Guitar players who want to tap into the legendary tones of Marshall amplifiers no longer have to fill their homes with numerous heads and speaker cabinets. Thanks to a collaboration with Swedish audio software developers Softube, a number of Marshall's classic preamps, amps and cabinets have been digitally captured and made available in each member of the Code family.
The new Code series comprises a 100 watt amp head, a cabinet with four 12-inch speakers, a 100 W combo amp with two 12-inch speakers, a 50 W combo with a single 12-inch speaker and a 25 W combo with a single 10-inch speaker. Each has been dipped in Marshall-Softube (MST) modeling technology and given the power to emulate a range of classic and contemporary Marshall products.
Players can choose from 14 MST preamps (including a 1962 Bluesbreaker, a JCM2555 Silver Jubilee and a 1959SLP Plexi), EL34, 5881, EL84 and 6L6 MST power amps and eight MST speaker cabinets. There are also 24 onboard effects, including distortion, auto wah, chorus and flanger, with up to five available at the same time. Up to 100 editable presets are at the user's disposal, and a built-in tuner has been included, too.
The Code series is compatible with the new Marshall Gateway app for iOS/Android smart devices, which allows for control via Bluetooth, the sharing of presets with other Code users and the wireless streaming of audio through the amp's speaker or headphone jack.
In addition to one instrument input, each Code amp also sports a line in for connecting non-Bluetooth music players and a USB port to allow players to make use of the amp's modeling power in computer-based music creation or production software. Bass, mid and treble knobs cater for additional tone tweaking to preference.
We're currently awaiting confirmation on US pricing and availability. In the meantime, a general overview can be seen in the video below.