Today, Orange Amplification announces the return of three iconic effects pedals — the Orange Phaser, Orange Sustain and Orange Distortion — with the trio’s vintage characteristics reworked for the present day. 

The modern story of these classic units starts in 2019, when an Orange message board went crazy for a photo of the long-discontinued Sustain pedal from the early 1970s, with its outsized form-factor and art nouveau typography. Not long after, a hand-drawn schematic diagram, complete with teacup ring marks, scribbled-out Biro and wobbly writing, emerged following an online call for help about what was inside the sturdy orange box. 

The rest of the story writes itself: as more evidence was unearthed about the Sustain and its two brothers the Distortion and Phaser, the wizards in the Orange workshop set about remaking these beasts, retaining their most-loved qualities and incorporating the contemporary features — LEDs, DC inputs etc — expected on 21st-century effects pedals. The result is three seasoned UK-made pros retuned and ready for the modern age. 

First up is the Orange Sustain, which smooths and regulates guitar sounds, acting like an overdrive for clean tones with added chime and warmth. Boosting volume without scuffing purity, and making soft parts louder and loud parts softer, it offers an expressive, nuanced and three-dimensional take on the sustain/compressor effect. 

Then there’s the Orange Phaser, the most elegantly simple of the reboots, with just one knob and one job: to bring sweet psychedelic swirl to any rig, its dial modulating guitar tones from woozy sweeps to choppy stabs via kaleidoscopic insistent, whirling pulses. With four-stage circuitry rebirthed from the original schematics combined with modern techniques inside the box to reduce the noise floor, the Orange Phaser adds maximum spin with minimum fuss. 

And finally there’s the Orange Distortion, with vintage appearance up top but all-new circuitry below deck, replacing the original’s back-to-back diode design with an amp circuit and tone stack with a user-adjustable treble. New design doesn’t mean new sound though — the Orange Distortion retains all the bite and growl and warmth and howl of its 1970s forefather, from fat gravelly textures to red-hot screamers and maximum saturation.

That’s quite the box set: together, they make up a trio of effects pedals that’s not just a perfect homage to one of rock’s golden ages, but also ripe for any modern set-up. With a large-footprint, tank-strength aluminium chassis and classic looks, a mere glance at the pedals will offer a 50-year-back teleportation. Then, stomping on the footswitches completes the time-travel: these might be new for 2022, but with the Orange vintage pedals, the song remains the same. 

For more information about these new UK-made pedals, view the launch video at https://youtu.be/zwi3AZT_xts and learn more at orangeamps.com.

Orange Amplification joins the nation in mourning  the sad loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il and we offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this time.

Receiving the Queen’s Award in 2006, 2009 & 2012 was and will always be a great honour for us.

We celebrate her unprecedented devotion to duty and her dedication to a life of public service and a unifying presence for us all.

Sincerely.

Cliff Cooper and all at Orange.

Tyler Shelton from The Northern Kentucky Derby sent us these photos of his dream Orange amp, which he drew up himself (disclaimer: this is not an actual amp or work in progress):

We’ve teamed up with Boris to giveaway 2 x sets of tickets for their upcoming US tour. There’s one competition running on our Facebook page and one on our Instagram, so why not enter both to double your chances?! All you have to do, is simply leave a comment with the show you’d like to attend, and tag the person you’d like to bring.

Good luck!

Orange Jams is a series of live sessions hosted by Orange & Jam in the Van which features Orange ambassadors from across the globe. This session features Orange Ambassadors Golden Core live from Vaterland in Oslo, Norway.

Golden Core Artist profile // Website // Instagram // Facebook // Youtube

Jam in the Van: Youtube // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

YOUR TONE IS SERVED

The Guitar Butler dual-channel guitar pre-amp is tailored to provide comprehensive, exceptional service to your signal chain. As a standalone unit or part of a larger rig, allow the Guitar Butler to manage your tonal affairs.

The Guitar Butler is perfect for guitarists that are looking to get their pre-amp tones from their pedalboard, running straight into either a power amp/speaker cabinet combination or directly into a PA system. In this demo, you see the Guitar Butler in action with Boris guitarist and long-time Orange ambassador, Wata. Enjoy!

When interviewing our artists and asking about early influences in music, there is one repeat offender: their dads. My case was no exception—I was brought up in a Motörhead / Ramones / Bad Religion / Deep Purple and-the-list-goes-on-and-on-and-on-forever household, all thanks to my dad. This alone is probably the reason I ended up where I am today. I dropped out of school, but my “home-schooling” in front of my dad’s sound system taught me all the knowledge I ever needed, and landed me this job. So, in honour of Father’s Day, and all the dads out there who nudged their kids in their musical direction, I asked my dad Frank: “If we were to go back in time and you had to re-start my musical upbringing, which songs would you play me?” The playlist below is the result. Enjoy!

Orange Jams is a series of live sessions hosted by Orange & Jam in the Van which features Orange ambassadors from across the globe. This session features Orange Ambassadors New Candys live from SXSW and Jam in the Van’s van.

New Candys artist profile // Facebook // Instagram // Website // Twitter

Jam in the Van: Youtube // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Contributing to environmental conservation and restoration across the globe

London, UK, 31st May 2022 – Orange Learn (part of Orange Amplification), a global music education provider leading the way in the use of sustainable learning and assessment methods, has today announced a partnership with One Tree Planted, who are working to restore forests and rebuild habitat globally. For every course purchased, Orange Learn will plant one tree.

Photo by Ben Hemmings.

 “Sustainability and environmental awareness is at the very heart of what we do at Orange Learn. Our revolutionary approach to learning music and taking exams online was deliberately developed to help reduce carbon emissions and paper wastage. We are always looking for ways to deepen our commitment to sustainability and our partnership with One Tree Planted is one of many ways we plan to join the global effort to protect our planet.” [Cliff Cooper, Founder, Orange Amplification]

The objectives of this new partnership include:

·        Raising awareness of deforestation and habitat loss

·        Supporting a key global reforestation initiative

·        Giving our customers an opportunity to further contribute to sustainability as they learn

 

This partnership is designed to make it easy for  customers to contribute to global reforestation and a sustainable future. For every music course purchased from Orange Learn’s website, Orange Learn will donate $1 to “One Tree Planted” to plant one tree. The trees are planted by local partner organisations and community volunteers in areas where there has been deforestation. To learn more about this partnership, please visit https://www.orangelearn.com/one-tree-planted/