Introducing Marshall Amplification – CODE Series
A few weeks ago The NAMM Show rolled into Anaheim, California. Expectations were high at the world’s largest trade only music event as the biggest brands in music gathered to launch their new products.
The CODE series aims to digitally replicate classic Marshall tones and make them instantly accessible through Digital Amp Modelling.
The new CODE series consists of a 100w amp head, a 4 x 12 cabinet, a 100w combo amp with 2 x 12 speakers, a 50w combo with a single inch speaker and a 25w combo with a single 10 inch speaker.
There are 14 MST preamps to choose from (including 1962 Bluesbreaker, JCM255 Silver Jubilee and a 1959SLP Plexi), several power amps and eight MST speaker cabinets. There are also 24 in-built effects such as: distortion, auto wah, chorus, flanger and up to 100 editable presets making these amps very versatile.
If you download the Marshall Gateway app you will be able to control the amp via bluetooth, share presets with other CODE users, and wirelessly stream audio through the speaker.
Use a Marshall Code amp and a variety of classic Marshall tones are instantly accessible. They eliminate the common problems that can be association with valves, such as – the time taken to warm up, the need to be played at high volume and general maintenance and replacement.
So, will they replace analogue tube amps? Many critics of Digital Amp Modelling state that it has a long way to go before it can replicate the true subtleties of a analogue tube amp. That being said, we feel that Marshall have set the bar with their new CODE Amplifiers. Like them or loathe them Digital Amps are here to stay and appeal to many modern guitar players.