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Markbass Unveils Marcus Miller Signature Amplification

Last year, Markbass announced they would be teaming up with jazz legend Marcus Miller for a series of amps. This year they unveiled the lineup at the Winter NAMM Show, which will include four head units, three combos, and two cabinets.

“Marcus has closely partnered with [Markbass founder Marco De Virgillis] to develop his amazing signature amps that not only suits his needs and taste, but are a great choice for every bassist who needs a head amp with an amazing clear definition, punch, and dynamic, respecting the priority of tone like all the Little Mark heads,” the company writes.

The head units are aptly named the Little Marcus. They come in four models based on wattage – 250, 500, 800, and 1,000 – while carrying all the same features. They are all fitted with Markbass’s Mark Proprietary Technology power amp section, but central to their design is a set of EQ shaping controls. The EQ1 section is a straight-ahead 5-band equalization with standard controls: Ultra Low, Low, Mid, High Mid, and High. EQ2 has two knobs that adjust filters created with Miller called Old School that auto-dials in a vintage tone and Millerizer, which helps to create the bassist’s unique slap tone. The EQ sections are footswitchable for changing your tone on the fly. Other features include a mute, pre/post EQ switch, and a line out level.

The Marcus Miller CMD 103 packs the Little Marcus 500-watt head into a 3×10″ combo, while the Marcus Miller CMD 102 comes in a 2×10″ configuration in 250-watt or 500-watt versions. Finally, the combos are rounded out with the Marcus Miller CMD 101 Micro 60. Markbass also created the Marcus Miller 104 and 102 cabinets. Each features a rear-ported design for full, controlled bottom end.

The Markbass Little Marcus amps will be available with street prices ranging from $399.99 to $849.99. Pricing for the combos and cabinets are TBD.

Markbass Little Marcus Amp Series Features:

Preamp: Solid State
Power Amp: MPT (Mark Proprietary Technology)
Power: Little Marcus 250: 250W@4Ω/150W@8Ω; Little Marcus 500: 500W@4Ω/300W@8Ω; Little Marcus 800: 800W@4Ω/500W@8Ω; Little Marcus 1000: 1000W@4Ω/600W@8Ω
EQ1: 5-band
EQ2: Old School (Variable Low Pass) and Millerizer (5-12 Khz Band Pass Filter)
Controls: Mute Switch, Pre/Post Eq Switch, Line out Level, On/off, Eq1 and Eq2 Via Optional Footswitch

Markbass Marcus Miller CMD 103 Features:

Speaker: 3X10″
Tweeter: 1″ Voice Coil
Speaker Power Handling (Aes Standard): 600W - Rms
Reflex: Rear
Impedance: 6Ω
Crossover Frequency: 3.5Khz
Frequency Response: 38Hz to 18Khz
Sensitivity Db SPL: 104
Preamp: Solid State
Power Amp: MPT (Mark Proprietary Technology)
Power: 500W@4Ω/300W@8Ω
EQ1: 5-band
EQ2: Old School (Variable Low Pass) and Millerizer (5-12 Khz Band Pass Filter)
Controls: Mute Switch, Pre/Post Eq Switch, Line out Level, On/off, Eq1 and Eq2 Via Optional Footswitch

Markbass Marcus Miller CMD 102/250 and 102/250 Features:

Speaker: 2X10″
Tweeter: Piezo
Speaker Power Handling (Aes Standard): 400W - Rms
Reflex: Rear
Impedance: 8Ω
Crossover Frequency: 3.5Khz
Frequency Response: 40Hz to 18Khz
Sensitivity Db SPL: 101
Preamp: Solid State
Power Amp: MPT (Mark Proprietary Technology)
Power: CMD 102/250: 250W@4Ω/150W@8Ω; CMD 102/500: 500W@4Ω/300W@8Ω
EQ1: 5-band
EQ2: Old School (Variable Low Pass) and Millerizer (5-12 Khz Band Pass Filter)
Controls: Mute Switch, Pre/Post Eq Switch, Line out Level, On/off, Eq1 and Eq2 Via Optional Footswitch

Markbass Marcus Miller Cmd 101 Micro 60 Features:

Preamp Amp: Solid State
Power Amp: Analog
Controls: Gain, Master
EQ: 3-band
Power: 45W Rms@8Ω/60W Rms@4Ω
Other Features: Aux in - Headphone out - XLR Line out, Speaker on/off, Output for External Cab (Minimum Load 8Ω)
Speaker Size: Impedance 1X10″ Markbass Custom
Speaker: Power Handling 200W Rms (Aes Standard)
Frequency Response: 45Hz to 18Khz
Crossover Frequency: 3.5Khz

Markbass Marcus Miller 104 Cab and 102 Cab Features:

Speaker Size: 102 Cab: 2X10″, 104 Cab: 4X10″
Tweeter: 1″ Voice Coil
Cab Power Handling (Aes Standard): 102 Cab: 400W - Rms, 104 Cab: 800W - Rms
Crossover Frequency: 3.5 Khz
Frequency Response: 102 Cab: 40Hz to 20Khz, 104 Cab: 35Hz to 20Khz
Sensitivity Db SPL: 102 Cab: 101, 104 Cab: 103
Impedance: 8Ω
Reflex Cab Design: Rear/Wedge

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