Vic Serbe from Bass Gear Magazine has reviewed the Bass Multiamp S in their Issue #18 - April 2016.
Here are some highlights:
"The approach is to rely on the amp’s intuitive ease of use, and encourage the user to explore and experiment, developing their own configurations using some of the stock presets."
"I played around a good amount with the Solid State, Tube, Vintage modes, various amp models, various chain orders – such as moving effects around (using common rules like compression before modification effects, etc) – and trying the amp model in various locations (to emulate a pedal board before an amp, or in the effects chain, etc). I have to say, the processing order is significant, which is what I’d prefer."
"It’s been a while since I’ve messed around with some of the products it models, but at least from memory, it does a good job of reproducing those sounds pretty faithfully."
"On the effects, I’m not going to go into each individual option, other than to say this: the timebased effects, such as delay, reverb, chorus, etc, all sounded really great to me. The compressor worked very musically and effectively, and the octaver was clean and full."
"The Remote Control software is super easy to use, and it’s completely free. You simply download it for PC or Mac directly from the Markbass website. A powerful editing tool like this would be really useful for someone who was seriously into building and managing a large library of presets."
"I can’t imagine any situation in the studio or on stage that this amp couldn’t adapt to."
"In my mind, this amp represents the epitome of bass amps. If you need this kind of power and versatility, I can’t think of another product on the market that truly rivals this one. It might be overkill for the average clubber, but if you’re a top pro, or otherwise simply a particularly demanding bassist who plays and/or records a particularly wide variety of musical styles, I feel safe in saying this amp has you covered."
There is also a in-depth technical review of the product by Dan Kropp at their AMP LAB section.
Here are some excerpts:
"This amp can be just about anything you want it to be and has so many modes of operation; it can send someone like me down a rabbit hole of tweaking settings, just to see what all it can do. As much fun as that is with this amp, I did manage to dig myself out of the rabbit hole long enough to get some good measurements to give you some idea of what all this amp is capable of."
"Trying to wrap up this review is leading me dangerously close to that rabbit hole I talked about in the beginning. There is so much going on here that it is difficult to boil
it all down. First, let’s start with the basics. Markbass has lived up to the Italian reputation with regards to design and build. This amp is solidly built and well-designed."
"Where this amp really stands out, though, is in the modeling. Markbass is setting a new standard with the Bass Multiamp S. If you have a favorite sound (or two or three!), the Bass Multiamps S can help you out and recreate those sounds pretty easily."
"I think you will see more amps come with this kind of modeling capability; only time will tell if they can measure up to the Bass Multiamp S."
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