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Markbass Alain Caron Signature Combo 121 Lite Bass Combo Amp

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This innovative signature combo, designed with bass legend Alain Caron, uses state-of-the-art technology for maximum power and fidelity. The Alain Caron Signature Combo 121 Lite Bass Combo Amp has fea... Click To Read More About This Product

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This innovative signature combo, designed with bass legend Alain Caron, uses state-of-the-art technology for maximum power and fidelity. The Alain Caron Signature Combo 121 Lite Bass Combo Amp has features that include a mute switch, aux in, headphone out, pre/post EQ and pre/post master switches for the XLR DI out, and footswitch connections for mute and FX loop bypass. Tone is what counts and the Combo 121 lite offers plenty of tone control with a 4-band EQ plus VLE and VPF filters for rolling off high-end or scooping mids. The 12" speaker is pushed by 500W of clean digital power. The compression driver with custom horn is driven by 100W of analog power for warm-sounding high-end. Top-quality tone, incredible power and practical features, are all here in this highly-portable combo!

Canadian bassist Alain Caron' musical career began at the early age of 11 when he won an amateur bass playing contest. He soon joined top 40 bands performing American, South-American and French standards. At the age of 14 he discovered the music that would become his life' passion - Jazz. Today he is admired for his amazing slap technique and the generosity that he shows in sharing his approach and musical philosophy through the many clinics he offers.


Compact design with full connectivity
Dual power amps with 500W and 100W respectively
1x12" woofer and 1x1.25" custom horn
4-band EQ
VLE (high-frequency roll-off) and VPF (mid scoop) filters
Mute switch
Aux input and headphone output
Effects send and return
XLR line out and ground lift switch
Tuner and preamp out
Pre/Post EQ and Master Volume switches
INPUT: impedance 1 Mohm/Max Voltage 10 Vpp
RETURN: impedance 33 Kohm/Max 10Vpp
AUX: impedance 10 Kohm/Max 4Vpp
GAIN: Range “60 23 dB
LINE OUT: GND Lift “ Pre/Post EQ
Pre/Post Master (Post EQ mode)
EQ: Low / Mid-Low / Mid-High / High
MUTE: switch and footswitch
FX LOOP BYPASS: footswitch
LINE OUT: Balanced, Max Voltage 20 Vpp
SEND: Unbalanced, Max Voltage 20Vpp (Pre EQ)
TUNER OUT: Unbalanced, Max Voltage 2Vpp
PREAMP OUT: Unbalanced, Max level 20Vpp
PHONES: 600 ohm, Maximum level 10 Vpp
Speaker: 1x12
Tweeter: 1.25 compression driver with custom horn
Power amps: 500W (digital) + 100W (analog)
Reflex: Rear
Size (W/H/D): 390 x 600 x 464 mm / 15.35 x 23.62 x 18,27
Weight: 18 kg / 39.68 lbs.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


This amp is really nice!

By Dave Arasim

from Bellevue, WA

I've played on several bass combos and also through the house with a SansAmp in the past. I was looking for my own rig when I got the Alain Caron signature Markbass combo, and I'm very impressed! I was honestly looking for something with a tube preamp. I really liked the classic SWR Redhead combo and was looking for one of those when I found this one. But those SWR combos weigh a ton, so wanted something lighter. At only 40 lbs. this Markbass is the answer. It has a bi-amp set up with 100W analog for the horn. I was expecting it to be a bit tinny, but the horn through the crossover is set up to be just a right amount of high end presence without being obvious. The amp is very flexible, and I'm still getting dialed in. I also wanted a balanced XLR out for the PA. However, at my first gig with this amp, the sound guy said it sounded great and I didn't need to go through the house at all. It was a small room, so great for small to medium gigs, but flexible for big rooms if you go through the house too. I dinged it a star in my rating, because it came with a scuff on the back and a scratch across the signature name plate. It also didn't come shipped with a power cord, so had to scrounge one up. Just minor stuff, the amp is built very well. Go get one and have fun!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A very portable amp w flexible EQ choices and a big sound

By Nathaniel Ranney

from Groton, MA

I use the Markbass Alain Caron bass amp for both upright and electric bass. At 40 lbs its very portable yet delivers a real lush fat sound (I love ported cabinets) with plenty of capability to deliver funk or thump tonality (or both simultaneously). This bi-amp (500 for lows, 100 for the horn) really has a nice punch and plenty of outputs for a mixing console, another amp, and effects too. The mute button is real handy when I change basses. The only drawbacks I see is the lack of a balanced instrument input (I use my Fishman Platinum ProEQ's balanced output for the upright), and the lights for on/off, footpedal (which I don't use), and mute are blindingly bright so in a dark environment you can read the dials. And it's a bit pricey but still a good value if you have the bucks. All in all, I would give this amp 4.5 stars.

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