Marshall have teamed up with Softube for their new CODE series of modelling amps. The amps are designed to recreate many classic Marshall designs, including the JTM45 2245, 1962 Bluesbreaker, 1959SLP Plexi, JCM800 2203, JCM2555 Silver Jubilee, JCM2000 DSL100, JVM410H.
The two companies have worked together in the past on the JMD series of amps back in 2010. These new models seem to go a step further and offer lots of ‘modern’ connectivity features, as well as what they call MST, supposedly a more “authentic modelling” according to the press releases. Currently CODE amps include 14 different preamps, four power amps and eight speaker cabinet combinations to choose from.
Bluetooth is included on all models, allowing players to stream audio, as well as remotely control the amp. You can share presets with others users via the Marshall Gateway App. Hopefully people will start sharing some customised tones later this year, which could conceivably open up the range to some signature amp sounds as well. The USB port offers DAW integration and audio playback.
The whole range seems to be in a lower price segment, matching the competition in this market like Line 6 and Vox. It should be interesting to see how Marshall does with these new amps and if there will be any room for expansion in the future.
- 100 user editable presets
- 14 preamp models
- 4 power amp models
- 8 speaker cabinet models
- 24 pro quality FX
- Up to 5 FX simultaneously
- Bluetooth & USB connectivity
- Marshall Gateway compatible
- Headphone output
- Line input
- Programmable foot controller (sold separately)
CODE25 1 x 10″ combo RRP GBP £169
CODE50 1 x 12″ combo RRP GBP £229
CODE100 2×12″ combo RRP GBP £349
CODE100H head RRP GBP £289
CODE412 4×12″ speaker cabinet RRP GBP £199
CODE foot controller RRP GBP £39