Tim Ireland has been appointed as OMEC’s (Orange Music Electronic Company) new Managing Director with effect from August 21st. This role includes global responsibilities for the whole group and the mission to drive the company forward in an ever changing industry. The appointment comes after an extensive search to find the right person with the appropriate skills and experience. Tim has over fifteen years experience in audio in a variety of senior roles including CEO of Meridian Audio and Head of Product Design at Bowers & Wilkins. He brings a wealth of global understanding and operational expertise to the role as well as a thorough understanding of the product.

His credentials are supported by a successful commercial background, involving setting policy structure and implementation of distribution channels and strategies globally as well as securing lucrative business to business licensing contracts.

Quote from Tim Ireland:
“I am looking forward to my role as Managing Director with a company with the heritage and reputation that Orange holds in the music industry,” said Tim. “My aim will be to grow the brand even further, ensuring we deliver the best service possible to our ever expanding customer base.”

Cliff Cooper, Founder & CEO:
“On behalf of Orange Amplification it is with great pleasure that we can announce the appointment of Tim as our new MD. His experience, dedication and leadership were key points for our selection and we wish him the very best in his new appointment.”

Orange Amplification is delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 Progressive Music Awards once again. These prestigious awards will be held at The Underglobe on the September 14th. This year, Orange Ambassadors Mastodon, Sólstafir and Rush are nominated for awards.

Mastodon, winners of this year’s Golden God Award for Best Live Band, have earned themselves a reputation as one of the most creative metal bands of a generation. The stunning artwork of their best-selling seventh studio album, Emperor of Sands, has been nominated for Prog Awards 2017 Album Cover Of The Year. In addition, ‘Show Yourself’ the second single from the album and the band’s most commercially successful has been nominated for Video of The Year. Mastodon has just announced their Emperor of Sands tour will be extended with seven UK Shows from December 2nd in Cardiff to the 10th in London.

The music of Icelandic heavy metal band Sólstafir has been described as a unique blend of metal, beautiful melodies with psychedelic moments. They have been nominated for International Band / Artist of the Year at the Prog Awards. Their sixth album Berdreyminn, released in May 2017 is being supported by a UK and European tour throughout June.

 

Rush’s fortieth anniversary edition of their seminal ‘2112’ album has been nominated for Reissue Of The Year, sponsored by Orange Amplification. The re-mastering of this landmark 1976 album adds polish to an already superb example of musical agility. It has Orange Ambassador Geddy Lee’s vocals popping and his iconic bass lines sounding refreshed and rejuvenated. The album may be forty years old, yet 2112 remains as relevant as ever.

To find out more about the Prog Awards, the categories and vote for your favourite Orange Ambassador please go to www.progmagazine.com/awards. To find out more about Orange Amplification, its products and its artists please go to https://orangeamps.com/.

Orange Amplification is excited to announce their Ambassadors Mastodon are headlining the 2017 Metal Hammer Golden Gods. They will be joined by fellow Ambassadors, Clutch and Orange Goblin.

The 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards will take place at The Indigo at The O2, London on Monday 12th June 2017. Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar Chris Jericho will travel straight from Download Festival to host the show, which promises to be the biggest rock party of the year.

American rock golden gods Mastodon released their latest Album Emperor of Sand in March and will be touring the UK and Europe throughout the summer, including Download. They have won two previous Golden Gods awards, For Best Shredder and Best Album and this year are nominated for Best Live Band.

Joining them for an evening of metal merriment is Clutch who are currently touring Europe in support of their eleventh studio album Psychic Warfare. Orange Goblin will be returning to rock the stage as part of their extensive European tour to promote their latest album Back From The Abyss.

Other Orange ambassadors included in this year’s Golden God nominees are: –

Best UK Band: While She Sleeps

Best Underground Band: Neurosis, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer

Best International Band: Korn

Breakthrough: Code Orange, Creeper

Orange Amplification are also sponsoring the prestigious Defender of the Faith Award. Voting is now open at http://2017.goldengods.teamrock.com where there is a full list of nominees and you can vote for your favourite.

To find out more about Orange Amplification, its products and its artists please go to https://orangeamps.com/.

Orange Amplification has launched the new Dual Discrete Op-Amp which has been specifically designed for audio use. It is one of the most musically sounding of its kind on the market today.

Built to a high specification, the Dual Discrete Op-Amp has been constructed for superior musical audio performance purposes. Unlike existing products, it only contains the gain blocks that are needed to give good clean audio. Each of the individual transistors and resistors are of the highest quality, so the Op-Amp runs as close to pure Class A as possible instead of the Class B operation seen in IC Op-Amps. It has been designed to be 8 pin DIP compatible, and comes with a socket, so is easy to drop in and replace. The DC offset of Orange’s Op-Amp is low, which means they can be used almost anywhere, even active filters.

We wanted to design something purely for audio”, explains Adrian Emsley, Orange Amplification’s Technical Director, “Many Op-Amps perform well on paper but the trouble is the human ear does not hear quite the same way as test equipment. To me, this Op-Amp sounds more musical, more natural, with the transient sound feeling more real and less synthetic.”

To find out more about the Orange Op-Amp and its full specifications please go to https://orangeamps.com/shop/op-amp and to see Adrian Emsley talking about the new Op-Amp check out this video here https://youtu.be/tKanR1aM16I

Orange Amplification is proud to announce they are the main sponsor of the 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. This year’s triumphant event will once again gather together the world’s rock community in a celebration of all that’s metal.

The awards will take place at The Indigo at The O2, London on Monday 12th June 2017. Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar Chris Jericho will travel straight from Download Festival to host the show, which promises to be the biggest rock party of the year.

The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards nominees list features numerous Orange ambassadors including:

Best UK Band: While She Sleeps

Best Underground Band: Neurosis, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer

Best Live Band: Mastodon

Best International Band: Korn

Breakthrough: Code Orange, Creeper

Orange Amplification will also sponsor the prestigious Defender of the Faith Award.

Voting is now open at http://2017.goldengods.teamrock.com where you can see the full list of nominees.

Longstanding user and new Ambassador, Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch shares his thoughts about using his Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII on tour and in the studio in a new video.

Welch, a founding member of Grammy Award winning band Korn and one of the driving forces behind the sound of the band, uses the Rockerverb to create, in his own words, a “buttery” clean tone. He will be taking his Orange Rockerverb with him on the up and coming Korn tour, playing sold out LA dates in March before touring Europe, followed by South and North America this spring. He also used his Rockerverb in the studio on the latest Korn album ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ released last summer.

In the new video Welch, who has been using a Rockerverb for years, recalls that following his use of an Orange amp in a studio back in the mid 90’s he has always mixed the Orange tone into his music. Since then there has been an Orange Amp in every studio he has recorded in, for the last 23 years! Welch explains further ‘One of the reasons I started using the Orange Rockerverb MKIII live is because I was able to get such a smooth tone from my clean channel on classic Korn songs like ‘Falling Away From Me’ and ‘Here To Stay’’.

To find out more about the versatile Orange Rockerverb MKIII and the Orange Ambassadors please visit https://orangeamps.com.

Orange Amplification add to their successful guitar pedal range with the launch of their new Kongpressor. The new pedal draws on the world’s most iconic vintage optical studio compressors for its inspiration, adding a stunning three dimensional quality to any rig.

The Kongpressor is an analogue Class A compression pedal with a very natural sound. It has an incredibly satisfying, springy playing response with attack and release times that can be adjusted to suit. At low compression levels the pedal’s effect is transparent, yet somehow fattening, adding mojo and a glossy sheen to the core tone.

Like all Orange pedals, the Kongpressor doubles its operating voltage internally to 18V. This drastically increases the headroom, resulting in super clean compression. Even at extreme settings, where most compressors start to suck the life out of the sound, the Kongpressor’s tone remains musical with a great feel under the fingers. Whether you are new to compression or a seasoned user, it is impossible to get a bad sound from Orange’s latest offering.

In addition to the compression parameters, the pedal also features an active treble control, Chime, to add extra sparkle if desired. This means it also works brilliantly as a clean or treble boost for lead lines that will cut through the band with plenty of full-bodied, singing sustain. It also features an ultra-linear buffered bypass to maintain tonal integrity and harmonic content when the pedal is switched off.

Orange Amplification proudly present the Orange Acoustic Pre, their first foray into the acoustic pre-amp market. Having been a pioneering force in the world of electric guitar amplification for almost fifty years, Orange are known for producing some of the finest sounding, most dependable valve amps in the business. It is only right that Orange’s maiden voyage into the acoustic world will set a new standard for hi-fidelity tone.

Handmade in the UK, the Orange Acoustic Pre is the world’s first stereo valve acoustic pre-amp and active DI, offering supreme clarity and unrivalled performance. Designed and built to be used on stage and in the studio it affords the same warmth, natural compression and rich harmonics to acoustic players, previously only available to their electric counterparts.

The twin channels can be used independently, or blended together. The unique valve Channel A is for active and passive instruments with completely different circuitry to most valve guitar amps. This gives it a much wider frequency range enabling it to capture every subtle nuance of an acoustic guitar. It features a variable ‘Heat’ control which directly affects the tonal response of the valve, bringing in more sparkle and ‘air’ as it increases. This adds extra detail to delicate finger picked passages, whilst turning the Heat control down reveals more rounded tones that are perfect for flatpickers.

The solid state Channel B has a different, slightly softer character with outstanding clarity. This channel has ¼ inch instrument input and an XLR input with switchable 48V phantom power. Both channels have a three band EQ with parametric mid-control and switches to correct phasing problems. The unit also features a stellar stereo reverb, plus effects inserts for each channel, balanced and line outputs.
Stevie Wonder and fingerstyle jazz guitarist Martin Taylor are already touring with Orange’s acoustic pre-amp with great success.

Orange Amplification are launching a Golden Ticket promotion at Winter NAMM 2017 with a chance to win fantastic prizes. Each day one lucky visitor to the Orange Amplification Booth #4890, Hall C will walk away with a Micro Dark guitar amp and Bax Bangeetar Pedal together worth $568.

To be in with a chance of winning simply pick up a free Orange cloth bag (one per visitor) when you visit the booth where Orange’s experts will be available to answer questions about all their products, old and new. If, when you check your bag, you find a Golden ticket, please take it to the Orange booth before 5.00pm on the same day to claim your prize and get your picture taken with the legendary founder and CEO of Orange Amplification, Cliff Cooper.

The popular Orange Bax Bangeetar Pedal is endorsed by Billy Gibbons who said ‘Lovin’ this thing!! It’s revealed itself as a true tone chameleon ….. super versatile.’ Guitarist Magazine commented on the amp, “Despite the Micro Dark’s diminutive appearance, it’s capable of tone and volume out of all proportion to its size.” 9/10

Visit the Orange Amplification booth #4890, Hall C to see all the new products and pick up your Orange bag. Good Luck! https://orangeamps.com/

Orange Amplification has appointed Fitzpatrick AB as their new distributor in Sweden and Norway.Fitzpatrick AB, a leading independent distributor of musical instruments, music and studio equipment and pro audio, is known for the breadth and depth of the product range it wholesales across Sweden and Norway. This new appointment continues to strengthen Orange’s range of products and customer support available in Scandinavia.

Anders Aronsson, owner of Fitzpatrick said, “We are deeply honoured and delighted to be able to do Orange in Sweden and Norway, a heritage amp brand with the uniqueness of still having its founder as owner and CEO, as well as continuously developing new and exciting products rather than resting on its laurels.”

Ulf Mickols, Sales Manager at Fitzpatrick said, “We have found that as companies we have a lot in common, both passion driven, putting quality first, privately owned, with the long term perspective on business and relations.We at Fitzpatrick didn’t start in the music industry for any other reasons than the love of music and great products that give musicians tools to express themselves, something we certainly have in common with Mr. Cliff Cooper and his excellent team.”

Orange Amps International Sales Manager James Deacon said: ‘We are delighted Fitzpatrick AB is to be our new partner in Norway & Sweden. We look forward to working with them to grow Orange Amps’ presence across Scandinavia.

To find out more about Orange Amps visit https://orangeamps.com  and to contact Fitzpatrick AB please email info@fitzpatrick.se.