"My band mates praised the Carbines ability to leap through to the front of the stage mix without sounding brash or harsh, instead it rides that fine line of being clear and present without sounding sterile or clanky. It is very musical and dynamic, and was easily compatible with every cab/bass combination I tried it out with. ”
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M6 CARBINE™ - SUPER FAST AND EXTREMELY FOCUSED
The M6 CARBINE expands the MESA® Family of Bass amplifiers with an exciting new voice that’s super fast and extremely focused! The output section relies on the same time-proven array of custom designed mosfets used in our M-Pulse, Big Block and Titan models, but the preamp and driver section are all new creating a very different feel and attitude.
Up front the tube preamp utilizes a standard tone control string of Bass, Mid and Treble to shape the basic sound, but the shaping power doesn’t stop there.
VOICE GLOBAL EQ FEATURE WITH ROTARY SELECT
The CARBINE also features a new VOICE control for instant access to global character changes. Here you’ll find four iconic and distinctively different sounds and a bypass on a 5 position rotary pot that graphically shows you the EQ curve for each. To the left, positions 1 and 2 dip the midrange in two different places giving you two amazing choices for classic round, warm R & B sounds. Turning right past the 12:00 noon FLAT position unveils two variations on the mid-bump theme. Positions 4 & 5 boost adjacent mid regions to create two powerful mid focused sounds that push articulate fingerstyle playing to the forefront of any mix or add the tight drive to Rock. The VOICE Feature can also be triggered remotely via the EXTERNAL SWITCH jacks located on the Rear Panel. Great Tone doesn’t get any simpler!
Our PULL DEEP feature, found on the M6 Bass control, allows you to select two ranges of fundamental for the BASS control. Normal (Pushed In) accentuates tight, percussive bottom that tracks with accuracy and cuts through a mix. Pull DEEP (Pulled Out) shifts the low end, enriching the sub-low and extreme-top to create warm, breathing air the whole band can ride on.
DI LEVEL and MASTER
DI LEVEL and MASTER controls make adjusting your playing volume levels quick and easy on stage. The DI LEVEL features both post and pre Tone control options, with post being the default (pushed in) setting and PULL PRE activating the pre setting that bypasses the entire preamp. A TUNER MUTE pull pot is added to the MASTER Output control for silent tuning in live or studio applications. This feature can also be triggered remotely from the Rear Panel Function Switch jack labeled MUTE.
The Rear Panel follows suit with simplicity dictating the layout of the essential features every pro rig should include. Tucked securely between the intake/exhaust vents sit the FUNCTION SWITCH jacks and the SPEAKER OUTPUTS. The FUNCTION SWITCH ¼” jacks provide switch ports to control the Front Panel VOICE feature and the TUNER MUTE. Connecting any grounding (tip to ground) logic switch here will trigger the desired VOICE setting or the MUTE. This allows settings to be stored under programs in a master external switcher. The SPEAKER OUTPUTS utilize stage ready SPEAKON UNIVERSAL connectors which accommodate both standard ¼” phone type and Nuetrik SPEAKON locking plugs. A SPEAKER IMPEDANCE switch keeps things in the Output section properly matched and allows you to select between 8/4 Ohm loads or switch down to 2 Ohms (CRITICAL when loads of 2 Ohms are used) for full power with these low load settings.
To the right of the air intake vent are the EFFECTS LOOP and DIRECT OUTPUT sections. The DIRECT OUTPUT consists of a standard 3 pin male XLR jack and a ground lift for the circuit to chassis ground connection.
The EFFECTS LOOP is in series with the main signal and can be bypassed with the switch located above the SEND jack. The TUNER OUT jack will feed a signal to your outboard tuner and you can use the Front Panel PULL MUTE feature located on the MASTER control to mute the signal for silent tuning. The MUTE can also be remote triggered by connecting a grounding footswitch to the Rear Panel FUNCTION SWITCH labeled MUTE.
The M6 CARBINE takes all the features you’ll ever need and combines them with a signature new sound that’s fast, accurate and best of all – easy to dial.
The fan cooled M6 Carbine also features a Tuner Output, FX Loop w/True “Hard” Bypass Switch, Balanced XLR Line Out with Ground Lift & Front Panel Level Control with Pre/Post Pull Switch External Switch Jacks for Tuner Mute and Mid-Voices 1, 2, 4 & 5, 2 - Combination Speakon -1/4” Speaker Output Jacks
• Rackmount, 2 Rack Spaces
• Head ( 23in wide)
"The M6 Carbine is a very competent bass amp that delivers a lot of great tone at a low price. Getting this quality tone in a made-in-USA bass amp for $1,000 seems almost crazy, so definitely check out the M6 Carbine if its feature set meets your requirements.”
"Not for the faint-hearted, but if you're serious about your amplification this has simply masses of appeal.”