Entrants are asked to upload a video of them or their band in a live performance, using Markbass gear. Entries will be judged on the quality of the musical performance, the quality of the picture and sound of the video, the energy of the audience, and the visibility of the rig. All videos entered must be at least 3 minutes long, and must include the words “Markbass Contest” in the video tags. Markbass endorsers, staff, distributors and retailers (or their employees) are not eligible to win.
The contest is now on, and the deadline for submissions is October 1, 2009. On October 2, 2009, Markbass will check the top 10 YouTube search results for “Markbass Contest”, in both view count and viewer rating. Out of those top “finalists”, the winner will be selected in a vote by Markbass staff and top artists. The winner will be announced on October 3, 2009, and will be notified by email to his or her YouTube account, to make sure the video is in fact theirs. The winner will reply with their address and choice of MoMark frame and modules, and on October 31, 2009, they will be sent their amp! Markbass will feature a photo of the winner and their prize, as well as a link to the video, on its websites and in the next Markbass Magazine. A press release will also announce the winner.
MoMark is a revolutionary new modular bass amp system created by Marco De Virgiliis. It went into production in April in the Markbass factory in San Giovanni Teatino, Italy, and is now shipping worldwide.
Powered by state-of-the-art technology, MoMark gives bassists the freedom to choose the specs and features they want and need in their bass amp. First, customers choose a power amp (250W analog, 500W analog, 600W digital or 800W digital), which comes housed in a light, compact, black ABS chassis. Then, they choose between various options of preamp, EQ and master modules. The three modules slide into the front of the frame and are simply screwed in.
The options and combinations are limited only by the imagination: possibilities range from bare-bones designs (with only gain and master controls, for example) to a wide range of elaborate features, and virtually unlimited tone control. Options will include tube, solid state and hybrid preamps, mute switches, line out level control, semi-parametric, graphic or digital EQ, EQ filters, two-channel designs, gold connectors and much more. The line-up of available modules will increase steadily and respond to customer demand.
Best of all, if and when the user’s needs change, they don’t need to buy a whole new amp---they simply buy a new module. Select Markbass dealers worldwide will feature a MoMark Testing Tower that will allow customers to compare all the available MoMark options, as well as Markbass cabinets and other heads. Markbass Tester Towers are already in stores in Europe and the UK, and are being met with a very enthusiastic response.
Since its founding in 2001, Markbass has rapidly become the industry leader in bass amplification by using state-of-the-art technology to give bassists natural-sounding, lightweight and reliable amps, combos and cabinets. Founder and General Manager Marco De Virgiliis pioneered the use of neodymium speakers in bass enclosures, and Markbass set a new benchmark for bass amplification with the popular and critically acclaimed Little Mark II amp head. The MoMark promises to once again take bass amplification to a new level.