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Markbass EVO1 Review

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Dan Robbins, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Dan Robbins

    Dan Robbins Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Central CA
    Well I have owned this amp for a few weeks now and here are my observations:

    I'm using this for rehearsal, teaching, and practicing. I have not gigged with it yet--much prefer the tone of the Tube 800.

    It has a great clean sound--I really like the Little Mark amp model and the GK amp model for punchy, clean sound. I feel that it has more low end emphasis than the Little Mark 2/3, and it seems a bit "boomy" and not as bright/articulate as those other amps at high volume.

    My benchmark for a Class D amp is the newer voiced Little Mark Tube 800 from the last couple years. The older Italian LMT 800 had a "scooped" sound but the newer version is just amazing. The LMT 500 is also great but has less airy highs, and the low end rolls of dramatically below Low B (I have a Hipshot to drop to low A, and low G. The LMT 800, Mesa d800, Warwick LWA 1000, and even the LMK don't drop off as much as the LMT 500).

    I have compared all of these amps with the Mesa D-800+ (Fantastic amp but not as growly and plug and play as the Markbass Little Mark series), Markbass LMK (going back to this as a two channel head), the Warwick LWA 1000 (super powerful and clean, without much growl, but very nicely featured, two channels, and a GREAT sounding 1/8" input and headphone output).

    I didn't find much in the distortion/drive amp models that I liked. The distortion sounds are digital sounding to me, and it seems really hard to gain it "just right" to get that touch responsive overdrive tone.

    The other effects sound great--especially the envelope filter, chorus, reverb, and delay. I wish you could save an effect to an amp model on amp selectors 1-6 on input one and two. You can only select one effect per input that is applied globally to that channel. Also, the amp selection will not save your gain settings which is unfortunate. Ideally, I'd LIKE to be able to save a different amp/effect combination for EACH of the six selections on each input. Overall, the amp is really simple to use.

    I have a couple other comments and niggles. The gain structure is COMPLEX. The channel gain likes to be on the "hot" side it seems. Then, you have "level" gain per channel, "Mix" when mixing the two channels, and then Master. That's FOUR gain stages when mixing channels, three stages when using just one channel. I have not heard ANY distortion and the amp seems super powerful. It suggests more than 500 watts to me.

    The tuner works AWESOME even on the low B string.

    It is VERY hard to see the settings on the knobs.

    The software works great, but you CANNOT adjust any of the parameters of the amp models. There are three parameters per effect which you can tweak. You can also adjust the BOOST gain. The footswitch works very well also.



    The AUX input level is INDEPENDENT of the master volume! You need to turn your 1/8" input device WAY DOWN. I'm using an iPhone 7 and i usually only need 2-4 volume out of 16.

    When I use Siri, there is a 500 WATT BEEP at the start of dictation, and a 500 WATT BEEP at the end of dictation, REGARDLESS of your volume settings at the amp, OR the device!!!

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    It happened today in a lesson and my ear hurt for about 10 minutes. We are talking about LIABILITY here. For me, enough is enough. It is a deal breaker. I can't have this happen EVER again so the amp is going back. I PRAY they can fix that with a firmware update. It has happened too many times. It will scare the hell out of you.

    I'm trying the Multiamp next. That one does not have two channels…darn it. I LOVE Markbass but there is a few flaws with this product. I do think it sounds very good overall but it is not as tweak able as I would like, and the 1/8' input implementation is a disaster, at least with an iPhone.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2017
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  2. geowis

    geowis Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    Hopewell, NJ
    I was on the preorder list for the EVO1 but cancelled after deciding I'd wait for a review. I'm glad I listened to my gut.
  3. Dan Robbins

    Dan Robbins Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Central CA
    It really sounds nice with that "Markbass" tone, but, like I said, the 500 WATT BEEPS when using Siri are just a serious risk. I'm practicing with it now and it is an inspiring amp, some will love it as is, but I also crave more tweak ability. Multiamp Stereo will arrive Friday and I will update after comparing the two!

    Really, if they can fix the 1/8" input issues, I might keep it…
  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006

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  5. Can you go to your phone settings and adjust the output level of that Siri beep? It seems like that could be a detriment in a lot of linked situations, not just with this specific amplifier and application.
  6. Dan Robbins

    Dan Robbins Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Central CA
    image.jpg image.jpg View attachment 2814205 I just looked for Siri settings. If anyone knows how to turn that beep down that would be great but I can’t find it.

    I like that the footswitch is pretty small and has pretty lights...
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2017

  7. Thanks Dan!...You didn't mention much about the amp models....which is really the only reason I am looking at this.
  8. Rev Matt

    Rev Matt

    Jun 8, 2015
    On the iPhone I have for work, you can't independently reduce the volume of Siri, on my Android (Galaxy Note8) I can independently adjust volume for media, ringtone, notifications, system, and Bixby (Samsung's digital assistant), but the massive volume scared the crap out of me the first time I plugged the phone into it. Overall, comparing it to my other amp, a TSA500, it is great, but not better or worse, just different. It drives my speakers really well and produces a better tone when only running through a 210 cab on 8 ohms than the TSA500. Only using it for rehearsals at the moment so I can get more familiar with it before a gig.
  9. Dan Robbins

    Dan Robbins Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Central CA
    As promised, I did get a Markbass multi amp stereo. Tons of tweak ability, but I still think my pedalboard of individual effects sounds much better and is easier to adjust. If you want to tweak out it’s going to be better than the Evo 1 if you don’t need two channels, but I sold it off rather quickly. I still like my 2016 Tube 800 the best of all MarkBass heads—I’ve owned just about every single one. Not only the tone, but the fact that it has two inputs with individual volumes is the clincher for me.

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