Welcome to the second installment of Real World Orange. My name is Derek Carvotta and I am one of the Regional Sales Managers for Orange USA. Each month we will feature a different Orange amp being used in a different environment. From rehearsals to gigs to recording sessions, we will detail the gear used and the settings of the amp as well as provide you with a practical run-down of how Orange products can be used in real world situations. For this second installment we have chosen to highlight the new Crush Pro CR60C which I used on my last couple of gigs with the Atlanta based cover band Shark Fighter. The first gig was our regular monthly gig at a local pub where we play 4 sets worth of 80’s and 90’s Pop and Rock. The second gig was for a private corporate event that found us adding a sets worth of acoustic material to our normal song list.
Since I have to cover a lot of stylistic ground in this band, I carry with me a small assortment of effects that give me the ability to come close to some of the tones of the original recordings while making it easy for me to transport and set up. The CR60C works fantastically with effects both in front of the amp (as I have chosen to use here) and in the effects loop. For these gigs I plugged my 1996 MIM Fender Stratocaster with Mullinax & Seymour Duncan pickups into the following: Vox Wah, Korg Pitch Black Tuner, Xotic SL Drive, TC Electronic Nova System and then to the front of the CR60C. The connections from the guitar to the pedal board and from the pedal board to the amp were made with two Orange Premium 10Ft. Instrument Cables.
For the first show I primarily used the Dirty Channel with the gain set around 9 O’clock, Bass at 10 O’clock, Middle at 12 O’Clock, Treble at about 1 O’clock, and Channel Volume cranked.
This gave me just a hint of break-up when I played a bit more aggressively (which I happen to like) and it allowed me to have a slightly broken-up tone that would layer well with my SL Drive. I have been setting all of my amps up like this lately and the CR60C did not disappoint.
For the second show I set the CR60C so that I could use the Clean Channel for my Acoustic Guitar (EQ set at 12 O’Clock for both Bass and Treble) and the Dirty Channel (same settings as above) as my basic Crunch tone that I could layer with my Xotic SL Drive for leads and more aggressive Rhythm sounds. One thing that I immediately noticed was the CR60Cs ability to clean-up as you decrease the volume control on your guitar. I used this method to get cleaner tones from the Dirty channel whether or not I had the SL Drive engaged. This behaves very much like a tube amp and made this set-up that much more enjoyable to play with.
The sound samples I recorded represent just a small portion of the variety of tones that you can get with the new Crush Pro line. The first example is a clean, strummed pattern using the Dirty channel set as listed above with no effects.
The second example is the same channel and settings, but this time I added a bit of delay to accentuate the arpeggiated pattern.
The third and last example uses the Xotic SL Drive, the CR60Cs Dirty Channel and some delay to create an Eric Johnson-like lead tone.
Just like the Orange tube amps that I have had the pleasure of using, the CR60C affords the player maximum flexibility of tone with a minimal control set while preserving the individual characteristics of your instrument and playing style. Pair that with the fact that these amps work fantastically with effects both up front and in the loop and you have a portable, gig worthy tone solution.
Thanks for reading! See you in the next installment of Real World Orange. Cheers!