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Read what booking agent, manager, and promoter, George Gargan, has to say about his experience with Orange Terror Bass amps and cabs…

“Backline Without The Backache”

By George Gargan

I started to put on gigs in London back in 2006 under the name of Damnably. I have a particular taste in music and the bands I love would not always play the UK so I got into booking tours and then releasing records. All the while I followed super DIY principles I’d lifted from the hardcore scene.

Bands coming over from Japan, Canada, USA or Europe would request backline because bringing over amps and drums is just not viable (due to cost) unless you are a pretty big band.

So I checked out the London backline hire places and found them to be prohibitively expensive. For example, in 2007 I needed a drum kit and bass amp for a Thee More Shallows/Lone Ladygig at The Social W1. The cheapest drum kit hire I could find back then was £300 a day plus deposit, delivery and VAT.

Shocked, I checked out new drum kits online and bought an Olympus drum kit and Behringer bass combo for £300 in total. I used them for that gig, then sold them a little while later making back the outlay. That gig was a sell out and the bands were very happy with the gear, plus I was able to cover their meals, cab fare, and paid them quite well.

Our record label started to get more acts so we decided to help them by investing in a decent touring drum kit, drum hardware, guitar amps and a bass amp. Any act coming over could happily use the gear on tour for free. For bass we chose the Orange Tiny Terror Bass Head and the Isobaric Sp212 cab.


Ihave to say our F****r Twin [name deleted to protect the innocent] has had to be repaired 3 times to the tune of £400, but our Canopus drum kit and Pearl hardware have not had any issues and the Orange mini bass stack has been amazing!

Size really isn’t everything. Each time we let a band use the Terror Bass they are skeptical of the power the little head and cab can muster, but without exception, after every show the bassist has loved it and been impressed by the clarity of tone and sheer volume power. This has included Shonen Knife, Bitch Magnet, Bored Spies, American Werewolf Academy, Bottomless Pit, Shannon Wright plus London bands: Former Utopia, smallgang, Crumbling Ghost and Slowgun,  and scores of support acts that have used the backline on UK/Ireland/European tours to save bringing their own gear to a venue.

Shonen Knife performing with the Terror Bass and SP212

Shonen Knife performing with the Terror Bass and SP212

The bands we work with are usually pretty heavy post punk and create some very distorted, dissonant hard rock sounds. But the SP212 has handled everything we’ve thrown at it with a lot of headroom to spare thanks to the isobaric design of the cab.

This little bundle has survived a lot of tours, saved our bands a fortune on hire all over Europe, seen massive festivals and tiny venues, and has always fit in superbly. It’s lightweight and easy to carry and takes up hardly any space in a tour bus yet still delivers the sort of power an old 8×10 stack would (and anyone who has been on tour will know that a 8×10 Bass cab is a recipe for back ache!). So our bands and backs praise this little Orange Stack.

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Orange Amplification is extending its best-selling Crush amps range with the launch of three new professional solid state products: the CR60C 60 Watt 1 x 12 Combo, CR120C 120 Watt 2 x 12 Combo and CR120H 120 Watt Head. Designed without compromise, these new amps are built with high quality components but at a superb value for the money.

The new additions to the Crush range are the first solid-state professional amps to be launched by Orange since the late 70’s. Working on the brand philosophy ‘simple is better’, the Orange engineers have created a pre-amplifier based on the highly prestigious and respected Rockerverb range of amps.

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Real World Orange highlights our products in live settings. My name is Derek Carvotta and I am the Inside Sales Rep for Orange USA. Each month I will feature a different Orange amp being used in a different environment. From rehearsals to gigs to recording sessions, I’ll 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 my first Gig Report I have chosen to highlight the TH30C  that I used on a recent recording session for a cover band that I play with here in the Atlanta area called Shark Fighter . We were in the studio recording tracks to be used as part of our EPK (electronic press kit) and to be posted on our Facebook page and website.

The objective of the first session was to capture the basic rhythm tracks for a handful of songs. We would then each make separate trips back to the studio to perform any overdubs or corrections as needed. My goal was to cut as much of the song as possible “live” with the band. That meant tracking solos as well as rhythm just like we would play the songs in a live setting. The TH30C was set up in an isolation room and mic’d up using a Shure SM57 slightly off-axis and about 3-4 inches off the speaker grill.


For this track (Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet) I needed a dirty tone that would work well for both lead and rhythm. I set the controls of the dirty channel with the Gain at 7.25, Shape at 3, and the Volume at 3.5 (see attached picture). I had the switch on the back of the amp set to use all 4 power tubes and the front power switch was set to Half Power. By keeping the amp set to use all four power tubes I maintained the clarity and punch of the lower frequencies. Using the power scaling in this way allowed me to get a bit more saturation at a lower volume which was perfect for this studio setting.

On this session I plugged my Ibanez AR325 straight into the amp using an Orange Premium 20ft instrument cable. The sound clips I have chosen are the intro and outro lead breaks. I left the main solo out of this because, in all honesty, the performance was not as good as what I had hoped to capture. I’ll go back into the studio to re-cut the main lead break at a later date (and hopefully get a better performance!). These samples will give you an example of the type of tone I was able to achieve using the above settings.

Girlfriend – Intro 

Girlfriend – Outro

Every time I use a different Orange amp I am amazed by the flexibility and ease-of-use that the minimal control set provides. Dialing in a specific tone is a breeze and, because of the simplicity of the circuits, the individual characteristics of your different guitars shine through no matter how the controls are set. Thanks for checking this edition of the Gear Report out! I’ll be back next month to highlight a different Orange amp.