Full CODE series MArshall.jpgThis new line offering from Marshall amplification signals a significant step into the world of digital amplification and modelling. The CODE line of amps includes heads, cabinets, and combos with what the company markets as authentic modelling through its MST (Marshall-Softube) software covering14 preamps, four power amps, and eight different speaker cabinets. Classic Marshall amps like the JCM 800, JTM45 or the Bluesbreaker are available in addition to a wide selection of cabinets, tubes, or effects.

The CODE series can be controlled from the amp itself or via the Gateway iPad app. The Gateway software is also available for your home computer and both the mobile app and the computer software provides you access to program any sequence and combination of amp models, cabinets and up to 5 effects. There are 100 editable presets and 24 included effects from numerous distortion, modulation, and delay models.

CODE 25 top view.jpgThe CODE series also features Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Bluetooth allows you to stream audio and/or share preset information with other users whereas the USB connection lets you connect directly with your computer’s DAW (digital audio workstation). It also includes headphone outputs, a tuner, and the possibility of attaching an optional foot controller. The combo models come in a 25watt version with a 10″ speaker, a 50watt with a 12″ speaker, and a 100watt with two 12″ speakers. There is also a 100Watt head and a 4 X 12″ speaker cabinet. The world of digital amplifier modelling just got a lot more interesting.

Full specifications:

  • 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
  • Tuner
  • Programmable foot controller (sold separately)
Darren Blakeborough
My day job is as an Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. My primary teaching and research interests revolve around popular culture and technology. I am an adequate at best guitar player currently attempting to romanticize my inglorious youth in a Hair Metal cover band called "Glam Chowder”. When not working or watching TV, I am usually listening to music, recording music, playing music, or trying to figure out what gear I need to make all of that music sound even better.