Markbass Micromark 801

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Bass Combo Amplifier

  • Power: 60 Watt @ 4 Ohm
  • Equipped with: 1 x 8" Custom Neodymium speaker
  • Analogue power amplifier technology
  • Digital mains switch, VPF (Variable Preshape Filter)
  • External speaker output (min. 8 Ω)
  • Input for CD/MP3-Player, iPod, etc. (3.5 mm mini jack), headphone connector (3.5 mm), line out (recording XLR balanced)
  • Switch speaker on/off
  • Switch ground lift
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 268 x 268 x 262 mm
  • Weight: 6.6 kg
available since July 2011
Item number 268671
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Power in W 60 W
Speaker component 1x 8"
HF-Horn No
Equalizer VLE, VPF
Compressor No
Limiter No
Effects Unit No
Headphone Output Yes
DI Output Yes
Speaker Connector Yes
CD/MP3 Input Yes
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Light little combo, heavy big sound
Peter7875 28.07.2014
What I was looking for
I play bass with a ukelele band, we perform for fun at local charity events, private parties and small festivals etc. Before getting this combo I was using a 40 watt bass combo, which provided a good loud sound in conjunction with both my Kala Rumbler u bass and my Hofner violin bass. But I was looking for something smaller and more convenient to lug around than my current combo, especially for the weekly rehearsals when sometimes it was a long walk from the car to the room, where up to 30 or more members of the ukelele club meet. So any new combo had to as light as possible, as small as possible to fit in the tiny boot of my sports car, yet loud enough to compete with 30 noisy uke players scratching away and singing in a packed rehearsal room!

Searching around
Researching every available make of bass amps online and in music shops proved to be a long process, and nothing I could find competed with the compactness combined with power of the combo I already had. But it was so darn heavy to carry and set up I kept looking. Eventually I came across the Markbass MicroMark 801, and although this was more costly than I originally wanted to pay, nothing else fitted my particular requirements. So I ordered one and hoped it would be as good as described.

In use
When it arrived in its little box I could hardly believe how small and compact it is. Basically cube shaped, it looks great with a black carpet type covering set off by an orange speaker cone. It sounded loud enough at home, but how would it cope at the clubroom? I was relieved to discover it EASILY had enough volume to play with my noisy fellow members with the amp set only at about half power, and that even at higher volumes there was no distortion or rattling of the cabinet. I have used it straight on a number of small gigs, and again there was no lack of volume when using it with a dozen or more people playing ukes acoustically, with even some of them plugged in and miked up for the singing. On larger gigs the Markbass has been plugged into the band's PA desk using the XLR output socket on the back of the combo, and it sounds really nice and big through this.

Sound quality
The sound quality is excellent, very smooth, professional, and with no coloration, what you hear is the natural sound of your bass instrument. The combo is very quick to set up, plug in, turn on, adjust the volume and away you go. I really like the fact there is no messing around with bass, middle and treble knobs like on most other combos. You can't do that, there's just a volume control and one other filter knob that subtly shapes the sound. But it sounds naturally just great without all the usual fine tuning, you can concentrate on your playing and make any little adjustments to your tone with your instrument's controls if necessary. The amp is very quiet with no trace of any mains hum, and no noise or crackles when you turn the controls. If you want a monster sound and a monster rig to play at big gigs this is obviously not for you. However if you want a small, loud, great sounding little combo for rehearsals and use at smaller gigs this could be very suitable. It really suits the sound of the u bass, and I'm pleased I went for such a high quality product rather than a cheaper one!
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I love this amp!
Lollinope 05.11.2021
It's a very nice and portable amp. Sure it's tiny, but damn it's powerful! I used it in many different occasions, from my studio room at home, to the rehearsal space, to various gigs.
Since it doesn't have any equalisation I always use it in combination with my fishman platinum stage preamp, both with e-bass and double bass. It just works!
I live in the Netherlands and I always travel by bike within the city. With this amp I'm able to just fit it in the front of my bike and... Voilà! No problems of transportation whatsoever!
Sure, it's not something I would use for bigger stages, it works very nice for "semi acoustic" concerts and it can fill the room with its sound. But If you're playing with a very loud drummer or you need intense low frequencies this might not be what you're looking for!

Overall a must have!
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For home practice or very small gigs, lighter genres of music
Anonymous 28.12.2015
I bought this combo mainly for my home practice. It is extremely small and simple to use, very mobile and yet with MB's regular high finish and built quality. It is powerful enough for any small and subtle gig for around 20-30 people. As for a solo practice volume (1/4), it produces superb sound. When turned way up (2/4+), you start to notice its sound quality limitations, but that's only expected from an 8" speaker, I guess. You should be warned that the combo produces some additional rather subtle hiss with its radiator fan, which I can see could be a problem if someone played some really quiet stuff or expected to record a fretless for instance. I myself can perfectly live with it. Another problem you may find is the effective gain level, which is different when compared to larger combos or cabinets. As a result, most of the stompbox effects sound a bit different (more aggresive or dominating) when plugged into it. The combo fits virtually anywhere, the sizing is superb. The price-to-quality ratio is debatable. You can definitely get much more power from larger combos at its price so you might not be interested in this piece unless you're looking exactly for some of the features I mentioned.
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Perfectness Come Together With Portability And Simplicity
Toghan 22.06.2015
Markbass Micromark 801 has a great design and great tone come together with portability and simplicity. It?s very useful practise amp which doesn?t bother neighbours. The Micromark hasn?t got a boxy sound its sound is very good also very special which specially jazz bass players liked I think. I like the simplicity and Micromark has only volume and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) knobs which I liked. It?s designed for practice but also it can be use for acoustic gigs. I had couple of reasons choosing Markbass Micromark 801. First of all its weight. It?s weight about 6-7 kg. Very good weight for 50 Watt Bass Amp and it?s size is very small you can put it every corner in your flat or house. If you want to get good sound from your bass but you don?t have a place and don?t want to disturb neighbours this amp is totally for your needs! By the way one of the main question about Micromark 801 is the sound of the fan. The fan is silent even at very low volumes ! I have just two disappointments about the amp: one is ?Designed in Italy Assembled in Indonesia? The Markbass is starting to produce some of their products in east asia but it?s still presents hight quality. The two is about it?s weight ?5,2 kg?. I think it?s more than 5,2 kg but it?s still lightweight. Weight was important for me because I don?t want to hurt my back when I carrying around the amp (my back is not very healthy) but like I said it?s still very heavy. Maybe Thomann can write the exact weight of the amp. I highly recommend this amp who wants to get good tone (not boxy) with small size and light weight.
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