste but when you read more, than this appear as a dtail (And the tastes and colors).

    UTILIZATION

    The amp is trs intuitive, the knobs are clearly marked. For me that would not take my head, c perfect.

    SOUNDS

    I finally got to test it by BPS. I was hesitant to be short with power level 4 percussionists and a threshing machine, but this amp me scotch. I put all the frequency settings flat and the sound of my trs JazzBass emerged with natural mediums that I wanted. Jou had a SWR amp with a bowl of 15 "and see nothing. Kind of like whe…
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    A small cube of 40 * 40 * 40cm will wheels on a cart in the metro and in addition that is not too heavy.
    The fluorescent orange is not my taste but when you read more, than this appear as a dtail (And the tastes and colors).

    UTILIZATION

    The amp is trs intuitive, the knobs are clearly marked. For me that would not take my head, c perfect.

    SOUNDS

    I finally got to test it by BPS. I was hesitant to be short with power level 4 percussionists and a threshing machine, but this amp me scotch. I put all the frequency settings flat and the sound of my trs JazzBass emerged with natural mediums that I wanted. Jou had a SWR amp with a bowl of 15 "and see nothing. Kind of like when you go from the cost of a cd on the car radio on a good stereo. His only default is that the tweeter blows low volume (game room).

    OVERALL OPINION

    If you look a little big amp, light, that rings of hell, that respects the sound of your bass without dnaturer and can hold the head high against a rhythm section of five people, you could buy this amp which for me is the amp IDAL.
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  • Anonymous

    Markbass Mini CMD 121PPublished on 08/19/06 at 14:54
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Italian transistor amplifier, the markbass dlivre 280W into 8 ohms or 450 watts into 4 ohms. The cabinet is 12 inches. The weight is less than 15 kg.
    There is a jack between low, between one symtrique XLR. Two speaker outputs (one jack, the other combo jack / Speakon), a line output, XLR output, a tuner output and effects loop.
    The rglages are: gain, bass, low-medium, medium high, high, volume one and two filters to dig the mediums by increasing the bass and treble and a filter to reproduce a vintage cabinet (large filter cut up).

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is extremely simple. The weight and size of this amp are assets exeptional.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is excellent,…
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    Italian transistor amplifier, the markbass dlivre 280W into 8 ohms or 450 watts into 4 ohms. The cabinet is 12 inches. The weight is less than 15 kg.
    There is a jack between low, between one symtrique XLR. Two speaker outputs (one jack, the other combo jack / Speakon), a line output, XLR output, a tuner output and effects loop.
    The rglages are: gain, bass, low-medium, medium high, high, volume one and two filters to dig the mediums by increasing the bass and treble and a filter to reproduce a vintage cabinet (large filter cut up).

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration is extremely simple. The weight and size of this amp are assets exeptional.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is excellent, versatile trs, trs respectful of the original sound of the bass. Used a Rickenbacker, a precision or jazz bass, power does not limit tural even in difficult situations (drummer lumberjack, two guitarists deaf, etc.).

    OVERALL OPINION

    This amp is what I wanted for years: a small amp, lightweight, powerful, with great sound.
    APRS jou have on Ampeg, Hartke, Laney, Fender, Peavey, GK, all lamps, hybrid transistors, I finally found the ideal solution.
    The ratio quality / price is good trs. I'm just waiting to see if the reliability is at the appointment.
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