User Manual V1.0
Thank You for Choosing Orange
Ever since the founding of the company in 1968, Orange has been a pioneering force in the guitar amplification industry. Today, with a team of the world’s finest amplifier engineers, Orange continues to push back the boundaries of conventional valve amplifier design.
Our commitment to craftsmanship and quality control has allowed our amplifiers to stand the test of time, giving their owners as much pleasure now, as the day they were bought. To maintain this level of excellence, each Orange amplifier is put through many rigorous test procedures before leaving the factory.
The warmth, tonal quality and rich harmonics generated by a valve amplifier cannot be reproduced by ‘artificial’ means. Many guitarists have reached the same conclusion: neither the transistor nor the microchip is a true alternative to valve technology.
This manual contains valuable technical and safety information. Please take the time to read this manual as the information may enhance the sound and performance of your amplifier. We are confident that you will be delighted with your new purchase and that it will provide you with many years of enjoyment. You are now a member of the Legendary British Guitar Amplifier Owners Club!
In the interests of product improvement, the contents of this manual may be subject to change without notice.
Important Safety Information
1) Read these instructions.
2) Keep these instructions.
3) Heed all warnings.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarised or grounding-type plug. A polarised plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10) Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12) Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13) Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE INTERIOR OF THE PRODUCT. REFER ALL SERVICING TO AUTHORISED ORANGE SERVICE PERSONNEL
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of un-insulated ‘dangerous voltage’ within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
Terminals labelled as “Speaker Outputs” must be connected to a speaker cabinet of the designated load rating using an un-shielded two conductor cable for speaker use at all times during operation.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle and "WARNING" are intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating instructions. Failure to heed the instructions will result in severe injury or death.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture. For indoor use only. Do not place liquids, or objects containing liquids on or near the apparatus
Models which use a mains cord/plug to connect to the mains electricity supply must be connected to a mains socket outlet with a protective earthing connection. The voltage selector switch and mains fuse are set at the factory for the country or region in which this Orange product is intended to be sold. To prevent serious damage to the product, ensure that the rated AC mains voltage indicated on the product's rear panel agrees with the mains voltage from your AC mains outlet before connecting the mains cord/plug.
If the product is to be used outside of the factory set region, ensure the voltage selector switch (found on the rear or side panel) is set to the correct voltage for the new country/region and that the appropriate mains fuse is fitted in the pull-out fuse tray below the IEC mains input.
The correct mains fuse rating for your product is printed on the chassis. Use only the same 250V type and rating as specified for the product. Different operating voltages may require the use of different types of line cord and attachment plugs. If you are unsure, contact your Orange Dealer.
This Orange product fulfils the requirements of IEC 60065:2001 (Seventh Edition) + A1:2005 + A2:2010 for Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus.
This product complies with the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) marking requirement. This affixed product label indicates that you must not discard this electrical/electronic product in domestic household waste. Please contact your local authority for details of your nearest approved recycling facility.
This device complies with the Canadian Interference Regulations CAN ICES-3(B)/NMB-3(B).
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
- This device may not cause harmful interference.
- This device must accept any interference received, that may cause undesired operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try and correct the interference by one or more of the following measures.
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Orange Music Electronic Co. could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
Before you turn it on…
The voltage-selector switch and mains fuse is set at the factory for the country or region in which this Orange product is intended to be sold. To prevent serious damage to the product, ensure that the rated AC mains voltage indicated on the product's rear panel agrees with the mains voltage from your AC mains inlet before connecting the IEC power cable.
If the product is to be used outside of the factory set region, please ensure the voltage selector switch (found on the rear or side panel) is set to the correct voltage for the new country/region and that the appropriate mains fuse is fitted in the pull-out fuse tray below the IEC mains input.
The correct mains fuse rating for the product is printed on the chassis (see ‘ Rear Panel Features’). Use only the same type and rating as specified for the product. Be advised that different operating voltages require the use of different types of line cord
and attachment plugs. If you are unsure, please contact your Orange Dealer.
BEFORE USING YOUR AMPLIFIER
Always ensure the amp's volume control(s) are set to zero before switching on the power to amplifier.
To prevent hum and electrical noise operate your amplifier and instruments as far away from other electronic devices (especially fluorescent and neon lamps) as possible as these generate extremely high levels of electronic noise.
SPEAKER OUTPUT CONNECTIONS (HEADS & COMBOS):
Before using your amp
Note: Always ensure the amp's volume control(s) are set to zero before switching on the power to amplifier. To prevent hum and electrical noise, operate your amplifier and instruments as far away from other electronic devices (especially fluorescent and neon lamps) as possible, as these generate extremely high levels of electronic noise.
SPEAKER OUTPUT CONNECTIONS (HEADS and COMBOS)
Make sure the correct speaker load is connected at all times during operation.
- Do not connect to a speaker load which is less than 8 Ohms in total!
- Always connect to a cabinet of an appropriate power rating/handling!
- Never use two cabinets of different/mismatched impedance!
- Only connect speakers using a quality dedicated speaker cable. Never use an instrument cable!
- Never connect headphones to the speaker outputs!
- 1 x 16 Ohm cabinet – Use the 16 Ohm speaker jack socket (rear of chassis).
- 2 x 16 Ohm cabinets – Use both of the 8 Ohm speaker jack sockets (rear of chassis).
- 1 x 8 Ohm cabinet – Use either of the 8 Ohm speaker jack sockets (rear of chassis).
If you are unsure, please contact your Orange Dealer.
Only connect speaker cabinets in accordance with this manual. Failure to do so will cause damage to the amplifier and void any warranty:
All Orange valve combos have an internal speaker load of 16 Ohms and are connected to the amplifier's 16 Ohm output at the factory. When using an extension cabinet, only ever connect a 16 Ohm cabinet!
To connect an extension cabinet to the combo reconnect the internal speaker jack to either of the 8 Ohm speaker outputs, and connect a 16 Ohm extension cabinet to the other 8 Ohm speaker output.
Be sure to reconnect the internal speaker to the 16 Ohm output when an extension cabinet is not attached.
When powering up, ensure the amplifier is set to the STBY position on the front panel for a minimum of two minutes prior to performance. This will prolong the life of the valves.
The HT Fuse(s) (rear of chassis) will blow in the event of output valve failure in order to protect the internal circuitry from damage. Orange recommends output valves are replaced in full matched sets. Orange models fitted with EL34 or 6550 valves will also benefit from a bias adjustment which should only be undertaken by a qualified technician. When changing the HT fuse, gently push down on the fuse holder and turn anticlockwise to release the fuse.
The Dirty Channel can be set clean or distorted by balancing where the gain and volume controls are set. Lower gain settings will produce cleaner tones. Note: The EQ controls only affect the Dirty Channel.
The Natural Channel gives the purest route from guitar to speaker with just a single volume control. It has no EQ controls but is voiced to
complement your guitar’s natural tone. As a ‘non-master’-style channel, the output valves will begin to saturate into overdrive at high
Use a quality shielded instrument cable to connect your instrument to the INPUT jack socket.
Volume (natural channel)
Adjusts the volume level for the Natural channel.
Controls the (preamp) gain level. Higher settings produce more
distortion. Note: When set to minimum, no sound will be heard.
Adjusts the lower frequency response. Increasing the bass produces deeper sounds.
Adjusts the midrange response. Increasing the mids creates a fatter sound, whilst reducing ‘scoops’ the tone.
Adjusts the high frequency response. Increase the treble for brighter tones or reduce for a warmer sound.
Volume (dirty channel)
Adjusts the volume level for the Dirty channel.
Toggles between the Natural and Dirty channel. This can be switched remotely using an optional footswitch (see rear).
Full/STBY/Half toggle switch
Refer to ‘Before Using Your Amplifier. This turns on the operating voltages to the valves so that the amp is ready to play when switched to either the ‘FULL’ or ‘HALF’ position. ‘FULL’ or ‘HALF’ refers to the output power mode. The middle position is STBY mode.
Switches mains power to the amplifier on/off. Connect the supplied IEC/Mains cord to the AC Mains inlet (rear). The power LED will illuminate when the mains switch is set to ON. Set the VOL. control to zero/minimum before switching on power to the amplifier.
Rear Panel Features
|1. Speaker Out Left||BOTH SPEAKER OUTPUT LEFT AND SPEAKER OUTPUT RIGHT ON THE ROCKER 32|
MUST BE CONNECTED TO 16Ω SPEAKER LOADS AT ALL TIMES DURING OPERATION!
|2. Mono and Stereo FX Loop||Used to place external effects between the amplifier’s preamp section and output section.|
(See below diagram for methods of connecting your pedals)
|3. Footswitch||Connect a latching footswitch (e.g. Orange FS-1) to remotely select between Natural and Dirty channels|
|4. Speaker Out Right||BOTH SPEAKER OUTPUT LEFT AND SPEAKER OUTPUT RIGHT ON THE ROCKER 32|
MUST BE CONNECTED TO 16Ω SPEAKER LOADS AT ALL TIMES DURING OPERATION!
|5. HT Fuse||This fuse will blow in the event of an output valve failure. Only replace with the correct rating and type, as printed on the amplifier, after having replaced the faulty valve(s). Bias adjustment should only be performed by a qualified technician.|
|6. AC Mains Inlet||Connect the supplied IEC/mains cord to the mains input and connect the plug to your AC mains supply. Refer to ‘Before Using Your Amplifier’.|
|7. Mains Fuse||The mains fuse is located in the tray directly below the AC Mains Inlet. If the mains fuse blows, replace only with the exact rating for your region. Use only the correct fuse type. If the mains fuse repeatedly blows, contact your Orange dealer.
|8. Voltage Selector Switch||This is set in the factory at the voltage for the area in which the amplifier is intended to be sold. Do not tamper with this switch.|
Connecting FX Pedals
When used in MONO, the effected signal will be heard through both speakers, (left & right.) In this way, The Rocker 32’s effects loop works like a “normal” amplifier.
Connect pedals with a stereo output for panning delay effects, spacious reverbs etc. Note: Some stereo pedals operate in Wet/Dry, where the effected (Wet) signal only appears on the second output (right speaker)
2 Separate Mono FX Chains
Note: When Effects Chain A is selected, audio will only be heard through the left speaker. When Effects Chain B is selected, audio will only be heard through the right speaker. When both Effects Chains are selected (Y), audio will be heard through both the left and right speakers.
In this setup the unaffected (Dry) signal is sent to the left speaker and the effected signal (Wet) is sent to the right speaker. Note: When using a Wet/Dry setup, you may want to experiment with a higher mix level on the effect.
FREE EXTENDED WARRANTY OFFER
Orange amplifiers are covered by our standard 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase, covering manufacturing and component defects. This is non-transferable and is subject to consumer protection laws in the country of purchase and distributor’s terms and conditions. An additional year can be added by registering your product online. Valves and speakers supplied with an Orange amplifier or purchased separately at our online store are covered for 90 days from the date of purchase.
The warranty status of any Orange product is subject to its being used for its intended purpose in suitable conditions. As the manufacturer we reserve the right to refuse to warranty any Orange product which has been misused in any way whatsoever. Full terms and conditions can be viewed on our webpage here.
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VALVES AND FUSES CAN FAIL AT ANY TIME!
From time to time output and preamp valves may fail. For optimum performance, we recommend output valves are renewed at least once a year. All Class A/B models (50 Watts and above) will benefit from having the bias checked and adjusted when output valves are changed. This should only be carried out by a qualified engineer.
Orange amps are protected from damage caused by valve failure and inconsistent mains voltage by various fuses. We recommend that Orange users have a set of spare valves and fuses.
For more information on maintenance and for accessories and spares, please click here: