Orange Amplification are delighted to introduce guitarist and singer-songwriter Francesca Simone as their latest Ambassador. She has played onstage with Kehlani, accompanied Beyoncé on the Formation World Tour, and recently performed alongside her at Coachella. In Simone’s school yearbook, she was voted ‘most likely to be famous’ by her classmates. This prophecy has certainly come true as she sets the world on fire with passionate guitar playing and knack for fusing pop, rock, and jazz to produce fat, perfect notes full of Californian sunshine.

Last month Simone’s debut music video featuring her own composition ‘Still premiered on Billboard and you can see her latest Orange amps video here – https://youtu.be/VPhKwAss8Ys. Her distinctive guitar playing is a blend of her bubbly personality and rock star shredding ability threaded through with a vibrant street style. This has put her at the forefront of popular music, and she continues to collaborate with a variety of artists and producers on projects in addition to her own.

The Rockerverb MKIII Combo 50 she will be using on stage is perfectly suited to her effervescent style and sparkling sound. Talking about her Orange Amp Simone said ‘The first time I played through the Rockerverb I was blown away by the depth of the sound. The tone is so dynamic; it cuts through but maintains its warmth…one of a kind. Orange helps me get my signature tone that I’ve been looking for all these years. And I’m all about bright colors so the orange color is the cherry on the top!!’.

The bright shades of Orange are set to be one of this summer’s hottest trends. Their vivid sound will be helping to inject a buzz into many festivals and concerts across the world.

 

Orange Amplification bring back their iconic 1970’s OMEC brand with an ingenious new product, the OMEC Teleport. The Teleport is a soundcard with a twist – in addition to being a studio-quality USB recording interface, it fits inside a guitar pedal – perfect for a gigging musician.

The innovative, new OMEC Teleport is a universal connection device compatible with iOS, Android, MacOS or Windows devices without the need for any specific drivers or software requirements. It converts analogue audio signals to digital enabling them to be processed with one of the many applications available, including the supplied AmpliTube CS Orange Edition from IK Multimedia.

The Mono IN and Stereo OUT are delivered by a low-noise buffer giving unlimited scope for stereo signal experimentation. Designed to fit alongside guitar and bass pedals when playing live, the OMEC Teleport allows external DSP effects to be used anywhere in your pedalboard signal chain such as those from your mobile phone. It also allows digital signals to be reproduced as analogue and played through mixers, D.I. boxes and amplifiers.

As a touring musician, I needed something simple that allowed me to bring my studio software & apps with me on tour,’ said Danny Gomez, Product Developer. ‘Now you can Teleport the studio to the road and the road to the studio with the first interface ready for your pedalboard. Record, play, practice or discover new virtual instruments. No boundaries, no limits… Teleport… Anywhere… Anytime.’

The Teleport features:

  • Buffered bypass.
  • Audio interface built into a light and robust mini pedal enclosure.
  • IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube CS Orange Edition which provides a full-featured guitar/bass amp and effects rig for MacOS and Windows platforms. This incorporates the virtual OR120, Tiny Terror, Rockerverb 50, AD30 and matching Orange Cabs.

The Teleport offers musicians endless opportunities to experiment with digital signal processing; there is no limit to your sound.

To find out more, including full technical specifications and other software that can be used with the new audio interface please go to https://orangeamps.com/omec-teleport/

Unsigned acts to be heard in Firestone’s Battle of the Bands!

Unsigned music acts and artists across the UK are being given the breakthrough opportunity of a lifetime with Firestone, whose Battle of the Bands competition is back for another year featuring Orange Amplification’s Wolf Alice bassist Theo Ellis.

Firestone’s Battle of the Bands will provide hundreds of acts with the opportunity to showcase their musical skills, with the iconic tyre brand now promising to build on the successes of the past two years like never before.

More than £2,000 worth of invaluable Orange Amplification equipment will be up for grabs for the winning band, not to mention studio time worth around £1,500 and support towards the creation of a bespoke EP album.

Orange Amplification, returning partner Professional Music Technology (PMT) and Firestone will also have the responsibility of judging the entries and agreeing on eight shortlisted acts. A public vote will then decide which three acts will then have the opportunity to perform on the new look artist stage, located in the pre-show entertainment area on the Arena Birmingham concourse, where the final will take place on a date to be confirmed soon.

Battle of the Bands can now be entered at battleofthebands.firestone.eu

Firestone enlisted the support of Orange Amplification, who celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, alongside one of their endorsed artists, Theo Ellis, to add their voice and support to the promotion.

Firestone’s Battle of the Bands was created to give unsigned acts a chance to shine, with its ‘Be Heard’ strapline created to give musicians a chance to do exactly that – and hopefully make their big industry breakthrough.

 

 

Battle of the Bands will officially launch today (29 September 2017) with eight shortlisted acts eventually being selected after an October 22 closing date. The competition will then be opened out to an online public vote from November 13 to 23, with the top three going forward as the finalists to play on the Firestone Stage in the pre show entertainment area on the Arena Birmingham concourse on a date to be confirmed soon. An overall winner will then be announced in front of the biggest crowd they will have played to, at the famous indoor venue.

Firestone’s brand manager Stuart Attfield said: “This will be our third Battle of the Bands competition and we are looking forward to it being our biggest and best yet.

“Music is ingrained in our DNA and dates back to our Voice of Firestone radio show in America many years ago. We are passionate about giving talented bands a journey to the main stage, which is why Battle of the Bands is such a vital competition for us.

“We wanted to build on two really successful years and engage with even more ‘grassroots’ musicians than previously. Our new ‘Be Heard’ strapline is particularly fitting as we think that every single artist should get the chance to have their own sound amplified to a big audience. Battle of the Bands will make sure that this will be the case for so many acts.

“Both Theo and Orange Amplification will supplement the existing partnerships we have with Professional Music Technology and Arena Birmingham, so we really hope this year’s event will be more memorable than ever.”

Ahead of the start of a heavy touring schedule to promote the release of Wolf Alice’s second album, Visions Of A Life, Theo Ellis said: “With small gig venues closing and bedroom music become increasingly accessible, Firestone’s Battle of the Bands is a cool opportunity for musicians to make and put their music out there to be physically heard. Music fans get to hear fresh new bands, that discovery is exciting for everyone involved in music and it’s great it’s being promoted here.”

For more information about Battle of the Bands and details on how to enter, visit battleofthebands.firestone.eu

Job Description:

Job Title: Product/Project Coordinator

Location: Orange HQ, Borehamwood, 108 Ripon Way, WD6 2JA, England

Line Manager: Managing Director

To apply e-mail: jobs@orangeamps.com

Role Purpose:

Reporting to the Managing Director this is a pivotal role within the business. The successful candidate will work closely across the business to ensure the on-time, on-cost and on-specification delivery of new products.

This is a role that requires excellent communication skills as it interfaces with all departments within the business.

Key tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Senior Management team to maintain the new product roadmap.
  • Create and agree clear product specifications for all new products.
  • Create and execute a SMART project plan for each product.
  • Work closely with the Technical team to:
    • Understand the scope of technologies and products in development.
    • Ensure that products meet all safety requirements.
    • Maintain schematic and service information.
  • Work closely with the Operations team to:
    • Agree a deliverable solution.
    • Ensure that accurate information is provided for manufacture.
    • Manage any discontinuation of old product with the Sales team.
  • Work closely with the Sales and Marketing teams to:
    • Develop a coherent launch plan.
    • Provide key data for all communications.
  • Work closely with Finance team to:
    • Ensure pricing is in line with market expectations.
    • Create a 12 month budget for new product development.

Based on the Orange Music Electronic Company Values we are looking for people to join the team who:

  • Will be an Ambassador for the Company at all times.
  • Have a proven track record of Delivering the Highest Standards.
  • Have strong communication and influencing skills to develop Partnerships and Teamwork.
  • Are constantly striving to Improve Performance for themselves, their team and the Company.
  • Are proactive and solution focused and takes Ownership and Responsibility for their own and their team’s part in seeing everything through to the best possible conclusion.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Essential Requirements

  • Project management experience ideally within new product development.
  • An understanding of manufacturing techniques for electro-mechanical products.
  • A commercial approach to product development.
  • Ability to work with UK and overseas manufacturing sites.
  • A structured approach to delivering results but able to solve problems creatively when required.
  • IT literate.

Preferred but Non-Essential Requirements

  • Some knowledge of the AV or Music Instrument markets.
  • Experience with a ERP system such as SAP.
  • A passion for being the best.

Personal Qualities

  • Professional communication skills externally and internally.
  • Time management and good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage workloads in a timely manner.
  • Be a self-starter with the ability to work autonomously.
  • Full, clean driving licence.

Orange Amplification is delighted to introduce two new pedals to their range; The Fur Coat is a vintage fuzz and the Getaway Driver is an overdrive, cab sim, class A type pedal. Both have been designed by Orange’s Technical Director, Adrian Emsley.

The Fur Coat, inspired by the great fuzz tones from the seventies is loosely based on the old Foxx Tone Machine originally released in 1971 which was often used by artists such as Peter Frampton and Adrian Belew. Designed with a foot switchable octave, it is superbly versatile, allowing players to adjust  the level of the upper octave rather than just turn it on and off. In keeping with the era’s vibe, it is built with germanium diodes and is Orange’s only true bypass pedal. When used it puts a ‘dirty, smelly fur coat’ on every note produced giving them a warm, furry quality. The Fur Coat drapes itself over the music; stroke it lovingly to produce grungy, warm effects or turn it up for lots of filthy, shaggy texture. Its tone can be dressed down casual, super modern, funky or wonderfully dramatic.

It sounds absolutely phenomenal’ said Clutch’s Tim Sult and Matt Pike from Sleep said “I’ve tried every fuzz pedal on the planet. This is my new favorite. The Fur Coat is everything I expected Orange would do with an octave fuzz. It’s seriously gnarly.

The action-packed Getaway Driver is an amp-in-a-box type pedal. It has the same transparent, buffered output as the Orange Two Stroke and Kongpressor pedals plus a second Cab Sim / headphone output. This makes the Getaway Driver perfect for silent practice or recording. The three dials, Volume, Bite (tone) and Gain, allow players to ‘rev their engine’. The pedal really excels when played through an amp’s clean channel, even ones with a bright cap. Low gain and high volume makes for a clean boost, pushing amps over the edge into classic overdrive. Armed with one of these, players can be transported back to the fast and furious seventies feeling the heat as this hot rod pedal drives relentlessly forward to produce the closest thing to the buzz of being a real getaway driver.

This pedal is great……..it sounds like vintage Orange’ observed Damon Fox The Cult/ Big Elf.

The Fur Coat can be powered by 9 or 12V DC. Running at 12V increases the headroom and the output volume available. It draws very little current, less than 5mA allowing for a long battery life. The Getaway Driver can be powered by 9 or 12V DC. At 9Vs the pedal has the characteristics of EL84 valves, whereas 12Vs gives it a EL34 flavour.

To find out more about the Fur Coat and the Getaway Driver guitar pedals please go to https://orangeamps.com/ and also check out our new YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0e7-5zEL5s&list=PLA620E1C3C54EBC0A

 

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