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I have had a chance to spend a few days with the Marshall code 25 and I would like to share with you a few of my findings. I have played guitar professionally for over 30 years and have had all makes and models of guitars and amps in my time, but in general I would have killed for the equipment available to guitarist today.

This is the point where I look at the Code 25 and think “that looks like fun”. I have a few amps kicking about already, mostly gigging volume amps but I also have a Blackstar ID-Core 40, so this would be in reality what I would compare the Code 25 against.

Firstly my experience with the amp and a look around these forums makes one thing apparent. This amp is well named because it is a bit of an enigma.Out of the box I would consider the amplifier not fit for purpose this is really down to a few reasons.

Firstly, some of the presets are just absolutely terrible, I mean some of the worst patches I’ve ever heard on anything, “Small combo” and the “Brit” overdrive amps for instance are shockingly bad. You can make the excuse that all amp and effects units come with bad presets. However this is usually down to strange or weird effects to give bizarre sounds to show off effects but that nobody would ever use in a musical context. However some patches (such as Small Combo) are just basic amp modelling with no effects and are still absolutely terrible. Maybe these sound better on the 50 or 100, but if that’s the case remove them from the 25 it just gives a bad impression.

Secondly, the amp is stupidly loud. I don’t know if this is a marketing decision, but Marshall should look at its target demographic. This thing is a small bedroom practice amp, maybe at a push for some very small live situations, but that is it. Why make the thing so loud? If you need to use this amp near anything over half volume you have bought the wrong amp it’s as simple as that.

Thirdly, some of the modelling is not all it could be with digital artefacts (in the low end in particular), and a fizzy noise gate that for some reason is on patches where there is absolutely no need to have it as the patch is pretty quiet. Once again this is not a professional gigging or recording product and it should be judgged accordingly.

The last bad point I would say against this amp is the tuner, both onboard and on the app are two of the least responsive and wildly inaccurate tuners I have ever seen. Really not even close to tune! Put this down to another marketing tick box.

 

OK, now the good points.

It seems pretty well made and solid for what it is.

I like the size and weight, ideal for a bedroom practice amp.

I like the complete range of controls on the amp, and how you can do everything on the amp that you can do on the app, and it’s easy to do. Great user interface design work.

I like the Bluetooth features and the app. I know people have had problems with Bluetooth, but both my IOS and Android phones connected right away and are stable. I can stream music no problem from outside the house or in other rooms with no issues.

I like having 100 presets to store all the patches I could want (My Blackstar only had 6, and you can only have 1 for each model).

The headphone socket sounds OK, but if I wanted that as a primary feature I would have just bought headphone amp with effects.

I don’t use the recording over USB feature. If I did I wouldn’t expect something this cheap to be amazing. Once again if you want this you probably have bought the wrong product, and are in the wrong price bracket.

I like the cost, its amazing what it does for the money.

I like the sounds, now that I’ve got rid of the awful ones.

It looks pretty cool.

It’s a Marshall.

 

To make this amp useable, I basically had to do the following:

  1. Delete all those terrible patches that are just filler and basically just give the user a bad experience. After doing this I was left with around 20 good sounding patches and 20 OK patches, the other 60 I replaced with a patch called “Blank” (which I have put up on this site). That way every patch sound good to me.
  2. I turned the Mater volume up to ¼ (around 9 o’clock)  and went through the remaining patches adjusting the patch volume of each to make it a sensible volume for bedroom levels. This ranged from around 0.3 to 5 for most patches depending on the patch. This means that you have more control over the master volume and can change patches without is suddenly blowing you head off. There is still plent of volume in the amp after doing this. OK I admit if I want to use headphones I have to turn the master up around half way, but that’s no big deal. Likewise as I said I don’t use the USB for recording, but I assume I would have to turn up the volume for that too. I don’t see that as a problem either for a product in this price range.

Overall I like the amp and doing just these 2 thing make it much more of a pleasure to use. The volume level are more what they should be for a product of this type and I don’t ever hear any of the awful patches (there are plenty of good ones).

Maybe other people can share their first experiences or tips with the Code 25?

asked 02 Mar 2021 at 04:07 PM

Joliet Jake (1)
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Hello, i play on my marshall code 25 with a mobile phone app in bluetooth "songsterr" , it allow me to have the guitar sound on my amp with some other instrument from my mobile phone, when i use the usb cable to record on my computer , only the guitar sound is recorded on laptop, can you help me to have on the computer all the music from the amp on the computer : guitar and music from "songsterr " directly   

asked 16 Feb 2021 at 08:26 PM

olivier valeyre
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How can i get my marshall code 50 to connect to my laptop? I have a USB cable connecting the two, and I also have a bluetooth connection but I can't use the live editor or the marshall gateway.

asked 13 Feb 2021 at 06:41 PM

Jerry Winchester
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Hi, I received a new Code 25 today. The unit switches on and the display comes on etc but absolutley nothing I have tried can get it to make a sound.... I don't think even I am stupid enough for this so I'm thinking there is a problem with the amp. The only thing I have attempted is to update the firmware but since none of the USB cables I have tried with it seem to work (though they do work on other items) I can't even get it updated. Anyone got any suggestions before I have to send it back?

asked 02 Feb 2021 at 06:59 PM

David Attrill
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Looks like my usb PORT IS slightly bent around the edges ...maybe that's why it won't fit ? Dunno it looks weird ....I can still make great custom patches ....but will not upgrading the firmware be a problem in the distant future ?

asked 24 Jan 2021 at 12:02 AM

TONY HOLDEN
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Hey Folks

I love the sound of my amp just as is out of the box ....I never thought to update the firmware ...it's of no super significance because I can make my own custom presets ,...

Buit when I decided to use the usb connection it looks as though there are these ( teeth) looking holes in it ....where the usb cable gos and my question is 

What kind of CABLE ( speciality) or USB CABLE FITS THIS CODE 100 COMBO ? 

Micro USB OR ?? 

HIT ME UP When u can

asked 23 Jan 2021 at 09:11 PM

TONY HOLDEN
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Why did Marshall implement an interface technology that was  outdated in 2007 without at least supplying an USB mini cable?

I honestly have never even seen one physically.

The more that I think about it, the angrier I get. I have probably 50 cables around the house and they are all Micro or printer cable usb.

I have had this amp since 2018 and I still haven’t found one.

I have seen them for sale on Amazon, Walmart.com, Etc but I live somewhere where No one delivers.  If I can’t buy it in person, I don’t want it anyways. 

I’m pissed Marshall.

 

asked 04 Jan 2021 at 07:37 AM

Jamie Caudle
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Hi all,

Happy New Year! 

I have recently switched from a MacBook to a Windows 10 desktop and had previously recorded via USB straight into Garageband using the CODE with no issues at all. After switching to Windows 10 I can't get the CODE to connect though, it wont recognise in Chrome to manage the presets (I just get the "CODE: Not Connected" message in the bottom left of the screen, I have tried free trial versions and free to use DAW's and none of them see the CODE as an input. I've installed the ASIO4ALL driver but still no joy, the CODE is on the 1.44 firmware.

Am I missing something or is there a setting to change other than switching the MIDI input to ASIO?

Thanks in advance,

Rob

asked 03 Jan 2021 at 11:27 AM

Rob Furminger
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i connected mt amp to my computer using  a mini usb cable but it says its not connected

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asked 21 Dec 2020 at 09:20 AM

Zvi Hernik
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Marshall,

I purchased an iPad 2020 and I can not find an adapter that works to plug into my CODE to add presets. Any thoughts?

asked 30 Nov 2020 at 01:38 AM

Dominic DeHarde
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Hi - never having used a DI out before, being reasonably new to home recording and not wanting blow up a newly purchased SC20H, the question is - can I just run an instrument cable (or speaker cable ?) from the DI Out on the back of my SC20H straight into the Mic/Instrument inputs of my audio interface (Presonus Aidiobox  USB) ? I dont have a cab for the head yet and want to start using it this way until I get a cab. Thanks in advance.

asked 12 Nov 2020 at 11:00 AM

Aaron Pritchard
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Hi everyone!
im a Marshall code 50 owner.

i was trying to record my guitar via USB using GarageBand, but it was not possible.

I setup the input as Code in GarageBand but doesn't work.

any suggestions? or maybe Code doesnt work with GarageBand?
can you recomend any interface (not an expensive one) to record my guitar?

asked 10 Nov 2020 at 03:09 PM

Cesar Gomez
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Hi,
owned a code 25 for a while now but only really started using it during lockdown but have to say I'm really impressed. I'm just using it for living room playing and connected to my DAW as a way of laying down ideas but seriously, it's REALLY good.

For context, I've played guitar for 27 years and working in live music has been my primary source of income (pre lockdown....) for around 17 years. I'm usually a live-sound engineer and tour manager and occasionally fill in the gaps with some guitar-teching. I'm uk-based but have international clients, mostly guitar-based, playing mostly academy sized venues but have done major festivals worldwide and one short stint of an arena tour. The point here is not to blow my whistle, simply to say I've spent a lot of time being exposed to all manner of amps and modelling.

I own a line 6 helix and while the CODE isn't as flexible with regards to I/O, I genuinely feel like it's amp-modelling, especially for crunch, fuzzy or blown out tones, blows the Helix out of the water. Not that I'm as likely to use metal tones or had much cause to tweak them but I've noticed those kind of presets can sound a little thin. Also, higher gain sounds in general could benefit from a graphic EQ somewhere in the modelling chain, as it can be prone to squeak at frequencies usually outside of a regular amps range, presumably because of the full-range nature of the cab.

So, my query is, is there any chance that the CODE range is likely to get any substantial firmware updates or maybe 2nd generation hardware that could bring additional functionality/Pro level durability and a decent footswitch... I'm impressed that you've managed to get that much functionality out of a mono-jack but a few extra switches or even just midi connectivity for use with after market footswitched to access would open the amp right up.

Personally, I'd love to see one capable of more complex I/O routing i.e. the ability to record your dry input to DAW over usb and similarly, route from the DAW to the amp input for re-amping.

Midi I/O and an xlr input with phantom and a decent sounding pre would make it a nice little hub for a solo recording setup.

Anyway, great work Marshall/Softube, really hope you develop the line further.


asked 27 Oct 2020 at 02:41 PM

Jamie-Lee Warlow (1)
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Quick 4 part question: A) can I use the USB to get a line level signal into my PC that my digital interface will push to my powered monitors?

                                                   B) when using USB is the cabinet speaker muted?

                                                   C) must my DAW be open to make this work?

                                                   D) in this USB mode, can the CODE 100 be operated without speakers connected?

Thanx!

 

asked 26 Oct 2020 at 09:37 PM

rw patterson
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i have seen a lot of questions on here about usb to laptop connection with many people buying wrong lead why do you not supply the correct lead with amp? and what is the exact type we need ? please be specific?

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asked 17 Oct 2020 at 11:04 AM

Terry Lowe
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when i tried to preview a user reset i plugged inmini usb to amp and clicked on amp logo to listen and nothing happened i just got the no entry symbol ,is there a particular type of cable or do i have to enable on computer somewhere first?

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asked 14 Oct 2020 at 09:12 PM

Terry Lowe
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I'm having a problem with my USB connection. It used to work as i connect my marshall and PC to record. now it shoes error. SO, is this roadrunner email common and can be fixed or shall i go to the showroom?

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edited 14 Oct 2020 at 04:16 PM

zen mdr

asked 05 Oct 2020 at 03:17 PM

zen mdr
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how to upload a preset from MyGateway to the Amp  ?

...  not to the Gateway library because this will then not be possible to control via footswitch.
there are also patches under marshallcode.tools from where a direct upload to the Amp is possible via USB.

however, not ideal if this would have to be done twice separately (?)

the library overview in MyGateway is ideal but I can´t find a way how to move presets from MyGateway onto the Amp.

Many thanks in advance for your help

-> meanwhile figured it out:  drag & drop to Gateway Library, then in the App under the individual Preset, select both Amp + Library, press save.

edited 12 Jan 2021 at 11:34 AM

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asked 07 Aug 2020 at 04:15 PM

Volker Raab (1)
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When I connect my Code 50 to my PC via USB, it only plays the left audio of music but not the right audio. This problem does not persist when connected via Bluetooth to my phone.

edited 18 Aug 2020 at 02:53 AM

Nathaniel Chamron (10)

asked 05 Aug 2020 at 08:28 AM

Nathaniel Chamron (10)
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hi, i got the marshall code 25, it stopped working when i connected it to my laptop right after i updated the firmware, i think there was a problem with the usb cable, now the amp doesn't respond to anything, and no sount comming out of it, i tried to factory reset stiil no responce, when i turn it on, i get on the screen marshall, then B0.6 , M0.0 , D1.1 , then CHK USB, now i was wondering if there is anything i can do to get it to work again just in case if the new usb wont work, please help

thanks

asked 01 Aug 2020 at 02:15 PM

yehya bahgat
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